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H1B Visa 2017 – News, Quota, Cap, Predictions, Lottery, 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.
[alert type=”warning” close=”false” heading=”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 [/alert]

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 ComponentFee 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 FeeVaries 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.

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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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      • Mine is Interactive Media Labs.
        When asked them about the delay, they said there is some confusion within USCIS regarding few cases that got transferred from Vermont service center to California.

        I am not sure what to exoect from all thesr but the wait has been quite long and annoying.

    • Me too in the same boat .. I from Infosys. I had 3 times successful stamping but this time .. it is pathetic wait. More than 18 months …

  1. Administrative Processing (221g) Blue slip:

    Hi Admin,
    Our H1B case is going long and long. Our I/V date was 2FEB2017 at Chennai and our case still shows Administrative processing. We actually came from US in Oct 2016 after spending 4 years in US on L1 for H1B stamping. Now we got stuck here in Chennai and no valid visa is available to us to fly.

    Interview Location: Chennai
    Interview Date : 2 FEB 2017
    Documents Retained: Passport not retained by VO and returned all supporting docs after two months
    Slip: Issued 221g (blue slip) by marking the “admin. processing” checkbox

    Can Admin throw some light here? Is it something because of small consultancy with 50 employees? My Petition is valid only until MAR 2018 and no premium processing option is available, Is it advisable to go for company transfer now?


  2. Hi All,

    I got through the lottery last year, without RFE or anything, the case was approved in Dec 2016, however due to some family reason planned to travel by year 2017 end. today i got this notification in email:


    Your Case Status: Post Decision Activity

    On July 22, 2017, we revoked the approval of your case, Receipt Number WAC16144xxxxx, and mailed you a revocation notice. It explains the reasons for our action. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your revocation notice by August 5, 2017,

    I am worried to death. had gotten through lottery after 3 attempts. I am very experienced IT guy(12 years+) with 6 years of US experience.

    Can someone please explain what’s happened here? Am yet to hear from my employer 🙁

    • Your employer most likely revoked your petition. If that’s the case, you can get H1B transfered to another employer. If you have approval notice it will be easier.

  3. really worried about my current situation. TWO RFEs raised so far in process of H1B VISA extension process

    Initial H1b visa validity was for 13 months which got expired on 31st March 2017

    Extension filed in MARCH last week ( No clue why the stupid employer waited till last moment )

    RFE1 is sent on June 4th by USCIS , due to employer address is not traceable RFE1 is returned back. finally USCIS received the response to RFE1 on 4th July

    RFE2 is sent on July 20th …. no clue on deadline to respond on RFE2

    no idea ? what is requested by RFE1 & RFE2 …… hate to speak to employer …he gives unrealistic answers just make me calm down…

  4. Guys, I have a problem. My H1B petition was picked, approved and stamped last year. I came to US in last week of March but since I didn’t have Social Security Number, I started working actually on April 15th. Essentially for first 20 days or so I wasn’t working. Is there a problem with this?

    • USCIS already issued the warrant. Wait until the end of this week :). On a serious note, talk to an attorney who handles these cases

  5. Hello, My H1B extension was filed recently with LCA title as computer programmer. I’ve total 5 years of experience and 4 years engineering degree in computer science. My salary is $ 63.5K for phoenix location. I traveled to US in April 2017. Will this computer programmer title in LCA create any issue with VISA extension.

    • I have not heard of anyone getting RFE/Rejects because of the memo(reg Computer Programmer). I feel those instructions has been followed all these years. Per the memo, an officer should only approve an H1B petition for a computer programmer if the H1B employer provides sufficient evidence to show that the job duties meet the requirements of a specialty occupation. If you prove that yours is a specialty occupation, I am sure you will get it!

      • Thanks Ram.

        I also went through that memo and it says
        “Now that H-1B petitions are once again being adjudicated by the NSC, USCIS officers at that
        service center may inadvertently follow the prior, but no longer adhered to, memorandum
        entitled “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions” (dated December 22, 2000) from
        Terry Way, the former director of the NSC. As the guidance provided in this NSC memorandum
        is not an accurate articulation of current agency policy, USCIS is rescinding it to prevent
        inconsistencies in H-1B and H-1B1 adjudications between the three service centers that currently
        adjudicate H-1B petitions”

        As per above paragraph it was for Nebraska Service Center(NSC) which was reopened in 2016 for application processing and NSC might have following old memo while other two service centers (California and Vermont) are already following latest rules. This was to bring NSC in sync with other two service centers.

        My original petition and extension petition both were filed with California service center.

  6. Hi Redbus followers,

    Thanks for all your posts .Sharing my visa experience.

    July 7: Biometrics
    July 10: consulate interview


    Who is your petitioner?

    Who is your client?

    Where are u travelling?
    XXX city, yyy state

    What is Ur annual salary?

    $***** per year

    What’s your major?

    Thanks and all the best !

  7. Hi Saurabh,
    I have a approved H1B but during the Visa interview was given 221g asking for end client letter which the consultant is not able to provide. So is it possible for me to transfer H1B to a different company means I could ask my current company to file the petition or get H1B transferred??

    • Yes, you can. In mean time if the Embassy does choose to cancel your petition then you may not be able to have much options left.

  8. Hi Saurabh,

    I got my Visa stamping done on Feb.
    The client1 for which my petition was filed by the company didn’t have requirement.
    So they search another project for me to travel to US for client2.
    My company didn’t file amendment from India and they said they will file it from US.
    On 20 March I landed in US and by 20 April they filed the amendment.

    I have got RFE now asking for work evidence for 20 March to 20 April for my previous client1. I never work for my previous client1 in US.

    What should be done in this case.

    Please assist.



    • I am in the same boat. Do you mind sharing if you work for an IT MNC ? I think the ideal approach should have been amendment and then travel.

      • yes the ideal approach is the amendment should have been filed before travel and travel with receipt number.
        In your case, I am not sure how to handle. Please consult an immigration attorney.

  9. Hello Redbus2US team,

    I have recently got my visa stamped from Thailand (on June 15, 2017). My I797 and visa are valid until 1 April 2018. I have some commitments with the current employer that stops me from travelling immediately. I am planning to travel some time in November or December. I’m not sure if that’s going to pose some issues at PoE.

    I can make arrangements to travel to US early but then I might have to return back to Thailand. Is it a good idea to enter US and then come back and travel again sometime in November or December?

    I want to avoid denial at PoE.

    Please share your valuable thoughts on my situation.

    Thank you.

    • Chandra,
      You are free to travel anytime as long as the visa is valid. The key thing to remember is that, when you enter POE, you need to have all documents in place and supporting proof of client letter, etc and your reason for delay. Many a times, lack of proper documentation and poor responses at POE create issues.

      • Hi Kumar,

        Thanks for the information.

        I will make arrangements accordingly and get all necessary documents in place.

  10. Hi, I am working for a MNC .
    I have my H1B Visa stamped but it seems they don’t have any requirement even for next 6 months or so.
    Need your kind help in knowing whether I can switch to another company in India and later can I travel to US using this stamped Visa.
    My current I797 is valid till 30 June 2019.Do I need to get it stamped gain if not then what would be the Procedure.

    • You can transfer your visa from India. But pls note that currently Premium processing is suspended currently. The transfer might take nearly 6-8 months to get approved. Only after that you might be able to travel to US. If your current stamping doesn’t expire on your date of travel , then you can travel with current stamping.

  11. Hello Friends,

    Hyderabad consulate mentioned in my approved petition. But currently I’m in Denmark. Can I go for stamping in Denmark?

  12. Saurabh,
    I got H1b stamped three months ago, during the same week I am asked by Employer to resign to travel to US after serving two months notice period. At the end of notice period employer asked me to wait after so many follow ups. Now I am job less in India. Looking for opportunities in any location. Is there anyway to get employment in US from India or am I allowed to travel to US for job search or can you please share your antother ideas? I am in very bad situation. It should not happen to anyone.

  13. Guys, I have received notification from my employer regarding RFE, However, the project for which my application was filed has been withdrawn from my company by client. I am working on a different project now. Can my employer respond to RFE with different client details? Or should I consider rejection right away? Pls help.

  14. Hi Saurabh,

    My H1 got picked and cleared the first RFE(2017). Later there is one more RFE. I have checked with my consultancy, it seems they are willing to respond this time. Always they are prolonging the time by saying, checking with attorney. Can I transfer My H1, if it is RFE status? What if they are not willing to responnd to my RFE? What I can do in this scenario?
    your swift response is much appreciated.

    Thank you..

    • H1 CAN NOT be transferred when the status is in RFE. Your employer has to respond to it, to move it to further steps and get it approved. Once its approved, you can transfer it.

    • Have Patience and wait for your luck. Try to convince them to respond to RFE.
      I am not sure about transfer at this stage, However, there are many people with approved H1B but not able to find an employer who can apply for transfer.
      Employers are not coming forward for transfers now.
      Good Luck!!!

  15. Hi Team,

    There was RFE for my case and i sent the corresponding documents for my file.
    Recently my file status changed to Denied status and decision notice is sent to employer.

    Is there any solution for my case. Thanks in Advance.

    • Hi Purna, sorry to hear that your case was rejected. All we can do now is wait for the decision notice to arrive and check the reason for it. If we could appeal against the decision, the same will be mentioned in the decision notice. Then you can think about applying for a MTR.

  16. Did they put FY-2016 (last years) Still waiting applications into dustbin or what ? as there is no update while this years application are getting results (around 20 thousand is already processed). Last years applications (around 2000 +) still waiting for more than 1.5 Years and looks applications scrapped and trashed I believe. My goodness never expected this wait and from states.

  17. I work for a big MNC and have 5 years experience. My H1 got approved on Nov 2017. Now I’m about you go for Visa stamping. My LCA job title is Computer Programmer. Will there be any problem?

  18. Administrative Processing (221g) Blue slip:

    Its been 60 days no update on my admin. processing case and travel help desk are sharing “default update” like my case is at Embassy / Consulate.

    Going nuts here 🙁

    Interview Location: Chennai
    Interview Date : 20 Apr 2017
    Documents Retained: Client Letter (Passport not retained by VO)
    Slip: Issued 221g (blue slip) by marking the “admin. processing” checkbox

    • Update on my admin. processing case:

      I’ve got an update from US Consulate today. Please let me know whether its a progress related to my admin. processing 221g blue slip.

      Any inputs related to below email is much appreciated.

      Dear Applicant,

      Your application remains pending under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for mandatory administrative processing. U.S. immigration law requires that additional steps be completed in some cases before a file can be advanced for adjudicative review. In general, most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview; however, timing varies based on the individual circumstances of each case.

      While we cannot predict when the processing of your visa will be completed, please be assured that the Consulate and the Department of State are aware of your concerns and will ensure that the application is adjudicated as soon as the administrative processing of your case has been completed. Please be assured that we will contact you as soon as the processing of your case is complete. You can also check the status of your visa online.

      U.S. Consulate General, Chennai.

  19. Suggestion Required – One of my friend is holding H1B Visa till dec-2018 and he was here in USA for quite some and moved back to india. Now he switched from his current company in india ‘where the visa was processed’ and he got his visa transferred to new company, now he is having a new i797 and planing to travel to USA from his new company.
    My question here is does he need to go for H1B visa stamping again before travel or he can travel on current stamping ?

  20. I was nominated for H1B 2016 and got the Approval by Jan-2017. Stamping not done. But mean while I traveled to US with H4 and I have applied H1B Amendment & went 2nd time RFE now. I have two queries now,

    1. if I get denial for H1B amendment, still I can use approved H1B
    2. Shall I apply H1B Amendment again

  21. Hi, I am working for a MNC in chennai. I was nominated for H1B last year and got the Approval by Oct-2016.
    Later Stamping was completed in Feb-2017.
    Till now I didn’t travel to US. My query is, What will happen to my H1B if I resign my Job now and join another Company in Chennai.
    Can I still use the H1B..? If so kindly suggest the process to handle the situation.

    Thanks a lot…?

    • Worst case that might happen is: If you resign, your current company may withdraw the visa thinking it can never be put to use. If such withdrawal happens, then you can never use the visa again.

  22. Hi, Imam working for a MNC in chennai. I was nominated for H1B last year and got the Approval by Oct-2016.
    Later Stamping was completed in Feb-2017.
    Till now I didn’t travel to US. My query is, What will happen to my H1B if I resign my Job now and join another Company in Chennai.
    Can I still use the H1B..? If so kindly suggest the process to handle the situation.

    Thanks a lot…?

  23. Hi Team., my RFE status(2017) still its showing below message :-
    Response To USCIS’ Request For Evidence Was Received
    On December 7, 2016, we received your response to our Request for Evidence for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WXXXXXX. Our California Service Center office will begin working on your case again….
    Could you please let me know how many days it will take to process and almost 7 months completed ? could you please suggest me on this.

  24. Am I fool as I am still waiting for my status Approval which is applied in last year May i.e. May-2016?
    Any one still in “Received” state?

  25. Can Amendment(along with LCA) be filed within 14 days of joining the new work location?

    Because my employer was saying that we can file the amendment within 14 days of joining the new project!!


    • As far as I know, before relocating to new work place, the Amendment has to be done. But with just receipt number, we can start working in new work place. I am not sure of any 14 days grace period.

  26. Hello ALL,

    My lawyer confirmed me that my H1b picked up but i am trying to check from university side they told me that there is no changes in my sevis or even i didn’t get cap gap i20 so can you tell me what is issue and How much time to get cap gap I20..?

    • Kishan, Usually SEVIS will get updated in couple of days. There can be slight delay sometimes. If its not updated in next couple of days, please follow it with your Employer.

  27. Hi Saurabh,
    My case was approved in January 2017 and its reflect on USCIS website as well.
    Is it possible to transfer H1(currently in india, not stamped, not traveled )to another employer without approval notice ?.
    I do have copy of initial receipt notice from USCIS mentioning my receipt number.

    My case was approved for 2 years.

    • Yes it is possible. With the receipt number, Attorney will be able to pull the details I think. If you could get the Approval notice, its even more easier to transfer.

  28. Hi Guys,
    Has anyone recently attended the VISA interview ?. ..I heard process is more stringent and USCIS is asking more documents left and right. Can anyone acknowledge with their experience ?.


  29. I guess the this forum is totally ignored FY-2016 candidates now as no one is responding to FY-2016 category questions and no comments.

    Looks FY-2016 pending folks are gone nuts … Sorry to say but it is the fact as Wait is more than a One and Half year … My god .. it is major pecentage of our life on wait …

    I expect a fast acting process from states than this wait. But Jesus should help all waiting folks.

  30. Hey Saurabh,

    I got 221(g) during interview . VO advised me to send the docs on email id , Now my employer has already emailed the docs to them but they didn’t get an auto response. How I can check whether they have received the docs or not?

    Any alternate ?

    I would really apreciate your suggestion.

    • Riya

      Even for me it was the same then I asked my company to send the documents and printed them and then went to the Visa center and submitted the documents personally.

      • Hey Test,

        When did you submit the documents ?
        Even I tried it from my e-mail but again didn’t get any auto generated response.

        What is your case status ?

  31. Hi

    Can LCA be changed when filing for H1B Amendment? Because, in LCA, the designation is a computer programmer. So am wondering can my employer change the designation when filing the H1B amendment?(My employer is going to file H1 amendment as my work location is changing)

  32. Hi,

    I applied to H1b visa last year i.e 2016. my case got RFE and we replied on 12 th January 2017. Satus chaned to “Request for Evidence was Received”. Since than the status is same. My case number is EAC161425****

    I raised two tickets one on 17th April and other one on 17th May. But still there is no change in status.

    Does any one knows when the status get change. Also is there any one still with the status as “Evidence Received”. My consultant is telling that nearly 40000 of last year cases are still pening. Is that true?

    Please help me out in this regard as more than 1.5 years have completed and my case is going no where.

    Your response is highly appreciated.

    Thanks & Regards
    K.Radhakrishna Reddy

    • Hi Reddy,
      I can understand the frustration you are undergoing currently and I do feel sorry for you. You will find many other people who are sailing along with you to know a result for past 15 months. But I am not able to believe that around 40,000 cases ( nearly half??) would be in such state. Are these numbers for new H1B applications alone?
      All you can do right now, is to wait till premium processing is instated and upgrade it to PP once it’s available. Good luck!

    • Radhakrishna,
      My status also “Response to USCIS request was recived ..” Since Dec.But my employer got the approval docs.
      But status has not changed still.
      Anyone in same situation?

  33. Hi guys,
    Just wanted to share our experience.
    I was following this forum from the beginning as my husband’s H1 was picked in May 2017. We currently live in Canada on work permit, applied for H1 from canada through a XYZ consultancy company. we waited and waited for some change in status till october end ! got RFE in November and ‘approved’ in december. We scheduled interview in march in Toronto . we were given a 221g green slip stated administrative processing. didn’t ask for any extra documents. And gave back our passports ! VO said Administrative processing takes few weeks ,that’s why I’m giving back the passports as u guys may need in case if u have to travel. we were really disappointed . Status was showing administrative processing for more than weeks! finally we got the email to submit our passports . we got it stamped on 18 th may 2017 got them at our home address on 19 th. My husband got H1B and me my 2 kids got H4 stamped in our passpoerts!

    Alomost it took one whole year for the H1. Its too painful to wait for this Visa. I wish they remove this system and adopt any new system which is faster ! Literally all the candidates go through a very wierd situation for such long time.

    • The reason behind this is the number of applications pouring in. Many countries have already made their shutters down especially for Indians and USA is doing the same now. They feel, due to Indians, their country get spoiled. Can’t questions as its their policy.

  34. My Form I-129 is denied. It is mentioned that decision notice that explains why my case is denied and my options are mailed.
    What could be the possible reason and is there a way to reprocess my application.
    Please clarify.

    • Anil, your Attorney/employer will receive a rejection notice explaining the reason of denial. In the same notice, you will be detailed on steps to challenge the decision. Discuss with your employer and get to know it. Sorry for you dude. Hope you would get a favorable situation soon.

  35. Looks no hope for all pending cases of last year FY-2017 folks 🙁

    As no one responds neither talks on issues of last year applications.

    All are in actions with FY-2018 cases and they are getting results !

    Should we give up hope completely ? It is 14 months now .. terrible wait !

  36. I have applied h1b petition during 2016. I have client letter for only 7 months and client not willling to give more than that as it’s already May this month. As my employer asked the USCIS already for 3 years in the petition, will now my petition be approved for 7 months ? And I hope it would take more than 2 months for approval and I hardly I would left with 3 to 4 months for extension. As my petition already denied is this now the right move to go with MTR ?
    BTW , I already had 2RFEs and got denied for the third time. I hope may be my employer didn’t give any satisfactory answers. Can I trust him and go ahead with the MTR now ? And that too with 7 month client letter . And also he has to prove that mine is a speciality occupation also . Can anyone advise as I don’t have much time to challenge .

    • Riya,

      It’s totally wrong. Email id with you have filled the DS-160 form , system only recognize that emailid. What you can do is you can again send the docs from your DS160 email id. Then see with in 1 hour you will get acknowledgment mail. Hope you understand. Also there can be communication gap or you misunderstood.

  37. Hi Saurabh,

    I’ve one question.
    I am currently in India. My H1B petition got approved and Stamped for the client A. Then applied for H1B Extension/Renewal with change in client (Client B) and it got approved as well. But now i might need to work for the Client A. So do i need to apply for Amendment again OR Can i work for Client A by withdrawing the petition of H1B Extension/Renewal?

    Thanks in advance.

  38. Are there anyone still in “case was received” yet for last-year application? Or is it me only? it is 14 months of looong wait 🙁

    • With you brother. Been waiting for so long with no updates. On checking with employer they said as per uscis, they had transferred few cases from Vermont service centre to California centre and as of today, there are no updates on thise cases.

      • Hi Rahul,
        I could see your only response everytime I post my concern, Well, God only knows the duration and end result of this marathon,
        I am almost setting up like kids school, renting house etc. as academic year will start in a weeks time.
        All the best !

  39. Are there anyone still in “case was received” yet for last-year application? Or is it me only? it is 14 months of looong wait 🙁

  40. Hi Saurabh,
    My Application has been approved on 10-Feb-2017 and received the documents from my petitioner on 20-May-2017.
    Now I am planning to attend the Visa interview at Hyderabad consulate, but which I have received the documents from my petitioner is showing the Chennai consulate.
    So can I attend the interview at Hyderabad or not?
    Please give me suggestions and let me know if there are any problems.

    • It doesn’t matter. You can attend VISA interview in Hyderabad. My case was also similar and i had no issue at all.

  41. My Application has been approved on 10-Feb-2017 and received the documents from my petitioner on 20-May-2017.
    Now I am planning to attend the Visa interview at Hyderabad consulate, but which I have received the documents from my petitioner is showing the Chennai consulate.
    So can I attend the interview at Hyderabad or not?
    Please give me suggestions and let me know if there is any problem.

  42. Saurabh,

    BTW , I already had 2RFEs and got denied for the third time. I hope may be my employer didn’t give any satisfactory answers. Can I trust him and go ahead with the MTR now ? And that too with 7 month client letter . And also he has to prove that mine is a speciality occupation also .

    • Bro, IAM also in the same boat and may I know how much it would cost for challenging the denial to go with MTR. ?

  43. I have my petition approved for 1 year till 2018 ( Didn’t go for stamping/interview yet)

    I had to file an amendment due to change in compensation (for the same client and location), on May 7 2017 under regular processing.

    The question is “Can i go for visa stamping interview with the amendment receipt and existing I-797 approval? Also can i travel to USA if stamping is done with amendment receipt?”

    Or should i wait till it gets approved and then stamping and then travel?

    I’m really worried when the amendment petition would be approved considering the premium processing is suspended.


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