How to check H1B visa petition filing status? Approval,RFE,Denial

One of the most commonly asked questions on the blog related to H1B petitions filings is : “ How do check status of  my H1B petition and How long does it exactly take ?”.    Also, many people are worried about their status and some say “It has been 4 months since I filed, no reply from USCIS or still my case is in initial review status”.  If you have filed a petition, you would be curious to know how the various status on USCIS would look…I think it is hard to know how it exactly looks because I do no think anyone posts the screenshots online…. Finally, I am able to take some time to search and do this. Let me share some of my thoughts here with screenshots.

Check H1B visa petition filing status?

Though this question may seem trivial for someone who is America, it is not as trivial for someone in other country. The simple fact is, one may not know the visa filing system in America and the H1B petition might have been filed by their current company, some consulting company or a big corporation. In any case, there is nothing wrong if you do not know this. Anyways, USCIS is the US Govt. Org that accepts H1B petitions for any fiscal year and they count your application towards a cap that is allotted for a year, which is 65,000 for regular quota and 20,000 for advanced degree quota. You can check the status of your application online on USCIS site.

You can check by this USCIS  link : Check H1B visa Application Status.

As shown in screen shot below you enter the H1B petition receipt number.

USCIS Check h1b application status

H1B visa application Screen shots – Approval, Premium, RF, Denial

Initial Review Status of H1B visa application

As soon as USCIS receives your application, they will update their system and it will show initial review status in their online system. Here is a sample screenshot. Click on screen shot for bigger image.

Check H1B Visa application Status Initial Review USCIS

What is an RFE or Request for Evidence ?

For some cases, they ask for more info called RFE and send a letter to your employer/ attorney. Here is how USCIS defines RFE. Many refer to this as H1B query too.

“A request for evidence is made when an application/petition is lacking required documentation/evidence (initial evidence) or the officer needs more documentation/evidence (additional evidence) to determine an applicant’s eligibility for the benefit sought. We may send you a request for evidence at any stage of our review. The request will indicate what evidence or information is needed for us to fully evaluate your application or petition.”

RFE H1B visa petition status on USCIS

H1B approved Status by USCIS , regular filing

If your H1B was approved, the system would show a status saying when the application was approved and when they mailed you the I797 decision. Here is how it shows on USCIS site for approval.

Check H1B visa application status approval status USCIS Approval Notice

H1B Premium Processing USCIS Status?

If you have done premium processing, you may see different status update, because the initial update is communicated via email. Check below screenshot for approval status on USCIS for a H1B premium processing application

H1B approval notice Premium processing status USCIS

H1B visa petition Denial Notice status on USCIS?

Unfortunately, some people get denials, Here is how USCIS would show the status. Check the screenshot.

Denial Notice status of H1B visa petition filed USCIS

I hope to write an article in future on how to check the online processing times explaining how the number helps you get an idea of approximate time and how you can do it on USCIS site.

Just again, You can check status by this USCIS link : Check H1B visa Application Status

1883 comments… add one

  • H1B Seeker Sep 15, 2015 Reply

    Hi Admin,

    My Petition got selected in lottery but still showing “Case was Received” Is there any deadline to accept or update status for all the cases?

    Any Info ? Kindly let me know?

    H1B Seeker

    • Kumar Sep 15, 2015 Reply

      Unfortunately, there is no deadline for the status update, unless you upgrade to premium processing. You have to wait, thats the only choice, if it is regular processing.

    • Anonymous Sep 24, 2015 Reply

      My case status is still shown as “Received”, but the employer told me that the RFE has been received in my case. Please check with your employer in that case, as it seems like the USCIS website is not getting updated for RFE cases.

  • Ranganath Sep 1, 2015 Reply

    Hi My Case shows as “On August 22, 2015, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACXXXXXXXX. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by September 5, 2015, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to to give us your new mailing address”.

    Please let me know how much time required to get proper information

  • Mani Aug 29, 2015 Reply

    I traveled from india with the copy of H1B Amendment receipt number, however the amendment is in progress, can I look to changing my employer? i.e. when one amendment is in progress are we eligible to submit another amendment? Please advise.

  • Satheesh Aug 28, 2015 Reply

    Hi My case : I am with in USA and applied for H1B transfer on April 2nd 2015, RFE responded . ” On June 23, 2015, we received your response to our Request for Evidence for your Form I-129, Petition for a Non immigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACxxxxxxx. Our Vermont Service Center office will begin working on your case again. We will mail you a decision or notify you if we need something from you”. Till today I haven’t got any update.

  • Rajesh Aug 11, 2015 Reply

    Hi I am Rajesh. I applied H1B visa for my wife this year through one consultancy in Texas. But I am doubting that they didn’t apply her visa and they just simply pretending that they applied. I recently got an email from them that my wife application is not picked up in lottery and thet sent rejection letter along with that email. When I looked at that rejection letter I felt like it was created by them. I checked with one of my friend (applied through another consultancy) whose petition is not picked and got rejection letter. Both the rejection started with different character. My friend rejection case number started with “VRN”, but my wife rejection case number started with “CRN”, also the copy I got was a black and white PDF, but my friend letter looking like actual rejection letter with all color lettering. Can anyone help me how to find whether my consultant really processed my wife petition or not? and how exactly the rejection case number starts with?

  • Rajesh Kumar Jul 23, 2015 Reply

    My H1B is picked up in the lottery for fiscal year 2016. and My Employer got receipt for lottery pick up.
    But They are still waiting for approval form I-797 from uscis.
    Can any one have idea why It is taking too much time?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Vamshidhar Jun 3, 2015 Reply

    My status is as below:
    can some one please confirm what will be the next step.
    On April 13, 2015, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number XXXXXXXXXXXX, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 13, 2015, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to to give us your new mailing address.

    • Vamsi Aug 24, 2015 Reply

      Is there any progress in your case.. Even my status shows the same for the month of may :(

  • suman May 25, 2015 Reply

    i got selected in lottery and my status is showing as below since 1 month . can you pls explain me here

    Case Was Received
    On April 13, 2015, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number XXX_XX_XX_XXXX, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 13, 2015, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to to give us your new mailing address.

    • samestatus Jun 13, 2015 Reply

      This means, hang tight with patience till August end.

  • Name Updated May 21, 2015 Reply

    When I checked case status it is showing “Name updated”.
    What does it mean?

    • AA Aug 28, 2015 Reply

      It’s approved.

      • CD Sep 21, 2015 Reply

        How you can say it is approved.

        • H1BHopeful Sep 21, 2015 Reply

          He is wrong. It is not approved. If the petition is approved, the online status would change to “Case Was Approved And My Decision Was Emailed/Mailed” and nothing else.

    • CD Sep 21, 2015 Reply


      Any update on your case as My status is showing same?Is that approved?

    • CD Sep 21, 2015 Reply

      Do you any update after this?Actually I have same status from 9 sep 15

  • Sridhar May 21, 2015 Reply


    Still i didn’t get any info from my sponsor about my H1B status, so how can i get it info through online.

  • AD/Non-AD May 14, 2015 Reply

    As my employer has not reveled if my visa application was filed under AD/Non-AD.
    So by the case number how can I get to know if my application was under AD/Non-AD??

    • AD/Non-AD May 14, 2015 Reply

      I completed my MS in USA, but i returned back to India after my graduation. Now i donno in which quota did my employer apply my H1B on.

  • Barbara May 2, 2015 Reply

    I applied to the h1b visa 2016 and the checks for all the fees was deposited: does that means my visa got approved!?

    • H12015Denied-FiledH12016 May 11, 2015 Reply


  • bel Apr 30, 2015 Reply

    I was told that my company filled H1B this year 2016 and asked PP fee have transfer to them. I have no clue did my company filled petition or not? Is there any way to check my company filled H1B on my name or not?

    Thank you,

    • Anurag May 1, 2015 Reply

      I saw in another article on redbus2us this excerpt:
      “USCIS mentioned that they will reject and return all the petitions that were not selected in the lottery, along with the filing fee”
      So even if your company applied visa for you, then should be getting the visa application fee back – assuming your appl was not approved by USCIS. Unless they are asking for attorney fees, I don’t see the point of it

  • Naveed Jan 2, 2015 Reply

    Does it possible USCIS (US Dept. Of Homeland & Security) issue denial letter to authorized agent without issue date on letter and without mentioning I-129 H1-B visa application number for any applicant as our agent has shown it to us for my wife’s application, please advise.

  • manorama Dec 4, 2014 Reply

    Uscis received response on my case rfe on 29th September and they said they wil rply before 28th November, on 28th nov whn i spoke to my consultant, he said they receive some letter from the uscis office for further detailing, bt the status on the uscis site is still the same with same dates , now i receive a call from my consultant that ‘they have to apeel on my case’ …….. can anyone tell what exactly its mean, m so tensed….. the status is still the same on uscis site (response received, they wil reply before 28th nov) ……pls help guys

  • RK Nov 20, 2014 Reply

    Hello Guys,After response to NOID for I-129 H1B Visa, today I See status “We updated your name for your I-129 , Petition for Non-Immigrant worker.” What is this mean..? Please advise.. Iam really tensed…

    • Am Nov 21, 2014 Reply

      Hi I got the same status update when I upgraded my processing to premium. Did you find any reason for this?

      • RK Nov 22, 2014 Reply

        No Am, Iam stil in regular process only.
        Kindly, let me know if you come to know any result of your case. I do not see any forums on this type of case update. Very rare I believe.. You will come to know the result soon since you are in PP.. Pls post ur status if you come to know anything..
        All the Best in advance.. May God help us.. RK…

        • jm Dec 9, 2014 Reply

          I got the same status today. Did you get an idea of what it means? My case is through the regular process.

          • RK Dec 9, 2014

            Hi jm, Iam Still awating for my case status… On Nov 19 it was showing as “Name Updated”. May Be i need to wait till Dec 19 or Jan 19 since it is regular process. You got the Name Updated status changed from RFE or NOID..?.. I will let you know for sure on my case if i hear anything..!

      • RK Nov 22, 2014 Reply

        Hi Am, No i did not find any reason for this. checked with Employer/Attorney they are also new to this type of “Status”.
        Please let me know if you come to know any update on ur case and I will also do the same..

      • RK Dec 1, 2014 Reply

        Hi Am, Have you got any update on your case please..?

        • Rats Dec 9, 2014 Reply

          RK, did you get any update, my status also changed on dec 3rd” name was updated” .. iam also waiting

          • RK Dec 9, 2014

            Hi Rats, Iam Still awating for my case status… On Nov 19 it was showing as “Name Updated”. May Be i need to wait till Dec 19 or Jan 19 since it is regular process. You got the Name Updated status changed from RFE or NOID..?.. I will let you know for sure on my case if i hear anything..!

          • Rats Dec 9, 2014

            Mine was changed RFE RR to initial review “name was updated” on Dec 3rd .
            my case in regular process only.

          • RK Dec 9, 2014

            Hi Rats,
            What was ur RFE about..? Mine was relating to End Client letter. Crazy thing is for name update status there is no specific date is mentioned to know the result in USCIS site. Did you check with ur Attorny/Employer what is that status refers to..?

          • Rats Dec 10, 2014

            RFE i dont know, its related to employer. but now its initial review “name was updated” (related to Security check clearance)

          • ukj Dec 10, 2014

            My Case still on initial review.. ( employer.. security check result is waiting… your case was same like me before ?

          • RK Dec 10, 2014

            What does that mean Security Check Clearance..? I do not see any Initial Review as such in my case.. I just see ” On Nov 19, We updated your name for I-129 Petition for a Non Immigrant worker”. Pls let me know..

          • Rats Dec 10, 2014

            HI RK,
            Security check means background check
            UKJ@ pls let me know do u have any update?

          • ukj Dec 11, 2014

            No update .. same status.. i dont have idea about timeframe..

    • sara Dec 22, 2014 Reply

      Hi RK,

      Do you have any update now?

      I got the same status on “Oct 27, we updated your name for I129”. But no update still.

      Any luck? any specific meaning about the status?

      • RK Dec 22, 2014 Reply

        Hi Sara,
        No Luck, Still waiting for the result.. I believe you are waiting for the same almost 2 months now.. Not sure what exactly “Name updated Status” means.. Since it is Christmas /New Year season for them .. We may expect more delay till Jan end. Please let us know if you hear any good news.. I will also do the same..

        • Rats Dec 28, 2014 Reply

          Hi RK, sara,

          anyone got the update on name was updated?


          • RK Dec 28, 2014

            Hi Rats, Unfortunately my case got Denied on 24th. I Wish you all the best and good Luck…

          • sara Dec 29, 2014

            Hi RK”
            I got denial update from my employer… but in uscis site still its showing name was updated…. I do not understand that how my employer is saying it was denied since in USCIS the status was ” name was updated”

          • rats Dec 29, 2014

            Rk, sara

            Sorry to hear . both cases r name was updated on security check only
            .mine is same still waiting

          • sara Jan 7, 2015


            Do you have any update now.

          • Rats Jan 7, 2015

            Hi sara, no update yet still waiting. dont know how many days will take .. do you have any idea?

          • Sara Jan 27, 2015

            Guys ..any hot updates???

  • Rahul Aug 28, 2014 Reply


    I am a H1b holder , but didn’t get a chance to travel yet. Would like to know if i change my job then my new employer would be able to transfer my H1B or there would be some legal issues since i didn’t travel even once with my current employer.
    Changing employer while in India is legitimate and easy process ?
    Need kind help as I am badly stuck.

  • chaitanya Jul 10, 2014 Reply

    Can someone please let me know further action plan as i got mail saying that


    Your Case Status: Post Decision Activity
    On July 9, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER.

    • Atul Jul 10, 2014 Reply

      Wait for hard copy of approval. It normally takes 14 days to reach hard copy of approval to your employer. After that your employer can schedule for your visa interview.

  • just curious Jun 19, 2014 Reply

    should I expect all RFE or additional information requests sent directly to my lawyer, case is still in the initial review stage and haven’t gotten any mail yet. Thanks

  • Blossy Jun 16, 2014 Reply


    Did the USCIS send all the Application Numbers Picked up in the Lottery??
    I am worried as I haven’t heard anything about my application, Whether Picked up in Lottery or Not? It’s already mid-June, Usually what would be last date to hear about the application numbers? I am also worried whether the Employer submitted my application or Not??

    Is there anyone? who is in the same situation as me?


    Thank you

  • prin Jun 4, 2014 Reply


    My application was picked 2 weeks ago so I asked the company to provide me with the EAC case number but they haven’t provided it yet. How long does it usually take for the employer to recieve the EAC case number.

  • Trip To USA Jun 1, 2014 Reply


    I have not received the Receipt # yet my H1B was filed under Regular processing.
    Does this mean the case is not selected for lottery or generally it takes time for USIC to respond back ? I am worried and confused as some says that USIC will continue to send the receipt# by Mid of June, is this true ?

  • Sam May 19, 2014 Reply

    Hi ,
    This is Sam.One of the employer applied me a H1B VISA in April 2014.Still I didn’t get any update regarding lottery whether my application is picked or not from USCIS.
    Please let me know still is there any chances to hear good news..?

    Waiting for your reply, thanks in advance

    • MK May 20, 2014 Reply

      Same here. It sucks!

    • Sarvesh May 21, 2014 Reply

      Can anyone let me know if the lottery selection process of H1B visa is completed. The reason why I am asking this question as neither me nor my employer has heard back on it, the visa fee check is still not cashed, also we haven’t either got the visa fee back. So wondering if the lottery selection process is still in progress.

    • Sarat May 29, 2014 Reply

      Same case here.

      • Loc May 30, 2014 Reply

        I’m too. I am still waiting for the result.

        • Abhijit May 30, 2014 Reply

          Same with me. Getting no information, even if it is denied they should inform me. Waiting this long really sux

  • vishnu reddy May 16, 2014 Reply

    I have applied through a consulting company and i received a receipt number(WAC-XX-XXX-XXXXX). Does that mean my H1B application got picked in the lottery? I have also checked the status in website today and it says “Initial Review”. How and when do i know if it is approved/rejected?

    • Sean May 16, 2014 Reply

      Dude, plz use some common sense. this is the dumbest question i seen on this blog.

    • temp May 18, 2014 Reply

      Yes, That means your application was selected in the lottery..
      keep looking for status change in the website.. some times your employer get notified earlier than the wesite status udate…

    • Krishna May 21, 2014 Reply

      You can get denied for being dump.

      • Loc May 30, 2014 Reply

        Like your words! He pretends to be dump.

  • Hema May 12, 2014 Reply


    My H1B was picked up in the lottery for fiscal year 2015 and i was keeping a close watch on the tracking. From “Initial Review status” the status got updated to “Post Decision Activity”. Does this mean an RFE came on our petition? or Is that a denial?

    Although there was a separate status defined for RFE “Request for evidence’, the petition is not clocked at that point. Please clarify what signifies this direct movement to “Post decision Activity” ?

    It was mentioned that the notice is mailed, my employer os yet to receive it.

    • Scientist May 19, 2014 Reply

      I’d say good news is coming your way :-)

    • KK Oct 29, 2014 Reply

      Hi Hema,

      My case is same. I got the same update today for my status. Can you please help me here with your experience.

  • raj May 6, 2014 Reply


    My application was picked 2 weeks ago so I asked the company to provide me with the EAC case number but they haven’t provided it yet. How long does it usually take for the employer to recieve the EAC case number.


  • Santosh Apr 16, 2014 Reply

    My H-1B application was filed on 1st April, but my employer said that the cheques are not yet cleared. How long it take to cash? When we come to know that petition is selected for lottery or not?

  • Selvan Apr 7, 2014 Reply

    I have applied through a consulting company. I asked them the tracker number, they replied that , it will only be generated only after the submission of the application? Is it correct or do we get it before its being picked up in the lottery.

    Thank you.


    • rk Apr 7, 2014 Reply

      You will get the receipt number only if it gets picked in lottery. Otherwise USCIS returns the package along with the fee cheques submitted. There is no way to check the status till you receive the receipt number for your case. This online tracker is of no use till then. For normal processing, it might take anywhere from end of April to Mid may for the announcements to be made.

  • shravan Mar 17, 2014 Reply

    nice one but will there be any date before which we will know if our h1 application is selected or not

    • rk Apr 7, 2014 Reply

      Sometimes, the cheques are submitted to bank if it is picked in the lottery and intimation comes to the respective attorney or employer later. This is the only other way to know.

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