As we have done in previous years, we will track all the H1B visa FY 2016 news and cap count updates on this page.  Did you apply for FY 2016 ?  Please add your case info to H1B Visa Case Tracker. It is community driven by applicants like you and gives everyone bigger picture on where others petitions are to speak to their employers, USCIS and attorneys, if you feel it is delayed or something is not right.

Update : We are in H1B FY 2017 Season, Check out H1B Visa 2017 Cap Count Updates, News

H1B 2016 News Updates ( Latest on top ) :

  • July 14th, 2015 : Official :  USCIS announced that it has returned all the petitions that were not selected in lottery for FY 2016. They mentioned that, if you filed a petition for FY 2016 during Apri 1st and 7th, but did not hear anything from USCIS by July 20th, 2015, then you can contact them for details on your case.  Check official press release 
  • May 20th, 2015 : Unofficial :  H1B Petitions not selected in lottery have started to return from USCIS.  One of our user reported that his H1B package was returned. See below.  Check out Sample H1B Rejection Letters H1B Package Returned
  • May 4th, 2015 :  Official : USCIS announced that they have completed data entry of all the H1B petitions that were selected in the lottery and receipted them as well. They will start to return those petitions that were not selected in lottery. Read H1B News Alert and Analysis
  • April 23th, 2015 : Students on F1 status were reaching out DSO, who in turn checks SEVIS for inquiring about their H1B case details and lottery decision. SEVIS updated that their system is experiencing high call volumes and gave guidance to DSOs to instruct students to check with their employers for H1B receipt numbers and check status on USCIS website.  Read H1B Lottery Results – SEVIS Updates DSO.  Below is the email sent to SEVIS users. SEVIS H1B 2016 Update

Source :  ILW : ( http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?4315-News-SEVIS-Asks-Students-to-Contact-USCIS-for-H-1B-Petition-Inquiries )

  • April 21st, 2015 :  Unofficial update : USCIS has started to send out premium processing receipt notices. Attorneys have confirmed that they are receiving premium processing petitions receipts, also our H1B case tracker is updated with many updating that they are selected in lottery and waiting for case number. You may read H1B 2016 Premium, Regular processing Time 
  • April 14th, 2015 : USCIS released a news alert saying that they will begin premium processing from April 27th, 2015. What it means is that the the 15 day count starts from April 27th now, instead of May 11th. Read Details on  H1B 2016 Premium processing Alert .
  • April 13th, 2015 :  Official Update : USCIS received about 233,000 for H1B FY 2016 quota and completed computer generated random selection. USCIS conducted lottery on April 13th, first for US Masters quota to select 20,000 petitions and the ones not selected in this were added to the general quota pool to select 65,000 for FY 2016 cap. Read Summary of press release :  233,000 Petitions for FY 2016, Lottery Complete 
  • April 9th, 2015 ( 11 p.m. PDT) : No official update from USCIS on the H1B Lottery or cap count. In fact, there is no unofficial numbers or words even in the attorney’s community or AILA.  Don’t be mislead by the false rumors spread by others on the blog as comments. Stay calm !
  • April 7th, 2015 :
    • USCIS Released a press note telling that the H1B visa 2016 cap has been reached.  There were more petitions received by USCIS than required to meet the H1B cap of 65,000 + 20,000 petitions. USCIS is yet to announce the date of H1B lottery. Check out the Summary of USCIS H1B 2016 Cap Reached.
  • April 6th, 2015  (9 AM EST):
    • USCIS released a news alert on filing second petitions, when there are Delivery Service Errors. Essentially, USCIS is giving an option to file second petition, if the employer believes that there were issues with the delivery of the original petition filed due to the delivery service. The employer should include explanation for the reason of second petition, with the proof from delivery services, including a request to withdraw the original petition. Read USCIS H1B 2016 news alert Summary
  • April 3rd, 2015 : No official or unofficial H1B cap count news from anyone.
  • April 1st, 2015 : H1B 2016 season Starts Today ! 
  • March 12th, 2015 :  USCIS update – April 1st start Date for H1B FY 2016

Reference Articles related to H1B visa 2016 season :

H1B Visa 2016 Cap Count updates Tracking Table:

USCIS Update Date Regular H1B Cap (65,000) Advanced Degree Cap (20,000) Analysis and Cap Count Update Article.
 April 7th, 2015  65,000  20,000  H1B Cap Reached 
 April 14th  2015 N/A N/A  H1B Lottery Complete -Summary
Remaining H1B Cap  0 0

 

   

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Comments ( 411 )

  1. h1b rfe waiting

    Hi, I applied for h1b. got rfe in mid-july. My employer responded to the rfe and uscis received on Oct 28th. Haven’t got any updates yet. it’s with vermont center. Anyone in similar situation or have got a response recently, please respond. very anxious and would be good to know of any response.

          1. pinky

            Same with me too. Had a query and they received supporting documents on Dec 9th and have not heard back from them. Please post if you have received a reply after new year. Thank you

  2. H1 b visa

    Now , I want my visa should be reject because I am fed up with this waiting. Today after three days I again check USCIS site and this forum. I am not able to stop me for not forget that I got selected in lottory. I want all this stop in my life.

  3. NexgenVictim

    Has anyone got sponsored with Nexgen Technologies LLC in NJ this year? For 2016 quota? Please respond to me and I will save your life.

  4. Rahul

    HI,
    My H1B petition was approved in JUNE itself and still it is saying, we will mail to you the original copy of approval. Does any one know, it take that long?

  5. Prashanth

    Hi

    My petition got approved last week but my Attorney hasn’t received the I797 hard copy yet( they received the approval notice through email though). My case was upgraded to PP a week before the approval, can you please let me know how much time will it take usually.?

    Will it be same for Premium processing and Regular processing.? Thanks in advance.

    1. God

      Hi,

      it should not take more than 2-3 weeks. YOu can call USCIS, if they have not send it, they will send immediatly on request of your employer.

  6. Roma

    My petition approved now but my visa sponsor has put a bond of $XXX if not joining and being with him for 18 months. Is this legal under USCIS & US immigration laws?

      1. amit

        Me too having same status , is this something seen usually.

        Below is the status when I check in USCIS site ==>
        Case Was Received
        On April 13, 2015, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number xxxxxxxxxxxxx, 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 13, 2015, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

          1. kwin

            I tried calling the customer care, they said that only employer can raise a request but not a employee….

      2. Svam

        I am still waiting from 24 sept for approval.got rfe on 23 July.my employer told me for wait….as they also don’t know when USCIS will approve.

    1. Poral

      My case I’d still in ” case received” with regular processing. there is no update till date.
      Please let me know if your case got updated.?

  7. Raj_H1B

    Guys, I was waiting waiting for good news all sudden I got the RFE letter asking following details:
    1. Evidence pertaining to proffered Occupation
    2. Evidence pertaining to Employer employee relationship
    3. Evidence pertaining to the Beneficiary’s qualification

    is anyone got similar letter asking same set of question? how did you guys handled such question? what is the chance of getting approval.

    I am totally tensed now, please through some light on this.

    1. Ram

      Hi,
      I did get RFE but not same as is…but here you go…
      1. Evidence pertaining to proffered Occupation
      Check with your employer as they do have this
      2. Evidence pertaining to Employer employee relationship
      Check with your employer as they do have this
      3. Evidence pertaining to the Beneficiary’s qualification
      Your educational transcripts (For all years)

  8. Varun

    Hi All,
    Case Was Received
    On April 13, 2015, we received your Form I-129,
    Still it shows the same message.
    Any clue how much time it will take?

  9. dt

    Hi All,
    Case Was Received
    On April 13, 2015, we received your Form I-129,
    Still it shows the same message. Actually I have applied for premium processing, my question is –
    if it is a premium processing will it take this much time?

  10. Got Approved

    H1 b petition get approved, now only waiting documents, then needs to apply for a interview..I think this is process?

    Can any one tell about documents which needs to collect for interview?

  11. Xyz_abc

    Hi

    My h1b got picked in lottery and now the status is rfe. And I also observe the majority of the picked applications are in rfe status ?. Is USCIS trying to cut down on the number of approved applicants .?. Any idea . ?

    1. H1BHopeful

      Not sure whether it would impact, not an expert on this matter but make sure you mention the same on your DS-160 application.

      Thank you

  12. Still waiting

    Mine application still showing case was received, while I checked later number of my receipt number, they got approved.

    How much they will take and they pick randomly start work on that, as later got approved while my and other below are still in-progress.

  13. Neha

    My h1b Application status is approved since june 03 2015.
    I-129 is approved and we will mail the approval notice.
    But till date my employer has not received the approval notice.

    Has anyone got the approval notice? How much time it took?
    Thanks,
    Neha

    1. H1BHopeful

      Hi Neha,

      My application got approved on June 19th but I received my original approval notice in the first week of July, about 1-2 weeks after notification of approval. Did you contact your company attorney on the same?

      Thank you

    2. vivek

      even for one of Friend also in same status case approved on jun18 but yet receive hardcopy. for other friend he got approval on june2nd but received hard copy only on mid of August.

  14. Luckyguy

    Hey,
    heard from my employer, my H1B is approved now. it was a non premium petition applied at CA center.

    Good luck to those u are picked.
    Thanks

  15. Tcs pra

    Tcs guyz?
    Any update till now?
    I heard 4th list has been shared and my account has released only 1 list till now.
    Also its almost start of July and Mumbai FDFU is not giving any update yet.
    What should we do now?
    Any shortcut??

  16. Raghav

    USCIS has referred my case for RFE. May I know what are the most common cases for RFE as I have provided all my documents without fail. I am bit tensed. This is my first H1B visa. Please advise.

  17. Satish M

    Hi, My employer has applied or H1B visa for which no updates had been received till now. Is there any chance that I could be selected in lottery.

      1. Rick

        Sounds real, Thats y ….. All the Visa Appointment are cancelled , since its a prestige- Goverment not ready to inform its hacked & fabricate as Hardware/sW issue. Thinks guys 🙂

      1. Shwetha

        Were you able to get the receipt number on the back side of the encashed check ? My immigration attorney asked my employer to check if there was any receipt number. My employer is looking into it.

  18. meghna

    Hi! two days back I was informed by the employer that the cheque has been put on hold, cld anyone pls explain what does that mean.

  19. Raghavendra Kumar

    I have received the receipt notice on May 20th and till date my application status is showing “Case was received’. Can anyone know how much it would take to get the approval status as this is my first visa petition.

    1. Waiting

      I received my receipt number in April itself Still waiting for approval. AS far as I know process of approval goes till September.

  20. Rick

    Hi everyone,
    I’ve not received anything yet. Is it fair to assume that I was unsuccessful? My company hired Fragomen in NYC. I believe my application was Non-AD/RP/Vt. Is there still hope at this point?

  21. Jay

    Hi Guys,

    Yes, it’s true USCIS started returning the packages. This year’s game is over. My employer “Got the return package today”. Have been going through the same process for few years now, which made me strong enough to end this with a positive note ” THEY DONT DESERVE MY SKILLS & EXPERTISE ”

    Be happy and cool.

    It’s not the end of the world.
    Best wishes to all you out there…

  22. Unlucky

    Hello Folks,

    Don’t keep any hopes.Uscis returning H1B packages from June 15th.
    There’s a rare possibility to get receipt no.
    for more info: immigrationgirl.com/return-of-petitions-begins-for-unlucky-h-1b-visa-applicants/

    1. SS

      I am waiting for the return package to negotiate with my employer, or else I can do nothing but waiting….it is frustrating…

  23. Aditi

    As I read more about it in the U.S. News media, the violators (read the so-called-consulting companies) are likely to face severe actions for alleged abuse of work visas including L1, H-1Bs and H-4 EADs. Good luck! Nothing is really more worth than screwing up your careers through these visa violators, isn’t it?

  24. Swarup Chakraborty

    Hi Shaan,
    Could you please let me know about the name of the employer(consultancy firm) from where you applied for H1-B?…This year I did not get the receipt number yet..so next year I might try with this consultancy..Any help will be appreciated…

  25. Shaan

    Hi All.

    I have received the scanned copy of my receipt from my employer. They have already raised the service request to USCIS regarding Being receipt number not updated in the USCIS website. They said that soon issue will resolve. Check also been encashed. I am very happy now.

    Good luck for those still seeking for the receipt number.

    1. Swarup

      Hi Shaan,

      Could you please let me know about the name of the employer(consultancy firm) from where you applied for the H1-B…This year I did not get any receipt number yet…So next year I might try applying from some consultancy firm…any help will be appreciated…

  26. Shaan

    I have applied H1B visa through US based consultancy via India based offshore team. Have received call from them on 27th April 2015 saying my petition got selected in lottery. I also received reciept number on 28th April 2015. When I checked the receipt number EAC1514252*** in USCIS website it showing validation error as below
    “My Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered. Please check your receipt number and try again.”

    When I asked about this with my consultancy. They said that they have received hard copy of Receipt number and they also sent mail to USCIS regarding receipt number missing in their website. They said their legal team is looking in to this issue with USCIS. They Said that I am in to lottery not to worry.

    My question is. Will this kind of mistake can USCIS does. How come USCIS forgot to update the shortlisted petition receipt number in their official website.

    My employer assured that their legal team sent mail to USCIS and hopefully within 21 working days its updated in USCIS Website. I trust my employer as my few of my friends through to H1B Visa last year 2014.

    If any help and advice on this most welcome.

    1. Ehy

      Do you have an update re your case? I am receiving the same error as you til now. My employer told me to just wait since I have receipt number. But I can’t help to feel nervous.

      Are there any other who are receiving the same error as me? Thank you.

  27. Faith

    I too have applied H1B visa through US based consultancy via India based offshore team. But whenever i ask them they say that they do not have any updates and are waiting. Having said that, I do not have any reference details.
    Is there anyway to get the status using my name anywhere?

    1. Shaan

      Hi,

      You need to engage with your employer only. There is no other way to find on your own. As for as my experience USCIS may send the details to employeer till July end. However. By this time, your employer might have few details as per their exp. Some employer will wait till USCIS Officially announce the selected/rejected petions. You should trust your employer

  28. Shaan

    my question is,How come USCIS missed to update the lottery selected receipts number in their website. Were their any such cases like this. I storngly believe the wordings of my Employer as few of my friends got through last year.

    Please advice me.

  29. Shaan

    Hi

    Have applied H1B visa through US based consultancy via India based offshore team. Have received call from them on 27th April 2015 saying my petition got selected in lottery. I also received reciept number on 28th April 2015. When I checked the receipt number EAC1514252*** in USCIS website it showing validation error as below
    “My Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered. Please check your receipt number and try again.”

    When I asked about this with my consultancy. They said that they have received hard copy of Receipt number and they also sent mail to USCIS regarding receipt number missing in their website. They said their legal team is looking in to this issue with USCIS. They Said that I am in to lottery not to worry.

    My question is. Will this kind of mistake can dMy Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered. Please check your receipt number and try again”

    Please advice me on this.

  30. Hi

    My cheque got encashed on May 1st but didnot receive the receipt number yet . Regular / Vermont . Does it generally take this long to receive receipt number ? anyone on the same boat ?

  31. John

    Hey ,
    My cheque got encashed on May 1st but didnot receive the receipt number yet . Regular / Vermont . Does it generally take this long to receive receipt number ? anyone on the same boat ?

    1. sabu

      Guys,

      I haven’t received any update from USCIS nor my attorney on the receipt, but they informed me that its almost certain that my petition did not get selected and started working on my L1b visa extension which expires in January next year.

      I still had hopes seeing the posts, but not sure why my attorney thought otherwise.

      Any thoughts/suggestions?

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