H1B Visa 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions – Updates

H1B Visa 2015 Start Date, Fee, Sponsors, Cap count updates, News by USCIS

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Updated : April 11th, 2014.

This page will have all the information regarding H1B Visa 2015 filing like FAQs, latest news, useful articles, etc.

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H1B Visa 2015 – Latest News Updates , Articles 

Looking for H1B Cap Daily Updates ?  Check  H1B Visa 2015 Cap count Updates Page 

Frequently Asked Questions about H1B Visa FY 2015  When will H1B Visa 2015 Season Begin ? USCIS typically starts accepting applications for the next fiscal year starting from April 1st. So, if USCIS were to follow the same trend, the start date for accepting H1B Visa 2015 petitions would be April 1st, 2014, which is a Tuesday.  If any changes, we will keep this page updated. What would be the Cap count for H1B Visa 2015 quota ? There have been discussions in US congress regarding increasing the H1B Visa cap count. It is part of the comprehensive immigration bill, but it not passed yet. We will keep this page updated with any such changes. Currently, it stands as below:

  • Regular H1B Quota : 65,000
  • Masters H1B Quota : 20,000
  • It is to be noted that 6,800 visas every year are set aside for Singapore and Chile Free trade agreement filings, which is called as H1B1 program.

Would there be lottery for H1B Visa 2015 ? We had H1B visa Lottery for fiscal year 2014. We could potentially end up in the same path this year. Again, situation depends on various macroeconomic factors and we need to look at holistic view and analyse the situation.  Based on our analysis, we will have lottery for FY 2015. You can read the article H1B Visa 2015 Lottery Prediction analysis  How soon should I start planning for H1B Visa 2015 ? Well, there is nothing like too early… Getting a good H1B Sponsor can be a challenge these days. You need to find a job that fits your profile and find a sponsor that has a job for you.  Some employers want to test out the capabilities of the candidate before they plan to sponsor H1B Visa. Typically, they would like students with masters from US work for them on internship or co-op.  If they like the candidate then they will sponsor H1B visa.  If you are planning to land in US from overseas countries like India, it could be even challenging to find a good sponsor. Maybe you would need to work with global IT services companies and make your way up. It can involve lot of internal process to get the process initiated… You are never early…. Read Step by Step Plan to Apply for H1B 2015  How do I find Sponsors for H1B visa 2015 ? This is probably the most asked question.  It can be a challenge to find a good sponsor. We have written quite a few articles on this topic. The fundamental concept of finding a good employer does not change.  You can use our H1B Visa Sponsors Database  and search for sponsors in a city or zip code. Check out the above links under 2015 latest news and updates for the current year’s article to find sponsors. You can also, read our last year’s article :  How to find H1B Visa sponsors, avoid fraud    What would be the H1B Filing fee for Fiscal year 2015 ?  There has not been any changes in the filing fee for the past couple of years. It did not change for fiscal year 2014.  The  H1B Visa 2015 filing fee can range anywhere from  $1,575 to $4,325  based on the size of the company (number of employees ). Also, the attorney fee can range from $700 to $3000. If you go for premium processing again that is $1225.  You can check out the detail break up of fee at : H1B Visa Filing Fee Details – Who Pays for What ?  H1B Visa Immigration Reform – CIR – Proposed Changes ? The comprehensive immigration reform has not passed yet.  But, lets say, if it gets passed, the below changes may happen.

  • Annual H1B Cap will be increased from 65,000 per year to 110,000. If exteme demand, it can go up to a maximum of 180,000.
  • The H1B quota for STEM degree holders from American Schools will increase from 20,000 to 25,000
  • H1B Visa fees can up to USD $10,000.
  • More stringent rules on H1B visa adjudication.
  • Mandatory LCA posting on DOL website for at least 30 days, before it is certified.

You can read Summary of CIR – Immigration reform – H1B Visa and Green Card  . We will keep you posted with updates on CIR and H1B visa changes for this year, if any. Did I miss anything ?  Do you have any other questions ?

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Ran April 19, 2014 at 1:47 am

AD/PP/CA still waiting :(

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Chaitanya April 19, 2014 at 12:42 am

Just wanted to check
How many are from ogletree deakins, vmware , non ad/pp are waiting still?

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Kalidasa April 19, 2014 at 4:23 am

I am also from ogletree deakins, vmware…. This waiting is killing me…. Anybody received mail from ogletree deakins ???

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RpnonAd April 19, 2014 at 12:39 am

RP/Non AD!!

Still how much time!!!!!!!!!! Any updates for this…

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NON-AD/NON-PP April 19, 2014 at 1:01 am

On the Way!!!! just one more week.

It just started.

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Swetha April 19, 2014 at 12:10 am

Latest :WAC1413954397

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Optimistic April 19, 2014 at 12:24 am

Latest : WAC1413954485

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hopeless April 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm

No country for Non Ad / RP folks :(

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Good Luck Everyone April 19, 2014 at 2:56 am

Don’t be hopeless man…this is not the end of world ! If not this year …try next year or get ready for plan B.

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Optimistic April 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Seems like people now only getting notified with WAC1365XXXX… There are more series still left out like WAC1375XXXX, WAC1385XXXX, WAC1395XXXX… This includes both AD/PP, Non AD/PP applications as well, so guys keep your fingers crossed and be patient.. FYI, the latest # is WAC1413953904.

I will try to keep you all posted with more updates during next week..

Happy Weekend….

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Tas April 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Hi

I too got h1 receipt today from my employer
Non advanced degree /pp/ ca center

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Ping April 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Did they get it from USCIS today?
Is it microsoft?
Thank you!

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ad/pp/vt April 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm

are you microsoft too? ad/pp still waiting

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Ping April 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I’m microsoft too. Non-ad/pp. Still waiting…

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ad/pp/vt April 19, 2014 at 1:20 am

Do you know any others from microsoft who have received receipts yet?

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Ping April 19, 2014 at 1:30 am

I only saw one so far.

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Phil April 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I’m happy there are PP receipts still flowing. Honestly I had lost all hope today. Maybe next week I’ll get mine?

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ramk April 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Any one with no pp got response so far?mine is AD but no pp.

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QinjaQ April 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Hi Guys, I got an email from Fragonmen yesterday morning saying that I got the receipt. A friend of mine got his receipt this morning. We are both Non-AD/PP/VT..thought I’d share the information. I know how hard it is to wait in anticipation. Stay positive and don’t lose hope! Good luck to everyone!!!

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SAISRI April 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

congrats :)

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usgrad April 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Congrats !

Good to know that PP applicants are still getting receipts. I am still waiting under AD/PP/VT.

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Ephraim April 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Congrats!
Please post the EAC14XXX part of your receipt #.

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Amy April 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Hi Everyone,

Please support this petition whether you have been selected in the lottery or still waiting to get picked up.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-h1b-applicants-who-were-not-selected-fy2015-lottery-temporary-work-authorization/2VyMkNyr

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desperaatee April 18, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Hi All,

Can anybody plz tell me whether the filing fee check will be cashed before getting the receipt no.? thanks!

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SAISRI April 18, 2014 at 7:41 pm

I think yes check will be cashed .It might take time to get your receipt no to your attorney though it might be generated

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Samuel April 18, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Hi Saurabh,

My application is selected in lottery for AD/PP/VT. The status show following:

Does this means my premium processing clock already started? Three days back, I have also received receipt saying that USCIS has received my application on 11th April.

Acceptance

On April 11, 2014, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER and we e-mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case. Please follow any instructions on this notice. This case is being processed at our VERMONT SERVICE CENTER location. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you. If you move while this case is pending, please use our Change of Address online tool to update your case with your new address or call our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.

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Youngman April 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Is there any news about Non-AD/RP/CA?

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ad-pp April 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm

eod?

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AD/PP/CA April 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Still Waiting..

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SAISRI April 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Guys uscis still generating receipts .so just wait everyone will get receipts :)

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AD- RP Receipt got April 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Just got an email from my attorney with the I-129 receipt notice attached. Mine is RP AD CA service center. WAC141365**** Notice date was April 15. I was so tensed did not get picked last year. Good luck for all of you guys.

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Tina April 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations!

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Patience April 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

So you are AD-RP and you got an email? I thought AD-RPs are supposed to be mailed.. Please confirm.. Thanks.

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ALN April 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

email received from Attorney not from USCIS.. :)

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Patience April 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Yes. I get that. But he mentioned, he got an email with the receipt attached. SO double checking with the person if he did in fact get an email which the Attorney forwarded or was it a mail which was later scanned and sent to him :)

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Smith April 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

@Patience

He was talking the he received from his attorney and not from USCIS.

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AD- RP Receipt got April 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm

@Patience email from Attorney.. he attached the notice form, so he must have got via mail.

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Patience April 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Thanks mate :)

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Phil April 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Is there still any hope for those with Premium Processing?

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usgrad April 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Yes. Keep hope till Apr 28.

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Phil April 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Thank you, words of support mean the world for those who are waiting…

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Jonathan April 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Any AD/PP still waiting for your receipts? Just want to see how many people on here are in similar situation.

I just checked with my attorney and my school advisor to see if there’s any SEVIS updates. None so far, though he did tell me to check again next week as more are coming in.

As for now, I’m just going to take a break from this site and all this H-1B craziness and take my Easter long weekend with some friends. Did all I can, so time to enjoy life! :)

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sia April 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I am AD/PP/CA

waiting .. I think i will take your advice!

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KN April 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

AD/PP/CA……Still Waiting for the receipt

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bostonMS April 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I am waiting AD/PP.

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AD PP CA April 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Waitin…….We did our part
Enjoy Guys…and good luck

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sse April 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

count me in too
AD/PP/VT
its fire balls inside me now…i really hope i get picked in the lottery, since this is my last chance

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sia April 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

my last chance too.. so i can understand.. wish they gave preference to us :)

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AD PP April 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Still waiting… Loosing hope every min!!

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Adpp April 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I am waiting too

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Raj April 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Jonathan… Only you and me left here :) on this site now…
Lets go home

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AD/PP/CA April 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Waiting for the sake of it

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AD/PP/Vermont April 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Me too waiting..AD PP Vermont..Hope to hear good news for all of us next week..Enjoy the weekend guys..

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Jonathan April 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Great to hear from all the AD/PPeeps :) Have a great weekend guys. And a friendly advice to us all – I think the best approach is to stay off this site and stop focusing on this issue until at least April 28th. After that, you can plan for your plan Bs, etc.

Also, I think there’s always great alternative options out there, if you take the time to look and not force yourself into a corner. A lot of people on here have this vicious mentality that :it’s either H-1B or “my life is doomed.” I think we are all mature enough (we all have masters degree right?) to know that that’s not the case, that our life is not going to be “doomed” just because some random lottery didn’t pick us.

For myself, I am also looking at job opportunities in my field in other countries (Canada and the UK specifically). I don’t want to change jobs or compromise my passion just to go back to school and do another OPT/H-1B – I’d rather relocate to another country if it can offer me similar of not better opportunities in the career field that I am in (technology merger and acquisitions). In the long run, if you are a really talented person and a high performer, coming back to the U.S. (or going anywhere) should be no problem.

Just want to put this out here, especially for us AD folks, to calm down and broaden our options :)

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AD/PP/CA April 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Atta boy.
gud luck to all

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Rob April 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

We’ll said. Njoy the weekend.

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usgrad April 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I am still waiting under AD/PP/VT. I will retain full hope until Apr 28. Have a good weekend guys/gals.

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nvn April 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

AD/PP/VT.
still waiting. well said jonathan. this is my last chance. i did not even get last year.

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Non AD/PP/VSC April 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Last year not selected in the lot..
This year waiting……..
Friends, Any hope???

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Non AD/PP/CA April 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Any one waiting for Non AD/PP/CA ? Is there any hope left?

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TT April 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

we are on the same boat

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Non AD/PP/CA-Same boat April 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Same boat and same question

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Chaitanya April 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Same boat :)

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Ping April 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Same

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Rahul April 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Same boat!!

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Non-ad/pp/vt April 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Same boat

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NON AD PP VT April 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Same boat……Its a big boat!

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usgrad April 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Yes. I am in the same boat too. :P

Keep hope till Apr 28 (PP applicants).

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sia April 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

My school says my SEVIS is “active”.
My opt is valid beyond oct..
Will my SEVIS ever change? to “change of status pending?”

Hopeful and desperate ADPPCA – waiting for good news

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CAP April 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

It will not change…I am on same boat…I am waiting for the updates AD/PP

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Jonathan April 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Just called my school. They pulled up my records and still no change. However, my advisor did mention that they are only gradually receiving notifications for CAP-GAP extensions. They received one on Tuesday and another one only this morning, so he told me to check back within the next week as there will be possible updates.

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Waiting.... April 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Is there any one who got receipt for non AD and RP ?

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ARB April 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

saw couple of posts on another article of redbus2us, I guess they are processing RP now.

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GT April 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

NON-AD/REG VT waiting for updates..
Hoping should receive from next week on..

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JK April 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Yes. I think, Monday is public holiday for USCIS. We can expect receipts from tuesday.

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hhh April 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

It is not a holiday…

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SP April 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Guys

Just received for my wife. DO NOT worry because some people received receipt number in email and some are receiving by mail like i got today.

So you still have time to hope. I know how hard for all of us to wait !!!

You will get it.

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Raj April 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

SP .. Is it AD- PP / NON AD PP ? or Regular

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Mikeab April 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I was so nervous today when I heard that AD-RP-CA are coming out so I just checked with my School DSO. They said that my SEVIS is updated and I’m on Cap Gap.

I’m so happy and I’m still crying like a 3 year-old baby.

Thanks GOD and I hope everybody who is waiting be happy just like me.

P.S. I checked with my attorney this morning and she said the below sentences which made me more nervous :

We have not received a receipt for your case at this time. However, we do expect to receive receipts for the cap through the first week of May. We will let you know immediately if you were selected in the cap!

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sb April 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm

congrats.

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Simi April 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Are you RP or premium?

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pre April 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

congrats!

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Hope April 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I hope atleast now you will stop abusing americans. These guys have made this country the best in the world. You are looknig to get employed here. It is not a right but a privilege.

Please learn to respect native people. Good luck for your job. Do well.

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Well Said April 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Well Said Mate… and my wait continueeeeeeeees throught the weekend now

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Amit April 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

congrats

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hopee April 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm

pp-ad anyone?

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H1B2014XL April 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

AD/PP/VT, I got an email from my lawyer at 10:46 am on receipt number.

I was losing hope…So cheer up! Still chances for AD/PP!

Good Luck to everyone !

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Jonathan April 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Yes, PP/AD/VT here. No receipt still. :(

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Ajay April 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

PP/AD/VT.. Not heard anything. Getting very very nervous :(

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R.K.- "AD/PP/VSC" April 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Still waiting

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Raushan April 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

REGULAR NON AD…. ANY 1?????????????

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JK April 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

too early to ask this question. Hav to wait till Mid of next week, I think.

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egan April 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Any AD/PP from egan stil waiting

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Yes April 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I am nonad/pp waiting..
No update from them..

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egannnn April 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm

same here……… non-AD/PP/VT

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AD/PP April 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

How many AD/PP still waiting

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Jonathan April 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm

You are the only one, unfortunately… :(

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Jonathan April 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Just teasing! ;) AD/PP here, still waiting.

I noticed that quite a number of AD/PPs this year just got their receipts via ground mail instead of email. That may explain the delay.

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Jake April 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

in the same boat… waiting… non-AD/PP/VT

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sse April 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

me too waiting AD/PP/VT
my opt stem extension gets over in few months….this h1b is my only chance

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adpp April 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

still waiting

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Jonathan April 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm

count me in!

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Ajay April 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

AD/PP/VT waiting…

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Sam April 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Yes, got my non-AD/PP/VT receipt today

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Fragomen April 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Can someone help explain why this is happening? Checked my SEVIS status, and it says “change of status pending.” My OPT automatically extended to 9/30/14. But I called Fragomen, and they said no receipt for me yet…
Does anyone know what this means?

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hhh April 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm

yes you were selected in the lottery.. Were you PP or nonPP?

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Fragomen April 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

pp

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Abdul April 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Colud you plese tell us how you checked your SEVIS status?

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Jonathan April 18, 2014 at 2:24 pm

@Fragomen – can you tell us how you checked your SEVIS status?

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Fragomen April 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

your school visa office

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Tensed April 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

@Fragomen Can you please let me know if your SEVIS is updated here as well .https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/dhs/loadSearchPage.do Is it that only DSO will know if its updated?

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hopee April 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

PP done?

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AD/PP April 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

not yet

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#Hopeful April 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Latest Vermont receipt number EAC1413254030

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#Hopeful April 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

WAC1413654550

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Patience April 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

@Hopeful,

Do you mean you got the receipt today?? – WAC1413654550
If so, is it AD/PP or AD/non-PP?

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