It is crazy to even think of the number of comments, questions, answers and troll on our H1B Visa 2017 page, we have hit over 10,000 comments…It is something that clearly shows the anxiety and frustration of many waiting for their H1B 2017 receipts. Would like to quickly summarize for everyone’s benefit on the anticipated deadline for getting regular processing receipts, premium processing receipts and about next steps like approvals.
When is the deadline for getting Premium Processing Receipts for H1B FY 2017 ?
Well, technically, if you have filed your petition under premium processing, you should have got a receipt by now via email or physical copy. If you have not yet received it, you have just few more days left. The reality is that your chances of getting a receipt are quite slim…If you do get a receipt, you are part of the outliers like missing emails, mail in transit kind of situations. All in all, you have about 4 days left to get your receipt as the premium processing clock starts from May 12th.
How about H1B 2017 Regular Processing Petitions Receipts Deadline ?
As you know, USCIS released a press alert that they completed data entry of all the H1B 2017 Selected petitions on May 2nd and they will start to send out the rejected petitions. So, technically, all the selected petitions for FY 2017 will be notified in regular mail by USPS. The regular USPS Retail Ground, Standard Mail takes about 2 to 8 working days for delivery. So, technically, as per the standard SLA of USPS, most of the selected petitions must be notified with their case receipt by regular standard mail by end of this week ( 8 working days), which is May 13th. As it can happen with any shipping service, you can anticipate some outliers here and there to spill over receipts to early next week. All in all, you need to start to think of back up options, if you do not hear anything, after end of this week. There are always outliers, where some petitioners have got receipts in June as well last year, but those are all exceptions and you cannot really count on that. We have a vibrant community and many of our users are updating their status on H1B Visa 2017 Tracker, I request all of you to update the result for everyone’s benefit. The rejection packages can continue to come for a long time until late July…While it is positive hope to wait till we see a physical reject package for full confirmation that you were not selected, I suggest you think of your backup plans, if you do not hear anything by end of this week and at the latest mid of next week…it is always better to plan ahead I guess.
What Next ? What happens after getting receipts?
We have written few articles in the past that talk about all the next steps. You may read the below articles to get some idea on the next steps.
- H1B Case Number : Your H1B case receipt number has significance. Each part means something and it is good to know such information. Read Understand your H1B Case Number
- Various Case Statuses for H1B : Each of the H1B Cases goes through a set of steps, it is good to know what are all those. Read H1B Case Status Meaning, Screenshots
- Steps Flow after H1B Lottery : After you get selected there are set of steps each case goes through. It is good to know the flow. Read H1B Case Status Flow Chart for – Approval
Luck may NOT favor everyone, be prepared to accept the truth…
Some of you would have worked very hard and spent thousands of dollars to study in your dream Ivy League School in US and may even get your dream job on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley… Some of you would have cracked tough interviews at MNCs, worked hard to be in right team to get an on-site opportunity to work in US… Some of you would have tried to work with a consulting company, who was willing to sponsor and file H1B for you…Every person has a story aspiring to work in US…Unfortunately, in your work visa case in US, your hard work does not matter and it is Luck that plays a part…The reality is that there is no immediate fix to this process and you all have to live with it…If you are lucky and get selected, just be happy luck smiled at you…if you are unlucky, don’t get disheartened and try to curse yourself or anyone else, it is life…As Steve Jobs said, sometimes “Life Hits you with a Brick “, we need to accept it…maybe there are better things awaiting for you at your destiny…
What are your thoughts ?