H1B Visa 2018 News, Lottery, Fee, Predictions

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 !

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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 ( 12,886 )

  1. Varma

    Hi All,

    My case was updated as below , RFE was responded in Dec 2017

    We received Form G-28 indicating you are now represented by an attorney or accredited representative

    what does this mean ?

    1. Ram

      It just means that your company has hired an attorney to deal the case. No worries. Probably your company directly applied without an attorney earlier and now realized that an attorney’s help is needed to respond to RFE. So this is a usual process and you can verify this with your employer.

  2. H4

    Hi Ram/3 rd Timer,

    Can some please help on my case, F1 –> OPT –> H1 (H1-B denied during the extension) –> Planing to attend H4 interview.

    In my case what kind of questions i am going to face during the interview.


  3. H1B Interview

    I have scheduled my Visa Appointment on mid of next month. During the DS 160 application my place of birth was entered as XYZ(city) and in my passport place of birth is ABC(village). My village(ABC) is merged in the town/city(XYZ).

    In few forums I came to know that place of birth should be exactly same as in passport. I have two options here:

    1) Do i need to fill new DS 160 form? Can i attend same scheduled interview with new DS 160 form??

    2) Get the certificate from government officials that ABC is part of XYZ now. Will this allow in visa interview?

    Please clarify.


  4. passportexpiry

    I am about to travel to India in June for visa stamping, my passport is going to expire in Jan 2019, I did fill DS160 and submitted later released that passport validity

    Can I go for visa stamping in June if my Passport is expiring exactly 6months
    If No then i already submitted DS160, can i fill one more and then travel.

    Do suggest

    1. Advice

      Renew your passport now in the US, you’ll get it a two weeks max. renewals can be done from 1 year before expiry. Once you get New passport, call ustraveldocs and let them know about your new Passport details and take a new appointment if you needed, they can guide you.

      If you haven’t paid your Cisa fee, then you can fill a new DS160 with new passport detials and use that. Even if you have taken appointment already, get a new DS160, let the officer know that you have a new DS160 during biometrics.. they can have it updated.
      If you go with your old passport, while comeing back to US you’ll get I-94 only until Jan 2019.

  5. Gaara

    Hi Ram,

    I recently received 8 page rfe for my H1b extension while the same position got no rfe last time. Is it common to get so many page rfe? Do you know how many pages is the typical rfe?

    1. 3rd Timer


      If you go through some of the entries earlier, some people reported that they also did receive the long RFE’s. So, it was not unusual for this year. Good luck and all the best for your RFE approval.

  6. L12H1

    I with my family are on L1 Visa. my H1 visa was approved in consular quota where as my family H4 is not yet approved

    I am travelling to India for stamping and then moving on to H1 Visa

    Can you please let me know how can i apply for H4 visa for my family, do i need fill DS160 and get an appointment for interview ?

    1. 3rd Timer


      I think you need to take a visa appointment for your family along with you by filling up DS 160 for each of them. Good luck and all the best for your visa approval and safe travel.

  7. Kumar

    I have H1B approved Visa from Client A and travel to USA for Client B. H1B amendment is applied and 2nd RFE came. I need some clarification. My RFE details are 1) Client letter and SOW document 2) Special Occupation detail 3) H1B filed on 2nd of Oct 2017 and but my pay stub shows on 1st of Oct 2017. USICS asked for clarification why Petitioner one day before H1B amendment file date.

    My current Employer plan to change my work location so it need new LCA and Amendment

    My clarification:
    1) my pay stub shows one day before H1B amendment date. I can able to provide Client letter, Special occupation document and SOW letter. What is the chance of H1B approval ?
    2) my Original H1B is valid until 2019. Can I apply new H1B amendment for same client and Employee with new location through Current H1B amendment is pending or Denied?

    3) what is the possible way to stay legal in USA?
    4) what is scenario I will not stay in USA?

    1. Ram

      1. It is illegal to have worked in the new location before the H1B amendment was filed. So I am not sure how your Attorney would handle it.
      2. Yes new Amendment can be filed and its better to withdraw the old one
      3. You already have base petition approved till 2019 so there is no need to worry. The amendment decision doesn’t affect you in any way except that you cant work in new location for which H1B amendment was filed.
      4. Only if USCIS revokes or your current visa expires then you may have to leave the country.

      1. Kumar

        Hi Ram,
        Thanks for your feedback.

        Can I wait for current Amendment status and then later apply new Amendment to new location?
        Please suggest

        1. Kumar

          Hi Ram,
          Thanks for your feedback.

          Can I wait for current Amendment decision and then later apply new Amendment to new location?
          Please suggest

  8. JJM

    I have received h1b approval notice and copy of I-129 from attorney today. But in I-129 application I noticed that my highest qualification is entered as Bachelor degree even though I have a Masters qualification. Do I need to ask my attorney to notify the error to USCIS before attending Visa interview? Kindly advice.

    Many Thanks

  9. PV

    Passport Request – Email From Consulate

    Hi Guys,

    After waiting nearly for 1 year I got an email from embassy requesting me to submit the passport.

    H1 interview : 20/Apr/2017
    221(g) : Received Blue Slip
    Documents Requested : No
    Passport Collected: No
    Documents Collected During Interview: Client Letter

  10. Raj

    Hi Ram,

    My H1B visa got expired in Sep 2017 and I didn’t fly to us yet.

    Now my company is planning for extension in premium processing for extension. Does it advisable to go for premium processing for H1B extension? please suggest


      1. 3rd Timer

        Hi Raj,

        Yes, PP for already approved petitions are available. Only this year (2019 October 1st start date) lottery selected petitions not having that options. Good luck and all the best for your ext petition approval.

  11. Sangamithra

    Hi Ram/3rd Timer,
    Need your suggestion. I am in H1b and working as EVC model. I have some issues with my employer and planning to switch. The client has many vendor and one of the vendor willing to take me. I have signed non compete agreement with current vendor. if i still switch and work for same client for different vendor. will it be any issues. Current employer & Vendor is Desi consultancy and New Vendor am moving is MNC. Thanks.

    1. Ram

      Visa point of view if you transfer visa you can work for the company who initiated the transfer. But legal point of view, since you have signed some documents, you may face some issues.

  12. 221g

    Hi Ram,

    I recently got 221g after my visa interview. My application has already been in RFE stage for more than 5 months before it got approved. All the essential documents were shared already by my employer. Still, I have been asked for the same set of documents.

    Any suggestions on my Visa approval chances? How soon I should expect this to get sorted? I have gone through all the links on 221g, still I am very disappointed and feel your or someone else help might give some ray of home to me.

  13. Swetha

    Hi all,
    I need a help , I recently received 221g and passport returned but tracking passport number it’s showing passport is with us consulate how it’s possible and when tracking through Ds160 it’s showing A.p thank you all in adv

        1. Govind

          Do Hyderabad consulate updating the passport tracking site regularly? do anyone attended on Hyderabad consulate recently, can you share your status and exp?

  14. Govind

    I attended the H1b interview in Hyderabad on 10-APR-2018. The visa interview went good and the VO collected my passport and congratulated me.
    I checked the passport tracking and CEAC site where it says as passport is still with US embassy and in Administrative processing.

    Do any one have idea is this a usual scenario or is it something different as Administrative processing confuses me.

    Date of interview: 10-APR-2018
    Administrative processing is the message on 12-APR-2018

  15. Gautham

    My Petition is valid til 2020 however i filed for Ammendment in January this year and got an RFE today, My company said that they would respond to the RFE, my Worry is what happens if the Ammendment is rejected in the future?
    – Does my whole Petition which is valid till 2020 gets cancelled?
    – Or do I have to go back to my base location?

    Can someone help me here

    1. Ram

      Does my whole Petition which is valid till 2020 gets cancelled?
      Nope, the original petition is still intact.
      Or do I have to go back to my base location?

  16. KR

    Finally My H1b status changed from “Case was Received” to below status,

    Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed

    On April 5, 2018, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC1714950158. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by April 19, 2018, please call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    What does it mean?

    1. venkat

      I got the same notice 3 months back, which means you received Notice of Intend to Deny. This is also similar to RFE but you will have only 30 days time to respond back. Also note that you’re case reviewing officer has already taken decision to deny. So, You’re response to NOID should convince the officer decision.

      My case was denied finally after receiving NOID and i am sure this is not gonna happen to every NOID applications. Have a faith on it

      Check with you’re employer/attorney to respond back with strong evidence. All the very best

        1. 3rd Timer


          I am guessing within 4 to 6 weeks. Having said that, It is difficult to predict the time line for 221g cases. Good luck and all the best for your approval.

    1. administrator

      Usually, keeping passport sometimes indicate higher chances of approval as they just need to verify few things…You can check our 221g tracker to get more idea.

      1. Swetha

        But passport is with me and my employer is genuine and I have good profile but company is small what are the chances of approval and my approval was done done post rfe

  17. H1B Q

    I have valid h1b visa stamp till end of this year with a diff employer. I did not travel to US due to personal reasons..now that opportunity no longer exists…my current employer in India filed for a transfer and it got approved for 6 months..Do I need to go for stamping again?.My employer’s immigration team is asking me to go for stamping again..please advice whether a stamping is needed when I already have a valid stamp…can I travel with existing visa stamp and approved petition/documents of current employer?

      1. H1B Q

        Hi Ram..thanks for your inputs..this would be first travel on H1b with old valid stamp and new approved petition..I hope it would not create any issue at POE. As i got only 6 months approval, Is it ok to file extension before 1 or 2 weeks of i94/petition expiry?..or should we apply early?. Please suggest.

  18. First_Timer

    My situation:

    1. Got selected for H1b in April 2017
    2. Got RFE in Nov 17
    3. Got 2nd RFE in Feb 18

    What are my chances of getting H1b? Does a 2nd RFE, that is so close to new H1b year, means that my chances of getting approval are slim?


    1. Kittu


      Keep the expectations high and hope for the petition approval.

      If your’s case is FTE, i would say chances are high to get 221g (g) during visa interview and again the waiting starts from there.

      My case was in 221 (g) from Dec-2016 and no update since then.

      1. First_Timer

        Thanks for the positive response Kittu. My H1b sponsor is not the same as my current employer. I will leave my current employer once my H1b is approved. Does that make it more difficult?

        1. kittu

          I suggest you not to leave the current employer upon petition approval.
          Once your petition is approved, immediately go for stamping and have stamping done, then resign to current employer and fly to US.

          Nowadays people are getting 221 (g) in visa interview. The percentage of getting 221 (g) is very high than compare to visa approval. 95% of people with FTE can expect 221 (g).

  19. Shaik

    Hi Ram/3rd Timer,
    I have valid visa from A company till 2020 but never traveled to USA.Now Company B has dfile a fresh h1b petition under CAP exmpt category.Now I got receipt number from USCIS. The application is still in progress waiting for case to approve.
    Can i travel and work for company B with the receipt number?If yes how to answer questions at PoE and what are the required documents to show.Please clarify.

    1. Ram

      Is the visa from company A stamped in your passport? if yes, then you can travel but in current visa situation there is a high chance that PoE might send you back. So its better to wait for transfer approval and then travel. Since its transfer, why not apply it in premium processing? you can get approval soon and travel with approval notice.

  20. Krish

    Hi Ram /All ,

    I need one clarification. I applied H4 to H1B conversion for 2018 cap and its still in progress. H4 is valid still June 2018.

    Mean while my spouse moved to another employer B and first employer A revoked the approved H1B. At the time of employee transfer they didnt apply my H4 with new employer.

    Now, Is am I out of status or i can stay as i have stamped visa tilled June 2018/ based on 240 days status maintance.


    1. Ram

      Since you have a pending petition with USCIS you are legal allowed to stay in USA. Please ask your spouse to apply H4 too, as for COS to be approved the current Visa status has to be active.

  21. STN

    Hi Ram/Team,
    I received below mail alert from USCIS today , any idea what does it mean.

    “We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time

    We will notify you when your case status changes. We last took action on your case on November 29, 2017.”

    1. kittu

      Did you raised a case to Support travel docs for update or else you received a mail from USCIS without prior reaching to support travel docs?

  22. Karthik

    Hi Ram/Team ,

    Do you think is it worth to wait for 2018 h1b approval(2019 cap already started). And my REF response sent on Jan 24.

    Thanks in Advance.

    1. Ram

      Every application would be adjudicated by USCIS for sure but when is the question. In normal processing, there is absolutely no deadlines provided by USCIS unfortunately.
      All I could say is, you have been lucky to get your application picked, why do you want to just lose hope? Get going with your current life and when result comes, you can decided what to do with it. There is nothing much we could do in this. Right now, you cant even apply for premium processing. So don’t confuse yourself.

  23. Swap

    Hi Ram/All,
    Can we go to other consulate location for first time visa stamping?
    My approval notice has consulate – Mumbai.
    Currently Mumbai has long waiting for appointments. Also, Please suggest if other way available to do it fast.

  24. Need some Suggestions

    Hi Ram,
    1. I am working in a U.S based company from India and in MAY month I am going to U.S for 2 week on B1/B2 visa to have transition from onshore team.
    2. I have a H1B approved petition till 2019-DEC which is applied through a small consultancy however have not gone to stamping till now as my consultancy is not able to give the client letter.
    3. I got the suggestion from some of my friends that after going to U.S in this MAY month I resign to current company and stay back there only and search for a new job however in the mean time said my consultancy needs to run the payroll for me (Basically I mean, will not come back to India after 2 weeks and will stay there and search for a new job based on my H1b approved petition).

    I would need your inputs that just with an approved H1B petition (Without stamping), is it possible to stay there.

    I might be looking greedy here however could you please suggest.

    1. Advice

      You can visit US with B1 and apply for Change of Status to H1 with your petition, but if you have a approved petition without stamping and enter US with B1, there will be lot of questions in the port of entry (my friends had gone thru this).
      Your consultant has to run payroll and apply for your COS, check with them if thy will do COS if you come here.. Also COS takes time to approve in normal process, you will be able to work only after COS is approved.. If they have to run payroll without job, remember they will force you to pay money. And while COS is awaiting approval, you are not their employee until then as you will still be in B1, during that time you need to find how you are going to afford your health insurance as it is paramount in US. I feel this is risky unless you have sound financial support to back you, however check with your immigration attorney and decide.

    2. Ram

      It is illegal to find a job when you are here on B1. Nobody can run payroll when on B1.
      There is no harm to visit USA on B1 for business reason when H1B is not yet stamped.
      If at all you are planning to apply COS from B1 to H1B, i strongly recommend you to talk to an immigration Attorney.

  25. Swetha

    Hi ram 3rd timer and all
    Got 221g slip didn’t asked any documents said needs administrative processing took the Xerox of 797 and approved petition . , Any hope.Waited for 1 year

          1. Ram

            Nothing much could be done. Kindly wait to get an update. If the background verification they do passes, they would provide stamping. Good luck!

    1. kittu

      My case is also in 221 (g) since 16 months, no updates so far. For me documents asked twice and i submitted. I believe chances are very less for Visa approval as per trend.
      Apologies if it de motivates you but this is the actual scenario happening.

  26. CD

    Visiting the blog after 3.5 years (after being active here to check the status updates of my own H1B).


    Love this forum, active back again this year to check for my loved ones…keep up the good work guys!

  27. Rakesh

    Today I got approval for my h1b petition after one year of filing from Wipro.

    Got Ref on Aug
    Responded rfe on Oct 24
    Approved April 3


  28. Concern Prior to Stamping

    Hi Ram/3rd timer,

    I am yet to go for stamping. Meanwhile, i read about 221g slip. It says, at the time of interview, when visa officer reviews your documents/applications and finds difficult to make a decision, he offers this slip.
    Now, my query is, i got approval post RFE, that means my application is well read and all documents are scanned and post which approval is given. Assuming this is correct, chances to receive 221g slip are bleak, is that so ?

    1. 3rd Timer

      @Concern Prior to Stamping,

      Both are different department (Embassy comes under state dept and USCIS comes under DHS). So, if you have all the necessary documentations and answer all the q’s satisfactorily to the VO officer then your visa will be issued without any pbs if not then you may expect 221g. Prepare well and carry all the required documents (get a help from your colleagues who already attended the interview, your employer and an attorney about the documents required) . Good luck and all the best for your visa interview.

    2. Swetha

      Hi ram 3rd timer and all
      Got 221g slip didn’t asked any documents said needs administrative processing took the Xerox of 797 and approved petition . , Any hope.Waited for 1 year

      1. Ram

        If your employer is willing you could expedite the process by contacting the members of senate in USA. But this may or may not be useful. Else you can transfer your visa to a different employer and appear of stamping again.

  29. Vinoth

    Hi Ram,

    Any idea about when we will get response from USCIS on RFEs, Got picked in lottery may 1st week. Got RFE in september, responded to the same in september itself. But didnt get any reply for that.

    Note: From my company who ever responded to RFE are still waiting for the result. Can you please let me know that, whether it is worth to wait still.

    1. Ram

      We cant say that for sure unfortunately. In normal processing there is no definite deadline and hence we cant say for sure when we would get response/Update.

      1. Vinoth

        My employer is not doing it saying that there is more chance of rejection.

        But my personal question is, If we appear for PP, whether the rejection rate is high?

        1. Ram

          need not be.. But when you apply PP the application gets processed by officer who wont have processed your application earlier(the one who issued RFE). So attorney’s feel that the chance of getting RFE again or rejection is slightly higher in PP. But if the documentation is going to be genuine and all adequately provided, I don’t think this should worry you.

  30. Bender

    How much do I have to file a MTR/ Reappeal for my h1b denial.

    To be more specific say my file got rejected on jan 15 before which date should I file MTR.

  31. Raman

    Hi Ram/3rd Timer – I have got 221G and have submitted my documents and waiting for USCIS response. Meanwhile i have a short term business requirement it is advisable to travel on B1 visa now? Let me know.

    1. 3rd Timer


      I guess if you have already approved B1/B2 visa then you can travel. Please consult with your company lawyer too. Good luck and all the best for your 221G approval soon.

    1. sukku

      dear pb, please be careful with GENEFRONT INC., I have some fraud cases being booked on its management team., if you arer planning an h1 from them, try to stay away or if you are existing employ try to switch the job immediatly., they are going to pull down the shutter. all the best


    1. Effected - CTS

      Man don’t trust CTS, these guys have bullshit team and they don’t know what they are replying for RFE’s.

      IF you see this yr not only new H1-B’s, H1-B transfers also Denied due to un-proper responses.

      1. H1bAspirant

        Consulting firms like CTS, TCS etc have been accused of paying low salary(less than average salary in a given location) and gaming the lottery system by applying for lot of visas thereby violating the H1b norms of paying salary equivalent/higher to that of an american worker. In order to make H1b allocation fair, USCIS is rejecting all applications new/transfers from above consulting firms.

        It’s not the company’s fault.

  32. Bender

    Hi Ram,

    My company has applied for H1B in April 2017, I got a RFE for general documents in AUG 2017 and we have replied back in OCT 2017. Yesterday I saw the status as Decision Notice Mailed and this says my petition has been rejected.

    I still don’t know the reason. My question here is what are my chances if I reappeal on USCIS decision.

    1. Ram

      I am really sorry to hear about your denial. If you have strong documentation to prove their previous decision was wrong, then you can get approval easily. Re appeal is a very long and slow process. If you /Attorney are confident of getting approval then you can do so. Please do check for rejection reason and based on that decide on what to do. Good luck!

      1. Bender

        How long do you think it would take roughly?
        Will there be any premium for this kind of processing?

        Thanks Ram for giving a lil hope.

        1. 3rd Timer


          It is a long shot and the approval rate is very low. It would take anywhere between 6 months to more than a year. There is no PP to speed up this. My suggestion is plan for alternative options and dont pin a high hope on this. Good luck and all the best for your other options.

  33. H1B Amendment/Extension - Premium Processing

    Hi All,

    Is premium processing suspended only for fresh H1Bs or for all amendments /extensions. Currently I am in USA and visa is expiring soon. Employer planning to apply in premium mode.

    Any help is much appreciated.


  34. Query


    Has anyone with less that 5 years of IT experience (Managerial) been rejected in interview (Esp. in post Trump era) ? Can anyone please share his/her experience?

    My case: Recently got approval post RFE on speciality occupation. I carry an Engg. Degree + MBA (IIM) and 2years 8 months of experience in a financial strategic and sales profile of an Indian IT Company.


  35. JJM

    Shocked ! H1B approved on 22/03/2018. I am a Physical Therapist, Indian but settled in UK with British passport. Totally confused and not sure what route to take?

    Was expecting a rejection letter because waited for a such a long time.

  36. Ado

    After 221(g) blue slip, Once client get verification call/email. In how much approximate time candidates are getting email from consulate to submit the passport ?.

    Anyone in the same situation / experience ?

      1. Ado

        USCIS ?.
        Shouldn’t you hear back from Consulate or DoS to submit your passport for stamping, Right ?
        am I missing anything ?

        Good luck to you!

  37. JACK

    Once client get verification call/email. In how much time candidates are getting email from consulate to submit the passport ?.

    Anyone in the same situation ?

  38. Query


    Has anyone with less that 5 years of IT experience (Managerial) been rejected in interview (Esp. in post Trump era) ? Can anyone please share his/her experience?

    My case: Recently got approval post RFE on speciality occupation. I carry an Engg. Degree + MBA (IIM) and 2years 8 months of experience in a financial strategic and sales profile of an Indian IT Company.


  39. Query

    HI all,

    Incase of H1b Approval, How much time does it take :
    1. to receive the hard copy of the approvals?
    2. for SEVIS status to be updated after COS is approved?

    If there is a service request raised for an application, Does USCIS call the employer to give any decision on the application?

    1. Ram

      1. It comes within 2-3 weeks.
      2. It is done immediately.
      3. They send only email about updates. Calling the employer happens only in rare scenario.

  40. RS


    I have approved petition for location A till 2020. My amendment from location A to location B is in progress. But unfortunately i am moving back to India this month. Can I go for stamping to consulate with approved petition of location A.?

  41. Amit

    Hard luck 2nd time… was selected in lottery. rfe generated in august, replied in dec7. no reply from ussic. yesterday recived mail from consultant saying they have abandoned my pettetion due to change in project situation…
    I think american dream is not going to work for me.. this happened 2nd time …

    1. Ram

      I am sorry to hear that. Why do they want to do it? Since RFE is already responded, they can still pursue it. After approval, Once another project is confirmed they can file amendment for it. I feel you should try convincing them one more time.

      1. Amit

        Thanks Ram for reply i am saying same thing to them but don’t know what they are going do. It’s second time they have withdrawn my pettetion previously on 2014, when Honda stop recretuing .. and pettetion can keep for some time once approved . I will talk to them once again.. thanks

  42. Rass

    Hello RAM/Third Timer/group experts,

    I went for visa stamping yesterday and My visa was approved. VO didnt ask any difficult questions. Questions were all from standard set. No documents requested or seen.
    VO granted visa in 5 mins.


    Thank You

  43. IBMer_Pune

    Got h1B in 2017 lottery and stamped on sept-2017, need to go for premium processing of amendment , please let me know if I can apply for premium processing.

  44. Vidya

    Hi Guys ,
    I am looking for employer who could file for h1b for FY 2019 for myself.
    Is there any valid ,trusted employer anyone knows / filed/ going to file for this year ?
    Please advice here .or email me at [email protected]
    Many thanks

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