H1B Visa 2017 News Updates, Fees , Lottery Predictions, LCA - Processing Times, FAQs.

If you were one of the unlucky ones not picked in whopping 233,000 H1B 2016 Lottery Applications , you might be already wondering when is the next H1B season going to start.  Also, some of you may be studying in US and some working abroad and planning to work in US next year. This page will be constantly updated with the latest details and commonly asked questions around the next upcoming H1B Visa fiscal year of 2017 season news and updates.

H1B Visa Cap reached for FY 2017, Lottery Done
 On April 7th, H1B Cap for FY 2017 was reached. Lottery was done on April 9th. Read News Summary – Over 236,000 Petitions for FY2017 

When will the H1B visa 2017 season start ? Date ?

Short answer April 1st 2016. Typically, USCIS will start to accept petitions for the next fiscal year starting from April 1st of the previous fiscal year. USCIS fiscal year is from October 1st to September 30th. So, for H1B quota of fiscal year 2017, which starts from October 1st, 2017, USCIS would typically accept applications from April 1st, 2016.  The H1B Visa 2016 season started on April 1st of 2015.  Also, in the H1B Rejected Notices of 2016, USCIS mentioned that, the non-selected candidates can file H1B petitions for FY 2017 on or after April 1st, 2016.

USCIS announced on March 16th, 2016 that they will accept FY 2017 petitions from April 1st, 2016. Read Summary of USCIS press release FY 2017 .
Also, we have written an article summarizing on What to expect in H1B FY 2017 Season 

What is H1B 2017 Cap ? What are the H1B 2017 Quota numbers ? Regular vs Masters ?
If you new to H1B, I suggest you read All about H1B Visa Cap- Regular vs Masters. In simple terms H1B cap is a congressional mandated maximum number of petitions that USCIS can accept in a year.  As of now, below are the H1B cap number for fiscal year 2017.  The below numbers are confirmed in press release by USCIS on Mar 16, 2016.

  • Regular H1B Quota : 65,000
  • H1B Master’s Degree Quota ( only US Master Degrees) : 20,000
  • Out of the above, a total of 6,800 is usually set aside for Singapore and Chile citizens as part of the free trade agreement between them.

There have been many discussions around change in H1B cap numbers by Obama administration since 2013. The planned proposal was to increase the regular quota cap to 110,000 and Masters quota to 25,000.  No changes for FY 2017, the above numbers of 65,000 and 20,000 are officially confirmed by USCIS in their press release.

What is H1B Visa 2017 Prediction? Will there be Lottery again for FY 2017

Update :  USCIS Updated on April 12th, 2016 that they have received over 236,000 petitions for FY 2017 quota and the lottery was completed on April 9th.

Looking at the past trend of H1B season in the past three years, we could very likely have lottery for FY 2017. Last year for FY 2016 quota, there were 233,000 applications. We have done a detail analysis with the H4 Visa EAD rule in place considering the economy, students graduating, OPT news, etc.  You should read  article H1B Visa 2017 Lottery Prediction News, results, Date .

If H1B lottery, will there be any preference in lottery for Large companies ? Premium Processing 
Well, no preference for anyone, all are treated equally, including premium processing. There are many such misconceptions about lottery process, we have compiled a list of such myths and criteria, you should read Myths of H1B Lottery, Criteria

When to plan for H1B visa 2017 Application ? How soon ? What should be the strategy ?
It is never too late to start planning for your H1B 2017 season. If you plan to work in US on H1B visa in the next coming fiscal year, below are some suggestions based on your situation.

  • F1 Student in USA : If you are studying on F1 visa and about to graduate in next one year, you should seriously look at finding an internship or co-op at companies that can sponsor your H1B visa. You can search for H1B Sponsors in a particular area using our H1B Sponsors Search Tool and try to get an internship to work there on CPT or OPT after you graduate. This is a strategic move and will require sometime, so plan well.
  • Professional from outside USA : If you are a working professional outside US, planning to work in US on H1B, your best bet is to find Multinational companies that have major US presence and secure a job there, so that you can position internally for applying to H1B visa, when the season starts. This is a very strategic decision, you need to carefully assess your options, speak to the company if such options exist and then only choose it.
  • Other H4, L1 Visas : If you are on these visas, your best bet is to find companies just like I mentioned for F1 students that sponsor H1B visas and start interviewing and keeping the conversation going so that you can ask them to file H1B when the season starts.

We have put together a Step by Step Plan on How to apply for H1B 2017 Quota

How do I find a H1B Visa Sponsor – The most asked million dollar question ?
If you are student in the US, it is very straight forward, you find the list of H1B Sponsoring companies using the tool in an area as I mentioned above and get an internship in one of them so that they can sponsor your H1B visa.   Unlike, if you are coming from outside US, it can be tricky.  If you work for an Multinational company ( MNC), then they will have some internal process to pick the candidates and then process H1B visa for them…The other option that has been used and abused is the consulting companies route…Many a times, the H1B aspirants approach a body shop IT consulting company to file H1B for them and they apply for the same. It gets nasty with the body shop consulting companies.  The comments on this H1B Companies Reviews article are quite eye opening. I advise, you beware of the consulting companies and avoid fraud.  Also, WE as RedBus2US do NOT provide any guidance or assistance or sponsor anything. If someone claims that, it is pure fraud and they are trying to trick you, we are not responsible for that. Please be careful. Anyways, for various other options , You may read article How to find H1B 2017 Sponsors

What is the H1B visa 2017 filing fee ? Is it same or any changes ?
It changed slightly this year with the Omnibus Bill passed in December 2015, that will increase the H1B filing fee by $4000 for FY 2017, until 2025 for certain companies that have over 50 employees and have more than 50% of their employees as H1B or L1 visa holders in USA.  Check USCIS Guidelines on H1B Fee increase. Depending on the size of the company, the H1B filing fee can vary anywhere from $1,600 USD to $7,400 USD + Attorney Fee. There are various fees components that make up this number range, for more details Read Summary of H1B Filing Fee 2017 – Who pays for What ? . Below is a high level summary. Also, one key change is that,  there was $2000 USD additional filing fee as per Public Law 111-230, this law expired on Sep 30, 2015 and that is not included anymore.

H1B Fee Component Fee in USD
 Base filing fee $325
AICWA Fee $750  or $1,500
Fraud prevent & detection fee $500
Fee based on Public Law 114-113 ( if applicable) $4000
Premium processing fee (Optional) $1,225
Immigration Attorney Fee Varies from $500 to $3000

What about Comprehensive Immigration Reform(CIR) and Obama Executive Actions for H1B 2017 Quota Increase ? 
There has been many articles and discussions since 2013 around immigration reform by President Obama and changes around and some like below have been discussed in the last couple of years, nothing moved significantly.

  • H1B Cap to be increased from 65,000 to 110,000 per year.  Also have provisions to have it up to 180,000 in case of extreme demand.
  • Advanced degree from US cap quota to increase from 20,000 to 25,000
  • The Filing fee for H1B could go up to 10,000 USD  ( Part of this came up as the fee increase in Omnibus Bill )
  • Additional H1B rules to avoid H1B Visa fraud by employers
  • Mandatory LCA posting for 30 days before it is certified.

The current status on all of the above are basically “No updates”,  there are no set deadlines for any of them and none of these are happening for FY 2017. You may read Summary of CIR Changes to H1B . Officially as per press release on March 16, 2016, the H1B cap is confirmed to be 65,000 for regular and 20,000 for masters…hence, no changes.

What is LCA for H1B Visa ? Processing times ?
LCA is a form that has to be filed with US Dept of Labor and get it certified before filing H1B petition with USCIS. It has to be sent along with H1B Package to USCIS.  It has all the relevant information about the job position like wage, location, title, etc. It takes about 7 working days for processing of the LCA by US Dept of Labor (DOL). You can read complete details at Why is LCA Needed for H1B – Processing Time, Salary 

H1B Visa 2017 Premium Processing Time :

USCIS Updated in their original press release on March 16, 2016 that the premium processing will begin no later than May 16, 2016.  But, on April 22nd, they updated that the premium processing for FY 2017 will begin on May 12th, 2016. What it means is that the official 15 calendar day SLA for premium processing petitions will be starting from 12th.  USCIS may process the petitions early as well, but officially their clock starts on that day.

H1B 2017 Case Tracker  :
Did you apply for FY 2017 ?  We have put together a tracker along with good graphs for analysis. It is completely anonymous as we do not capture your case number or any personal information. It is community contributed data, the more you add, the better for everyone, including  You !

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Most Recent News of FY 2017 H1B
Below is the most recent news regarding H1B 2017 season. You can check the updates page as indicated below for the full history and details.

  • July 8th, 2016 ( Official ) : USCIS released a press note today indicating that they have completed returning all the petitions that were not selected in the H1B lottery for FY 2017. Read More details here 
  • May 2nd, 2016 ( Official Update ) : USCIS updated that data entry is complete for selected petitions in lottery. if you were selected, you should receive receipt notices in 2 to three weeks. If not, the chances are very slim to get selected. You should look at your plan B.  Read H1B Data Entry Complete Article for full details
  • April 22nd, 2016 : (Official Update) USCIS Updated that they will start premium processing from May 12th, instead of May 16th.
  • April 12th, 2016 – 6:30 PM EST : Official Update :  USCIS released a press note that H1B lottery was completed on April 9th and they received over 236,000 petitions for FY 2017 quota. Read Press Release Summary  
  • April 12th, 2016 – 11:50 AM CST ( Unofficial Update ) : It is reported on blog by attorney ( immigrationgirl ) that they have received about 40 email receipts of Premium Processing. What it means is that USCIS has already conducted lottery. We will keep you posted with updates. If I am not wrong, they are just drafting the press release now.

H1B 2017 - Latest News Updates

Most recent and complete history of all latest breaking news updates from Official sources like USCIS and Unofficial sources for FY 2017 Season.

When is the next H1B Season ?

The next H1B season starts on April 1st, 2017.  Wondering about your next chance for H1B and various details about the next H1B season, check out H1B Visa 2018 FAQs

Sample H1B Reject Notices for FY 2017 ?

USCIS has started to mail out the reject notices for FY 2017 petitions that were not picked in lottery. It says that the start date for next year H1B season is April 1, 2017. You can check out the Sample Reject Notice for FY 2017, Details

We have many more FAQs around H1B Visa 2017. We will continue to keep updating the page with latest news and updates regarding FY 2017. Bookmark this page and keep checking for updates.

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Comments ( 23,611 )

  1. Karthik

    Hi all,

    After long looong wait my petition got approved today. I would like to thank all who kept my hope alive and all the very best to who are still waiting for their results.

    Case received : April 11th
    RFE : Nov 14th
    RFE received : Dec 16th
    Petition approved : Jan 12th

    Thank you.

    1. Raj

      Hi Karthik, congrats and best wishes for you successful stamping!

      Could you please tell me the RFE reason if possible.
      Also the service center and if you upgrade to PP ?


  2. Ram

    At last I got ‘denied your Form I-129’ status.
    I thing its end of game.

    Guys please tell me What can I do now. I informed my company about the status. They said they will try to work on it.

    Series : EAC1614253***
    Case received : April 11th
    Transeferd to CA center : May 20th
    RFE : Aug 25th
    RFE response: Nov 16th
    Petition denied : Jan 11th

      1. Ram

        Thanks Jack for your kind reply. My company is ready and going to challenge the USCIS decision.

        Jack can you tell me is there any chance of approve you are seeing on challenging the USCIS decision.

        Have you heard about any cases approved after denial.
        Please do reply

    1. Be_Happy

      Ram , it is just a VISA game … there are so many other things to enjoy better than this . Familoy, friends, food, culture, festivals etc …

      If you got , it is bonus otherwise .. no problem.

  3. H1B_RFE

    Hello All,

    Any idea that last year, when did USCIS completed processing of all H1b applications. There are many in Received / RFE status for the current cycle and only 2.5 months left for next cycle to start. Mine is in RFE response received since 27th Sep.

  4. AAB

    My H1b is in approved state and my stamping is yet to be done. Due to internal policy changes my company wants me to travel on L1b now. Can any one tell me if my H1b will still be valid? Will there be any impact on my h1b visa.

  5. H1baspirant

    Hi Saurabh,
    I have a doubt regarding Visa interview
    Employer location(address) has changed , so now i have a new address in D160 and old address in LCA
    FYI: New and old location are in same MSA with in 6 miles distance
    Do i need take any support documents?
    If yes, what would be the documents and
    If no document are required, how to go about explaining the interviewer convincingly about this situation?

  6. H1PetitionApproved

    My petition is approved today. Would like to thank all the contributors to this site, with Inputs and status updates which kept my hope alive.
    All the very best to whose are yet to know the result.

    Series : EAC16141***
    Case received : April 11th
    Transeferd to CA center : April 19th
    RFE : Sept 19th
    RFE received : Nov 28th
    Petition approved : Jan 12th

  7. Unknown friend

    Hi H1B Aspirants,

    Today My visa interview has been done @Hyderabad Consulate.

    apportionment Time: 11:00 Am but I reached there @09:00Am

    Fingerprints and passport verification done with in 10 min. There were 2 H1B guys standing before me, 1st guy issued with Blue slip. 2nd guys from TCS, VO asked only 3 questions and told him your visa is approved.

    My Turn:

    VO: Who is your Employer?
    Me: XXXX
    VO: HoW Long You have been working with Current Employer?
    Me: New Job Opportunity
    VO: How did you know about this job Opportunity?
    Me: My Friend Refereed me
    VO: Is your friend still working for your Employer?
    Me: No, Left the Organization
    VO: Who is your client and the location?
    VO: Can you give me your LCA & Job Description Letter?
    Me: Submitted
    She was seriously checking something in the system for 60-90 sec
    Vo: What is all about your project?Can you explain?
    Me: Explained in very high level & short (Objective of the project & Data Extraction , Transformation ,Loading & Reporting )
    and how user is going to get benefit with the reports in 30-40 sec
    Me: 65,000$
    VO: What is your current pay in your Indian Employer?
    Me: XXXXXX
    VO: Why you chose this US opportunity?
    Me: Kept it simple (International Exposure, Good Pay & Advanced technologies & Tools using in this project)
    VO: Highest Qualification?
    Me: XXXX
    VO: Tell me about Your Interview process?
    Me : Explained in short –3 rounds of interview-1.My employer technical lead took 1st round 2.HR Round 3. Client technical round

    Vo: Sir, You must know your rights before you travel U.S by pointing her hand at a small book.

    Finally Golden,Diamond ,platinum words for me “YOUR VISA APPROVED,Welcome to United States”

    My suggestion to all REDBUS friends is be prepared before going to visa interview and try to give 2-3 mock interview with your friends.
    You will come to know where your lacking.

    Question starts with “what, when and where are straight forward, Only issue is with “Why?” and “Explain” can trouble you .So please be

    I Sincerely Thank REDBUS, I have been following redbus from last there years. Finally it’s time take little gap. My visa approved for 1 year,
    Will comeback with questions at the time of extension..

    All the best friends..

    1. H1b_Interview_tomorrow

      Hi.. I have my interview tomorrow at Hyd consulate. Can you explain me what is Job description letter… Is it a client letter?

      1. param

        Hi H1b_Interview_tomorrow ,

        Job description letter is different from client letter, JD letter should have Your project details like list of your duties, skills required to perform your duties, responsibilities, Project description, Project Road Map , minimum qualification required to perform job role etc….

        mail me your mobile number, if you have any quries ,We can discuss.

  8. Ammu

    Hello Guys,

    Finally , today my petition got approved after so long wait . Well patience is the key.

    I would like to thank all of you specially Sourabh and kumar . You guys are amazing and doing gud job. Well done.
    Just because of you we all are sharing our thoughts in this forum . Thank you once again.

    Here is the breakup WAC-16-147-529**
    Picked in lottry-11Aprl
    Notice date-27-Apr
    Ref received-14 Sep ( Specialty Occupation)
    Response sent-5-Dec
    response udated-6 -dec
    Finally approved-11-Jan

    Now waiting for stamping . All I would like to say believe in God and definitely you’ll win.

    This forum is amazing .Once again thank you red bus2 and everyone whoever participated.

  9. H1B_he

    My H1B Journey:

    April 27 2016 – picked in lottery

    July 11 2016 – status changed to RFE

    Aug 7 2016 – status changed to Response Received

    Nov 28 2016 – Upgraded to Premium

    Nov 30 2016 – Case approved

    Dec 12 2016 – Received Approved Hard copy (797B)

    Dec 25 2016 – Booked Stamping for Jan 8 and Jan 9

    Visa Experience at Hyderabad

    Biometrics Appointment :
    8/1/17 4:15pm is my biometric appointment and I have reached there by 3:50 Pm. As soon as i reach they allowed me to go inside and the overall process took me around 15-20 min to complete. They just saw my passport, DS-160 and Appointment letter. They verified and gave it back. Later gave my finger prints. I was out by 04:15 Pm.

    H1B Interview Day :
    9/1/17 11:00 Am is my H1B Interview Appointment time. I reached there by 10:30 Am. As soon as i reach they allowed me to go inside. We have a seating arrangement inside. They took another Finger printing (to cross check) and gave me a counter number to stand in the queue. I was able to listen from all the counters what they have been asking.
    In my counter there was a US lady. And the questions were below

    To my H4:
    1)Marriage date?
    2)Love or arranged marriage?
    A)Love cum Arranged
    3)How many marriage proposals received before finalizing?
    4)Are you planning to have any kids in US?

    To me:
    1)Client name?
    2)Can you spell it?
    4)Is this your first job in US?

    Finally golden Words – VISA Approved.

    Jan 11 2017 – Picked both H1 and H4 stamped passports

    Thank you so much Saurab and team for your regular updates and quick response for all the queries.

    All the best for others 

  10. H1baspirant

    Hi Saurabh,
    I have a doubt regarding Visa interview
    Employer location(address) has changed , so now i have a new address in D160 and old address in LCA
    FYI: New and old location are in same MSA with in 6 miles distance
    Do i need take any support documents?
    If yes, what would be the documents and
    If no document are required, how to go about explaining the interviewer convincingly about this situation?

  11. Maab

    My H1b is in approved state and my stamping is yet to be done. Due to internal policy changes my company wants me to travel on L1b now. Can any one tell me if my H1b will still be valid? Will there be any impact on my h1b visa.

  12. Any Hope for 'Case Was Received' aspirants ?

    Any Hope for ‘Case Was Received’ aspirants ?

    Or it is just gone !?

    For the last 2 months, only RFE responded peoples Approval is happening? Never heard anyone from Received to Approved!!!

        1. HornBill

          As on dec 11 statistics of WAC 147 series is as follows
          Received (30)
          Approved (3100)
          RFE (467)
          Other (827)

          On dec 11 UCIS
          approved 18 cases.
          Denied 3 cases.
          Withdrewed 3 cases.
          So approval chances are 75% 🙂
          Data taken from https://h1bstat.ru/

  13. TCS_H1B_2ndTime

    Hello Admin/ All,

    My petition is approved till December 7, 2017.

    Can someone please highlight the reason for it?

    Also is it possible to file extension and what are possibilities of getting extension?

    RFE – September 28th
    Response to RFE Received – November 18th
    Case Approved – December 8th

    Regular Processing.

        1. $$

          Hey TCS_H1B_2ndtime ,

          It’s all depends your employer & client letter…No one can say due this particular reason petition approved for 1 year…Yesterday I went U.S consulate for interview, VO asked too many questions to me.. I felt like VO is trying to find a reason to refuse, but somehow managed and get it approved.

          By the way there were 2 guys gave interview before me, 1 guy issued with pink slip and second guy from TCS visa approved..

          And Trump policy might impact h1b aspirants in many ways..

          These days VO’s focusing more on issuing 220g’s rather approve for H1B’s..

  14. Raul

    Hi, I have an approved h1b applied through company x. I didnt wanted to go to usa due to personal circumstances in 2015. X told me no problem, but they have to inform usics that i am not coming and revoking my h1b. NOw i want to go to usa but company X i dont want.

    What to do?

  15. TCN_H1

    Hi Saurabh,Kumar,
    I appeared for H1 stamping today in 3rd country where i am living for several years now.The visa officer asked a long list of questions, left me standing at the window 3 times and went to consult with someone inside.
    Finally kept my and dependents passports and gave me 221(g) and said that he needs to further review my visa application and they will get in touch with me.
    I am a little confused that he retained the passports, does it mean anything?
    DO you think there will be an approval and how long does it generally take to conclude when the passports are kept by VO, he did not ask me for any additional documents or anything, just said need to review more

  16. Kumar

    Name was updated – is my latest status for my h1b. what is it means? is it good sign or bad for getting approval. plz some one suggest me.

    1. Good Luck

      Hi Kumar, I got the same status back in October and lead to RFE in next two days. Fingers crossed. They are working on your case and corrected name in their system. It can be approved or lead to RFE based on the documents submitted by your sponsor.

  17. H1Transfer Without Stamping

    Hi Saurabh/Kumar,

    Holding H1B Approved Original Petition which is valid for next 2 yrs but didn’t not get stamped . . Current Employer doesn’t have projects. . Need Genuine Sponsor Company for H1 visa transfer. . Can you pls help in getting the employer list for this special case (Transfer Without Stamped)

  18. TCS_H1B_2ndTime

    Hello Admin/ All,

    My petition is approved till December 7, 2017.

    Can someone please highlight the reason for it?

    Also is it possible to file extension and what are possibilities of getting extension?

    RFE – September 28th
    Response to RFE Received – November 18th
    Case Approved – December 8th

    Regular Processing.

    1. FedUp

      Hi Saurabh,

      Holding H1B Approved Original Petition but didn’t not stamped. . Need Genuine Sponsor Company. . Can you pls help in getting the employer list

  19. *TRUMP*

    Fresh H1bs ruled out, checked
    MS quota ruled out, checked

    Who is next green card aspirants ? (i have no doubt as of my knowledge)

    How likely to get 100k pay for someone outside or for that matter inside?

    Are there any companies who are ok with remote workforce?

  20. USCIS Help desk:

    USCIS Help desk:

    I called up USCIS helpdesk for getting help on pending case, but they said they cant get any details to Beneficiary it will be shared to only Petitioner (Company) only.

    Is this the case? How to get this sorted out?

    1. administrator

      That’s true. They are not obligated to share petition details with anyone else other than the Petitioner. You should ask your employer or attorney to check the details.

    2. GoodGuy

      There is way, not by calling USCIS, but filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
      that happens when many employer wont give petition details/ i140 and stuff like that.

      Not an expert but I have heard cases, where in FOIA helps.

  21. h1b

    my case was approved. But what if I decided not to go work in US? can my employer force me to do so? the employer paid all the visa expenses… any suggestion?

      1. GoodGuy

        Even Bond are not legit, no one can force you to work in US or India, if you are not willing to work.
        that is bondage labor , and this is illegal.

        on Other note, you have been luck getting US job, lottery selection, and approval.
        Think twice before you reach conclusion. I respect your freedom and privacy.
        Just reminding you being luckiest guy/girl.


        1. h1b approved

          Hi Prasad,

          The thing is the visa is valid only until Dec 2017 and Trump rules will soon to be realise. Unlike if I stay, I have a stable job here. It’s really hard to decide….

  22. Gajula

    My H1B status approved on Sep 1st -2016.
    Finally my time came, H1B VISA got approved in Hyderabad, today i collected My passport.

    My slot was on Jan 3 2017 – 10-30 am, i reached embassy at 9 o clock and they allowed me. For completing everything it took almost 1hour 30 mins.

    My interview process:
    VO: Who is your petitioner??
    ME: I said xyz
    VO: Do you have clients ??
    ME: xyz
    VO: Will you go and get projects once you reach there??
    ME: xyz
    VO: Where do you stay in US ??
    ME: xyz
    VO: What is your qualification ??
    ME: xyz

    Finally golden word, VO said your visa is approved.
    Thanks to Redbus2us.com such a nice forum that everyone can share their thoughts.

    Be confident while doing interview guys, all the best. Hope this may help to someone.

    1. Doubt


      Can you give the answer of
      VO: Do you have clients ??
      ME: ????
      VO: Will you go and get projects once you reach there??
      ME: ????

  23. Waiting for approval from RFE


    Guys can anyone tell me how many total RFE cases are still pending with USCIS and when can we expect the response of RFEs to approved status. Let me know if anyone has got insights on any timelines from USCIS.


  24. Raj

    Hi, how long it takes to change RFE status to response received, after it is sent.

    Also, approx time taken to get the regular RFE response processed to approval stage?

    Can someone please give me a clue??

  25. Soumesh

    My H1B case status is changed to

    ‘Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed

    On Jan XX, 2017, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACXXXXXXXXXX. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by jan XX , 2017, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    Could this be RFE ? Please help me out understanding the meaning.

    Please note ,‘Case Was Received’ was earlier case status .


  26. JS


    My application selected on April,2016.
    RFE response received by USCIS on September,2016.
    If I do Premium Processing, chances of Denial are more ???
    I don’t know, what to do?
    Please Guide me.

    1. Raj

      You mean from Sep your status hasn’t changed from RFE res rec? But how come many others are approved in 2-4 weeks?

      Did you talk your employer about PP option??

      1. JS

        My lawyer called USCIS on Jan 1st 2017 and they said, it will take 15-30 more days to get results. My lawyer did give me PP option, It was about to reach 90 days of last update, so I did wait. Now even though, I ll choose PP, it will take 15 days (Written on USCIS).
        What do I do ?

  27. Status not updated for PP

    Hello Everyone,

    My employer has sent RFE response along with Premium Processing request. However, USCIS just updated the status to “RFE response received” but didn’t mentioned any thing about PP. How can I get to know if they are working on it under PP category?

    1. Waiting


      On Dec 12th Response To USCIS’ Request For Evidence Was Received status got updated,Its been almost a month (premium processing )there is no response yet.Generally they response in 15 calendar days .Is anything to worry?

  28. Sunita

    I got H1B for myself and H4 for family on November 15th 2016. I was planning to travel in january so mentioned january 5th in the DS160. I couldn’t travel on 5th and may be will fly in 3rd week of February. Will it create problem at POE?

    1. Yash

      We always mention tentative date in DS 160 since we and they(consulate) never know when we are flying until we have tickets in our hand. I don’t think there is any issue if your actual flying date is different than the mentioned date in DS 160

      Good Luck.

    2. Kapil

      Always mention your fly date and your family member fly date different so that VO will understand ,first you will fly and once you settle there, your family will fly otherwise in some case VO will ask where you will stay with family there in USA initially.

  29. EAC1614753*** RFE

    What all documents comes under Education Evaluation Certificate.

    I have already submitted 10th,12th,Btech Degree,Provisional,1st,2nd,3rd and final year marksheets.

    other than this what else is missing ?

    1. Yash

      Education evaluation itself is single document. I copied my below comment from one of the other post. Please go through it. Hope it will help.

      Education evaluation “must” required. I wonder why your employer or attorney didn’t ask you to submit this document at the time of filling your application only. This document shows your education is equivalent with USA courses. There are many firms who takes some money along with our required educational documents, and they provide a legal, valid education evaluation certificate. Based on that only, USCIS will come to know about our education, not based on your mark sheets and certificates.

      Google it and you will find many firms who does this work.

  30. Vikram Raney


    My Bloody employee after wasting 3months from rfe date is saying Education Evaluation Document is being asked in rfe

    could someone tell me what is this document.

    I have submitted 10th ,12th,4years btech marksheets,provisional letter,bteh degree already.
    Other than this is there any other education doc which i have missed.

    Please help guys

    1. Yash

      Education evaluation “must” required. I wonder why your employer or attorney didn’t ask you to submit this document at the time of filling your application only. This document shows your education is equivalent with USA courses. There are many firms who takes some money along with our required educational documents, and they provide a legal, valid education evaluation certificate. Based on that only, USCIS will come to know about our education, not based on your mark sheets and certificates.

      Google it and you will find many firms who does this work.

      Hope it helps. Good luck.

  31. Manav

    “Still case was received”

    Still many peoples case is still case was received, and it is frustrating. I heard there are

    1) Did they kept these 1500 cases in temporary Queue and may discard?
    2) Many approval being happened based on RFE, but in our case no RFE at all.
    3) Cust case simply say to wait.
    4) No SLA on this wait
    5) How long is the wait .? No body knows it.
    6) No other alternative except spending additional $1350 (Premium cahrges to get response in 15 days … Very expensive. Note: you may get RFE .. then wait continues loosing money as well)
    7) We can’t plan other things as this h1b is major thing for us.
    My goodness … please help we poor people.

    1. h1b, wac1614352*** series

      Hi Sourabh,

      My attorney raised a service request ticket because my rfe response received status is since 28th september and it is more than 90 days.
      Now i have the service request number with me, where can i check?

      Or when can i expect the approval?

    2. Veronica

      Even mine also in same Case Received status?

      Anyone recently got Approval from ‘Case Received ‘ to ‘Approved’ in this Month?

  32. H1bian

    Greetings to All !!!

    I have deserved my patients after 1 L1(2013) and continuous 3 years H1B finally I got my status approved as below.

    11-Apr-2016 – Case was received
    05-Oct-2016 – Request for Additional Evidence was mailed
    18-Nov-2016 – Response to USCIS Request for Evidence received
    05-Dec-2016 – Case was Approved

    first time I am going to travel out side India and happy about this.

    can Admin or some one answer my questions?
    1. Mine and my spouse passports are renewed now, should I need to carry old passports always with us?
    2. Planning to book Chennai consulate, how was the experience there?
    3. My two kids are 7 and 1 years aged what kind of process for them
    4. Salary mentioned in LCA is final or LCA and actual can be different?
    (one of my caoligue has less salary in LCA my employer advised that is only for visa purpose actual will be based on your experience etc.)
    5. What could be the Q&A in visa stamping interview for H1 and H4?


    1. Vishal

      Congrats !
      1. Yes, you need to carry old as well
      2. Chennai, no issues.
      3. For kids it will be formality, no questions to them.
      4. Many times the LCA salary is just reference, Actual can be shown.
      5. Search portal with historical comments for interview experiences.

      You had L1 stamped earlier but not traveled?

  33. Raj

    I have done my bachelors in Pharmacy in India and completed masters in Information systems from USA. I am working as networking professional since 2 years. Will i get a speciality occupation query when applying for h1b ?

    1. sai nishanth

      Hi all,

      Please dont trust pvk corporation(http://www.pvkc.com/), its a fraud consultancy ,filing h1bs with fake projects and documents and collecting lot of money from h1b aspirants. you dont get H1B from this .

      This consultancy should be blocked.

  34. sunny

    @All, I am just curious to know after the case is approved why do they stop in final stage that’s at stamping. Coz when you get the visa, they too get a chance to earn money.

    1. Too early

      Too early, too early my friend, there might be no desi consultancies too, and what makes you think Infy / tcs / Wipro not apply for visa?

        1. Rasheed

          And that consultancy did fraud..


          1. suresh

            Well said, Before all these MS candidates were moaning on regulars..
            KARMA is a bitch.

            I think there is going to be a shock for green card aspirants too

  35. Vinay

    Hi I got an rfe for specialty occupation.I come from non computer science background.Will expert opinion letter ,relevant work experience and reference letter from client be useful in this case?

  36. Vaishnavi


    Is there anyone who has any idea about Vtek solutions? I along with one of my friend have applied for H1B via this consultancy only. I got RFE and My friend’s VISA got denied. Now my consultant is suggesting me to withdraw the application.
    Please suggest.


    1. h1b

      Yours too will get denied….More over withdrawn is not under your control, it will be done by employer. check with him the reason for denial and all other facts.

  37. sh1bapprovalc

    First of all , Thanks a lot Redbus2us site and all active advisors . Petition has approved. but before go to stamping, want to discuss my doubts here .

    1 . i suppose to work on in-house project . my company is a small consultacy , having less than 25 employees ,
    i don’t have client letter but i have valid contract agreement with end client . in this case what is the chances to get approved?


    H-1B visa concerns: IT stocks slump, top 4 companies lose over Rs 22,000 crore in market valuation


    What does it mean?

    1. RX

      Nothing, if the new bill about 100k as minimum salary passed, then it will take huge impact on top companies profit, and they had to send less people to onsite from 2018 onwards.

  39. H1b denied

    Need help…

    My h1b got denied due to speciality occupation. Could you please let me know what exactly speciality occupation means….

    I actually graduated with Bcom computers and I done my MCA.

    Now I have 9 years experience as software engineer.. a Java expertise…

    Is it not enough to qualify or any thing else I have to do or any thing I need to submit if reappeal….

    Please respond..

    1. RX

      It’s about what’s your new role in US and which client you are going to work. If you applied through some top companies, you can file a notice to USCIS about the reason for rejection and ask them to reopen case with valid documents.

  40. H1b_Approved

    Hi Experts,

    Could you please let me know if an amendment is required if there is a change in project for the same client?

    I understand that Petition is filed against a specific project.Thanks

    1. PK

      Per my understanding, H1B amendment is required only if you are moving to a new project or client that is 50 miles away from your existing petition.


  41. H1B Amendment

    Hi Saurab and friends,
    I got my visa approved and due to PP just received the soft copy , I have received the I797C, is there separate approved I797 copy for H4 (wife & son)? or should i use the same(mine) receipt no. for filling DS160 for me and H4, to schedule the appointment in consulate for stamping.
    Look forward to your reply.
    Thank you

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