H1B visa 2020 Approval Notice Samples Info

H1B 2020 Approval Notices – Regular, Premium – Shared by Users

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 78 Comments

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 [email protected] 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 Visa 2020 Approval Notice - Change of Status - Sample - Premium Processing

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 Visa 2020 Approval Notice - Masters Quota -USA COS-Regular Processing

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.

H1B Visa Sample Notice - 2020 Season - With I-94 Sample

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Comments ( 78 )

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  2. Deepak

    Hi Kumar,
    My H1B Visa Extension(Premium Case) got approved on 9th August 2019. On USCIS website, I can see the updated status that my case has been approved and Approval Notice has been sent. But my attorney has not received my AN till date. Few days back my Attorney has raised Service request for the same. Is there any other way to check with USCIS regarding AN? As i have filed this case in premium so there should be some other way to expedite the process.

  3. Divya

    Hi All,

    What is trend going for WAC-Regular case(non-advance)..?
    I checked everywhere website and tracker and yet not found any case for regular case(non-advance degree) approval for WAC Center.

    Anyone have any updates for WAC Center..?

      1. ts

        Mine is WAC Regular case.
        Attorney filed premium processing on June 10. Got RFE for a minor error on June 24. Replied to RFE with corrected data by July 30. Got approval email by August 8. Received hard copy by August 21. Got consulate appointment in the mid September and interview went well with regular questions like job duties, designation, salary, location. Interviewer said Visa is approved.

        All the best to everyone.

    1. administrator

      For the most part, yes, it is mandatory document and helps a lot. If you cannot get it, you need some sort of proof from client or additional document that offsets that. Talk to your attorney.

  4. ram


    I got my H1B picked in the lottery this year(May 11th). Since it is already Mid-September, does it mean my case has lesser chances of approval? Until when I can wait to hear back something positive.

    Regular processing-California Service center

    1. administrator

      No, regular processing has no estimated SLA, you can upgrade to premium, if you want results faster…just delay does not mean less chances for approval.

  5. Harshag

    Hi Kumar,

    I am currently working on h4 ead with company A and got my h1 picked with the same company in 2020 cap. Now i got an rfe. At the same time i got an offer from company b. Can i transfer to company b now as i am on h4 ead and then company b file an amendment on my h1b?

    1. administrator

      No, you need H1B approval for any transfer and it is recommended to do it only after October 1st and having h1B status.

      1. H1 Visa1

        Hi Kumar,

        Till date do you know(or anyone know)any H1b case for regular processing for California centre who got approved…?

        Any estimated time, if know exact .(approx month and week)

    2. Singh

      I am currently in India from past 1 year and My H1-Out of Cap was filed in last week of April 2019 with WAC in normal processing. I got the case number but I do not see any update ever since. Is there anyone who can share timeline based on experience as how long will it take for approval?


        1. Singh

          I did check but it is never consistent. That’s why I wanted to check if someone is in similar bucket. How long did it take for you?

  6. Abeeba

    Hi Kumar,

    I needed some advice on a specific scenario. Is it possible to physically work at a client site in US on h1b and get paid in another country? Any other legal routes to achieve this?

  7. 3rd Timer

    One of my is working in US since 1.5 years with an Indian MNC and later changed his employer and transfered his h1b petition. The transfer petition got RFE and later denial. When we check with the old employer (Indian MNC) seems the petition is already withdrawn. When he verified with the new employer, he is telling that he will file one more petition. What will be his status now? He is confused. Will he be out of status ?

      1. 3rd Timer

        Can we file one more CAP exempted petetion ? Is that possible ? New Employer is saying, he will file one more new petetion.

        1. administrator

          They may, but again, getting it with I-94 would be tricky, may need to opt for consular processing. Check with attorney on this.

  8. Maddy


    I got H1b approval from USCIS under COS. Currently I’m on H4 visa which is expiring on August 31. I filed for extension of H4 visa in April, however, I havent received approval yet. In case I dont get H4 extension approval till August 31, can I travel to my home country and come back here in Oct on H1b? Will there be any issue in this?

    1. administrator

      Yes, you can go and come back on H1B. When you leave the country, write a letter of withdrawal for the H4 petition, so that USCIS is aware of it and can withdraw your H4 petition that is in progress. Work with your attorney on this.

  9. Diana

    Do you know if anyone already received the rejection? I haven’t heard any update of my case at this point so I guess I wasn’t selected for the lottery, but wondering when I am going to have an official rejection to loose all my hopes and try to do something else

    1. administrator

      There are few users, who got reject notices. They arrive until end of the July and can even extend, USCIS will announce on the same. Plan for backups…

  10. Krithin

    Hi Kumar,

    I still have not heard from USCIS on the receipt. I have not got the rejection notice as well. Any chance, even if less, on getting a receipt notice in July? Has anyone in the past received receipt notice in July ? I am from a service company and they wont check for cheque encashment status.

    1. administrator

      Well, very unlikely, there were few exceptions in the past, but very much less chances…You can wait for the reject letter to be sure…still we have time to get reject notices.

  11. 2ndtime

    Hi Kumar,

    I received mail that my H1B got approved(Non-Ad/regular). LCA role is given as L2 and position applied is showing as L3. Will it be a problem when I go for visa stamping
    Thanks in advance

    1. administrator

      Well, it is hard to say…usually it depends on the job description and how your attorney has presented your case supporting evidence. Discuss with your attorney on the best way to handle it, if such question is asked.

  12. IAMStrong

    Hi Kumar

    My wife’s petition was filed as Non AD/REGULAR/VT. Her petitioner informed today that check has been cashed in June but receipt notice not received yet.

    USCIS send notices till July? When can we expect the receipt notice?

    1. administrator

      You should have received by now. Ask them to verify the back of check, there should be a number that can be used to track the case. You can ask them to reach out to USCIS and confirm.

  13. Manohar

    Hi there, My petition is selected but when I’m checking my file number on uscis website, it says invalid number. I didn’t get any update on approval though.

    What could be the reason? When can I expect a response from us is as its more than 1.5 month now after lottery? Thanks

    1. administrator

      Well, the error on the USCIS online system is pretty normal dont worry…If you have seen the receipt notice and it has your name on it, you are fine. Just work with your employer or attorney to get the latest update.

  14. Akshay Shah

    Hi Kumar,

    I got an RFE from USCIS asking for the consulate post from which I plan to apply. Have you seen this in the past? Why would USCIS need my consular post before making a decision?

    Thanks for your help!

    AD/PP/CA —- Consulate Processing

    1. administrator

      In general, it should not matter, they probably need to enter it in the system and maybe it was not filled out when you sent the application. It should be fine. Dont worry.

  15. Spencer

    Hi Kumar, How are you?

    I’m still waiting for the USCIS response about my h1 visa. My OPT expires next week, Do you know if I’ll be allowed to work after it expires? or until when I can work?
    Thank you,

    1. administrator

      If you have a copy of the receipt, then you can request for OPT extension by sending it to DSO, otherwise DSO may not extend it. Sometimes, some of them do it, but some do not do it…If you do not have the I20 extended for cap gap, you cannot work.

  16. 3rd Timer

    Hi Kumar,

    I have a query for you. In 2018 I applied for a B1 Visa in the month of June and it was rejected as the duration is for 4 weeks. Later I again applied in Sep2018 and it was approved. Now my h1b is picked and during filling of DS-160 should I mention that I was denied a Visa earlier ( There is a column where in the form it will ask about the details of all your previous Visa details. Denied/Rejected)

    What I need to mention in that column. Can you please help on this part.

      1. 3rd Timer

        Today I got my status updated.

        On June 21, 2019, we approved your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACXXXXXXXX. We will mail your approval notice. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    1. administrator

      Yes, you should mention it for sure. When they rejected it, they would have given you some form right, why they rejected, you need to state the same.

  17. Rajasekhar Reddy S

    My employer haven’t received anything from USCIS till now. With this,I can confirm that my petition has not picked in lottery?

  18. F1toH1B_FirstTime

    I applied for H1B Change of Status (F1/OPT to H1B) as Premium Processing in April but I haven’t received anything yet. No receipt notice, no rejection notice. Is this common? Shouldn’t I have received something since I applied for the first round of Premium Processing? Should I assume that my application was rejected on the lottery? Would appreciate any input you could provide!

  19. 3rd Timer

    Non-AD/Regular/Indian MNC

    My application was selected in the draw taken on April 11th and I got the status report by May16th. Still waiting for the Approval notice. When can we expect the notice and what will be the timeline for the regular candidate.

    On April 11, 2019, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACXXXXXXXXX, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 11, 2019, contact the USCIS Contact Center at www.uscis.gov/contactcenter. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

      1. 3rd Timer

        During my application submission, We have shared the SOW of the client as it is been asked by our Attorney. In the SOW the validity of project is there till 2021 end. So in case the approval comes, will it come only till 2021? On what parameters the Approvals happens and the validity is decided ? Can you please help me with this info ?

        1. administrator

          It could come until then. It all is up to the discretion of the USCIS officer, who will adjudicate your petition.

          1. 3rd Timer

            While uploading the docs we have uploaded educational docs, experience docs, passport docs etc from our end. And from company end they have submitted SOW. Probably they haven’t submitted client letter. Will RFE be certain?

  20. Karthik

    I have received from my employer, my H1B petition is selected in lottery and status is “Case Was Received” . when will i get approved petition or any other update ?

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