On May 4, 2015, USCIS announced that it had completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated random selection process. The agency will now start returning all H-1B petitions that were not selected. Because of the high volume of H-1B filings, the time frame for returning all unselected applications is not certain.

USCIS asks petitioners to hold from inquiring about the status of a submitted cap-subject H-1B petition until they receive a receipt notice or their unselected petition is returned. Once all petitions have been returned USCIS will issue a public announcement.