This Article applies to H1B petitions that were filed under Premium Processing Program only.
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April 28, 2014 is the day USCIS will begin adjudicating (Reviewing/Processing) the H1B petitions filed under the premium processing program. If you do not get an H1B Receipt by April 28, 2014, it is very likely that your H1B petition was not selected in the Lottery. The premium processing unit operates even on Saturdays and Sundays and you may still stand a chance to get an H1B receipt.
At this point it’s a 50/50 chance, I request our H1B supporters to still wait until April 28, 2014 to give up hope. It is also good idea to wait until the H1B petition package has been returned by the USCIS to the Employer/Attorney
The H1B receipts are normally sent via email to petitioner/attorney, if they provided an email address on the Form I-907 Request for Premium Processing. The email will certainly follow with a physical H1B receipt in Postal mail.
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USCIS has begun issuing H1B Receipts filed under the Premium Processing Program; USCIS has made a Press release on March 25, 2014 that due to the high level of H1B premium processing receipts anticipated, combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season, USCIS has temporarily adjusted its current H1B premium processing practice. To facilitate the prioritized intake of cap-subject petitions requesting premium processing, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than April 28, 2014.
We are providing this information based on comments made on this website and feedback from several Employers. Most employers have already received H1B receipts that were filed under Premium processing program, and they have not received any more H1B receipts in the last couple of days.
Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)
Alert for F1/OPT Students: It is very important for F1/OPT students to understand that CAP-GAP will only take effect if your H1B petition is accepted for processing. If you are eligible for OPT STEM Extension, please file for an Extension after the H1B package is returned by the USCIS. If your F1/OPT status is expiring soon, you must talk to DSO or re-enroll to maintain your Immigration Status.
When will the USCIS return the H1B Packages?
Most likely they will be returning the entire H1B package by May 15, 2014 or onwards.
One of my friends received H1B receipts for both the H1Bs that were filed for him/her. If he/she withdraws one H1B petition, would someone like me stand a chance?
Unfortunately, USCIS does not have any policy to reuse H1B visa numbers, when an H1B has been withdrawn or denied.
I have heard that some or all fee paid is not refundable towards H1B and Premium processing?
It’s not true. USCIS does NOT require an H1B fee