USCIS has said that it has completed data entry of all H-1B cap-subject petitions for the year 2018. These petitions were selected in a computer-generated random process. The H-1B petitions that were not selected will be returned by USCIS. Though a definite time frame for the return has not been provided by the USCIS, it can be expected to be returned at the earliest. This delay is due to the high volume of petition filings. USCIS has also said petitioners to not enquire about the status of the submitted petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned.
The USCIS has transferred some of the Form I-129 H1-B cap subject petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center. This has been done by the USCIS in order to balance the distribution of cap cases. In case of your petition being transferred, USCIS will intimate the change to the petitioner by mail. If you are notified of such a change, please address all future correspondence to the center processing your petition.
Adhering to the announcement made previously, premium processing for all H1-B petitions, including cap-subject petitions, has been temporarily suspended, for up to six months by the USCIS. As long as premium processing is suspended, petitioners cannot file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker as it requests the H1-B nonimmigrant classification. Also, while the premium processing is suspended, USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filled with H-1B petition.