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How to check H1B Visa Case status Online on USCIS.gov? Petition?

One of the most commonly asked questions on the blog related to H1B petitions filings is: “How do I check the status of my H1B petition or case status online. Many applicants 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 the case received status”.   In this article, we will review how to check H1B Case or Petition status online on the USCIS website and what each of the various statuses looks like.

If you are new to the H1B visa filing process, USCIS is the government entity that accepts H1B registrations in an online system. They also accept H1B petitions for the applicants who are selected in the H1B registration lottery selection process. You can check more details on current H1B season details at H1B Visa 2023 – Lottery, Registration Dates, Quota, News

Before we go into details, you need to understand the difference between H1B Registration vs. H1B petition. Let’s review that.

H1B Registration vs Actual H1B Petition Difference

USCIS has changed the process to apply for H1B Visa from the fiscal year 2021 and they introduced the H1B Registration Process as the first step before the actual H1B Petition is filed with USCIS.

  • H1B Registration : It is the online registration submission by a H1 Sponsoring company on behalf of an applicant that they intent to file H1B visa petition, if selected in registration process. As part of H1B registration, employer only submits basic information about applicant in the H1B Registration Online Tool. The employer does not send any physical packages or forms to USCIS. The H1B registrations are submitted by H1B sponsoring companies as a first step in the overall H1B process.
  • H1B Visa Petition : H1B Petition is the actual H1B Visa application package that includes H1B Labor Condition Application(LCA), filing fee, and all documentation related to applicant, that is submitted on behalf of H1B applicant. Only applicant selected in the H1B Registration Selection Process, also called as H1B Visa Lottery , are eligible to file the H1B Petition. USCIS sends out a Case receipt notice for H1B petition received by their office.

In the below section, we will focus on the H1B Petition or H1B Case Status to check online. If you are looking for Registration or Lottery status, check the article: How to Check H1B Lottery or Registration Status online

H1B Case vs H1B Petition Status ?

Many use the terms H1B Case and H1B Petition interchangeably. In fact, both mean the same. What actually happens is that after someone is selected in H1B Visa Lottery during the registration process, they submit the entire application package with USCIS. Submission of this H1B application package is often called filing the H1B Petition.

After USCIS process the H1B petition, they assign a case number to the same. This is the case number that is used to track the status of the petition. Many call the H1B petition as H1B Case after USCIS issues the receipt number. So, these terms are used interchangeably and both mean the same.

H1B Visa Petition Filing with USCIS, Case Receipt Number

After an applicant is selected in the H1B registration process, the employer has a choice to file an H1B petition on behalf of the selected applicant. If the employer chooses to file an H1B petition, they would file an H1B petition with USCIS by completing the necessary I-129 Form, attaching supporting documents, relevant filing fee, and other information.

After USCIS receives the H1B Petition, they give a case a number for the submitted H1B petition, which is called USCIS Case/Receipt Number. As this number is specific to a H1B petition, it is also called the H1B Receipt Number. USCIS sends a copy of the receipt notice in the postal mail to the H1B sponsor or attorney.

The H1B receipt number is on the top of the I-797C Receipt notice in the first row and first column as shown in the below screenshot. It starts with WAC, EAC, or other letters that signify the service center followed by digits. For more on the what each of the letters mean, read H1B Receipt Number Meaning

H1B Receipt Notice - Case Number Sample
H1B Receipt Notice – Case Number Sample

Anyone, including the H1B Applicant, can use the H1B Case Receipt Number given by USCIS to check the H1B petition status online on the USCIS website. If you as an applicant do not have a copy of the receipt notice, you should ask your employer or attorney to share that information so that you can check on the USCIS.gov website.

How to get H1B Case Number? Get from H1B LCA ?

In order to get H1B Case Number or H1B receipt number, you need a copy of the H1B receipt notice as shown in the above screenshot. Only your H1B employer or Sponsor, including Attorney, would have the H1B receipt Notice. In most cases, the companies share this receipt notice with the applicant, so that they can check their case status online. You cannot get the H1B Case number without having the H1B receipt notice. So, you must talk to your employer or attorney to get the same.

H1B Labor Condition Application(LCA) is submitted to the US Dept of Labor before the submission of the H1B Application to USCIS. So, this does not have the USCIS issued H1B Case Number and you cannot get it from LCA. You can check the details of an LCA on websites like H1BGrader to see what an LCA contains.

How to Check H1B Visa Case or Petition Status on USCIS website ?

Step 1 : Go to USCIS Website Case Status link : USCIS Check Petition Status.

Step 2 : As shown in the screenshot below you enter the H1B petition Receipt number and click on Check Status, you will get the latest status of your H1B case. 

Check USCIS H1B Case Status Online
Check USCIS H1B Case Status Online

You can also go to the menu and click on Tools and then you will see Case Status Online on the page to get to the same URL and enter H1B Case number. 

Check Case Status from Tools on USCIS website
Check Case Status from Tools on USCIS website

Various H1B Case Statuses on USCIS

Each of the H1B applications filed with USCIS can go through many steps and can have various statuses as part of the adjudication process. Let us look at some of the common statuses, such as ‘Case Received’, ‘Request for Evidence(RFE)’, ‘Approved’, ‘Decision Notice Mailed’, and understand what they mean.

USCIS H1B Status – Case Was Received

As soon as USCIS receives your application, they will update their system and it will show the initial status that reads “Case Was Received” in their online system. Below is the sample screenshot. All it means is that USCIS has got your application and they have just receipted the application, next step is to process the petition and then adjudicate the case.

USCIS Case Was Received
Case Was Received – H1B Case Status

USCIS H1B Status – Request for Evidence(RFE)

For some cases, USCIS asks for more info called Request for Evidence (RFE) and send a letter to your employer/ attorney asking for more details. Many called this in short as RFE or as H1B query too. As per USCIS, RFE means “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.”  If your H1B petition is going through RFE, the online status would look like in the below article. 

USCIS Request for Additional Evidence Notice Was Mailed RFE
USCIS Request for Additional Evidence Notice Was Mailed RFE

USCIS H1B Status – Case Approved for regular processing petitions.

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

USCIS Case Was Approved Status
USCIS Case Was Approved Status for H1B

USCIS H1B Status – Premium Processing, Email

If you filed your application in premium processing, you may see different status update, because the initial update is communicated via email, it would say “Case Was Received and A Receipt Notice Was Emailed”. Check the below screenshot for approval status on USCIS for an H1B premium processing application

USCIS : Case Was Received and A receipt Notice Was Emailed Status
USCIS H1B: Case Was Received and A receipt Notice Was Emailed Status

USCIS H1B Status – Decision Notice Mailed Status (Denial)

Unfortunately, some people get H1B visa petition denials, here is how USCIS would show the status “Decision Notice Emailed” and tell that your H1B was denied. Check the screenshot.

H1B Visa Denied Decision Notice Mailed
H1B Visa Denied Decision Notice Mailed

There are many more statuses that an H1B petition can go through, you can check the detailed H1B Statuses, Flow of Status in the USCIS System.

FAQs

Can I track my H1B Petition Status on the USCIS website?

Yes, you can, if you have the H1B Case Number given by your employer.

My employer not sharing H1B Case Number with me, any options?

No other options, your employer or attorney filing h1B petition has to share that information with you. If they do not, there is nothing you can do. Most employers share that info.

Can I get the H1B Case Number or Receipt Number from LCA?

No, you cannot get it from LCA.

Can I sue my employer, if they do not share the H1B Receipt Number?

No, you cannot sue the employer to get an H1B receipt number. H1B Petition is employer’s property and filed by them. You cannot seek its details by filing a lawsuit against them.

My employer shared the H1B Receipt Number, not the Receipt Notice, How do I know, it is mine?

Well, there is no way you can know just by looking at the H1B receipt number. You need to look at the H1B receipt Notice so that you can be sure that it is yours. The receipt notice has the name of the applicant. USCIS’s online status does not show the person’s details.

You can also check the article on How to check the online H1B processing times on USCIS website to get you an idea of the approximate time to process.

   

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  1. Hi Saurabh / All,

    I have a query. My husband’s H1B is filed this year. So along with him, i will be getting the H4 stamped for me and my child. But i am currently working and would love to work in near future also.
    I have heard that if i am travelling on H4, then i am not allowed to work in USA. Please let me know what are the options available with me suppose if i leave my job here in India and want to do some job in USA.
    Thanks in advance to all of you. Any help would be much appriciated.

    Reply
    • Sonya,

      You cannot work on H4 in USA. There are other option available like if you can able to find Employer who can sponsor your H1 visa, for this option you will have to wait fro April 2013 as this year’s quota is full.

      Reply
      • Hi J,

        Thanks for the reply. But i am looking for the best option for me. Along with my husband, my H4 will be processed but i want to confirm how i can be able to work in USA along with my husband.

        Is there something like open work permit for USA because in Canada one can apply for open work permit even if you are dependent. Also if the employer in USA needs to file H1B for me, then it would take next one year. Is there something anyone can assist me.

        Thanks in advance.

        Reply
        • Sonya,
          Like J mentioned – there is no work option for people on H-4 irrespective of how qualified they are. The only option is to get your own H-1 filed, which can now be done as early as April 1 2013 w/ start date of Oct 1, 2013.

          You can move to F-1 status which will make you eligible for OPT after 1 year, or approach cap-exempt H-1 employers like non-profits, hospitals, universities.

          Reply
  2. hi saurabh,

    my h1b visa is still on process for 8 months now. i got rfe last may and now its still on rfe review response . I got another offer from different US employer and they are willing to sponsor h1b visa for me. If i’ll accpt this would there be any conflict with the new application to old one? i don’t want to miss an opprtunity just because of the old application which i am not even sure if it will be approve. the my employer is not giving me all the infos, i don’t know why. please advice me

    thanks

    Reply
    • HoPpiNg,
      The new employer can file cap-exempt petition for your (aka H-1 transfer). Once approved, you can re-appear for H-1 visa stamping.

      For more information refer to the article “The Beast called 221g” (you can look for it from Archives section at the top).

      Reply
  3. Hi Saurabh,

    Currently I am on L1 and have applied for my H1 and wife’s H4. My wife is on L2 EAD and dont want to loose her job. What are the options available for her. Can she apply for green card and continue to work. Can she continue with same EAD as it is valid till 2015.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Nishant,
      Once you move to H-1, she has to move to H-4 and stop working. Her employer can file GC for her, but it may take few to several years for EAD to arrive (which will allow her to work). As long as she is on H-4, she cannot work.

      If she wants to work, then either you need to stay on L-1 or she needs to get her own H-1 filed (which can happen not before April 2013).

      Reply
  4. Hi Saurabh / All,

    I have a query. My H1B was initiated in March and the current status is: Filed with USCIS. Can you please let me know some details about the next processes / approvals, how much time it takes and at the earliest, when i can be eligible to fly / Visa Stamping in case everything goes fine.

    I am not sure if it’s premium or non premium and i am yet to recieve the reciept from my employer.

    As the requirement is bit urgent and we need to provide some idea to client about the dates.

    Reply
    • Sonu,

      If your H1B petition filed under regular than processing time will be 2 to 6 months. Once you get your petition approved after that you can go for Visa Stamping.

      If your petition filed under premium than you will get reply in 15 calender days, as you haven’t get any reply from USCIS then it seems that your petition is filed under normal processing.

      If you have receipt number then and only then you can check your status there is no other option available for this. You can ask your employer to get the receipt number form Attorney.

      Reply
      • Hi Sonu,
        Filed with USCIS is a status that is relevent to your Company. Did the status change in the last couple of weeks…if yes then I think I know which company you are working for…and we are sailing in the same boat, since I too have to commit my client about my travel dates but have no idea about my petition number…maybe you can use your internet and raise a query for the Reciept number.

        Reply
        • Hi Karan,

          Already done that. Yes you are right we are in the same boat.

          They are not disclosing any date etc and also as per them there is no SLA for reciept number so will be providing that once they have it.

          Reply
      • Hi J,

        Thanks for your reply. I checked with my company and the HR guys are not able to disclose if it’s Premium or non premium.

        You are right that it seems it’s a non premium H1B because it’s being so long and i don’t have revert from them. As per immegration department, there is no time limit on USCIS so will be providing the recieot number once they have it.

        Reply
        • Sonu,

          There is one more way to check that your petition filed in regular or premium processing. Once you get receipt number when you check the status and get below lines having word mailed then it is normal processing and in below line if it is e-mail then it is premium processing.

          “On XXXX, 2012, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case.”

          Thanks.

          Reply
  5. Dear Saurabh,
    As my H1B petition is already filed with USCIS on 7th May,2012 and i have received my petition number on 6th,June,2012.(waiting for petition approval)My question is that my employer want me to travel to US for business meeting and transition on B1 visa. So i wanted to know that filing multiple visa will create any problem. Can USCIS can cancel my H1B petition because of B1 visa issue going for PA date next week probably.Let me know whether multiple petition can be problem or not ?

    thanks
    kns

    Reply
    • Kumar,
      You can go for B-1 visa stamping while H-1 in under process. Make sure you return to the home country timely and do not indulge in any productive work for the company. Later, you can go for H-1 visa stamping once you are back in the home country and H-1 petition has been approved.

      Reply
  6. Hi Saurabh,

    I got my receipt number today. Although I am not sure if it is premium or non-premium. Is there a way to know.

    Regards,
    Nishant

    Reply
    • Ask your employer or attorney to send the receipt notice to you..
      It will clearly say Action : Receipt Notice and if its Premium (it will be mentioned)

      Reply
  7. ANYONE,
    As the response review time frame is 60 days , these 60 days include weekends too or it is 60 business days , any idea ?

    THANKS

    Reply
    • hOPpinG,
      Standard RFE response time is 60 calendar days. However, it can take more than that or can be done even earlier.

      Reply
  8. My H1-B application has been delivered to USCIS Monday 4th June 2012. Till Friday 1st June, quota was 55,600 out of 65000. Does it mean that my application has been filed under this year cap?

    Reply
  9. Hi Saurabh,
    My H1B visa is initiated just now and has not even reached my Client for approval or anything.
    I am very new to all this and was hoping that if possible, could you please explain the process to me.
    Is it possible for me to get the visa?(just 9400 left)

    Reply
    • RoDon,
      It may be too late to apply if the process has not started yet. The client may take time giving the approval, and you need to get LCA certified prior to H-1 filing. Wait for Monday’s count update to know how many slots are still available.

      Reply
  10. Hi

    I m in us on l1b visa and I-94 is up to sept. my employer applied for my h1b on june5 and told me they will receive the receipt in aprox 1 month time.
    I ve two questions here
    1. Do I made thru cap
    2. If USCIS approves my H1B petition ,will they cancel my L1B ?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ng,

      If you got receipt number than you are through the cap.

      if your H1B approves then your employer file COS from L1 to H1 and you will be on H1.

      Saurabh correct me if m wrong.

      Thanks

      Reply
    • Ng,
      1. USCIS has not made any announcement regarding cap. So it is safe to assume all petitions received at least until June 6th have made through the cap (can’t say about others yet). Receipt number will be received within 60 days.
      2. If H-1 was filed and approved w/ COS, then you will be on H-1 status from Oct 1 or actual COS approval date. L-1 won’t be canceled, but will become dormant and you can go back to L-1 either by entering on stamped L-1 visa or filing COS from H-1 to L-1.

      Reply
  11. Hi Saurabh,
    My H1 B visa was approved in Last November under premium processing. Mine is a EVC Model. I have attended the Visa Interview at Delhi consulate on 9th Mar’12. Got 221g green slip for additinal documents of my company. They have submitted them in April Second week. I have received a mail from vfs saying to submit my passport. It was submitted on 23 rd Apr’12. Till now, i haven’t received my passport. Is this a normal trend? Please let me know the approx time in this kind of situation what you aware. Heard that there is no specific time frame for clearing green slips..but, here they asked for my passport..

    Reply
    • Dasi,
      There is no set processing time, and once the passport is submitted it can take few weeks to several months. Although the submission of passport is a positive sign, but one cannot guess how much time it will take. Each consulate and each case is different.

      Reply
  12. Hi Saurabh,
    I went through with all the threads of the page. First of all I would like to say you my hearty thanks to help us.
    Currently I am working in India with a big US based IT MNC. My H1B petition has been filed in last week of May, still waiting for receipt.
    My concern is on my educational background. I have done B.Pharm as bachelor degree & M.Tech in Biotech from a well reputed university of India.
    Currently I am having exactly 3 years of IT experience with the same employer.
    But when petition was filed I was having 2 years & 11 months of experience.
    Since I belong to non IT background & I have heard that for Non IT background minimum 3 yrs of work experience required, so what is the chances of petition get denied as till date I have not receipt.
    Incase my petition get accepted, then in future what type of problem I might face due to my education background ??

    Reply
    • In the future you would not face any problems.

      I doubt if there is any hard and fast rule of 3 years experience required. Its more of a general guideline. In any case, the fact that you have some IT experience should be good enough for your h1b approval.Plus I am sure your attorney woudl have done a good job of setting up your petition so as to show that you are apt for the role.

      Saurabh can be a better judge.

      Reply
    • Alok,
      You need to be qualified for the offered position, and need to have necessary skills and experience. So if the position requires CS degree w/ 2 years of work experience or non-CS degree w/ 3 years of work experience, then you just qualify. However, if the position requires 4 years of work experience for non-CS candidates, then you do not qualify.

      Even though you had less than 3 years of work experience at the time of H-1 filing, your attorney can still argue that you now qualify (in case REF is issued).

      In the end, USCIS may ask for clarification on how you qualify for the offered position, but in case they don’t then you should be fine.

      Reply
  13. HI Saurabh

    My H1 is filed on Nov 17th 2011, Still petition status show Initial Review. I am not getting any information from employer, they say attorney will reach uscis.
    Is there any other way to check actual status? Or do you have idea still how long it may take?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Reverse,

      We share the exact same case. So I am thinking we have same employer. To maintain confidentiality as well, does ur company name by any chance starts with D :P.
      It will be helpful for each other.

      Reply
        • Yes. I am also getting same answer by our HR P.. . He is doing followup with attorney as he says. So no option than waiting for some more time. 🙂

          Reply
      • Hi Saurabh/Reverse
        seems like mine is also same.
        BTW is your employer based out in NJ ?
        to update you both …. they have started picking up the petitions filled during oct end and nov beginning.
        Thanks

        Reply
        • Hi Anonymous,

          Sourabh is our guide on this portal dude. He is not one of us. 😛 I think he must be already in great position in US.

          But we i.e. Anonymous, Reverse and srk jos we are sailing in same boat. We are going to meet there 😛 🙂

          Yes Reverse, its edison, NJ

          Reply
          • srk jos,
            Still not in a great position 🙂 Working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and then overtime on redbus2Us blog 😀

          • 🙂 Sourabh . but you are really doing good job guiding when there are many confusions we see. This is really helpful and it will be helpful for longer time.

          • Good to know one more in the team, but this is crazy…why this company alone didn’t get picked? And its pretty late, I asked my fnd in US to call USCIS, but he didn’t do it.
            BTW, Anonymous..how do you know it started picking b/w oct and nov? I am thinking they are sharing same petition number with all guys 🙂

          • hi reverse.

            hahaha. i dont think we share same reciept number. to clarify m sharing last, 3rd last and 5th last alphabets of my reciept number. just for tally
            they are 6 , 5, 5 respectively ( note last digit is mentioned first)

          • hey reverse, anonymous, i just got update from our hr p.. tat couple of guys got their petition approved in last week for this same firm. lets hope this will be the case with us soon

      • hi srk jos,

        i already have an update on my case..it rfe respons review. how about you. my employer also base out in edison new jersey. are you in medical field?

        Reply
      • Hi,

        I am also waiting for the same.. filed on NOV 17 2012 and still in Initial Review and same company starts with “DXXXX” based out of Edison.

        Regards
        Rajini

        Reply
          • Hi All

            even i got RFE. not sure if anybody has got approval for the same employer.
            RFE doesnot mean rejection but they are not satified with the docs provided. so lets see what happens in next couple of weeks. all the best guys !!!

          • Srk, Anonymous
            is company name ending with k?
            First word in company
            Btw anonymousatleast urs started

          • Yes, now i think we are four ppl rajini, reverse, anonymous n me srk jos. out of which anonymous got RFE as he confirms.

          • Hi Guys.. They started taking Nov 17th 2012 petitions.. I have randomly checked few numbers those are filed on 17Th Nov 2012 and one of those number got changed to RFE today.. Petition number ends with EAC…..34

          • Rajini
            How do you know those belong to this company?
            Lot of cases filed on same day by other org are already approved

          • My status got changed to RFE today(22ndJun). I hope everybody will get RFE.. so we have to wait 6 more months for this RFE for this get approved.
            They started picking Nov 17th Petition, so SRK jos.. yours will get proceed before end of this week hopefully..

          • ok . Seems out of we four 2 ppl so got RFE only. and our HR P… also mentioned the same thing. responses are mixed some got RFE and some got approved and legal team is directly responding for all RFE’s.

          • Hi Anonymous,

            Have they submitted RFE documents for you in time..? Whether your status got changed to “RFE Review”?. If they don’t submit the document in time.. our petition will be denied.

            Regards
            Ganeshbabu R.

          • I asked HR for PP, but he said it is not possible. Legal team working to respond that RFE. I think it may take more than 2 week for them to submit.. I saw some of the case in Website, thier status moved to RFE Review.. 2 months back.. but after that no change…. So I think it will take atlease 4 to 5 months for me to get stampted

          • Hi Reverse,
            I got contact number of one Guy he is also applied thru same employer and his petition has been moved to RFE on 20th June. but still there is no change in status after that. I think Anonymous got RFE before me, so Anonymous has any update whether his petitition status changed from RFE to RFE review or not. I usually check http://redbus2us.com/h1b-visa-2012-cap-count-updates-by-uscis/ thread for any updates

          • hello guys.. rajini, reverse, anonymous.. i got RFE on 7 sept 2012.. plz update ur case status for any change. my gmail id :
            ( shrikant dot joshi dot 1 @ gmail dot com )

          • Have they submitted RFE documents for you in time..? Whether your status got changed to “RFE Review”?. Let me know

          • Guys.. why don’t you just share your email ids.. so that we can discuss in mail. I found one guy in this Fourm and got his email and phone number from the same employer.. this petition also moved to RFE last month.

          • hi rajini, anonymous, reverse, my status as of 10 oct is , RFE response review.. seems rajini is already thru 🙂

  14. If the LCA was filed on may 30, what are the chances the H1 quota will be available by the time LCA is approved. Since all the H1s filed may not be approved, till what time will the USCIS be receiving applications for H1 filing. Or will they receive applications till the Quota is met, process and then reopen to fill the remaining.

    Reply
    • Jatinder Narula,
      They do not re-open the cap again. They factor in those numbers when determining the count and accept that many petitions. I would suggest not relying on those numbers.

      If the LCA gets certified by end of this week, then you have a chance of making through the cap.

      Reply
      • Hi Saurabh,

        Does a certified LCA secure a count in the H1 quota automatically? I understand that every petition is subject to being approved or rejected but does a certified LCA secure a count in the quota cap. I’m afraid that if my employer does not do the next steps right away and the quota exhausts so wondering if i’m already in the quota cap with a certified LCA.

        Reply
        • Jatinder Narula,
          No it doesn’t secure a place in the cap. LCA is filed w/ DOL which is different from USCIS. Only the petitions received by USCIS are counted in the cap.

          Reply
  15. Hi Saurabh,

    My H1 was filed on April 9th. I have not received the receipt number till date. And I am unable to check the status without the receipt number. What would be the lead time to get it.

    My Employer informed that for fresh H1B there is no lead time. Is it true?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ship29/Karan,
      The employer/attorney should receive it within 60 days of filing the petition. If they have not received it, then they should call USCIS and follow-up.

      Reply
  16. Sir,

    I am working on h1b visa( cos from l1a).
    My employer applied COS from L2 to H4 on
    Feb 03rd after my h1b approved on feb 06 2012.

    It been more than 4 months my dependents
    Status is not approved it is under initial review status
    . Pls let me when likely my dependents h4 will be approved.

    Can my dependents travel to India before h4
    status approved.

    Pls advise

    Reply
    • Raj,
      Usually COS is processed within 2-4 months. You can call USCIS to follow-up. They can travel to India before the approval. In this case, they will have to go for H-4 visa stamping and then return to US on stamped H-4 visas. Make sure they carry the H-4 filing receipts to show that H-4 COS was filed.

      Although it is too late now, but the employer should have filed COS for your dependents from L-2 to H-4 when they applied your COS. That would have made life easy.

      Reply
      • Are my dependents out is status now even my
        H4 was filed over 4 months ago?

        Is it advisable for me to switch to different
        employer when my h4 is in initial review status?

        My employer is not willing to sharing h4 receipt copy to me except receipt
        No

        Reply
        • Raj,
          I would suggest talking to an attorney about the question whether they are in valid status or not. You should be able to move to another employer, and I think they should be able to use the receipt number for the dependents. However, do check w/ an attorney as well.

          Reply
  17. Hi Saurabh,
    This must be an easy question for you to answer.
    My petition has been filed and is currently processing. I was planning to go to India immediately after my approval notice, and get a surgery done and the stamping too. Will I have any problems re-entering the US after sept. 20th? As far as I know, I can only enter US after sept. 20th

    My attorney’s document said this:
    Q.6. I am currently in a valid period of OPT and I have a valid employment authorization document. Is international travel possible if my change of status petition has been approved? —–
    “Yes, if you are in valid OPT, have a valid EAD and your change of status to H-1B has been approved before you leave, you should be able to return to the United States in F-1 status, as long as you have the appropriate documents and are able to show visa and immigration officers that you intend to comply with F-1 rules, including having nonimmigrant intent. If your H-1B change of status is approved before you depart the United States, the change of status will take effect on October 1 as long as you have returned to the United States before that day. ”

    I am confused when I can return to the US.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Tilak,
      You have two options to return:
      1. If you return after Oct 1, then you need to get H-1 visa stamped and then enter US on that visa
      2. If you return prior to Oct 1, then you can return on F-1/OPT and still be on H-1 from Oct 1 (based on approved COS). Make sure your OPT/F-1 is still valid when you return and carry all the necessary documents

      If you want to use H-1 visa in #2, then you can use it only after Sep 20th. If you want to use F-1 to return, then you can return anytime prior to Sep 20th as well. This is what your attorney is saying.

      Does that clarify?

      Reply
      • Thanks Saurabh for the response. I was actually confused with the last line ‘If your H-1B change of status is approved before you depart the United States, the change of status will take effect on October 1 as long as you have returned to the United States before that day. ”

        Will I need to return before Oct 1st if I leave the US after I get my approval notice?

        Tilak

        Reply
        • Tilak,
          That is correct but only if you want to skip H-1 stamping and want to use existing F-1/OPT to return. If you want to return after Oct 1, then you need to get H-1 visa stamped in your home country (your SEVIS record will be closed on Oct 1 and you can no longer use F-1/OPT to return after Oct 1).

          Reply
  18. Hi saurabh,
    I hv 2 questions for u
    1. My h1b was approved on 5th march 2012 but i am still waiting to receive the docs from
    The employer. Is this delay because its the first time application or any other reason? And is there any time limit before thereceive the docs??
    2. I am currently working in bahrain so is it ok if i resign from here after i get the visa stamped and is it ok to apply for the visa interview from here or is it better applying from india??
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Mahesh,
      1. Do you know if the employer has received the documents and delaying in sending them to you, or if the employer is still waiting for documents from USCIS?
      2. You will have to call/email US consulate in Bahrain and ask about their policy on TCN (third country nationals). Consulate in different countries have different policies on TCN, and its best to check it w/ the consulate.

      Reply
      • They have received the docs from USCIS. How much time will it take before i receive the docs from them.
        And is it advisable to resign from my current position in bahrain before getting the h1b stamped.

        Reply
        • Mahesh,
          It will depend upon your employer how soon they send the documents to you. I would suggest first getting the H-1 visa stamped before resigning from current employer. Like the old saying goes “A bird in hand is better than 2 in bush”, and there is a chance that things may not turn out your way during stamping.

          Reply
  19. Hi Saurabh,

    Now I am in India and applied for H1b Visa through company B.
    I already have L1 Visa. So My question is if I am applying for H1b then when my L1 Visa gets cancelled and notified to my current employer A.

    Reply
    • Prashant,
      At times they cancel the L-1 visa w/o prejudice when approving the H-1 visa. However, I don’t think they inform the L-1 employer about the stamping or cancellation.

      Reply
  20. Hi Saurabh,

    My employer said they have filed my H1 and I can expect receipt number in 2 weeks. Does that mean USCIS will send me confirmation of receipt on my home Mailing address or USCIS will send it to my employer.

    Kindly advice.

    Reagrds,
    J

    Reply
  21. Dear Saurabh,
    As my H1B petition has been filed on 7th,May and still under process but meantime My employer want to send me on B1 visa to meet customer and attend meeting.so it possible for me to get B1 Visa as my Employer had applied my B1 visa today.Let me know
    thanks
    Kumar

    Reply
    • Kumar,
      You can appear for B-1 stamping even when H-1 is under process at USCIS. Make sure you leave US timely on B-1 and do not get involved in any productive work (meeting client and attending meetings is ok).

      Reply
  22. Hi Sourabh,
    My Employer had filed the H1B petitions on 7th May,2012 with Vermont service center
    and they said they will update regarding receipt no after 1 month from the date of filing.
    Question:-
    1)Is my petitions come under Quota
    2)How much time it will take for H1B approval
    3)Imp : After applying/filing the H1B petitions I have changed the project and now its going to work for different US client so i wanted to know when i should apply for changing LCA after petitions approved or before getting petitions approved or once H1B Visa is stamped.Please explain me

    thanks
    kumar

    Reply
    • Kumar,
      1. As long as it has been received by USCIS, you can consider yourself to have made through the cap.
      2. 2-6 months under regular processing, not including RFE time
      3. If USCIS approves the petition w/o RFE, then you can go for those changes after petition approval but before visa stamping. If USCIS issues RFE related to client/project, then employer can go for the changes at that point and do is prior to RFE response submission

      Reply
      • Hi saurabh,

        I have one exceptional case here with me. You mentioned 2-6 months in normal processing without RFE. But in my case , I never got any RFE still its over 6.5 months and still I am yet to get response. 🙂 Filed date 17 nov 2011, still no response. 🙂

        Reply
        • srk jos,
          There are always outliers 🙂

          Did your employer followed-up w/ USCIS? How about upgrading to premium processing?

          Reply
      • Dear Saurabh,
        I would like to say thanks for prompt response.As earlier my LCA filed for Florida
        now I need go for changing LCA for Illinois.So I just wanted to know how much time its takes to change the LCA so that once my petitions approved I can go for stamping after getting LCA changed. .If the Stamping done then also can i go for LCA change for new location i.e Illinois. Apologies for missing the question

        Thanks
        Kumar

        Reply
        • Kumar,
          New LCA would take around 10 days to get certified. When you go for stamping, consulate officer can ask for client/project details. If they notice the discrepancy in location, they will issue 221g (similar to RFE issued by USCIS), and you will have to get new LCA followed by H-1 amendment. These days, it is important to get H-1 amended after a new LCA has been certified.

          Reply
  23. Dear Saurabh,
    Hello again. Today I received a call from my employer in the US & he told me that after my petition approval, he has couriered all the Employer & Employee related documents which will be needed for the H1B visa interview to the consulting firm, EXCEPT the I-797. My query is that-Is there any other document (apart from I-797) that would confirm (with my name & EAC number on it) that my petition has been approved?or confirm (again with my name) what is my EAC number? As I had told you that in past he had given me only the EAC number (not the receipt notice) and the USCIS application status website does not show the candidate’s name.
    He says that he will send it to me directly and not to the consultant for confidentiality reasons (as people tamper and misuse it) after I have filled the DS 160 form.

    Reply
    • AJ,
      797 is the only official document which will show that the receipt number belongs to you. The employer can mention the same on other documents, but they can be edited unlike 797 which is issued directly by USCIS. Once you receive the 797 directly from employer, you can know for sure if it belongs to you or not.

      Reply
      • Thanks Saurabh. But I guess that i129 should have my name and petition filing date. Please let me know that ASAP.
        Thankig you in advance.

        Reply
        • AJ,
          I-129 is completed by employer and then filed w/ USCIS. The receipt number is then generated by USCIS. So I-129 will have your name, but it will not have the receipt number.

          Reply
  24. Hi Sourav,
    Case Status is in RFE condition. USCIS asked for further documents . My XXX company confirmed me that they have sent respective documents. Can you please tell me the probable time line , by when the status will be updated in USCIS site?

    Reply
    • Mamma,
      They usually update the online status within few days of receiving the documents. However, in some cases the status is not updated immediately and can be delayed by weeks/months.

      Reply
    • John,
      If you have receipt number then you can look it up online on USCIS website. If the status contains words like “email” as opposed to “mail”, then it has been filed w/ PP.

      Reply
  25. Hi Saurabh,

    My employer received my documents 2 weeks back and he said they will file all the petition together. Is there anyway to find if they have filed my petition is filed or not. Also, can you tell me how many days it take for H1 to get approved.

    Regards,

    Reply
    • Jayesh,
      You will have to check w/ them if it has been filed or not. They should receive the receipt number within few weeks of filing (currently backlogged by 30-60 days). Processing can take 2-6 months.

      Reply
  26. Hi Saurabh,

    My case status online for h1b is showing that my I129 petition has been processed and mailed the documents to me. Its not saying that the application got accepted, denied or rfe. Can you please tell me what could be their decision is?

    Reply
    • Sivakumar,
      Usually they mention whether it has been approved or denied. I cannot guess what the outcome is when it doesn’t show such a status online. You will have to wait for your employer to receive the notice to know what has happened.

      Reply
  27. Hi Saurabh,

    My employer filed my visa and it got approved. Beneficiary name on receipt is “Last Name not in P, XXX YYY”.
    When i verified it with passport and found Surname field as BLANK.
    SurName: Blank
    Given name: XXX YYY.

    My questions are
    1. should i get it corrected on passport as below:?
    Surname: YYY
    Given name:XXX
    2.As my petition is approved.Will it create any problem while i will go for stamping after this correction in passport.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Sehwag,
      In the long run, it would be better to get the passport corrected. So you can get a new passport and then go for H-1 visa stamping. As the petition already mentions about the discrepancy in the passport, you should check w/ your attorney if H-1 amendment needs to be filed to correct the petition as well or not. If it needs to be corrected, then do that prior to H-1 visa stamping.

      Reply
        • Sehwag,
          I think it does, but don’t know how much. Probably around 300 USD (just the I-129 fees) as it is w/ the same employer.

          Reply
          • OMG.. Employer provided me wrong receipt number.. :(.
            i checked receipt number(I-797C) again and check status its in initial review status.
            Beneficiary name is “No LAST NAME PROVIDED in P, XXX YYY” .

            1.Will this create problem in visa approval.?

            Thanks for help!

          • Sehwag,
            It won’t cause an issue during stamping but does create nuisance. Talk to an attorney on how to get this resolved and when.

    • Tina,
      You can leave US, but then your extension would be abandoned. If your visa stamp in the passport has expired, then you will have to go for H-4 visa stamping in your home country. This would require an approved unexpired 797 H-1 petition.

      Reply
  28. Hi,

    I have been reading your website from many days. I am posting my question hoping to get the answer.

    Background: My employer has filled H1B for me on april 26 2012 (Normal filling), later this case was coverted to Premium on MAY 16th 2012 and i got the approval on MAY 18th 2012.

    Question 1: When can i go for stamping? (I have not yet received the hard copy of notice.)
    Question 2: Suppose if my stamping is done on july 1st week, will it be possible for me to travel to US in the second week of July.

    My H1B is converted from normal to premium just because my employer wanted me to fly early to US. Please advise.

    Reply
    • Sachin,
      1. Assuming this is your 1st H-1, you can go for stamping after July 1, 2012 (90 days prior to H-1 start date)
      2. No. The earliest date to travel to US is Sep 20th, 2012. Even then you cannot start to work on H-1 until Oct 1.

      Reply
      • Thanks a lot Saurabh.

        Apology for wrong dates, actually our internal portal is showing petition filed date as April 26 2012, But My I129 is filled on march 02 2012 and my I797C shows Notice Date as 17 April 2012. I have a doubt about my H1B processed year(is it 2011 or 2012). how to identify this?

        I have one question on my LCA: Actually my LCA got apporved on 1/14/2012 and it is for period 1/27/2012 to 1/27/2015. I was under impression that since the LCA is approved I can fly as soon as I get my stamping done. I also want to know what is importance of “Period Intended Employment” on LCA?

        Actually I am on a very critical project and that is starting by july first week. Is there any way so that I can fly early(Before October)

        Looking forward for your reply.

        -Sachin

        Reply
        • Sachin,
          Cap for FY-12 (i.e. 2011) was reached in Nov 2011. Assuming you didn’t have any H-1 in the past, your petition is most likely for FY-13 (current quota). In that case you cannot travel to US until Oct 1.

          “Period Intended Employment” on LCA depicts the time during which you are supposed to work for the employer in US.

          Reply
  29. Hi Saurabh,

    My wife’s company has filed H1-B on may 15th in regular category. As the L2 visa expires in July, we are going back to India in July. Even if the H1-b is approved when she is in India there is no guarantee that her company will send to U.S. The H1-b was filed as a company process, not for the current project. In this case, is it posible to have the H1-B transferred to company B when she is in India?

    Reply
  30. I am on L1-B which expires in July 2012. I am hearing that in some similar cases for one of my colleagues, the relocation services department of our company suggested getting the
    L1-B extension stamped in Canada rather than in India.
    I have some follow-up questions.

    1. Can L1-B extension process and L2 extension go in parallel?
    2. If the L1-B is stamped and same is for L2, then can my wife request to withdraw her
    H1-B which is pending decision?

    I want to avoid travelling to India for stamping in both my case and wife’s case to be on the safer side.

    Thanks.

    Reply
  31. Hi Saurabh,

    My petition for H1B got filed on April 2012 and after that my project is changed. In my I129 form the client details is not mentioned. it is mentioned that US corporation of my company will be hiring me once I get the visa approved. So SOW is attached with the petition. Salary quoted is $44k per year. I am afraid of getting an RFE.

    Please let me know what is the possibility of getting an RFE and also let me know the salary quoted is sufficient or not.

    Reply
    • Somaditya Kar,
      I don’t know what will you be your job profile and location, but 44K USD per year is on the low side (pretty low if I speak frankly). While reviewing the petition, USCIS may or may not ask for client letter depending upon your employer’s size, history, credibility etc. If they need client details, then they would issue RFE, else it would be approved w/o it.

      Reply
  32. Hi Saurabh,

    Thanks for all ur other Q’s…Please help me in understanding what is end client’s letter and who provide that??
    My consultancy waiting for end client letter they said…when can they file H1-B petition?

    thanks,

    Reply
    • Siri,
      It is a letter from the client who have a contract w/ your employer to place you at their site as contractor. This letter is then submitted to USCIS to show that the employer has a project ready for you, where you will be placed after getting hired.

      Reply
  33. Hi Saurabh,

    My fresh H-1B got approved(under Out of Cap category) today, please let me know when I will get my approval notice I797.

    Thanks
    Rajesh

    Reply
    • Rajesh,
      The approval notice will be received by employer/attorney within 2-3 weeks. At times it can take up to 30 days to receive the approval notice.

      Reply
      • Thanks Saurabh. My employer just updated me that they have got my approval notice.
        However, I have few queries about my stay at USA.
        I got the approval now for 2 years, which is the remaining period on my H1-B(out of cap category). Please let me know the options that I have, to continue my stay at USA after 2 years(after completing my 6 years on my H1B). Please note I have been in india Since Apr-2009 and will be travelling to USA now once my stamping is done.

        Reply
        • Rajesh,
          For extensions beyond 6th year, either of following should be valid
          – your PERM has been pending for more than 365 days before the end of 6th year
          – your I-140 has been pending for more than 365 days before the end of 6th year
          – your I-140 has been approved but the priority date is not current

          This means you need to start the discussion w/ your employer about your green card filing.

          Reply
          • Thanks again. Is it possible for me to file another fresh H1 thru other employer? so that I can continue for 6 more years at USA as I had a break of more than 1 year outside USA

          • Rajesh,
            If an employer files a cap-subject petition, then you will be eligible for 6 new years. If they use the old petition to file cap-exempt petition then you will not be eligible for new 6 year term.

  34. Hi Saurabh,
    I have valid petiton of H1B filed by indian employer in india but it is not stamped on my passport.I am currently in USA on L2 visa and on leave for 3 month .Some of project manager of my compnay are asking me to join project here .Will it possible i can start work here based on my H1B petiton without going back to india for stamping now ?As going back to india and stamp your visa and again do LCA posting(Initially my visa was filed for client in North Carolina) will take a month of time and they have urgent requirement.Even they are also not sure about the process?

    Reply
    • Vishalb,
      The employer will have to file LCA for the new location. They will then have to file H-1 amendment (for the new LCA) along w/ COS and once COS gets approved, you can start working on H-1 from COS approval date.

      Reply
      • Thanks Saurabh for clarification.

        Foe this entire process i should contact to my employer in India to initiate this process or in USA itself my Immigration manager can do this ?
        We have dedicated immigration manager for my compnay who deals all immegration related process?

        Please also let me know how much time it will take for this process?
        Do i need to stamo my visa when i go back to india for vacation and while coming back to USA?
        How long i can stay here in USA ,my petition got approved for 09/2014?

        Thanks
        Vishal

        Reply
        • Vishalb,
          In that case you should talk to your immigration manager. LCA would take 2-3 weeks and H-1 amendment COS will take another 2-3 months. Once COS is approved, you will be issued new I-94 expiration date. You can stay and work until that date.

          Reply
  35. Hi Sourabh,

    Today its complete 6 months 1 day of H1 Application still no response. My sponsor is saying that USCIS is doing this to all consultant companies and HR is saying that their legal department is seeking status from USCIS. Please provide your input on this . Also is Quota of 2011 still open ? will it have any impact on my application?

    Reply
    • srk jos,
      Quota for 2011 got over in Nov 2011. However, there may still be few petitions from FY-12 still pending. I don’t know if it’s just w/ consulting companies or not. If your employer wants they can upgrade to PP, so that USCIS adjudicates it within 15 calendar days.

      Reply
  36. Hi Saurabh,

    I am on L1 and some other employer filed H1 recently for me(Same client whom I work for). Before filing H1 we both agreed on one salary but the offer later he gave for H1 processing, he mentioned my salary 115K which is below than what we agreed. When asked he said lawyer asked to put that nos because of some restristions which he couldn’t explain in details and he said he will give new offer later before I join him (i.e. in Oct) with agreed nos. I know he was telling me the truth but just want to know is there any kind of restriction how much max salary that employer can give for H-1B ?

    Reply
    • PK,
      There is usually an issue when the employer quotes less salary. However, there shouldn’t be an issue quoting a higher salary. Maybe they fear that if it is more than a certain number, USCIS can question the financial resources of the company to know if they have that many funds to pay the salary or not.

      Reply
  37. I am in a severe dilemma. My H1b and I94 expires on Aug end while my wife is pregnant and is due for September end. Am confused as to whether its safer to apply for my H1B extension with premium so as to get the results within my I94 end date or wait for my children to be born and then based on the approval or rejection plan my continuation or withdrawal from US

    What would happen if I apply for PP and get a rejection before my children are born. My wife got twins and has been advised bed-rest for 2 months before delivery. Is there a way to appeal for getting some legal stay if we can get doctor’s certificate

    Reply
    • Manish,
      One way out is to apply for H-1 extension in non-PP. This usually takes 2-4 months. When extension is pending, a person can stay up to 240 days in US after I-94 expiration date or H-1 denial date (whichever is earlier). So if the extension is applied in July in regular processing, it may get the result by Nov-Dec. In case it gets approved, you are all well and good. If denied, you can then decide to leave US and your children will also be strong enough to travel.

      In case you apply w/ PP and it gets denied, you will have to apply for B-1/2 so that you can continue to stay in US until your children are strong enough to travel.

      Reply
  38. Hi Saurabh,

    My L1-B visa expires in July 2012 and my company has initiated the process to decide applying for L1-B extension is feasible or L1-B to H1-B conversion. This decision will take another 3 weeks or more from now. My wife’ s H1-B in regular category is in process now (currently working on L2 EAD with same via/I-94 expiry as I). I have a few questions.
    -> If my company is going with L1 extension, and I get it stamped in Canada / India, what will happen to my wife’s H1-B which is in progress?
    I would like to be my wife on H1-B rather than being on L2. In this case, can she leave U.S before the L2 expiry and stamp the H1-B and re-enter U.S on H1-B? If there is a denial, I am planning to have my company file L2 for her.
    -> Just to be safe, can I get the H1-B filed through company B (when the L1 extension is in process) and do a COS when I want to switch to company B later in the year?

    Appreciate your inputs…

    Reply
    • H1B2013_aspirant,
      1. The situation can get complicated. They might issue RFE w/ your wife H-1, asking for L-2 covering July 2012 to H-1. So I would suggest filing L-2 extension for her as well. However, doing that would mean she would have L-2 and H-1 in process, and the petition filed later would determine her eventual status. The other option is that she doesn’t file L-2 extension, goes out of country after her L-2 expires and then enters on stamped H-1 visa
      2. Yes, another company can file H-1 for you. They can file COS along w/ the filing (if you want to start working on H-1 from Oct 1), or file COS later separately.

      Reply
      • Thanks Saurabh for the reply. I am hearing that in some similar cases for few of my colleagues, the visa department of our compan suggested getting the L1-B extension stamped in Canada.
        I have some follow-up questions.

        1. Can L1-B extension process and L2 extension go in parallel?
        2. If the L1-B is stamped and same is for L2, then can my wife request to withdraw her
        H1-B which is pending decision?

        I want to avoid travelling to India for stamping in both my case and wife’s case to be on the safer side.

        Reply
        • H1B2013_aspirant,
          1. Yes
          2. If both visas get stamped, your spouse can return on L-2 visa. The H-1 employer can then submit a request to withdraw the H-1 petition. It will be up to them whether to witdraw the H-1 petition or not

          Reply
  39. Hi Saurabh,
    I am planning to go for H1 Visa stamping n June 1st week, my friend attended for H1 at VFS, Hyderbad(we both are applied thru same compnay and for same client).
    VO asked him few employer-employee relations and told him, “we’ll check the Client details, as don’t aware of this and get back to you”, after 2 weeks he got a call from VFS and his H1 approved.
    My query is “If i go for stamping, if everything goes well… can i have same issue(i mean Client verification)”. since they have alreday verifyed the Client.. do they maintain the Client company info in DB?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • PVS,
      Yes, they can still do the verification. They would have verified the client w.r.t. your friend, and would now verify it w.r.t. you.

      Reply
  40. Hi Saurabh,
    What is the timeframe to get H-1B processed under premium ? I heard its one month so is there any possibility that it may get delayed more than a month ? And if all goes well, can it be processed before one month ?
    Pravin

    Reply
    • Pravin,
      LCA takes around 2-3 weeks for both premium and non-premium scenarios. Once the petition is filed, PP cases are processed within 15 calendar days. However, if RFE is issued then it can take longer depending upon how quickly RFE is responded. USCIS will take up to another 15 calendar days once RFE response is submitted.

      Reply
      • Hi Saurabh,

        LCA is filed on 3rd May (I have copy of same) and I guess lawyer would file H1B application with USCIS this week sometime. ( Currently I am on L1 and moving to H1 for same client leaving my indian company ). I am asking this because I am planning to visit India in July and need to plan accordingly. My lawyer is bit slow (or may be busy ) and need to push hard to get things 🙂 Her last reply to me was she is preparing H1 and she will send that to my emplyer for review and then she would file H1. So do thinks it would be processed till June 10th

        Thanks
        -Pravin

        -Pravin

        Reply
        • Pravin,
          If H-1 gets approved w/ COS prior to leaving US, then you can return on L-1 and still be on H-1 from Oct 1. If H-1 doesn’t get approved by the time you leave US, then you can return on L-1 and will remain on L-1 even after H-1 approval (as COS would be abandoned). To move to H-1, you either need to file COS or enter US on stamped H-1 visa.

          Reply
  41. hi
    i will be travelling tomorrow to usa on h1b visa
    i heard that they make us to fill a form while on-board…what is it about
    what all documents should i carry in my hand baggage..nd for what all documents an original copy should be there with me in the hand baggage
    also will there b another round of grilling/questioning at the port of entry, if yes, wat would b it abt
    thanx

    Reply
    • Goyal,
      That is I-94 form and all immigrants to US are supposed to complete it. It contains basic details about you, your flight, visa etc. Original documents in your hand baggage include your degree, marksheets, petition, passport, employer offer letter. In addition, you also need to have other employment related documents, employer information, payslips and W2 (if you have previously worked in US). Usually there is not much of questioning at the PoE as compared to visa stamping.

      Reply
  42. Hi Saurabh, I would appreciate if you can answer a query of mine. I received a RFE for my H1B visa raised by my organization. My company people say that the RFE has been responded but are not providing me the date when it was filed. It has been 10 days since I was told this, but still my status on USCIS website is still the same (i.e. on ___ we mailed you a notice..). Is there any way I can check if really my RFE has been responded. Secondly how much time is required for USCIS to update the status if the RFE has been submitted by my Company’s attorney. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Sarvesh,
      From your side, you can just rely on the online status. You can check w/ employer why the status has not changed, and ask them to follow-up w/ USCIS about the same. BTW, at times the online status doesn’t change immediately even after it has been responded (technical issue).

      Reply
  43. I have a second class B.Sc degree which I completed in four years and now I have 6 years experience in a leading IT company.Can I qualify for h1b with my degree + experience.My B.Sc is from one of the reputed universities in India which is accredited.Please clarify

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  44. Hi All,

    This is just another round of check to know the current count of ppl waiting for of h1b approval. My petition filed on 17 nov 2011 and still initial review or got no response as yet from USCIS.Oct , nov 2011 petition filed ppl , plz respond to how many are still waiting. 🙂

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    • Shrk jobs,

      Still in initial review filed oct 28@vsc my emplyer said my case was on RFE..i demanded for a copy of the notice. But never emailed it to me ..they were asking me to pay an atty fee to respond the RFE… i don’t if I’ll beleive them or not…

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  45. Hi Saurabh,

    I hope you remember me. I will give little background about myself.
    I came to India in emergency in Nov 2011 and appeared for h1b stamping….the VO was young guy didn’t ask much question just told everyone in my queue one-by-one to go and check your mails. In email they send my petition to uscis for further review. My client and employer are helpful for me to continue the project from India. We waited for couple of months but there was no response from uscis. Then in Feb2012 my employer filed another h1b to get my visa and i took another appointment on March 26th,2012.
    VO : first check my kids usa passport
    VO: then ask about client and employer
    me : i work for this ABC Client for xyx employer
    VO: what is the project
    me: xyz is the project to automate the business for ABC
    VO: then typed something and told to wait in the backside seats
    me: we waited for 35mins

    Our name was call from another window and there we approached
    Everything they noted on paper about client, project details, employer visits to client place

    After two weeks i got an email for updated itinerary and client letter. I got those letters from client manager as he always look forward to help everyone with March date.

    On April 24th, i submitted Work itinerary , Client Letter

    Again today i got email for updated date client letter. So i have to request my manager for this letter. From past 6months i am working from India and got approved timesheets for these months from TimesheetPortal site can i submit that too.

    Thanks,
    Mathur

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  46. Hi Saurabh,

    My H1 was filed on April 1st. Received case number….it was in Initial Review for 3weeks. They received my application on April 9th. But today, it went back to Acceptance on April 30th.
    Could this be a result of filing an amendment to change my I94 on file which we did?

    Thanks
    krishna

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    • Krishna,
      I don’t know if that is the exact reason. Lot of petitions stay in Acceptance and IR statuses and then proceed further.

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    • Nothing to worry, it is not a RFE.

      If you got your Receipt # it will be in Acceptance for couple of days. In some cases it can jumped from Acceptance > Decision with in 5 working days.

      Please see link below for more Faq’s on H1b visa. It also has H1B and Green Card sponsoring companies database with latest salary trends and jobs

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