H1B Visa 2018 News, Lottery, Fee, Predictions

H1B Visa 2018 – News, Quota, Cap, Lottery Results, FAQs

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This page is constantly updated with latest news, info, FAQs on current H1B 2018 season. Below are some topics, FAQs covered on this page.

  • Start of  H1B Visa 2018 season ?
  • H1B Quota for FY 2018 ?
  • H1B visa 2018 Lottery Predictions ?
  • Plan for H1B FY 2018 Application ?
  • Find Visa Sponsors for H1B 2018 ?
  • H1B Visa 2018 Fee ?
  • H1B 2018 Lottery Results
  • H1B 2018 Petitions  Tracker – Crowdsourced
  • New President Trump Administration Impact on H1B Visa 2018 Quota?
  • Latest News updates of H1B FY 2018

H1B 2018, 2019 Season is over, H1B 2020 Season Starts on April 1st, 2019.  Check out H1B Visa 2020 – Start Date, Fee, Lottery – FAQs 

If this is your first year of H1B visa filing, you must read What is H1B Visa, Requirements, Process . Not to scare you, Last year, there was lottery for H1B season and for FY 2017 USCIS received 236,000 applications .

When does H1B Visa 2018 Season Start ?
Update : USCIS accepted H1B Petitions for FY 2018 starting from April 3rd, 2017 until April 7th. They updated that H1B Cap was reached on April 7th, 2017. 
Typically, USCIS accepts H1B petitions for next fiscal year starting from April 1st. So, for FY 2018, the start date for accepting applications would be April 1st, 2017.  But, for FY 2018 season, April 1st falls on a Saturday, so USCIS will accept applications starting from Monday, April 3rd, 2017.   If you were wondering why called 2018, when in 2017, it is the fiscal year dates that dictate that. USCIS fiscal year is from October 1st to March 30th. So, technically the fiscal year for 2018 starts from October 1st and they accept petitions for the same 6 months before the start date and it would be April 1st, 2017.  You may read USCIS Press release for H1B 2017 Start Date 

What is H1B 2018 Quota ? Regular Cap vs Master’s Cap Quota ? 
Update : USCIS confirmed the below quota cap numbers in latest press release for FY 2018. 
To get some background, read H1B Quota – Regular vs Masters .  There have been many speculations on increasing the H1B Cap due to extremely high demand and bills proposed for the same in the past, nothing made it through. As of writing of this article, below is the H1B cap quota. We will keep this article updated as new changes come in.  The total H1B Quota as of today is 85,000 and it is split like below.

Regular H1B Quota 65,000
Master’s H1B Quota ( Only US Masters Degree Eligible)20,000

Out of the above 85,000 quota, 6,800 are set aside for Singapore and Chile citizens as part of the free trade agreement between them. Also, check out the article with history of maximum H1B Cap from 1990 to 2017 

H1B 2018 Lottery Predictions ? 
It used to be a speculation whether we would have lottery in previous years, but in the past 4 years, lottery has become common. It is very likely that we would have lottery aka random selection for H1B 2018 season.  We have been writing predictions over the years and all of them have been accurate so far. Check out our H1B Visa 2018  Lottery Predictions – Data Analysis  to get an idea on how many H1B petitions you can expect for this fiscal year.

Update : USCIS Received 199,000 H1B petitions for fiscal year 2018.  H1B Lottery was conducted on April 11th, 2017.

Are you planning for next fiscal year, Read  H1B Visa 2019 – Lottery Date, News, FAQs 

When to plan for H1B 2018 Application – What should be your strategy ?
It is never too late to start planning…Depending on your situation, you may fall in one of the below categories and the suggestions are described below.

  • 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.
  • Working Professional from outside USA : If you are a working professional outside US, planning to work in US, especially  on H1B visa, your best bet is to find Multinational companies ( MNCs) 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. There may be many people already in-line for these visas, you need to plan carefully so that you are given a slot in the company’s filing for your next season application.
  • Other H4, L1 Visas :  If you are on these visas living in USA, 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.

For FY 2017, we have put together a Step by Step Plan on How to apply for H1B 2017 Quota, it gives a guideline on the planning and what steps exists.

How to find H1B Visa Sponsor for FY 2018 quota ?
This is probably the most asked question by everyone. It can be a tricky decision, you need be very careful to avoid fraud.

  • 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.
  • If you are professional planning to arrive in US from outside America,  it can be really 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

We have an article that we wrote for previous season, you may read article How to find H1B 2017 Sponsors to find out various options.

What is H1B Visa 2018 Fee ? How much does it cost for the company ? 

The H1B fee varies by the size of the company..As of FY 2017 season, it can range anywhere from $1,600 USD to $7,400 USD + Attorney Fee. On December 23, 2016 , USCIS increased the H1B fee component of base filing fees, which was $325. The below table is updated with the latest fee updates from USCIS.  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 from FY 2017 quota.  If any changes, we will update this accordingly.

H1B Fee ComponentFee in USD
 Base filing fee$460
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

H1B 2018 Lottery Results – Checks Cashed, Receipts : 
One of the most asked questions is when will I get to know the lottery result for my petition. Well, this depends on many factors and there is no set SLA or date.  To put things in perspective,  last year, USCIS did a news alert indicating that they have returned all the rejected H1B petitions on July 8th, 2017. So, you can expect the last date for receiving final lottery decision around mid July 2017. …As we had about same number of petitions filed for FY 2018, it may be slightly earlier or even later in July or even early August 2017…  Few of the ways you would know, if you are selected in lottery is that, if the check that was filed with your H1B petition was cashed, or your employer gets the actual physical receipt notice in mail to them. If you filed under US masters quota, SEVIS update is another indication that you were selected in H1B lottery for FY 2018.  Ideally, your receipt numbers should arrive within 1 to 2 months…but, you never know, until you get a reject notice to be sure !

H1B 2018 Case Tracker  :
Did you apply for FY 2018 ?  With premium processing suspended, it is quite hard for applicants to know the general status of everyone to understand their situation. 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 !

Track your H1B Case

Anonymously Track your H1B Case - Share and Get updated from Community.

New President Trump Administration Impact on H1B Visa 2018 Quota?

We do not know, if this news release is directed by Trump administration or not…but, on April 3rd, 2017 the start date of H1B season, there were set of new announcements made by USCIS to report and prevent abuse of H1B program. Check out USCIS New measures to report, prevent H1B Fraud  . Besides this, as of the today ( article updated date), nothing has been officially ordered or specifically implemented by New President Trump Administration. There are many speculations on how H1B program will become tougher with higher wages, quota limits, etc… but, nothing has been officially signed. We will update the article as new updates come in.

Various H1B Bills  in US House and Senate  – Will they be passed for FY 2018 ?
There are few bills that are introduced in 2017 and at various stages in both house and senate. There are many confusions regarding the same bills like the minimum wage will go up to $130,000 USD, etc.  Fact is that nothing has passed and there are very slim chances for them to get passed before start of FY 2018 season. You can check H1B Bills Tracker to get more details on current status. We will keep the article updated as new things are passed.

Latest News about H1B 2018 Season 
High Level Latest News for FY 2018 is listed below. But, all the Latest News are tracked on our H1B 2018 News and Updates Tracker Page. Check out below.

H1B 2018 - Latest News Updates

Most recent and complete history of all latest breaking news updates from Official sources like USCIS and Unofficial sources for FY 2018 Season.

Are you planning for FY 2018 quota ?  What are your questions ? Add your thoughts.


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Comments ( 12,889 )

  1. HarryH1b

    I applied H1b this year and My employer shared my Receipt number. I am getting below in USCIS status

    Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction

    Does that mean i have my name in lottrey

    1. Ram

      Of course yes, your case has been picked in the lottery and now starting tracking the case progress in USCIS case status. Congrats !!!! Hope you will get your approval soon:)

  2. Approved Eventually

    Just received my Approval letter today, AD/CA, Non-IT, approval notice 06/19, still showing”received” online. Thanks a lot for the web administrator, and wish all genuine applicants get H1b successfully!

    1. Ram

      Congrats!!!! Since you have your approval letter, the online status is no longer relevant. But eventually it will be updated too.

      1. TCS

        I got to know through my manager .And the status has also been updated on Visa tracker in portal .He got to know a month back it seems but told me recently

    1. Another TCSer

      Congrats!! Also could you please let us know if ur status was ‘Awaiting lottery status’ in the list released on 31st may? Is your VTS updated as well?

          1. TCS_Chn

            buddy, dont get disappointed,..still wait for some time… if you watch simbu movies will forget all and get ready for next round!

    2. Gowtham

      Hi Ram,

      My H1B Lottery is picked in April11th and I got the receipt number May21st from my employer.
      Any idea how long it will take Approval? still the status is Case Was Received…

      1. Ram

        Gowtham, most of us are in same boat. Cases have started getting Approvals/RFE. So we just need to wait for our turn. Keep tracking your case! Hope we will all get an update soon.Good luck!

      2. Ram

        Its just June. So we can wait patiently. Only if we don’t get any update till October, we need to be worried. Right now its time to wait and track the case.

  3. Poorna

    Hi all, wanted to share a strange news. My employer had told me in may 1st week that my check has been cashed. But no receipt notice received. I was following up with them every week, but till this week i used to receive same answer and they mentioned USCIS is transferring cases from one service center to other, so mine was probably was transferred from California service center(my petition was filed under WAC) and hence no receipt notice. i was so fed up and frustrated since this is my 3rd time to H1b and have been working with same employer from 2 years.

    Today I called HR again and she shared receipt number with me!! and she said my case is transferred from California to Nebraska(which is really strange) and no receipt notice received yet.

    When i tracked Receipt number on USCIS website, this is the status.

    Case Was Received
    On June 1, 2017, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number LIN171905****, 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 July 1, 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.

    Should i believe this receipt number belongs to me??

    1. NonAD_NonIT

      Very strange!! But I would suggest you to wait till July 1 and get back to your HR as by then they are going to get I797 C and the same can be shared with you then.
      I assume it is correct but u can always google about Nebraska RN number pattern..

    2. Ram

      I thought usually the receipt number is generated and then the case is transferred. But it seems to have happened in reverse for you. If filed in California, then transferred you should have got receipt number starting with WAC. This is the first time i am seeing this. Please do verify the receipt notice and keep us updated.

      1. Poorna

        @ Ram – Even i feel the same. After getting WAC receipt it should have been transferred. I somehow feel they are playing with me because i received this receipt number after multiple follow ups. But last 2 years they had informed straight forward in May that i was not picked in lottery and i never paid any money for H1b. Its so frustrating! Thanks for your reply though.

        Any body in this group whose case has been processing in Nebraska service center can share RN patterns which will help me? TIA

        1. Ram

          I completely get you. I have a question, how come they got the receipt number now? They should have the receipt notice already right? Check with them ASAP.

          1. Poorna

            @Ram – Check was enachsed in May 1st week. But when i asked them receipt number they said whatever is written behind the check is not clear! And today HR said, attorney shared the receipt number and receipt notice is not yet received.

        2. jj

          When I apply EAD at Nebraska center , I get the case number/receipt number for EAD which starts with LIN-15-800-***** . LIN refers to Nebraska center. In your case status it is clearly mentioned that they received the form I-129 and hence it is for H1B and not any other application. Maybe USCIS is randomly picking few more applications as there are many RFE’s going on…Anyways, Congratulations for getting selected!!

          1. Poorna

            @jj – thanks for your reply. Somehow i don’t have that good feeling that this number belongs to my case. If you see above mine was filed under california and HR provided me this Nebraska RN. I agree it says Form I129, but I129 is not only for H1b. And LIN-17-190(this 190 is day from Jan 1 or Oct 1?). it somehow does not match.

      1. Poorna

        @amy – As per HR, receipt notice is not received, but attorney shared receipt number. I am guessing may be from check encash. but not sure why they waited till today to share because as per them check was cashed on may 1st week

        1. Ram

          Probably receipt notice is with Attorney and it is yet to be shared with HR. Please request your HR to raise a request to Attorney for the receipt notice. This should solve all your confusions.

          1. Poorna

            @Ram – Really appreciate all your replies. HR is not organized in follow ups. They hardly even pick my calls. She says after she receives RN copy she will share it with me. so its frustrating on my side to keep on following up!

        2. Tejaswi

          Hello Poorna,

          This is really strange case I also feel. I was referring to the USCIS site and it show the information as which Service center processes which type of form.


        3. Tejaswi


          Please also refer to this link :

          https://www.uscis.gov/i-129-addresses. Under the heading title:” H-1B same employer without change petitions” , I can see the USCIS Nebraska Service Center for the approved petitions.

          Hope this might help you .

        4. Tejasvi

          Hi Poorna:

          Please also refer to this link :


          Under the heading title:” H-1B same employer without change petitions” , I can see the USCIS Nebraska Service Center for the approved petitions.

          Hope this might help you .

      1. Poorna

        @TCSBglr – Which service center did you apply? can you please share initial few digits. For companies like TCS/Infy/Wipro etc receiving receipt notice/number now might be valid case since it takes time for them to get information from US counterparts and total number of people applied are more.
        My employer is a small consulting firm in US and they had applied for around 20 people. So sharing info this late is strange and hard to believe.

  4. 4thAttemptNonADTier2

    I checked with my employer and they said that they haven’t received any more selection and no other cheques has been encashed.

    On rejection notice too they haven’t started getting them either.

    So one can easily say there is no hope of getting through 2017-18 h1b.

  5. Sharma

    Did anyone received RFE details from Capgemini, IBM , TCS etc?

    Most of the folks who had their application filed from India have received RFE.

    1. NonAD_NonIT

      Atleast your status has been changed to RFE.Dont worry RFE s are mostly regarding your project details and employees can chill in that case as attorney handles those issues.And MNC s are good in that way.
      On the other hand USCIS is so slow this year that most of the cases are still in Case Was Received status

  6. Roni

    This is my third time and still dint receive any updates on my H1B.. getting worried …Can anyone suggest what is the last day for receiving the receipt number ?

  7. TCS bglr

    Chennai visa cell says we are yet to receive complete lottery results.
    Can Tcser tell how long we can wait?
    waiting is paining

      1. Ram

        Reshma, Do you know whether his check has been en cashed? Or his SEVIS(For AD) has been updated?If any of this has a positive response, its worth the wait.

    1. Helpme

      @Ram any comments on this. Are all the lottery results shared for this year?

      Are companies started receiving rejection letter?

      1. Ram

        Rejection letters should have started coming but unfortunately I dont know /heard of anyone who got it. All receipt number should have come out by now. But if your company has withheld the result, then its worth the wait. Have you heard anything about check being en cashed or SEVIS (For AD) being updated?

    2. Tcser

      Complete lottery results means they need to receive unselected petitions.. untill then they will say awaiting lottery results… it’s over already… please move on…

  8. Hari

    HI All,

    still i didn’t get my h1b receipt and my package also not returned. So is there any chance to get receipt or it’s already done ????

    1. Ram

      If your employer has withheld the result for all employees, you have a chance. Else, sorry to tell, getting a RN number now is difficult. Better work on alternative plans if any.

      1. Vicky

        Hi, I have same situation that I couldn’t receive receipt from USCIS. Also, I didn’t receive denied from them. So, it’s more confusioing situation.

        1. Ram

          The only way is to wait. Ideally, unless you get the rejection package, you have a small ray of hope. But since its mid-June already, its going to be remote. Did you hear anything about check being en cashed or SEVIS update?

      1. tcs blr

        BFS that’s all i can say some other person got email on my floor two weeks ago and i lost hope actually luckily got the email today…looks like there is still hope for everyone

          1. tcs blr

            hope is still there until you get the rejection letter response from USCIS has been very slow this year. wait is the mantra

        1. TCS

          Friends, just don’t keep false hopes. The guy who gets rfe email today would have a status of ‘selected in the lottery’ in the list that was shared 10 days ago. So its not a surprise, may be his GL wouldn’t have revealed the result earlier.

          If the status is ‘awaiting lottery status’ in the final list, but if he/she receives an rfe email then its a big news. Any one like that?? I don’t think so.

          1. tcs blr

            dude today only i got to know even my GLs are cced on the very same email. I actually stopped follow ups and all of a sudden i got the email today hope this will happen to few others as well.

          2. TCS B

            Dear TCS blr,

            Congrats!!! you have got RFE..
            Could you please let us know whether you have got email saying “Awaiting Lottery Results” earlier on may end like 31May2017? and then now you have got another mail from visa cell for RFE? What was your real situation. Please tell us. I have got one mail from visa cell on 31May2017 saying “Awaiting Lottery Results”

          3. tcs blr

            TCS B thanks i didn’t get any email earlier saying awaiting lottery result earlier. Directly i got the RFE email from visa team yesterday even my leads are cced on the very same mail

          4. tcser

            So your name was there in selected list last month and now you received rfe. We can confirm awaiting lottery results are unselected. All the best to whom got selected

    1. H1B Collabera

      I got replied of my mail..They mentioned that We have started receiving the updates from the USCIS about the lottery results and will keep you posted with lottery result very soon.

  9. Ram

    still i didn’t get my h1b receipt and also my package also not returned. So is any chance to get the receipt or it’s already done

    1. Ram

      Unless your employer has withheld the result for all employees, you have a chance. Else, sorry to tell, getting a RN number now is difficult. Better work on alternative plans if any.

          1. waiting_8KMiles

            Hi SS,

            Did you sent a mail to them about result ? for which replied cheque encashed?
            Because we didn’t get any reply from them till now even if we sent mail .

  10. Confused

    Does anyone know if IBM will withdraw my petition if I resign now before the stamping? I have another offer and am really confused.

    1. Go with the Offer

      Go with your better offer & forget about your IBM h1b. As it is in initial stages, no need to think much. First of all it should be approved, not an RFE. @ stamping ; it can be either way – approved or denied or RFE for further documentation.

      By the time you get know all these, you may spent 5to6 months in new company.

        1. Don't get much confused, Life is Simple.

          If you’re married, Ask your wife for advice.

          If you’re not married, Ask your parents for advice.

    2. Grab the opportunity

      Nowadays, Things are not as good as before in Immigration process for US. Mainly because of Trump policies & tighter immigration to reduce visa fraud and abuse. It’s better to grab a new opportunity rather then spending time on things which is not in your hands.

      1. TCS_Frustrated

        i am also frustrated and have lot of questions on my mind.. we did not get any results from my project and LOB….how long tcs holding this secret, why so much hide/seek policy and game plan?

  11. Kannan

    After Lottery being selected , how much difficulty will people face to land in US due to current scenario in US? Will there be more filtering in petition approvals and PA interviews?

    1. Ram

      Kannan, The process has been tightened to catch the fraudulent and mocked up applications. If you are one of the genuine applicants, none of this needs to be your matter of concern. Hold on till your application is approved, then you can go for your stamping. The most difficult part is going to be the waiting time for getting our approval, getting date for stamping and the right project to travel. Don’t worry about anything. Just keep looking at your case and its progress.

    2. worktheme

      Yes it’s very hard nowadays ; If your not sure Visit worktheme.com, Numbers will answer your queries. Based on Statistics, Lot of RFE’s comparing with Approvals.

    1. IBMer

      No…get to know from some managerial sources that IBM withheld maximum results and will be revealed based on requirement

      1. Hopeful Ibmer

        Hiii… Wheb you say will be revealed based on requirwment what does it mean?

        Will they only tell those people who follow up?

        Our requirement in project is open and my case manager is not there in ibm anymore. Should i follow up with someone? I have not started following up yet.

        1. IBMer

          What I got from manager is once immigration team will get whole list then they will share with the project managers from which it is filed.
          And let say in any project only 5 requirement are there and 8 visa got approved then they will inform only 5.
          But in some projects where they need resource urgently already started informing.
          Not sure how much truth in that.
          Regarding case manager, he is only for managing tool related activity. Also I think they are working as a team so if one is not there other can work. In my case my case manager still in IBM but I got application submitted email from other person from immigration team and the person who signed application is from US.

          1. HOPEFUL IBMER

            Thank bro. BTW did you get any updates yet ?

            I have not received any emails yet – But in INS zoom it was already updated to filed – 31st March(No emails though). my colleagues from my project got their cases closed – Case closed closed pending adjudication – i doubt it could be an RFE. but their case is closed. me and one more person still have our cases open without any updates.

            I was just thinking if i should be waiting yet or move on.

            Also, someone told me that visa results come in batches – not sure if all the batches are done or not.

          2. HOPEFUL IBMER

            Also, if your project is in Finance you can see the excel file of selected cases in the h1b community. Some guy uploads the lastest data in a spreadsheet.

  12. MK

    It looks like there are more RFE notices than approvals at this point.
    Does anyone know if this is normal practice or if this year is special.

    This will definitely slow things down for majority of applicants.

    1. Fake H1Bs

      Unfortunately, TCS, INFY, CapGemini India, TechM kind of companies spoiling the H1B process by filling massive numbers and other Telugu consultations from Hyd making H1B Process as mockery.

      Other-side, India based so called staffing companies cum call centers making US IT jobs as worst

      India factor in H1B saga is literally making IT Jobs as cheap coolies. Hope these RFEs can detect, and prevent fake H1Bs.

      Overall, there is hidden mafia in the IT recruitment, jobs and visas.

    2. Ram

      Last year it was the same trend. Loads of applications were given RFE.
      I agree its going to delay the process but one way I feel its good. As it means strict scrutiny of the applications. This will enable only genuine applications going through.
      Again as far as I have seen few examples, the RFE issued have been the usual ones. Nothing new or complicated I have encountered so far.
      But unfortunately many didn’t get through the lottery it self. Hope USCIS takes some steps to eliminate lottery soon.

    3. WT

      MK, where do you check that there are RFEs, approvals going on? Where is this information posted. Would be great if could please share.

  13. rajen

    Hi Ram,
    My h1 Status is case received. At time of interview employer told me we will give h4 also for my family. Is it possible to go to US at a time with my family or after my arrival in US then they will start h4 processing?? Is there any case like employer offer complete family to go to US at a single time?
    Also my family dont have passport, when shall I start this process, after h1 approval or rite now?

    1. Ram

      Rajen, you can travel with your family or you travel alone and ten take your family with you. Usually for the first travel for the entire family, company bears the cost(Can vary depending on your company, better check with your immigration team).
      Apply for passport ASAP and get it done. You need not wait for Visa approval. To apply visa, you need their passport numbers.
      when your H1 is in progress, its possible to add H4 dependents to it and will get processed along with yours. Else, the other way is possible too, wait for your approval and then apply H4. But H4 can be applied in normal processing only and might take 4-5 months for approval. After approval, Visa stamping can be done together or separately.

        1. Info

          Your H1 status is received so you can apply Passport for your family and stamping you can go along with your family. No issue going with family for stamping. You can go to US with your family first time also if your company is ready to give H4.

  14. Capgemmm

    Anyone receipt# got approved from capgemini?

    I heared most of the applications went to RFE. Any updates you got for your RFE?

    1. CG_FirstAtempt

      So If I get selected in lottery but with RFE will company like CG give me my Receipt#.. Has anyone got a receipt # with RFE status

  15. 2 petitions (last year and this year) are in process

    Great folks – please help me with info. My petition this year got selected. But I also applied last year from a different consultancy, which is still in Received status. I would like to go with this year’s petition. Will there be any issues in processing of this year’s petition due to the last year’s petition being still in Received status? Should I withdraw the last year’s one? If the last year’s one gets rejected, will it impact this year’s petition?

    Sorry for asking too many questions, but I think all of these are related. Kindly throw some light, if you know something in this area. Thanks a lot!!

    1. Ram

      If you are sure to go with this year’s petition, then the previous petition has to be withdrawn ASAP. The withdrawal can be done only by the employer, so please check with them for progress.
      As far as I know, two different petitions from two different employers would not create any issues.
      Meanwhile if your previous year’s petition is approved, the current petition has to be withdrawn immediately.
      As long as you have submitted any fraudulent documents or previous petition has been rejected on grounds of forgery or breaking some US law then current petition would be impacted.
      If the previous application is a genuine one and gets rejected for some other reason, then there is no issue.

      1. 2 petitions (last year and this year) are in process

        @Ram – Thanks for a very balanced reply.. I did not provide any fradulent info, but the previous year’s petititon could get rejected due to issues from the employer side (client-letter etc).

  16. Tcser_Pune_Last_attempt

    Any one has any idea about TCS H1B result for this year? My status is still showing “Selection in Lottery in Process”. I think is over in how many days i will get confirmation?

  17. Tcser_2nd_attempt_giving_up

    It’s my 2nd attempt…still status is awaiting lottery …I think it is over now .. I’m giving up…keep on checking in this space is really pain full as I didn’t get through lottery … All d best to all selected guys in lottery … hope all of u fly soon…

    1. Nitin S

      Where can you see awaiting lottery? which website? How to track ? I have not received receipt number yet and cheque has not been encashed.

      1. Ram

        There is no site to track the lottery results. After you have received the receipt number, the progress can be tracked in USCIS case status page.
        This is a tracker where people enter their case details for reference.
        gives you a picture on how generally the trend goes.
        this tracks the I-129 forms. You can just see overall picture of how different cases are handled in difference service centers.

  18. Sulav Poudel

    Guys, when does USCIS normally approve the petitions selected for the lottery? My status has said “Your name was Updated” since April 22nd, but I haven’t received any other updates. Just wanted to know the time frame from selection in the lottery until approval.

    1. Ram

      There is no deadlines. All cases are in normal processing. So it will take its own time. But the processing of other cases filed along with us has started. We got to wait for our turn! Keep tracking your case. Hope our turn comes soon. Good luck!

  19. mala

    I am in a little situation and wanted to get all your input.

    I work for company A where I recently completed my OPT 12 month period and started on my STEM Extension; so its been a little over a year. They applied for my H-1B this year and I have yet to hear back or get any news (no check cashed, no receipt notice, no change in SEVIS). I am 99.99% sure now that I didnt make it.

    Recently Company B approached me and said they were interested in me and wanted to interview. Few weeks later now, I have a offer from them and I would very much like to take it. So my question is…

    1. Do I need to wait for an official rejection (meaning return of application) until I can switch employers?
    2. Can I tell my employer to withdraw the application? (Is that a possibility?)

    Thank you all for your help.

    1. Ram

      Mala, I think everyone would love to switch to H1B (non-immigrant visa) from OPT if given a chance as you may not need go through the cumbersome lottery again( if it s again the process of selection for next year???). I would never recommend withdrawing H1B. Why would you want to waste your chance of getting visa??
      If you feel that you have made through lottery, please go ahead and make the switch.

  20. Waiting_for_approval

    Currently my status showing “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction”.
    How much time it will take to get approved?
    Is it normal or I have to worry a little..

    1. Ram

      It is normal to switch the work load among service centers. It is not going to inhibit your normal process of case in anyway. Please be patient and keep tracking the case. Since all the cases are filed as normal processing, it has no deadlines.

    2. vicky

      You may get decision on your case early as new center having less work load holds your case now. Same thing happened with my H1b extension too and i got decision within 1 month though the average wait time in other centers was 9 months.

  21. Nishikant

    Is it true that non computer graduation candidates would find difficulties in clearing h1b approval and at h1b final interviews clearance?

    1. Ram

      Yes you can get the visa without any issue. If you can prove that you are qualified for the job though you possess a non computer degree, I think you can hold a chance. Talk to your Attorney and do the documentation accordingly.

  22. confused_individual

    My H1B got picked in lottery this time but still waiting for approval notice. Meanwhile my I-140 got approved today. Does that mean my H1B is approved ?

    1. Confused

      What????? I140 is associated with green card dude. If your i140 is approved that means u are already working in USA with valid visa.
      What H1b lottery you are talking about then

        1. Ram

          I140 is a separate process. After I140 is approved, you may not need a non- immigrant visa any more. You can check this with your employer once.

          1. confused_individual

            Ok. That means h1b should have got approved. I will wait to hear an official notice.

          2. Ram

            Yes your employer can start your GC. But heard its more difficult to get through each of its stage. Kindly talk to an attorney for more details specific to your case.

          3. vicky

            Even after your I140 is approved, you still require to have your non-immigrant visa. The only thing changes is, you don’t have 6 years limit on your h1b visa and your spouse can work on EAD

      1. OPT to GC

        Hi Confused_individual,

        How long it take to get a I-140 approval for you. Can you please provide the time line and location that your application got processed

        1. confused_individual

          Employer can apply for PERM even when you are in non-immigrant visa. But I-140 does not get approved till you get an immigrant visa. This is my second lottery attempt. So it took me 2 years to get an approved I-140, and my employer initiated GC process as soon as I joined the company.

          1. OPT to GC

            Now my current status is on OPT Stem extension working with employer A and my H1b got picked in lottory filed by Employer B. Can my employer A want to start PERM. Can Emplyer A start PERM and once I get h1b approval for employer B I would like to transfer to employer A(no objection from employer b about transfer to employer A). Usually how long it toake to get approval for PERM and I-140 as per the current processing timming.

          2. confused_individual

            I don’t think your PERM will get approved from company A when your h1b is from company B. PERM is tied to a specific job. It took me 6 months fr PERM and 4-5 months for i140 after filing.

    1. Forth Attempt

      Congratulations for lottery selection.

      So did you get the RFE all of a sudden or there were updates for your case number from may

      All the best for RFE!!!

      1. Om

        There were no updates. It was in “Case was Received” state since selected in lottery. They updated it yesterday asking for RFE. By the way I am being selected in fourth attempt.

        1. OPT_FirstTime_FullTime

          Thanks for the info. My receipt also same EAC1714****** and status is case received. Waiting for update. Will they go thru in order? any idea

  23. TCS_UnionBankAC_Pune

    Today received list of 4 selected people out of around 15-20 folks.
    Now no list for TCS is going to come…

    It is for Union Bank A/c, Pune DC

          1. Nitin S

            Where can you see awaiting result? I have not received receipt number yet and cheque has not been encashed.

  24. HCL_GIS updated in backend

    Information is updated in backend. Check your case in GIS portal visa history to get to know the current details.

  25. R u challenging ?

    How many rejections or denials happened because of non-computers in graduation. I have seen many cases rejected due to this. In my case Despite having 7yrs of IT experience as a java developer after my MASTER IN COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (MCA) , they still pointing out my graduation is a non-computers. Will this work if I Challenge with a proof for educational evaluation or will still be waste of time and money ?

    1. GoonerForever

      Obviously it is a mistake in either filing or on their part, as you have more than sufficient experience and a degree in relevant field. If what u r saying is accurate u have chance to get the decision reverted in your favor. Better consult an attorney ASAP. Cheers

      Note: If your undergraduate degree is not in CS, it might raise red flag for the officer as to how you got into MCA in the first place. Be ready to prove your cookie trail.

    2. 4th time picked

      All your attorney need to do is make the evaluation of your MCA and your experience which shows that you are qualified for that job position. Also, your attorney have to write a justification letter describing you as qualified beneficiary by showing evaluation and key points. Both of them are important, unable to produce any one of them can have worse scenarios. If submitted, it should be very easy RFE and you will get approval for sure.

  26. Waiting time sucks

    I don’t understand how they are taking so long time to take the cases..even if there are 150 workers working for this ,only 430 cases they are handling each., and they are keeping all PP shutdown so we can assume they are only working for this (other than GC, students and all other visas) so already had 2 months of time. And till now hardly they have worked upon few RNs. If this has to continue in the same manner like previous years why they had close pp…

  27. Non-AD/WAC

    The status for my petition says “Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed
    On June 1, 2017”. My petitioner is based in the USA. Approximately how long does it take for the originals to reach them?

    1. Ram

      one to two weeks.. There will also be a date mentioned in the status, within which your Attorney/Employer will have to receive the RFE notice. If not, they can raise an e-request.

  28. Reapply COS

    My H1b is applied with COS. Now I am traveling outside US, obviously COS would be void. I will be back to US before H1b petition would be approved. So can i apply COS again. If so should i apply after H1b approved or before.

  29. H1B_APPROVED_i797B

    My petition got approved but received I-797B, Notice of Action with COS status denied. I am planning to go to Canada for stamping but for that i-824 application has to be approved since my consulate is different in my approved letter. Can you please help me with below queries.

    a. I have valid EAD till next year June and H1b starts date in the approved letter is October 1st 2017. DO I need to go for COS before October 1st or anytime before my EAD expires?

    b. Who is supposed to submit i824, it is me or my employer?

    Thanks and Regards,

    1. Ram

      i824 for a H1B has to be applied by your Employer i think as H1B is applied by your employer. Kindly check these details with your Attorney once again.
      As for COS, I think it can be done anytime. But sooner would be better.

      1. H1B_APPROVED_i797B

        Thanks Ram,
        My employer is saying that there is no need to submit i824 but it is clearly mentioned in the approval notice that i824 should be submitted to notify different consulate than that in the approval notice.

  30. Challenging the decision

    Changed mind to go for Challenging the USCIS decision after the 30 day period from the date my petition got denied. Any hopes of getting approved ? I got proofs from the educational evaluation and my Client letters with me. My denial reason is about client letter and the educational qualification.I heard from some forums that we can challenge after the 30 day period from the denial date by showing some reasons or excuses from my employer or attorney.

          1. R u challenging ?

            Are u challenging then ? Or kept quiet ? Can u gimme ur contact bro? My attorney said i need to undergo education evaluation and a client letter with specific time period of job with a proof that mine is speciality occupation.

          2. MP


            EEE will come under circuit branch category. Also you have 3 years of It experience so better you can check with your attorney or company for challenging it. Meanwhile when it got rejected? In RFE response or during stamping?

    1. Ram

      I am not sure about applying after 30 days. But if you have the right documentation for challenging the decision, you can always get it approved. Its all about providing the right documents and representing yourself correctly.

    1. Ram

      Congrats!!! Did you get your RN number?? If not, get it and start tracking the progress in USCIS case status page. If possible get your H1B Receipt notice too, to check whether your name is spelt correctly in it. It also has your RN number in it.

      1. After3YearsFinally

        Thanks Ram, My employer did not gave me my RN number. I will try to get it.

        @Sumesh: I got it last Friday.

  31. ss_2nd_attemt

    anyone there , who got check encashed and STILL waiting for thier RN , as epnloyer told them they raising SR and it will take a month or more to get answered ????????

  32. Sourabh

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  33. Vardhan


    I filed for my H1B and got picked with LCA and Client in PA. My project finished in PA end of april and my petition is still under process. Now I started my project in Marlyland. Did anyone had a similar issue before and how this case can be approached.

    Thank you

    1. Ram

      Vardhan, was your H1B filed last year (FY2017)?
      This might lead to a RFE. If so, you might have to provide a renewed client letter or new project details. But if you provide new project details it’s equivalent to filing an amendment. Better to discuss with your Employer/Attorney.

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