Many of you are going through the H1B process for the first time, as you applied for H1B Visa 2020 Season earlier in April. Some of you may be wondering, how does an H1B approval notice look like ? What information does it have ? How does the official approval look like ? How does a H1B approval notice with I-94 look like…Our readers, keeping anonymous for privacy reasons, have been kind enough to share their approval notices of H1B that they applied this year. Thanks a lot to them for sharing with the community. Below are those samples. If you would like to share your sample as well, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can post in yourself at User Experiences
If your H1B is pending with USCIS, to understand processing times, you may read H1B Visa Regular Processing vs Premium Processing Timelines
H1B Approval Notice I-797A for FY 2020 – Official Copy
H1B Case Details : Filed as Change of Status (COS), Masters Quota, Premium Processing.
You can see the case is approved for full duration of close to 3 years. As it is Change of Status, you can see that there is I-94 at the bottom of the H1B approval copy. Also, I-94 date is 10 days more than the approval date as grace period. The I-94 format is almost same as paper I-94 card, that you get when you arrive in US by road. But, if you arrive by flight, the I-94 card is electronic and you do not get anything from CBP officer. Check Sample Electronic I-94. You can check your current Electronic I-94 online as well.
H1B Approval Notice I-797C for FY 2020 – Courtesy Copy
H1B Case Details : Filed as Change of Status (COS), Masters Quota, Regular Processing. The official copy is yet to arrive in mail. But, this at least indicates that Regular processing petitions are also getting approved.
You can see the below case was also approved for full duration of close to 3 years.
H1B Approval Notice I-797A for FY 2020 – Official Notice
The below H1B approval notice is for the same case, that you see above in the courtesy notice. You can check the dates. As you can see, it was filed with Change of Status and there is a I-94 Attached at the bottom of the approval notice.