USCIS has started the data entry process for H-1B petitions selected in the lottery. Premium processing cases are being handled first; data entry for those cases is expected to have been completed by April 15, with the 2-week turnaround starting from that date. The data entry for non-premium processing cases will begin subsequently. Data entry for non-premium cases will likely not be completed until sometime in May, and rejection notices for petitions not selected in the lottery will be sent out after that. Please note that when the cap was reached on the first day in 2008, USCIS did not complete data entry and issue receipt notices until late in May. Non-premium processing cases can only be converted to premium processing after a receipt notice is issued.
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