USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that data entry for FY2018 has been completed and that petitions not selected in lottery would begin to be returned. However, it may take several weeks for all unselected petitions to be returned. In the interim, for those cases where neither a receipt nor a rejection notice has been received, students may continue to benefit from an automatic cap-gap extension until a rejection notice is received. Once such a notice is received, a student has the standard 60-day grace period starting from the date of the rejection notice or their program end date, whichever is later, to prepare for and depart the United States.
移民局于5月3日下午正式宣布， 2018财政年度所有被抽中的H-1B申请已经完成数据录入工作， 移民局也将会很快开始陆续退回未抽中签的包裹。但由于退件数量庞大且手续冗长，预计需要几周的时间才能归还完毕。在此期间，对于尚未收到收据或是未受理通知的情况下，学生可继续受益于自动延期，直到收到未受理通知为止。一旦收到未受理通知， 学生将从通知之日起计算60天宽限期，或是学习计划结束日期（以较迟者为准）着手准备离境事宜。