Received H1B 2014 Receipt Number with EAC, WAC – What Next ? Check Status ?

H1B Visa 2014 Case Receipt Number EAC Meaning Track Status

Some of you have been posting on the blog that  “ I have received so and so email from USCIS, it says so and so…what does it mean ? What is going to happen next ?”   Let me take some time to explain you the next steps or technically what happens after you have received your H1B Visa 2014 petition case number.

Before we dive into next steps, lets take some time to understand the USCIS Case receipt number.

What is the H1B Visa 2014 Case Number that starts with WAC, EAC ? What does it mean ?

If your visa petition was selected in H1B Lottery for FY 2014, USCIS would assign a case receipt number. It is a 13 digit number and typically starts with three alphabets like WAC or EAC based on where it was filed. Each of set of characters mean something in the case number. Here is the break down of H1B visa receipt number and its meaning.

We should break down the  EAC—13—XXX—XXXXX

First three digits indicate where the H1B petition was filed.

  • EAC – Vermont Service Center (old name: Eastern Adjudication Center).
  • WAC – California Service Center (old name: Western Adjudication Center).

Next two digits indicate the year when it was filed. NOT the fiscal year.

  • For H1B Visa 2014. It would be 13

Next three digits indicate the computer working day of the USCIS fiscal year that starts from October 1st. It indicates the computer work day, does not include weekends and holidays. USCIS computers do not work on weekends and USA National holidays J

  • For April 8th, it would be 128.

Next five digits is the actual case number. Most of the times, it would start with a 5.

  • Sample number would be 51244

Check out  detail article: Understanding your  H1B Visa Case number

What are the next steps ? Check H1B Visa 2014 petition status ?

After you receive your H1B Visa Receipt case number for FY 2014, all you would have to do is to track the status on USCIS website.

Premium Processing for H1B FY 2014 :  If you were to file H1B visa petition under premium processing, you would have received the case number and a confirmation email that your petition was received by USCIS and it is under processing. Usually your attorney or your employer would get that information. Once your case is approved, similar email with approval status would be updated via email.  A hard copy would be emailed after the emails to the address specified in petition.

Regular Processing for H1B FY 2014 : If you were to file your H1B visa petition under regular processing, you would not necessarily get an email from USCIS, rather you would get a hard copy receipt mailed to your employer or attorney.  Also, decision information would be mailed to your attorney or employer after decision.

Check H1B Visa petition status : You can check your H1B visa 2014 petition status by going to the URL :  and entering your case number. It would show the current status of your petition.

Did I miss anything ?  Any other thoughts to add ?

3644 comments… add one

  • laura Oct 31, 2015 Reply

    can a INS receipt start with the letters CDJ

  • Joyce Jun 15, 2015 Reply

    Hi, my lawyer only gave me my case number, but it doesn’t look like the info I found online, and I couldn’t figure out what’s my receipt number and still waiting to know the status now. Would be great if you could kindly help me with it –
    Here’s the only info I got
    Case Number: I-200-15064-628868 Received: 2015-03-11 10:30:24.0 This is a confirmation email that the ETA Form 9035E – Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers covering 1 worker(s) for the position of xxxxxxx during the period of employment beginning 09/04/2015 through 09/03/2018 (case number I-200-15064-628868) has been received and submitted for processing by the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Thanks so much!

    • Cap_Gem Jun 15, 2015 Reply

      Same is my question…when I check the result it saus…received etc – but never gives any name or other details – how do I know it is my number?

  • CTS Jun 14, 2015 Reply

    h1b EAC********** got approved.. VT center

    • InfyM Jun 15, 2015 Reply

      What was your case receipt date?
      My “Case was received date” is 13th April 2015. And Case# starts with EAC15146*****. Is yours similar number?
      Yours was regular processing or premium?

      • CTS Jun 15, 2015 Reply

        receipt date 13th april and approval date june 12th.
        regular processing

        • InfyM Jun 15, 2015 Reply

          Does your petition# start with EAC15146?
          I am just trying to understand which date was your case receipted.
          e.g. ‘146’ in ‘EAC15146*****’ indicates receipted on 1st May.

  • pavan Jun 5, 2015 Reply


    My Employer said my H1 got seleted in lottory on May 20th. But he said they didn’t get ant EAC tillnow. Is there anything wrong?

    • PU2302 Jun 6, 2015 Reply

      i am in the same to know on 21st May that i am selected in lottery but not received receipt number yet

      • pavan Jun 10, 2015 Reply

        Iam still in a confusion that how employers know about this even checking the EAC number??

  • Sia May 18, 2015 Reply


    I have received an email from my employer stating that my H1B lottery status is Awaiting.
    Few people have received status as accepted.
    What are my chances?
    Are there any hopes?

  • PSK May 14, 2015 Reply

    My employer said that my cheque has been cashed by the USCIS but I did not get any receipt. He informed on April 22nd, I’m still waiting for the receipt. Any comments on this or anyone with same situation?

    • Sunil May 22, 2015 Reply

      Hello PSK,

      Based on my knowledge, your filed petition might not yet known to your employer. If your H1B petition is selected in the lottery then USCIS will inform your employer with H1B case receipt number (no specific time for regular processing). Once your remployer receives form USCIS then they will inform you the same. So just wait for the updates from your employer.

  • StatusCheck May 10, 2015 Reply

    Hi All

    I received Receipt no today. Does it mean i am selected in lottery or it is just an application no. Please help

    • Sachi May 11, 2015 Reply

      I am also having same question – What next after picked up in lottery and received EAC number…?

  • Lo1134 Apr 30, 2015 Reply

    I filed H1B and H4 together. Received receipt number for H4 but not H1. Does that mean H1b is selected in lottery?

    • H12015 May 4, 2015 Reply

      I am in the same boat can some one confirm please

  • Karthik Apr 29, 2015 Reply

    i am from cognizant – mobility ,got selected in lottery. All the best guys :)

    • CTS_Bang Apr 29, 2015 Reply


  • DGrAce Apr 29, 2015 Reply

    Hi, after receiving I-797 Notice of action, what do we need to do next?

  • Dinesh_Wipro Dec 16, 2014 Reply

    Hello ,

    Currently I am holding valid H1 visa from Wipro.
    Due to change in client I would need amendment process.
    How long the Amendment process will take normally ? Any Idea ?

    Thanks in Advance.

  • 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.

    • Aamir Apr 11, 2015 Reply

      Hi Rahul, if your H1B petition was approved in last 6 years, you are cap exempt and any employer can file your H1B transfer. It doesn’t matter whether you travelled on that visa or not. i believe the process is easy and your new employer can do it. Timeline will depend on the fact that whether it is being filed under Premium or Regular processing.

      So no need to worry :)

  • KPS1981 Jul 21, 2014 Reply

    Dear Saurabh,
    Thanks to replies on my previous query on L1-B extn and H1B last year…It was helpful and I was able to come back on H1B.

    Current H1B expires (Visa and I-94): 10/31/2014
    H1 Extension: Applied (Normal) – 2 days before

    It looks like I have to make a urgent visit to India and is unavaoidable. It will be in the month of August (arund 15th). Now, please suggest me on the following….

    1) Can I travel when my H1 extension is pending?

    2) There are less chances that my extension getting approved within 3-4 weeks. But if it happens, can I travel to India and come back with my previous H1- stamp and carrying this extension document and be safe to return. Will I be questioned at POE for my stay beyond 10/31/14.

    3) Do I have to reapply for extension after I come back ?

    4) My spouse on H4 – Is it legal for her to stay here when Iam out of country. Does she gain any out of status days? I have my GC running and so dont want to messa round.

  • My H1B Lottery Status Jun 9, 2014 Reply


    Can any one please let me know how to track my H1b Status as I do not have any unique number except my Employer ID.
    If any one are aware of tracking the status by name please post the websites here.
    Kindly do the needful.

  • H1B status Waiter Jun 4, 2014 Reply

    Hi ,

    Could any one of you help me in finding the lottery status of my H1B Quota 2015??

    Kindly suggest some websites where I can find them as I don’t have any unique number except my Employer ID to track.

    Appreciate you help..

    Thanks in Advance!!.

    H1B status Waiter

  • Sharmistha Jun 4, 2014 Reply

    I have not received the rejection letter nor any receipt number. Mine case is NON AD/PP. Please advice, very very upset.Any slightest bit of hopes?????

  • h1b waiting time May 30, 2014 Reply

    Hello guys,

    pls could any one reply if we still wait for h1b receipts?

    • naga Jun 6, 2014 Reply

      i am still waiting

  • Neeraj May 10, 2014 Reply

    I got H1b receipt on April 21st but still my status showing on website case not found. I am really worry now, not sure what is going on.

    • Sunil May 14, 2014 Reply

      Same case with me. I don’t see any update on USCIS.

      • sk May 14, 2014 Reply

        In case receipt is received, update on USCIS site is appearing after some processing is done. I recd my receipt on 4/14, but i could see an update only on 5/6.

    • Neeraj May 14, 2014 Reply

      Finally got my H1b approved and in post decision activity after long wait. I was not able check my online status until today afternoon. i just checked on 14th may evening , it appear with post decision activity. relax now…

  • RFE Trouble EVVC Model May 10, 2014 Reply

    Hi Saurabh/ Friends,

    My number was picked in the lottery and now I have got RFE on Employer-Employee relationship. I am in EVVC model and I managed to get the letters from all the layers. In all of my letters, it is mentioned that my Employer controls and review my work. It also states that only my employer is responsible for paying the salary, benefits and expenses of mine. In case I need any technical input, training, performance reviews, equipment, tools and assistance, the same will be provided only by my employer and they only have rights to assign me to different client or projects. In-fact I have mentioned my supervisor’s name also from my employer in the letter.Ultimately it says only my employer can control and supervise my activities and no one else.
    So are there any chancec that my petition can still be denied? I am little scared as I have read at many places that EVVC is not the ideal model and chances of denial are very high.
    Thanks in advance for your valuable inputs!

    • Anurag May 4, 2015 Reply

      You should not face any problem. I had a similar rfe and I was a part of EVVC model too. I had replied with all the relevant documents and it got approved. You should be fine

  • h1b waiting time May 8, 2014 Reply

    Hi guys,
    anyone please pls inform waiting time for h1b regular receipt .

  • Nadi May 6, 2014 Reply

    Guys pls clear my doubt

    I got my h1b visa approved two days back and rite now i am in US with h4 visa so now can i travel to india and come back with my h4 visa?

    • prnj May 6, 2014 Reply

      Hi ,
      I suppose you shld ask ur employer…
      hw many yrs u had h4.

      • Babish May 9, 2014 Reply

        If your application was filed with a COS(change of status) your H4 is not valid anymore. If you go to india, you can only come back after Oct 1st with valid H1 visa stamp

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