On May 2, 2016, USCIS announced that it had completed the data entry for all H-1B cap cases selected in the lottery for Fiscal Year 2017. This means that the lottery is finished and USCIS will return unsuccessful cases to the employers or their attorneys.
CIS has not yet said when they will return the unsuccessful cases, and the entire package will be returned, with the uncashed checks for filing fees. CIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.
Additionally, USCIS is transferring some H-1B cap petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. If your case is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail. If you want to upgrade an existing petition for premium Processing, the form and fees needs to be sent to the service center that is now processing your case.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.