This year, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) received over 236,000 H-1B applications from April 1 through April 7, 2016. Of those, the law permits only 85,000 total H-1Bs to actually be selected for consideration. As of May 2, 2016, USCIS announced that it had completed the data entry for all selected petitions; however, because of the sheer volume of petitions received USCIS was not able to provide a definite timeline for returning unselected petitions. Many people are still waiting for a concrete answer as to whether or not their petition was selected.
In response to this delay of information, the American Immigration Council and American Immigration Lawyers Association have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and USCIS seeking transparency in the administration of the H-1B lottery. For many who submit petitions, they have no indication as to the status of the petition or where they stand. The two groups hope to shed some light on the process and hold the government accountable for their administration of the H-1B lottery.
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