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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. Waiting_k

    Received mail from employer today that still they haven’t received acceptance or return and need wait until mid of July for confirmation.. lost hope by now

    1. Hope

      My HR asked me to wait and not to lose hope, as there are some cases that they received as positive this week too. Let’s wait.

      1. Hope

        So we are on the same boat. Me too same. They din get any approval or rejection. I am also waiting. I will update here 🙂 Let’s hope

          1. Hope

            Mine is Non-AD. My company started getting rejection notices (Lottery). But still there is chance to get the positive results in between these negative rejection lists. So HR asked me to wait till July Mid. Lets hope

  2. 1ofdlucky1

    I looked at work theme from last 24 hours. EAC gave only 30 or so approvals while WAC has given almost 200+ as per their data. What can be the reasons for delay @ EAC?

    1. Ram

      My observation is, Last year it was the same trend. EAC started giving approvals very fast and slowly went down. WAC started slowly but cleared most of the application.
      All I could think of is in terms of availability of Visa officers. May be in EAC all the officers are much occupied with work(Other visa processing) or less number of officers but more work.

      1. H1B

        Hi Ram, Do they filter applications for lottery selection too or it is after lottery selection that they look into it for the first time ?

        1. Ram

          Before lottery nothing is checked.
          After selection of petitions in lottery, on successful honoring of the check and if all the required documents are in order as mentioned by USCIS, the scrutiny of the application starts.
          If the proper application package is not sent or incorrect fees is paid, the application is rejected straight away.

      2. 1ofdlucky1

        Thanks Ram,

        Really tensed on how EAC is progressing now. I always thought EAC is the main Service Center for USCIS and all other are secondary but in this case WAC seems to be the main player. All we can do is wait and check daily if something comes. But the problem is their is no sync between actual file and website update. I have noticed for few after approval as well website shows CASE WAS RECEIVED.

        1. Ram

          Ya I agree, this year there seems to be loads of such discrepancy. I have no idea why. Amidst all this, unfortunately we can only wait! Hope some positive news reach the H1B applicants soon.

    1. @H!B HOPE

      Yes that can happen. Maybe they decided to withdraw your petition. Maybe they just really don’t have any information and they will inform you when they get your unselected petition back and share the reject receipt with you. Rejected petition just started coming in since last week, so it might take time until your employer receives your unselected petition.

      All the best.

      1. H1BHope

        Hey, one query on this. When you say ‘unselected petition’, are they the ones which are not selected in lottery or are they the ones which are rejected post getting selected in lottery ?

    1. Ram

      Congrats dude!!!
      This year I am hearing loads of instances like this. Thought the USCIS site is updated instantly. Not sure whats happening.

    2. H1B

      How would one get to know about the approval ? Did you receive your approved petition back in India and your employer updated ?
      My employer doesn’t share receipt number, so was wondering.

  3. Killing waiting Time

    By looking at the recent updates, this year would be a large volume of RFE’s.
    So thinking about what will be crunch time once PP is opened in Oct ?
    Seems to be this year due to trump effect , only cases with high skill set and higher salary getting approval. My friend has got the approval and his mentioned salary 108 K $ .
    I am also worried about it as mine is too less comparatively.
    Also my employer says that once PP is open they cannot file for PP as they opted for it into Regular processsing. This seems to be like they are not in favour to go for PP ?? Its very confusing..

    1. Rahul K

      I think they are definitely evaluating based on skills required and match to the job description. I don’t think salary is being a concern for now. My offer is for $200K. Mine has still not been processed.

    2. Ram

      You can always opt for PP in later stage though filed in regular processing. Thats called upgrading your application to PP.
      I agree, once PP is reinstated, most of them would definitely opt for PP. If so, there is going to much higher backlog.
      I too feel that salary does not play a major role in approval. Its more about the sponsor, job and specialty occupation. If we all of these are clear, I am sure the approval is ours!

  4. DF

    Got approval today dated Jun 17th. Online still says “recieved”, not that it matters now. so things are definitely out of sync.

    1. Ram

      Can you please clarify on something if you don’t mind.

      Is the RFE due to LCA occupation as Computer programmer? IS that specialty occupation was asked to be proved?

      1. Jay


        Mine is not Computer Programmer but IT Business Analytics Consultant.

        Masters in Engineering Management(2016) and have IT experience in India and even here.

        1. John

          Also, Jay if you can provide few more clarity… what is your under graduate course? Is it IT or Non IT engineering ? Did you Attorney did the educational evaluation of your Master and undergraduate courses.. Very interested to know the outcome… hopefully positive

          1. Jay

            Undergrad in Electrical Engineering and also hold an MBA in Finance and Operations.
            Generally attorneys are known for their due diligence. Rest all depends on luck.

    1. Richard

      Right now, getting an approval would be a miracle that you would tell your grandkids. The only chance would be HR getting the approval but not sharing that information with you. In your case, it seems like HR didn’t get a receipt notice. So, sorry.

  5. CG_FirstAtempt


    Did anyone from CG got their assignment pro updated. I have people updating records but cant see them. does it mean they are not informing me on latest ????

      1. Kerala Dogs

        You can wait until July end, But no use. Lottery already Done. So no use of waiting for Miracle.

        Life won’t stop with H1🙂

        All the best for your other career plans.

  6. Marvin

    Something is not right.
    Based on the statistics on WorkTheme. The possibility to get RFE increased tremendously after June 15.
    8 Out of 10 cases had or will get RFE.

    Only 1 or 2 Approved in each series.

    All Good Luck!

    1. your guide

      Is your case with EAC? EAC is only issuing only RFE; hardly any approvals. WAC gives at a ratio of 2:1 (RFE vs approvals) these days.

  7. Akshar

    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.

    1. Ram

      Did you check with your attorney or employer regarding this? What do they think about this long wait? Is the delay due to some kind of scrutiny still going on these applications?

    2. Richard

      Here’s why I think something shady is going on with your application:

      So you’re saying you applied in April 2016; got the receipt notice; then months passed; it was even October; nothing happened; Fall & Winter passed; now it’s March and it’s been ELEVEN months; USCIS announced “no more premium processing after April”;…

      … and you have not upgraded to premium processing? Are you insane?

      Something is not right here. And I mean not with USCIS.

    1. your guide

      Richard – it maynot be quite like that. Some consultancies don’t agree for Premium processing. Also it doesn’t mean all approvals were through premium only. Most cases were doen regular processing.

      I believe that uscis has put these cases aside for doing aditional scruitiny of these sponsors. But they are runing short of capacity (man power) to conduct such scruitinies.

  8. your guide

    Friends – I’m one of the several voluntary data updaters at workheme.com site. I believe we can get a good insight into progress of visa processing in each center and series, by gathering data and analysing it. This is exactly what is happening at this site. If you want, you can ask for specific data query or details such hw long it typically takes for processing after RFE etc.

    These kind of sites could close if there is not much support from users and all the visibility into broader visa processing status would go away. So my humble request is let’s support it by using it (it has no ads). Thanks!

    By the way – it is not an alternative to redbus or other sites. Redbus has a large user base and provides good articles and blog posts. Worktheme compliments by providing raw data and stats.

    1. Using it

      I’m checking it once in a while. It’s a nice way to look at your batch and see the progress. Thanks for your work on this!

      1. 1ofdlucky1

        Really work theme gives some positive vibes when you see numbers increasing everyday. USCIS website is like a black box, nothing available apart from a single case status. Fingers crossed and waiting hopefully for my day of approvals.

  9. Gautham

    I came to the US last year and filed for extension this month. however i when i received the I797C – Receipt notice had a spelling mistake on my last name. Please suggest on the next procedures and also will that delay my approval process

    1. NonAD_NonIT

      Please talk to your attorney and verify as your I797A/B should have correct name. no this will not at all slower the process.

      If your attorney tells you to do that then please call USCIS number, they help you in all the extension scenarios

    2. Ram

      Gautham, its a quite a simple process. You talk to your Attorney. They will raise a SR with USCIS and correct it no time. As other person rightly said, it is not going to affect the processing in any way. It will be corrected immediately.

  10. Akshar

    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.

    1. NonAD_NonIT

      Even this years application processing time is very slow.and ya how did you get that 20k are already processed.It is definitely not.
      I can understand your situation but the best thing for you would be talk your immigration team/attorney to raise SR or maximum go for PP(only when it opens)if you are going to have burning requirement

      You know now the situation is worst among all the years. people are dying to get H1b but in actual there are hardly firms who are ready to transfer H1B, looking for GC/EAD candidates.
      We have no option other than waiting

      1. 1ofdlucky1

        No body knows how much processed and how much left. It’s just total luck from getting picked in the lottery to getting it approved in time. Many thousands have to stop working if approvals are late or premium processing doesn’t open quickly. September 30th is on everybody’s mind.
        US government before bashing H1B first should improve the processing process. Like USCIS website keep on showing CASE WAS RECEIVED and their is no update until it is approved or RFE sent. No body knows on what basis they pick petitions in VSC and CSC. It might be like government offices in India, whosoever’s file is above in the pile will be picked and worked first. Their should be some online tracking system where we can track our application reguarly.

          1. 1ofdlucky1

            thanks man, yes we can check at least something. But i don’t know about the data updated there is true or not, can we believe it?

          2. Ram

            They get the data from USCIS case status site. But all I-129 forms are tracked. The form I-129 represents not only new H1B but can also be transfers, Amendment, extensions, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, L-1, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1 or R-1 nonimmigrant worker application.

          3. NonAD_NonIT

            Hi Your Guide,

            You probably never read the comments section there, it is not only I129 for the current year H1b.,so merely we can guess anything major and conclusive from that.

          4. your guide

            @NonAD_NonIT – you say “it is not only I129 for the current year H1b”.

            May be you need to take one more look at that site. It is ONLY Form I-129, and there are seperate tabs for each year. The data is almost real time, as updates happen round the clock. I’m one of the voluntary updaters of that site. The volunteers directly fetch data from uscis, so there is no question of its correctness.

          1. Unknown

            Ha ha. Just for fun. All is well. I love India. I know law of nature. All d best for selected candidates

      1. EasyGuy

        Kabali, EasyGuy…Is it you who filed 2 petetions or is it someone like your friend?

        If it was for you, do you mind giving your email id?

        Dont worry. I know it is legally permitted. Just need some information

        1. EasyGuy

          Easy guy, I didn’t file 2 applications but sure there are easy guys out there who would.. which is okay as long as it is not done via fake consulting/ witch companies but genuine companies..

  11. CTS_CHN119

    Any updates from this week from Global Mobility Team,??? Is there any slight chances?? coz from my account no one got so far

    1. SP

      still waiting to hear from GMT…called them up last week on vnet but they said that they have received approvals in some cases and the rest of the folks who are waiting they will be updating them latest by the end of this month either which ways

        1. Ms.Hope

          Hi, Mine is a different company, but my HR asked me to wait till June end. Lottery results are still coming. Yes almost 98% of us got the results, but still we have a hope. Lets hope for the best !!

  12. Vineet

    This is my case.

    I am in US and my company applied for H1 this year. It got picked and got receipt number WAS dated 11th April but I am still waiting for approval.

    Meanwhile my current office location is closing and I have been asked to transfer to other location. This relocation requires a new LCA and H1 amendment.

    My question becomes, if my H1 has yet not been approved, how will they do an amendment to it. One option I have is to Work from Home since my home location across the road from the current office (that would soon close) but that will not require new LCA.

    Any suggestions ?

    1. Ram

      I recommend you to talk to your employer/Attorney before making any changes. They are the best person to guide you on this, as they know about your case better.

    2. Reply

      I believe your H1B will not be effective until Oct 1, so you need to figure out what needs to be done based on your current visa status if you location gets changed .

  13. Ajay


    I have a question regarding H1B visa. I selected in the 2017 lottery and I have approvad H1B visa . But now my employeer is saying that I need to wait for some time and he has not any good project to adjust me and said to me either I should wait or I can transfer my H1B.

    Is it possible that I can transfer my H1B before the stamping or I should first go for stamping, Once it wil lbe stamped then I should transfer my H1B to any other company.

    Please reply.


      1. avi

        As per fragomen it could be risk. Better check with ur new employer. Fragomen says that if previous h1 was not stamped then USCIS may choose to reject transfer. It really is a grey area

  14. GVR

    Hi Ram,

    Currently i am working in Chennai i got selected in Lottery this year and awaiting for my Approval.
    My concern is i got an offer in other company ,if i change company h1b will be valid? is it possible to transfer my H1B to new company before approval?

    1. Ram

      H1B CAN NOT be transferred before approval. As long as your company would not withdraw the H1B petition, you wont have any problem if you switch company. If withdrawal happens, then you can never use the H1B again.

        1. Ram

          No, Withdrawal of petition can be done any point of time. Even before approval if company feels this petition can be never put to use, the company has every right to withdraw it.

        2. Ram

          If you are sure that H1B will not be withdrawn by your current company and will be approved without any issues, then you can resign and go on with your new offer. After approval, you can easily transfer the visa to your new company.

          1. Cari

            I received some news yesterday, unfortunately I was not chosen for the lottery. It was not this time.

            Good luck.

  15. CG_FS_Pune_RFE

    Any Updates on RFE for Capgemini Employees. I have sent couple of mails to the immigration team but with no luck.
    Anyone got any news on RFE?

  16. rajen

    Hi Ram,
    Got receipt# already from A employer in US. Waiting for approval. Agree 4to5 months will take.
    Now currently working in B in Hyd.
    Got new offer from C in B’lore. Joining is in Sept. Confusion here.
    Shall I join C with relocating my family and home. As I am in doubt that sure sept or oct will get approval notice or not. Thinking better to stay as a bachelor in B’lore till approval.
    Do you think that this lottery selected guy (pharma, non-IT) surely touch US, based on your knowledge n experience.

    Plz suggest.
    Need ur mail id if u dnt mind.

    1. Anusha

      Hi RAM,
      I have done MS in US(passed out in 2016 DEC), and applied H1 B through my company this year.
      I got the receipt number and status is ‘Case was Received’ , but some of them who have done masters are getting their cases approved or RFE.
      But i dint get any update on this still.
      And my case number starts with WAC,dated as April 11.
      When i expect an update on this?
      When can it get approved?
      As i have plans of going India, i need to know if i get RFE now, how much time its gonna take to get the approval done?

      1. Ram

        Hey Anusha,

        There is absolutely neither any sequence in which the cases are processed nor any deadlines. Hence we cant be sure when we will get approval. I am hoping that all cases will have some kind of an update by September 30. WAC center has started processing the cases falling in your time frame. Don’t worry, let’s hope that your case is picked soon and its processed.
        If the Case gets RFE, then it will take much longer( No deadlines again)
        Let me give you a general picture : If a case gets RFE, it takes 2-3 weeks of time to receive the RFE notice. From the date RFE is received, we will have 90 days to respond to it. Once we submit the response, generally a decision is given within two months.

        1. 1ofdlucky1

          Ram, my case is with EAC and the receive date is April 11 only? has EAC also started working on that date’s caeses?

          1. 1ofdlucky1

            It is becoming a painful wait. I have to switch jobs in October in any case, so waiting for the approvals like anything. It will be big sigh of relief if it comes without any further questioning. I hope and wish they pick up my petition and approve it quickly

    2. Ram

      Rajen, H1B visa is a game of surprise. Something happens out of no where. We just cant predict anything.
      1. There are no clear deadlines for processing- So we might get approval before September or we may not.
      2. The most dreadful factor is we may get RFE. If so processing is going to take much more time.

      One thing is for sure, if you change your employer now in India, its not going to affect your Visa in anyway.
      If your documents prove that you are skilled enough for the job, I am sure you would get your Visa.
      Hence rather than hallucinating, time for you to take a decision based on the factors well known to you. Leave your email id, here. I will drop you an email for sure:) Good luck!

          1. your guide

            Funniest conversation I saw on this forum. Folks, please enlighten yourself with processing stats at worktheme. LOL

  17. NonAD_NonIT

    This year Trump had promised us with so many things but nothing seems to be working till now other than being strict on H1B visa applicants.They said at end of Lottery they would publish some report on the applicants,NO REPORT till date..

    This year they are not even updating the case status online timely..there are so many cases where attorneys are receiving hard copy but online it is still in case was received status.

    They have closed the premium processing almost for 3 months and till now no notice for reopening it,why they have closed when there is not much progress on the current year petition cases.
    Till now there are so many cases from last year which are still in case was received case.What is USCIS up to.Always the suggestion people get is to do PP for the long pending cases but only employees understand how tough it is to convey your manager to go for PP.

    Only good thing what I am observing is USCIS is processing with the I797A/B very fast with normal processing..like forH1b extensions it is taking even less than 40 days even with regular processing..is it possible because they have stopped PP and they are working on these cases more than current year s petitions.

    Mostly USCIS has closed EB1 green card processing too for the time being until further notice.

    Sorry to say but for the applicants who are still told by attorneys to wait for lottery results,are just waiting for the rejection notices.
    Very very slim chances now for them so please make a plan B.

    And last but not the least please do not use abusive words here. no one is stealing anyone’s H1B. Everyone is deserving here. Why to bring this dowry and all unnecessary things in between. Abusing others you are not going to get H1b approved. this is a mere lottery process and we can do nothing but wAiring for our luck.

    You are the architect of your own fortune. so if not H1b there must be something better waiting for you

    1. Ms.Hope

      Hi Prabhu.. myself applied through Speridian. I haven’t received any confirmation. No news. Anyone got positive reply from Speridian?? Is it worth waiting?

    2. Still Awaiting result

      Hi Prabu, anyone else in Speridian got selected for lottery ? If no-one then you have chances. Have you asked the HR regarding that,?

  18. H1BAspirant2018

    Hello Guys,

    Anyone here who applied through EasyPay Solutions?

    Anyone got the Selection receipt or rejection letter ?

    Please reply.


  19. TCS B

    Dear All,

    Whether 3rd phase results are out????
    I have got email on 15jun2017 “Awaiting Lottery Result”. Any hope that I can get good news here after…
    Please provide your thoughts.

    1. TCS

      Yes.. Please keep waiting until VTS is updated otherwise… My colleague received rfe email today… It was directly sent from visa cell…

  20. Vaishu

    I’ve not yet received my receipt number, Is there any chance that I can expect it or consider I’m rejected:( Can anyone suggest plz….

    1. Ram

      Vaishu,most of the receipt number for lottery selected petitions have been sent. The unselected petitions have also started coming to Attorney. So probably your employer is waiting to get all the unselected petitions.
      If none from your company knows the result, then you have a ray of hope. If not, there is nothing more.

          1. usdd


            Please let me know your email ID or contact number. I am also planning to apply through Intellitro. Please help me guys. Is it genuine or No?

      1. Amit

        Hi Iam Amit, I recently arrived into the USA by doing my H1B transfer with this firm. It’s a pretty good company. Couple of my friends got their H1bs approved in new quota this year and they are waiting for stamping.

        1. Bijoy

          I got my H1b transferred and stamped successfully with Intellitro paperwork last week. they guided me very well planning to fly mid nov. just wanna share my experience they are professional plz go ahead. thnx

          1. Racehorse

            Hi Bijoy,

            Can you please provide your mobile number, I am processing H1b from Intellitro and need help.

          2. Lipi

            Hi Bijoy,

            Can you please help me as this is related to Intellitro as they asked me to send $3000 to one of the hyderabad based company named Techsel Solutions for H1B transfer fee as sharing basis . Is it genuine and can I trust them to send money for my H1B transfer with Intellitro.

            I got my H1b transferred and stamped successfully with Intellitro paperwork last week. they guided me very well planning to fly mid nov. just wanna share my experience they are professional plz go ahead. thnx

        2. Gunjan

          Hello Amit my H1B got approved in new quota this year and I received all original documents from Intellitro last Friday can you please let me know your consulate interview experience that would really help full, I’ll take your contact details from HR. if you are ok to talk please ask HR to connect Gunjan Patel 🙂

      1. Anu

        Hi Racehorse,

        Sorry that am replying on your very old post. I have the same question as you now, and wondering if you can kindly let me know your experience with Intellitro. I applied through it this year. Were you given the LCA application number? Was your H1 approved for Intellitro?

        Appreciate your response or please connect to me via [email protected] to help me with some doubts.

        Thanks a lot for your time.

        1. CheatedBy Intellitro

          Intellitro are big time scammers. They take 4500 dollars from you and donot apply your h1b visa application. They say they are very transparent but never provide a receipt copy or even the number. Once you give money to them through techsel, they will stop responding to you or infinitely tell your application is in process. Techsel is a huge scam in partnership with Intellitro. It’s a chacha batija company… Karan from Intellitro is the Chacha and Teja from techsel is the batija.

          1. shaanhere

            Hello CheatedBy Intelli,

            I have started H1 Transfer process with Intellitro from India, they filed the LCA and it got certified. They told clearly that they are not going to charge single penny from us and will take care of all the process till on board. I was not asked any amount so far. Not sure how it will continue further.

            Why they are taking amount form you guys that i am not sure.

  21. Losthope

    My employer has sent out mail to few of the employees who made through lottery last week.

    Still I haven’t got any updates on my status. This mean i didnt make it lottery!? When can I expect rejection notice!?

  22. Rohit

    Hi ALL,
    I have applied for H1B 2018. Till no wI have not received any result from my employer.
    They told they are still waiting for the result.Just wanted to know when can i expect the
    result.?? Can I hope for a selection??


    1. Ram

      Rohit, most of the receipt number for lottery selected petitions have been sent. The unselected petitions have also started coming to Attorney. So probably your employer is waiting to get all the unselected petitions.
      If none from your company knows the result, then you have a ray of hope. If not, there is nothing more.

  23. Mantaya_bangalore

    Do a person can have both H1 and H4 Stamped at same time?..spouse also got H1..
    please reply ASAP…i am filling DS160..

      1. NonAD_NonIT

        Hi Ram,

        ‘You can’ .. how he can have H1B and H4 at the same time..as soon his H1b is approved and he starts utilizing it then H4 gets void…again to get back to H4 he has to file for status change.
        As his spouse case is still not approved she would not be considered anything else but H4

        1. Ram

          Say The person is out of country. The person has an H1B approved and gets it stamped. But the person could not travel to US on H1B due to non availability of project. If the person’s spouse has H1B, then H4 is processed and can be stamped to the person’s passport without voiding the other. But in POE we can enter in only one class either H1B or H4. Say the person enters on H4, the i94 states the class of admission. In this case the person cant work, either COS is applied or they will have to go back and re enter on H1B

  24. HCLCHN

    I got an update from my employer that my case was selected in lottery. Few of my team mates who got selected received RFE but for me there is no update. What could possibly be the next update for me ?

    1. HCL

      Same for me. I got notified about lottery selection and nothing after that. It’s been more than 15 days. WPC SPOC said to wait till July or August to receive petition in India. They don’t know the approval of application yet though. If not received RFE or rejection till now, means application is approved ?

      1. Ram

        I feel its too early to reach to a conclusion. Don’t you guys have your receipt number with you to track the progress? By September all cases will have an update. So better wait to get official confirmation before reaching to some conclusion. Right now, Few cases do have an update but not all of them

    2. HCLTech

      Do you know someone for whome WPC has said your application is not selected? because all the person who applied for H1B in my contacts are getting same reply from WPC spoc.

  25. Rahul kulkarni

    Ram, I know there is no specific date that USCIS commits to for processing. However, would you know whether 80-90% of applications are processed by end of July? Or does it go on till September? I know , some isolated cases go on for more than a year.. but, I am referring to majority (90%) of cases. Anyone has any idea? I need to start planning my move back to India to get familiar with the company in India before I move back on H1B (IF I get approval, of course)

    1. Ram

      Rahul, Most of the cases would be processed before October 1. If the case gets any RFE then it’s going to take much longer.
      Last year there was a spill over and few of them are still in progress. But still majority of the cases had some kind of update before October.
      You also have the option of premium processing. Once it’s reinstated, you can explore it.

  26. Jay

    Received an RFE on 6/12 in the form of a status update.. Do not understand how long it will take to get an approval !!

    Got my name corrected due to a mistake and followed by this !!

      1. 1ofdlucky1

        Ram, i looked closely at this receipt number -EAC 17148543**

        Mine is like – EAC 17147511**

        So logically my case should be prior to his since 148 is computer workday compared to mine being 147 and normally last 5 digits are in series as cases being processed at the intake facility.

        Currently till today i have not heard anything and my case status still shows CASE WAS RECEIVED.

        Does that mean – the last 5 digits doesn’t guarantee a series which cases will be processed?

        Only difference – Mine is a NON-AD case.

        Please throw some light on my observation and correct me if i am wrong.

          1. 1ofdlucky1

            I have read at many Law firms’ pages that the receipt number assigned to each petition is the order in which they are processed. At least read at 2-3 different places. Can’t say if it’s true or not.

          2. administrator

            Well, I am not sure. Also, in general, the number is assigned to all types of petitions that are submitted using I-129 form, which includes many types of visa applications such as H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, L-1, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1 or R-1,etc.

      2. your guide

        Why unfortunate? It is not rare case to receive RFE. Infact, right now there are more cases in RFE than in Approved at WAC. There are probably about 12K cases in RFE at both centers, against around 16K approvals.

  27. NonAD_CA_FirstAttempt

    Hi – My attorney sent an email earlier today that my petition has been approved. The status on USCIS website still shows as Received. I guess it takes time for the status to change there.

    Yet to get the hard copy . Also, yet to find out if COS was approved.

      1. NonAD_CA_FirstAttempt

        Thanks Ram!!!

        You are unarguably the most helpful person on this forum. I am sure there are many people, besides me, who are ever grateful for your advises and your suggestions.

        Thank you so much.. Really appreciate it..

  28. Rahul

    Hello Friends,

    My employer received the approval notice for my petition. They shared the soft copy with me . I have been told to wait another month or so for the hard copy to arrive in India.

    Non -AD, WAC.
    2nd attempt.

    So things are definitely moving ahead even in California center. I consider myself lucky to get an approval so early in the cycle.
    Wish all of you the very best.

    1. PR

      Was yr case transferred to a different processing center? Ram/Saurabh /anybody- Are we seeing any case where a **transferred to another center** case gets approved???

      1. Ram

        PR, transferred cases are usually processed like any other normal case.
        But from few handful examples I know personally, a few have gone to RFE and the rest are still in transferred status.

    1. Ram

      Andy, USCIS can reject a petition without RFE.
      There is no rule to say NOID or RFE to be issued first. But usually it is done.
      I have seen direct denials for application with incorrect fees amount or application not correctly filed. Rest, I have seen only NOID or RFE coming first.

      1. ShreeRam

        I got denied last year directly due to incorrect start date on petition. Sounds a silly mistake from employer but I can’t explain how painful, heartbroken and helpless I felt.

  29. TCS-Bglr

    Four weeks back, my manager told me that my cheque got en-cashed along with few others. All the others got RFE on last Monday. Is there any hope for me ? or its game over?? I am really frustrated.

    1. TCS B

      Dear All,
      I have got email yesterday “Awaiting Lottery Result”. Any hope that I can get good news here after…
      Please provide your thoughts.

  30. Anuj

    Am I fool as I am still waiting for my Status Approval for the application applied May-2016 i.e. FY-2017 (last year)

    My status is “Case Was Received”, it is alomost 15 months, still in progress 🙁

    This year cases are getting Approval, last year cases are still pending? What is your view?

    1. Ram

      Have you tried talking to your employer regarding this? Did your employer try raising SR?
      May be you can consider upgrading to PP once its reinstated.

  31. 1ofdlucky1

    Need your advice on this:

    I am currently on L1 with company A. They are planning to send me back to India in October start. Company B applied for my H1 in Consular Processing this year which is picked in Lottery but i am still awaiting approvals.

    My query is when Company B can apply for COS – Is it just after approval of petition? We are hoping Premium will open close to October and will make that process faster.

    Also, when my COS from CP is pending – can i stay in US with out job based on 60 days grace period.

    My main query is if H1b with CP gets approved in say August end. By when we can file for the COS – is it immediate or after Oct 1.

    I don’t want to go to out of country to come under consulate interview situation.

    If my COS is till pending in October 1st week? Can I leave my current job and stay on COS pending(not work) – is their a grace period over there?

    1. Ram

      Since your CP is already in progress, COS can be applied only after H1B approval. Immediately after H1 is approved, the COS can be applied.
      About staying in the grace period, please talk to an attorney or an immigration specialist.

      1. 1ofdlucky1

        I have read at many places that once we are eligible to work on H1 , in case from transfer from L1. The period of 60 days is allowed to find a job and complete other things.

        The rule which came on January 17, 2017 clearly states that.

        1. Ram

          But that 60 days grace period is when you are on H1 right. When your H1 is approved as CP, your i94 still states that you are on L1. So unless your COS is approved, how can you avail that 60 days grace period?

          1. 1ofdlucky1

            Yes , January Article clearly states these 60 days include all these Visa types like L1, O1 and TN etc including H1. Do you think the plan i have in mind is legal route?

          2. 1ofdlucky1

            Ram, Any approx idea till when we can receive approvals this year? Mine was CP in initial application so i am thinking it will be faster than COS cases. I have my eyes set on July 31st, if all goes well, i should have approval notice in my hand.

          3. 1ofdlucky1

            According to your past exp, when do you think Premium Processing will open again. Don’t you think it should open before September End. Else so many students who are currently in Cap Gap mode will have to leave their jobs(if not approved) and might depart US as well. This is kind of a huge business loss to companies.

  32. BenB

    Immigration girl website updated today with info that they are starting to see returned petitions..

    1. RedBus2US needs to provide more useful information

      I am surprised that every time Immigration Girl forum posts something useful and important to H1, somebody will inform about that post here, which surely is a terrific thing. But I don’t see any such updates by the author of this forum. It’s just all the applicants keep discussing among themselves.

      Saurabh/Owner of this forum – could you please post something useful for us to know – regularly. Redbus supposed to be much more professional forum than Immigration Girl or any other forums.

      We need to see more interactive discussions rather than just applicants posting their own information here.

      Thanks in advance.

      1. NonAD_NonIT

        Hi BenB,

        What s wrong with you..Please don’t use abusive language here.This is a social forum and not your house or parents’ bedroom!!
        I totally agree with the fact that this forum was last updated on 26th April and never after that.
        And even Sourabh/Kumar does not respond to the queries posted in the forum.

        1. BenB

          OK hot pepper chic from curry land, Admin was talking about posting links and nothing to do with language… may be you slaves need to learn to comprehend english language before faking sophistication on such forums

      2. NonAd_NonIT

        Hi Ben,

        May be your culture taught you to say all these in public forum but our culture definitely dint do so.Please get into a rehabilitation centre for your holistic education before entering into corporate world.

        Hi Saurabh,
        Please Delete this Ben B s comments.These people should be banned from commenting on this forum.
        Please update the blog with recent USCIS updates

      3. administrator

        We have a lot of info on H1B and other topics related to H1B covered on the site. Unfortunately, we are not immigration attorneys to post status updates on petitions filed by a firm. We try our best to answer / write anything that is not covered before or useful.

      4. your guide

        Redbus.com need not provide all the info. Differenet sites specialize in different info. For example, most Redbus users alredy use worktheme.com stats and discuss it over here.

  33. HarryApp

    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:)

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