USCIS: Delays in H1B Cap Receipts & Adjudication

13. Apr. 2020

USCIS today announced that receipt notice generation for H-1B cap-subject petitions will be delayed until at least May 1, 2020, due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Once USCIS begins doing case intake, it will do so on a first-in/first-out basis and petitions will be stamped received on the date they arrived at USCIS. USCIS also indicated there will be delays in the processing of cap-subject petitions. Despite announcing COVID-19 will cause it to delay case processing, USCIS indicated the deadline for filing cap cases by the end of June will not be extended.

Additionally, USCIS indicated it may transfer H-1B cap-subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center, California Service Center, Nebraska Service Center and Texas Service Center to balance the workload and enhance efficiencies. However, petitioners shall still file their H-1B cap-subject petitions at the service center named in their selection notice. If cases are transferred after filing, USCIS will send notification of the transfer by mail.