H1B visa 2020 Approval Notice Samples Info

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

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 28 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 ( 28 )

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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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