Check H1B visa processing time

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

In Apply H1B Visa by Kumar256 Comments

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

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Comments ( 256 )

  1. Amy

    Hi All,

    I have a approved H1B starting from Oct 2015. But unfortunately
    for the client with which my petition got approved project ended.
    Now on 10th June they have applied for amendment + extension for a new project at different location since my petition is getting expired SEP 2016 under regular processing. Any idea how long it might take?
    Cant I travel to US until I get extension approval?

    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Amy,

      Couple of questions –
      1. Is your visa stamped in the passport?
      2. Where do you intent to work in US? At the new location? Is that project ready to start?

      1. Amy

        Saurabh,

        1) I havnt gone for visa stamping yet.
        2) Yes its a new location. So Amendment + extension has been applied during normal processing.

    1. sheila marie paradela

      april 20 processing could be and 29th is my travel ,be sure of the company and 2Go courier to send my documents on my hand..thanks for info

    2. sheilamariecenabreparadela

      H1Class US- Nurse course ,course by course and normal process from H1b US working visa..approved and eligible for USA Greencard.Congratulations!!!

  2. sheila marie paradela

    The March month for the US travel Atlanta,Georgia and New York ,Southwest Airlines and meantime the project is on going… there is no discontinuation of the work as long as the US visa and reciprocity is functioning…

  3. Amit Kumar

    HI all,
    My H1 amendment is in process, i am planning for india visit.
    can i go india while my H1 amendment in process.

  4. Vaib

    Hi,

    My visa expired 30-Sep-2015, i-94 expired 10-Oct-2015. Company filed h1b extension in normal processing and i have got the extension receipts by 2-Oct-2015.

    By 240 days rules i can stay in US till 10-June-2015(counting from 10-Oct-2015).

    I have not received any update till 15-Feb-2015. Current processing time for WAC center shows 31-Dec-2015 to 25-Jun-2015, for H1B extension for person in USA.

    Please help me to evaluate my situation and when i can expect confirmation for visa extension. Same time, what will happen if i get visa extension confirmation beyond 10-Jun-2015.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Vaib,

      Petition processing has been tremendously slow this year. Looking at the trend, your petition may get processed in next 1-2 months.

      Assuming Jun 10 is the deadline for your 240 day rule, you may decide to upgrade to PP once it is close to 200 days.

  5. Prem

    My I94 expires on november 2016. How long before I can file my h1B extention. I know the processing time is slow now. If I apply PP what about H4 extention?. Is that 240 days rule applicable for H4 also or they can stay until it got approved.

    What about the status of H4 EAD?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Prem,

      H-4 extension would include I-94 extension. It can be filed at most 6 months in advance. Yes, you get to stay for up to 240 days beyond I-94 expiration date, as long as the extension has been timely filed.

      EAD extension is another document, which can be applied along w/ H-4 extension. However, there is no PP option available for EAD. And you cannot work while current EAD has expired and new EAD is pending.

  6. Mech_Raw

    Hi Saurabh,

    My wife’s employer filed H1B and USCIS portal shows that On July 20, 2015, they mailed a request for additional evidence. Her Employer responded to RFE on 10 Oct but since then the USCIS postal is not updated and still shows “Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed”.

    Are there any delay from USCIS in updating the online portal to reflect the correct status.

    Thanks!!

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Mech_Raw,

      At times, USCIS site doesn’t show updated information. If your employer has proof that it was received by USCIS, then you are safe. Still employer should raise an SR to know why the status is not updated and maybe have it fixed.

    2. Rahul Rathod

      Hi Saurabh, Thanks for replying all queries patiently. My H1B amendment was filed on 18th June 2015. You have mentioned in the previous comments to check for I-824 in the processing times. For Vermont, I see that August 31, 2015 is the date mentioned. So, why does the EAC filing status still show “Your case was received status”.

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        Rahul Rathod,

        If your filing date is prior to processing date mentioned on USCIS site, then your employer should raise a SR to follow-up w/ USCIS.

  7. Amit Kumar

    HI, i applied for H1 Extension. USCIS California Service received my application on 12 june 2015 and its Jan 2016 but no change in status for H1b extension. Still i can see the status as Case was received. Any idea on why there is so much of delay. It would be great if you help me with it.

    My employer attempted to initiate a service inquiry, but received this message:
    “Your application or petition is currently within the posted processing times. An inquiry may not be created at this time. Further information about recent processing times can be viewed on the uscis.gov webpage”.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Amit Kumar,
      USCIS has been way too slow this year. There are many others in the same boat and there is nothing you can do except to wait, or upgrade to PP.

    2. Sudhan

      Amit,

      The processing table shows june 8 as the last processed application as of November 31. Yours should have been picked up and processed. You can expect the status change by end this or first week of feb

  8. Deepika

    Hi Saurabh,

    Can you please help me understand whether does H1-B amendment (change of location) also takes care of H1-B extension? My amendmen (or extension) was filled on 1st September 2015, how much time will it take for the processing? Can H4 be filed separately in such a case?
    Please advice.

    Thanks,
    Deepika

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Deepika,

      Amendment doesn’t extends a person’s stay. It is either a correction on old approved petition (like name change) or a modification (like location change).

      You can amendment processing time on USCIS site for your processing center. Look for I-824 petition.

      You need to file H-4 for yourself (as COS) or for your spouse? Need more information about it before I can answer.

    2. malu kothari

      My Manager told me that along with H1 amendment my extension was also filed..However while submitting the docs I only sent the amendment ones..My i94 expires on 31st march, 16 and amendment was filed in August.No updates yet..

      So shall I be convinced that h1 extension is under progress too and my stay is not impacted beyond 31st march?

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        malu kothari,

        Check w/ employer if they received 797C for extension petition. If that was timely filed, then you are all set and can track it online on USCIS site.

  9. ramjasmeenakshi

    My application received on 31 august 2015 and its Jan 2016 but no change in status for H1b extention.I am worried as my current visa will expire on 29jan2016 and just now a new employer filed a transfer in premium.Can sombody pls help.What can be the consequences.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      ramjasmeenakshi,

      There is a considerable delay in processing both cap-subject and cap-exempted petitions. However, if the new employer has filed petition in PP, you should know the result pretty quickly and can then switch to new employer.

      In case you don’t join the new employer, you can still continue to stay and work inside US for 240 days beyond your I-94 expiration date as long as your extension petition was timely filed. Your attorney did the right thing by filing it 6 months in advance. Gives you ample time.

      1. Balraj

        Hi All,

        I have applied for H1B amendment in the month of June 2015 and still i can see the status as Case was received.

        My petition says it is sent to Vermont Service centre.
        When i verified the processing times at vermont Center, i can see they are processing Time frame is 27 August 2015 applications.

        Can any one please let me know whether my application is processed or what is happening to my application or is there any way to find the latest status.

        Thank you so much for the help.

        Regards,
        Balraj

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Balraj,

          For amendment, you need to look at I-824 and not I-129. The processing time for Amendment I-824 is July 2015. So yours should have been picked up by now. Ask your attorney to follow-up w/ USCIS.

          1. Balraj Kokkanti

            Hi Suarabh,

            I just called my petitoner and asked them to followup, they are saying currently USCIS is processing June 1st week forms, how does it different from the one what we got in the website and what i have been told by my petitioner.

            Please advise.

            Thanks,
            Balraj

          2. administrator
            Saurabh

            Balraj Kokkanti,

            This wouldn’t be the first time that a petition is still processing but the website is showing a later date. The attorney can again ask and mention the highlighted dates on the site, but I doubt if it would be very helpful, still worth a shot.

    2. Deepika

      Thanks Saurabh, my employer told me that amendment will take are of the extension also (I am not sure what they meant by that). I wanted to file H4 for my husband, currently he is in India and I am in US with my H1-B under processing for amendment + extension. Please suggest what should I ask my employer to clarify? And can I file for H4 in this case.

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        Deepika,

        I checked amendment form and didn’t see anywhere to ask for extension of status. Ask your employer what form did they file – I-824 or I-539 or both?

        To apply for H-4, you need to have an approved H-1 petition. Your current petition has expired and new one is still pending. IMO, he should wait until you get your approval.

  10. Rajannaidu Menda

    Hi,
    My company submitted my H1 renewal on August 13th 2015, till date I didn’t get the update on the case.

    I saw the case status based on where they had filed it shows as of October 31’st they were processing June 1’st files and there is no current one.

    Can we assume by end of December or early January my H1B extension can be done.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Rajannaidu Menda,
      It may be done depending upon how many petitions were filed b/w June and Aug. If the load was similar then you can assume that progress is being made at steady state. If not, it can be done earlier or later.

    2. varun

      HI
      My company Filed my H1b under regular process and got RFE and submitted the RFE on NOV16th 2015 and I am still waiting for a reply on my H1b status and this at California center .. How long will it take my RFE to be replied for my H1b case for regular processing .I am worried that its getting very late as we are in end of December 2015 di any one has got approval very recently please share your comments that will help me on what I can do my next steps.

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        varun,

        There is considerable delay at USCIS’ centers. Just ensure that USCIS did receive your package and then sit back and wait patiently. Or you can upgrade to PP.

        1. varun

          Saurabh,

          USCIS had receive my case and its been 45 days still now..
          I have to join school to maintain my status again..
          I am worried if its gets denied if I do PP now..

          1. administrator
            Saurabh

            varun,
            It an urban legend that upgrading to PP causes denials. If the petition is supposed to be denied, it will be denied under both RP and PP.

            Did you talk to your H-1 attorney about this?

          2. varun

            Saurabh,

            Firstly I thank you being very kind in answering the questions asked by people.
            Now I am in a puzzle as I have told you I am waiting on my H1b status which had rfe and my employer replied to it and uscis received it.
            To maintain status I have applied to the college and then the ISO of that school found out that my F1 sevis is cancelled because they see approval in my change of status but when I asked my employer or checked my EAC nber there is no updates on my case.
            What should I do now please advise.
            Thank you

          3. administrator
            Saurabh

            Varun,
            You can try couple of things:
            – Ask employer to raise SR w/ USCIS to find out what’s happening
            – What happens when you enter your I-94 on USCIS site’s self tool or use self e-verify

          4. varun

            Hi Saurabh,

            When I am looking up on uscis with my EAC number I see a message saying your rfe was submitted on November 14th 2015 and we are working on your case. If u wish to change or update your address go here.
            This is the message I see in uscis..
            I am worried if it’s approved or denied..

          5. varun

            Hi Saurabh,

            I had called SEVP to check my sevis they confirmed that my change of status was approved and told to contact uscis.
            When I raised a SR online I received a message saying I will get the expected reply by February 11th 2016.
            I have a question .. As of SEVP officials my status is approved 12th Dec 2015 . My question is in anytime back did people receive approvals and received the notices after 1 month or more.
            Next is there a chance where Uscis Web portal is not updated even if it’s approved.

            Thank you

          6. administrator
            Saurabh

            varun,

            It is possible that the USCIS site is not showing updated info. If petition was approved in Dec, notice should have been received within 30 days. After that, the employer/attorney should contact USCIS.

            What is your attorney suggesting?

          7. varun

            Hi Saurabh,
            Good news my h1b is approved after I made it to premium.

            My new question is i am suppose to go for stamping as it is consular process or so not sure as I got rfe on my h1b then my lawyer with drew change of status so now I need to for stamping to work on h1b.
            Now which other countries I can go for 1st time stamping I have my MS and Mba from usa.
            I am worried with denials on stamping going to home country.
            If incase dined by how many day I can reapply.
            2, list of documents needed for my stamping
            3, i was filled with in house project which is in implementing phase genuinely.
            4, i Just recieved my hard copy of I797 today to my employer (2/5/2016)
            How long will i have time to go for stamping.
            4, In my pet tion they mentioned my home country consulate so do I need to go there (Hyderabad, India) or any other country for 1st time stamping.

            Please help me answering this question it will be a great help for me.

            Thank you
            Varun

          8. administrator
            Saurabh

            Varun,

            Do you know your COS was approved or not? Is there an I-94 attached to the bottom of approval notice? Once you have clarity, it can decide future steps especially how soon you should leave US.

            1. If COS is approved, you can start working on H-1 immediately.

            2. If COS is denied, then you need to leave US ASAP as your F-1 status has already expired. You can go to CA for stamping as you have done Masters in US. But there is always a chance that they will ask you to attend the stamping in home country.

          9. varun

            Hi Saurabh,

            I-94 is not attached. I have to go for stamping .
            Can you tell me if I pick Canada which consulate do you suggest or which has high successful h1b approval rates.
            I dont want to risk going to India. Because I have been rejected F1 visa last yr 1 times each in Hyderabad and Chennai. so I am worried if they reject my H1b..
            That is why I want to choose Canada.
            So, please suggest me the best for my case.

            Thank you

          10. administrator
            Saurabh

            varun,

            In that case you should appear for stamping ASAP. Your F-1 has ended and H-1 was approved w/o COS. So you are probably out of status.

            Being out of status can also impact your stamping. You can go to CA but what’s the back-up plan in case 221g is issued?

            As the case is pretty complex, I would discuss w/ a good attorney and go by their opinion.

          11. varun

            Hi Saurabh,

            I did not receive my i797 from yet from my employer as of today (2/7/2016).
            Next thing is can apply for Canada visa from USA to go for stamping with my current situation ( My f1 sevis is terminated because of change of status approval but I have visa till 2019.) Now once i get my i797 can I wait till I get my Canada visa and then go for stamping or do you suggest me to leave the country ASAP.
            How to apply for Canada visa in premium process or express as I have limited time.
            Can you guide me the steps to apply for Canadian visa or do we find any service agents who can help in getting me a visa.
            I have been suggesting to go to vancover for visa

            Please suggest.

          12. administrator
            Saurabh

            Varun,

            As you may be currently out of status, it would be better to go to home country and not CA. There is a possibility that they will issue 221g or reject the case and ask you to appear in home country.

            I don’t know much about CA visa. Any action that you take now, do it after taking a good qualified legal opinion.

        2. Satish

          Hi,
          my petition got selected in lottery on “Apr 14 th 2015″ .
          but still the status is ” Case Was Received ” , when I inquired to USCIS we got a reply saying that
          “The processing of your case has been delayed. A check of our records establishes that your case is not yet ready for a decision, as the required security checks remain pending.”

          One of my friends who had applied along with me through the same employer also has the same status of mine.

          Could any one please give me some thoughts of yours why this delay ? may be some issue with the employer or really some random security check which is require for h1b taking place this delay??

          Really appreciate your opinion …

          Thank you

          1. administrator
            Saurabh

            Satish,
            Looks like there is a security check happening. If it is happening for your colleague as well, then probably they are doing background check on the employer.

  11. dhruthi

    hello my husband has applied for h1b extenstion he recived his uscis number also in june16th itself its been 6months also till now no updates…

    1. Satish

      Hi Saurabh,
      Thank you very much for your reply.,
      Any idea , like any cut of date or something that for clearing the last year petitions uscis, whether positive or negative ? as its already Jan 2016.

      Thank you
      Sathish

  12. Balraj Kokkanti

    Hi,

    I have applied for H1 B amendment( Role change) in the month of June, as per USCIS website Case was received on July 29th.
    My company applied it in Non Premium.

    Since June there is no change in the status, it still says Case Was Received.
    Processing centre is Vermont Service Center.
    Any idea how much more time it takes.

    Thank you for the information.

    Regards,
    Balraj

    1. Ritika

      Dear All,

      My Employer has replied to RFE on 02nd Sep 2015 from then till today the status is “Request For Evidence Was Received Our California 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. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address”

      I am not sure still how long it will take for them to take a decision , either positive or Negative i am looking for some status.

      Will it really take this long 🙁 please share some thoughts on this please

  13. Pavan

    Hi,

    My H1B petition was picked in lottery and my employer received the receipt # as well. My case was not filed under premium. It is filed under normal processing.The case status shows “On June 22, 2015, we refunded the fee for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACXXXXXXX, and mailed the refund to the address you gave us. This refund does not affect the processing or location of your case. You should receive your refund within 30 days.
    Can someone please let me know if the case is rejected or still under processing. Again, before someone says the premium processing fee mightv’e been returned, the case was filed under normal processing and the fee is returned though it was picked in lottery.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Pavan,
      If the case is denied, no fees is refunded. The only reason I can think of is that your application was kept in buffer (to make-up for denied, withdrawn petitions) but they have reached their annual cap and are returning the buffered petitions along w/ their fees.

      Ask your employer to follow-up.

  14. Carlos Larriba

    I find it outrageous that the USCIS has stopped approving H1-B status extension visas since June 2nd 2015 (unless you pay for premium processing) and nobody is doing anything about it. They are forcing people to pay premium processing. Clearly, they can approve the regular processing ones, but they choose not to do so. I find this similar to the Indian government worker bribes. I cannot believe that it happens in a country like USA. So, if you pay, you get it… but you are forced to pay the bribe. Shame…

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Carlos Larriba,
      Yes, there is a considerable delay in processing extensions. I think it has been caused by flurry of H-4 EADs that were filed few months ago.

      1. Carlos

        Thank you Saurabh. I still find it out of line regardless of how many H4 were submitted. It is more than a 6 month delay by now. If they really want to ameliorate the status of H1-B elite workers, they should not treat them like you do not care and leave them in the blind.

  15. RajaSekhar Reddy

    I have applied to H1B(CAP exempt) on Feb 2015 and i got approval in the month of Apr 2015. Then i attended in the month of Jun 2015. Got small query saying that they need to review my petition again and sent back to USCIS on 21st Oct.
    Can someone tell me how long it will take to complete the process

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      RajaSekhar Reddy ,
      There is no set processing time. USCIS will review the petition and will either revoke it or re-affirm it and send it back to consulate for stamping.

  16. Ram

    Hi,
    Thanks for the informative forum.

    I got my h1b lottery picked up last year and it was for an year.I didn’t make the travel and now it being renewed by my current employer.kindly advise

    -The processing table at usics website shows April 20 as processing time.So should i wait till then

    -Since my case is different am I eligible for the visa.

    Thanks in advance

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Ram,
      Your employer can file it whenever they want. As yours is a cap-exempt case, it may be processed faster than those who filed in April (cap-subject cases). I think it may take 2-3 months for the cap-exempt petition to be processed (issuance of RFE can delay the processing).

  17. P rao

    Hi All,

    I have applied for my extension and it is in case recieved status from past 3 months . My case was received on 25th June 2015. Any idea on why there is so much of delay and i have seen many people get their visa renewed applying around the same time. It would be great if you help me with it. Thanks a lot.

  18. saurab

    Hi,
    my H1-b 2015 petition status still in ” Case Was Received ” .
    any idea why this much time its takes ?
    may due to some issues ?

    Please share some thoughts

    Thanks
    saurab

  19. Vaibhav

    Does anyone know which of the classification should i be looking at for the H1B amendment under processing times.

    “H-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S.”
    Or
    “H-1B – Specialty occupation – Extension of stay in the U.S.”

    for “Extension of stay in the U.S.” till yesterday it was showing 2 Months now it shows “May 11, 2015”

    My H1B Amendment application was received on 29th July 2015, i need to know what time currently it is taking for the application to get approved.

  20. vinod

    I have applied for LCA due to a relocation on August 14, 2015. How long does it take to process a regular H1B amended petition for a location change as per the new amendment rules?

  21. Raghul

    My company had filed H1b amendment under premium. Kindly let me know how many days it take to get acknowledgement and petition approval.

  22. Csurocker

    Hello
    Well I am not sure if any one of you here had to wait this long for a petition to get approved. I had filed for my h1 extension on dec 29 2014 and on June 23rd I did get an rfe notice, later I was told that I had to file an ammendement as my first h1 was applied from a different city.Currently I am awaiting for a response on my rfe and to add to my misery I had not filed my application under premium processing, so my question here is would it take an additional 2 months for Uscis to make a decision??Please suggest

  23. Nishant

    My H1B amendment approved on 30th may, but yet to receive my approval notice as per mobility team of my company. How much time it takes for USCIS to send hard copy to Attorney(mumbai)?

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

  24. Papireddy Bhogasamudram.

    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

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      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.

  25. Uwanuyp

    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.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      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.

  26. amit

    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):

    1. Ram

      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 ?

      1. Paulo

        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.

    2. administrator
      Saurabh

      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.

  27. waiting husband

    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.

  28. Saju

    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.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      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?

  29. Saju

    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.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      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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