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 21st, 2014.

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

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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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AMAZON April 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Did anyone from Amazon got a receipt?
+1 if you’re still waiting

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query April 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Can someone please explain the meaning of each no in the receipt number
Eg WAC1414251234

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SAISRI April 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

WAC1414251234

WAC: CALIFORNIA CENTER
14 : 2014
142: APRIL 22
51234 : unique number for that case

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AD/RP/CA April 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

This is an UNUSUAL question, but I really need your help. My receptionist told me that my HR received mail from USCIS yesterday, but she has not informed me about it yet. I am the only person applying from my office, so that makes me pretty sure that it was for me. But my HR hates my guts and I have a feeling she is hiding it from me.
Firstly, can the HR get an acceptance letter (since I am RP) from USCIS or is it only the Lawyer who receives it?
Secondly, is there any other way to find out if you got picked in the lottery??
Any advice can be useful!! Thanks!

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mandola April 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Got the receipt number today…
Non-AD, Non-PP and CA servive center… I think they are starting sending this out this week for RP/Non-AD… so keep your fingers crossed and best of luck to everyone

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Sai April 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Receipt number thru mail or email?

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Super April 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Super… Congrats!!! May know the receipt date?

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SAISRI April 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

congrats!!!

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Athul April 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Congrats! Did you get it by mail? Also where is your employer/ attorney located?

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Super April 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Mandola,can you please get XXX from WAC14XXX from your friend.Thank you!

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Sachin April 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Is there a difference between how AD “selection” is conducted compared to regular gap “random selection” ?

The wording from USCIS never mentioned about ‘random’ for AD category.

From USCIS – “The agency conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All advanced degree petitions not selected then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.”

http://www.uscis.gov/news/usci

Note – I do understand the fact that AD people join the pool of regular cap if they are not selected under AD exemption.

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I want a receipt April 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Has anyone heard from Egan EY Non Masters.

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Ben April 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Anybody able to see the status update in Vermont center? with my case no I always see case not found. Do I need to worry about it? Please guys give me some update.

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SkyB April 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I can see my status now, my receipt notice date 17th April.

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jaimatadi April 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Is it from Vermont center?

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Vishnu -Fragomen RP April 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm

any one from fragomen/ RP and received receipts?

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PS April 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Sandra, when is your graduation?

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Non-AD/RP/VT April 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Hi All,

Anybody under the non-advanced, regular processing start getting receipts from the VT center ? Any idea on when these ones would be received?

Thanks

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harini April 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm

My case is same i m eagerly waiting

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Athul April 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Same here…Any idea by when non-AD/RP will start coming? Did VT start sending those already …anxiously waiting!

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Shane April 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Vermont center is little slow . keep patient guys.

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SAISRI April 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I heard on someother forum some one got receipt NON-AD/NON-PP/VT

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harini April 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Ca started one of my fruwnd got it. Keep a hope all the best guys.

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Super April 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Harini, can you please get XXX from WAC14XXX from your friend.Thank you!

harini April 23, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I did nt knew it sorry i cant get that.

Archie April 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Jus read in another blog that one person got information from his lawyer that he received one Non AD/RP receipt today

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Dave April 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Anyone from RQ/RP got any recpts? I haven’t seen any comments regarding RQ/RP till now.

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lakshmi April 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Hi Frens

Can any one help me out with my question ?
How to ensure that employer filed H1B and reached USCIS ? I Knew it depends merely trust on employer ,but a hope is there a way to trace out . . I appreciate your help . .

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Dave April 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

There is no way to find out. You can ask for the UPS/Fedex recpt number, but even then you cannot be sure if that package contains your petition or not. You just need to trust your employer.

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Nick - Got the Receipt April 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Hi All,

I got the Receipt from my employer today.
AD/RP/WAC – WAC14136XXXXX

“On April 10, 2014, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case.”

Wish you all the very best of luck
Let me know if you need any more information

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waiting4mybro April 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Congrats.

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Nick April 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Thanks man. Good luck

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AD/RP/Vermont April 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Not sure if anyone has the same case as of mine … My employer had applied for 8 applications under regular processing … He just called me today informing he received 7 receipts except mine … Is any one experiencing same issue … I am very nervous and all worried … I think I was picked up in the lottery …

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AD/RP/Vermont April 23, 2014 at 6:21 pm

I meant I was not picked in the lottery

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waiting4mybro April 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Don’t loose hope your receipt should be on the way… as i am waiting for my bro’s.

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waiting4mybro April 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I beleive we both will get it…. Lets just hope and pray….

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AD/RP/Vermont April 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Yep … Good luck to us and everyone else … Am just frustrated

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Aa April 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Hey, I’m in the same boat. 3 out of 4 got it except mine. After a lot of convincing by people here and friends, I’m optimistic again. Hopefully, we both get it buddy. God!!

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AD/RP/Vermont April 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm

How many days have passed after they got the receipt ?

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Aa April 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

2 days

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H1B2015 April 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

I was in the same situation last year: At this stage, all other H1B applications from my company had a receipt number yet nothing for me. On May 10th my package was returned to our lawyers, so I was not selected. This year I have applied again and have not heard anything as of yet, (I’m AD/RP/CA). I have a Ph.D, 2 post docs (One a Marie Curie) and 25+ publications and am working for a very niche firm. At this stage I don’t have much hope.

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AD/RP/Vermont April 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I just came to know today so want to know how many days should I be waiting for before going to plan b !!!

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H1B2015 April 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Start working on plan B now (last week actually). If your application is still pick then it’s fantastic, but the likelihood at this stage is quite small. So you should be focusing on alternatives with intent, while still holding a candle for the lottery.

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AD/RP/Vermont April 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Thanks … sounds pretty depressing … do you have any ideas for plan B ?

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H1B2015 April 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Well, last year when I wasn’t selected my company applied for a J-1 visa for me (which was approved in 2 weeks). My J visa is valid for 18 months and was intended to bridge the gap between last year and this year, since I’m not subject to the 2 year home rule requirement. If you can do that and are not subject to a home rule requirement, it’s a good option. I’m still working on plan B, right now I’m thinking that I will return to my country and start a company based on what I learned here over the past year.

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AD/PP/CA April 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Have anyone heard from Baker and Mckenzie regarding H1B application?

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AD/PP/CA April 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

My law firm Backer and Mckenzie is not communicating anything, that’s why wanted to check whether anyone else filled through them and get notified.

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Mark April 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I’m using them too. They have a cool portal where you can check your status online. They anticipate most Non-AD/RP receipts to be this week.

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AD/PP/CA April 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Really!! could you please share the link of the portal here. You are a great help.

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Mark April 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm

A paralegal should have contacted you with a Login and a Password. Reach out to them if you never got an e-mail about it. Here is the portal though: https://global.inszoom.com/.

And I think receipts will trickle in off the wait list for the next 3 weeks. But if I were a betting man I’d guess that we’ve seen the end of true PP acceptances, and we’re finishing up AD/RG over the next day or so.

However, I think many more receipts are issued off the wait list than one might think. Stay optimistic and we’ll pull through through this.

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AD/PP/CA April 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Does that mean, they are saying hope for AD/PP is over?

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AD/PP/CA April 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Really!! dont know that. Could please share the link here for the portal. Also did they say that hope is over for AD/PP?

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aptxk1d April 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

PP/AD/CA just got receipt from the attorney. Thank God. Shows got selected on 4/11 and emailed out the result. The delay is indeed kind of random.

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Game Over April 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Congrats Dude….You have rekindled a ray of hope in all of us now… :)

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AD/PP/CA April 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

How your Attorney got notified? through mail or email?

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AD/PP/CA April 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

plz share 1st few digits of reciept no.

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Hope April 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

aptxk1d , Who is your attorney, if I may ask ?? Is it Fragomen by any chance

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aptxk1d April 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

It is indeed Fragomen

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AD/RP/Vermont April 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Congrats

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Game Over April 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Is it Game over for all PP’s ( AD/NON AD ) or are we still hopefull to wait until 28th.. Coz I see lot of RP’s being generated and do not see a single comment from a couple of hours back about any PP coming thru ?

Not to disappoint anyone…. just wanted some thoughts …

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CW April 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Not true. Lots of PP/CA got receipt today if you look at previous few threads.

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Game Over April 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Hope to get one….. ..

Thanks

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NH April 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

My friend (AD/RP/VT) got his receipt this afternoon. Good luck everyone.

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Anmol April 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

If I am not wrong, all those who have got a response are masters irrespective of PP or RP ?

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Feeling hopeful April 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I have been following this page since April 1st and it’s time for me to contribute now. I just got my receipt from my employer. I was feeling pretty hopeless when seeing a lot of regular process people got their receipt on Monday and Tuesday. Finally today I got mine! So all I want to say is don’t lose hope… Receipts are still on their way to be sent out!

AD/RP/VT
Notice Date April 18 2014

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vckiller April 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm

AD/RP/VT receipt recieved

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HL April 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

ADV/RP/CA, as far as that was what the law firm told me.

The law firm never informed me the status expect the first mail on March 31st. Tired of waiting and checked the last from the law firm this morning and found I can check it myself on their web. Surprisedly found my receipt was received on April 10th.

However, all 3 of my colleagues checked their status. No receipt shown yet.

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Ruby April 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

@HL, which law firm filed ur petition? how do you know your receipt number to track?

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Me April 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

+1

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Akki April 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I and my husband both had applied for H1 visa. My husbands company applied for him through PP/VT and for me RP/ VT. And just few minutes back i got mail from my lawyer that my H1 visa got selected .I am happy for my H1B but i wish and pray that my husband’s visa also get selected.
And i hope by 28th we will get to hear good news for my husbands H1 visa too….
fingers crossed…

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New April 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Akki, Yours is Masters or Non-Masters?

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Asian April 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Admin!!!

Please clear the cache, could not able to see the comments, please schedule the drop cache so it is automated……

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S April 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

DSO says “active OPTX ends on xx/xx/14. There is COS pending initiated on 04/22/14″
Am I to understand if this has been picked in the lottery. Can somebody please confirm?(AD/RP/VT)

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StillWaiting April 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

It means your applications has been picked. Congos!!

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S April 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Thanks!!!
Hoping so. But neither check has been received yet nor received a receipt no. yet.

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S April 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Thanks!!!
Hoping so. But neither check has been encashed nor received a receipt no. yet.

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Aryan April 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Yes,congrats..u r in…..mine was same on Monday but today cheque has been cashed nd I was informed by my employer.

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S April 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Thank you Aryan. Hope the check gets cashed.

All the best for all !!!

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waiting4mybro April 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm

AD/RP/VT – Did any body hear from ogle tree deakins today…

This wait is killing me now…..

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AD/RP/CA April 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Hi,

I haven’t. I am waiting to hear from Ogletree as well.

AD/RP/CA

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ADCap April 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I am AD / Reg / Vermont too..file through Fragomen but haven’t heard anything yet !

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Gb April 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Dont worry, My lawyer is als Fragomen I just got my receipt, it was generated onApr 17th.

You will get it, good luck

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waiting4mybro April 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Hope i get receipt soon… Thanks for your words..

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