On May 17, 2019, USCIS announced that it has completed its computer-generated random selection of H-1B cap cases for FY2020. USCIS has begun issuing receipt notices for all petitions selected in the process, and will begin returning petitions and filing fee checks for all petitions not selected.
USCIS also announced that it will transfer some of the H-1B cap subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cases and workload at each service center. If a petition is transferred, the employer should receive notification in the mail from USCIS and will then be expected to direct all future correspondence to the service center where the petition was transferred.
USCIS began adjudication of H-1B cap subject petitions requesting premium processing on May 20, 2019, and will begin issuing decisions or requests for evidence on these petitions within 15 days of this date (or any date an upgrade to premium processing request is received by the Service after May 20, 2019.) It is expected that this will minimize processing delays, which caused concern and harm to employers across the United States last year.
If you or your employer was unable to file an H-1B petition this fiscal year, or if your petition is not selected for processing, please keep in mind that there are alternative visa options to explore, including cap exempt H-1B, O-1 and P-1 extraordinary ability, L-1 intracompany transferee, and E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader or Investor visas. Nationals of Canada and Mexico may also be eligible for TN status in the United States.