On May 2, 2016, USCIS announced that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap petitions selected in the lottery. USCIS has started returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of petitions received, USCIS stated that it unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions.
USCIS requests petitioners not to inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.
USCIS also announced that it is transferring some H-1B cap petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. USCIS will mail a notice if the case is transferred. Requests for premium processing service should be submitted to the center processing the petition.