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How to Check H1B Visa Processing times on USCIS website? Guide Screenshots

Check H1B visa processing time USCIS website I-129 form

As I scanned through most of the comments on H1B topics, one of the most discussed topics is “ How long will my H1B petition processing take, I have filed in April of 2010 ?”. Some of you may know how to check the processing times on USCIS website, some of you may not know exactly. This article is a guide with screenshots to help some of you how to verify the processing times of your applications in various centers.

Identify your Processing center from H1B receipt Number ?

Read this article : Understanding H1B Case Number for full details about your case. On a high level first three letters indicate the location name of the service center where the H1B visa petition was filed.

LIN – Nebraska Service Center (LIN refers to Lincoln, Nebraska).

EAC – Vermont Service Center (old name: Eastern Adjudication Center).

SRC – Texas Service Center (old name: Southern Regional Center).

WAC – California Service Center (old name: Western Adjudication Center).

Check the H1B Processing time on USCIS website

USCIS H1B Processing 2010 and 2011It  might be pretty obvious link on home page, but in case you have not noticed…In the left hand navigation, you must see under

Customer tools à Before I file à Check Processing times

1)    Click on this link : Check Processing time

2)    Select your processing center based on the case number at your hand

3)    Display of processing times at a center.

Look at the screenshots below. You may not see exact dates at some centers and they say two  months or so. Be aware that USCIS may not update these dates daily. It is just a high level time. Read below for checking total volumes processed at service centers.

H1B Processing time USCIS Steps

Look at Total Volume at USCIS H1B Processing centers

Another way to look at the processing times at the centers is to look at the volume of the H1B petitions they are processing every month. As you know despite less number of applications for Fiscal year 2011, still there is a lot of delay in processing at some centers. USCIS gives us a nice graph to see the volumes. For this, you exactly go the location as above mentioned, but select Check National processing

Customer tools à Before I file à Check National processing

1)    Click on this link : Check National Processing  time

2)    Select form type I-129

3)    Select your processing office,

4)    Select chart type and hit get results

It will give you a nice graph of the processing time of H1B petitions with good legend. Might not be the best, but gives a big picture. Check the screen shots below.

Do you know of any other creative ways to check the H1B processing times on USCIS website ?

H1B USCIS National Processing time

Sampel Vermont Center H1B processing time I 129

170 comments… add one

  • Angus Jun 25, 2014 Reply

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  • Papireddy Bhogasamudram. Oct 18, 2013 Reply

    My h1 status is changed to rfe response review on Sept 23.can any please help me how much time takes to approve the petion

    Califiornia is the centre

    • Saurabh Oct 21, 2013 Reply

      Papireddy Bhogasamudram,
      Typical processing time for petitions w/o PP is 60 days, but it can take longer in some cases. If PP, then its 15 calendar days.

  • Uwanuyp Oct 9, 2012 Reply

    Hi,
    My Employer file for my H1B and told ME ITS BEEN APPROVED AND HE WOULDNT WANT TO GIVE ME MY RECEIPT,OK NOW WITH MUCH PRESSURE HES TELLING ME NOW MY H1B WAS NOT APPROVED IS PENDING,PLEASE WHICH H1B IS STILL ON PENDING TILL THIS MOMENT,THOT ITS STARTS BY OCTOBER 1ST,SECONDLY ,PLEASE I ACTUALLY KNOW THE ACTIONS TO TAKE ON THEM,BUT PLS TELL ME WOULD H1B BE PENDING THIS LONG?,WHY DID HE LIE AND EVEN GAVE ME A NUMBER I WAS TRACKING THAT SAID ITS BEEN APPROVED AND NOW TELLING ME PENDING! ADVICE ME,THANK YOU.

    • Saurabh Oct 16, 2012 Reply

      Uwanuyp,
      Shouting in a forum doesn’t help. May I suggest turning off the CAPS lock next time you post here?

      There are still several petitions pending and so it is not out of normal for your petition also to be pending. You should get the receipt number and then track it online on USCIS website to get most up-to-date information.

  • amit Oct 9, 2012 Reply

    Hi Saurabh…

    The below dates are h1b approval I-797 form. But its not complete 3 years..Will the dates on the passport be the same or different.
    Classification: H1B
    Starting Validity Date: 10/03/12
    Ending Validity Date: 08/06/15
    Consulate notified (if applicable): NEW DELHI I-94 # (if applicable):

    • Ram Oct 10, 2012 Reply

      Hi Amit,

      Within how many days from the approved date you got the approval I-797 form. My H1b is approved (Post Decision) on September 27. Till now I didn’t get the I-797 form. Can anbody please tell me normally how much time will it take ?

      • Paulo Oct 10, 2012 Reply

        Your employer should have received the i-797 approved notice by now. You should call them and follow up with them. Suppose uscis uses regular mail service, they for sure have mailed the i-797 on Sep 27th.

        • Ram Oct 11, 2012 Reply

          Hi Paulo,

          I have got the I-797 yesterday. Thanks a lot for your valuable response.

          Thanks,
          Ram

    • Saurabh Oct 16, 2012 Reply

      Amit,
      It should have been 3 years. Maybe an error on the side of the officer. Usually the visa stamp in the passport is same as petition validity dates.

  • waiting husband Oct 9, 2012 Reply

    my wife’s H1 b is approved…

    EAC12168*****, 31st may, non masters, regular, approved 9th oct

    Thanks everyone for keeping me sane.. Thanks to this blog.

  • Saju Jun 8, 2012 Reply

    Hi Saurabh,

    I was in US for the last 2 years with my dependents and came back to India for vacation. Now my H1-B extension is approved going for the stamping. I need your expert advice in below DS 160 questions.
    1) Do you have any immediate relatives not including parents in the united states?
    Do I need to mention my wife and children are my immediate relatives here? Thye are in their dependent visa H4.
    2)For my dependent application Is your father in US?and Is your mother in US?
    do I need to enter mine and wife names here with Nonimmigrant status?
    3) I am filling DS 160 for my dependents, do I need to answer yes for anybody assisted for filing the application?

    Pls clarify at the earliest.

    Thanks.

    • Saurabh Jun 8, 2012 Reply

      Saju,
      1. I am not 100% sure, but you can mention them. You also need to mention their visa statuses in US
      2. Yes
      3. For children I don’t think that is required. I don’t remember exactly but there is something mentioning about signature of guardian in case of minors, right?

  • Saju May 28, 2012 Reply

    I have question about on filling DS 160 form for visa stamping. Regarding the Educational qualification only graduation details are enough or 10th and 12th details required?

    Also I am not sure the exact date & duration of the education, so can I able to provie an approximate details? Did they cross check this information with old DS 156 & 157 forms.

    Thanks.

    • Saurabh May 28, 2012 Reply

      Saju,
      10th and 12th details are not required. You can give those dates to the best of your knowledge.I don’t think they will match it against previously entered 156-7 forms, and if they do they will not penalize you for dates mismatching by few days.

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