H1B Visa Petition Processing Steps at USCIS Service Center – Adjudication info

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Many of the H1B visa petitioners ( employers) and the employees are curious about what exactly happens at the USCIS service center after a H1B visa application is submitted. Let me share with you the high level process on USCIS’s side as mentioned by them.

Steps at USCIS Service Center after Submitting H1B Petition :

  1. After USCIS receives a H1B petition, they verify the fees, signatures, service center, and other basics to make sure the application is properly filed. If properly filed, they stamp each petition with date of Arrival at the Service center. Suppose if the application is improperly filed, they reject the H1B petition and return to employer with respective fee. USCIS will not retain any filing date for these rejected petitions.
  2. A clerk takes all the submitted documents along with original petition and creates a paper file. This file is the official file for any activities tied to the H1B petition.
  3. The application file is sorted into cap counted or non-cap counted cases.
  4. The sorted file is assigned to an Adjudicator, who check all the information and verifies if there is enough information to take a decision, either approve or reject.
  5. If sufficient information and proof is available, the adjudicator makes a decision and enters the same into the tracking system. If not, an RFE ( request for evidence) is issued to employer, who filed the petition.
  6. If the petitioner ( employer) does not respond to RFE within a specified time, the H1B visa petition will be denied.
  7. If the adjudicators sense anything wrong, based on their guidelines, with the application or company, they will refer the case to Center for Fraud Detection Office.
  8. Once the H1B petition is adjudicated ( decision taken), all the application related information is sent to USCIS records center for storage or sent to Kentucky Consular center for consular processing.
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Comments ( 277 )

  1. Veera

    i am in State A with Approved H1B till 03/2021 & doing work from home due to pandemic. Both work & office locations have been mentioned in LCA. For Personal reasons, i would like to travel to State B(Not under current MSA)& come back after 45 days. I perform same duties from there. Do I need amendment for this?Is this legal to Travel Temporarily without any changes in Documentation?

    1. administrator

      It is risky to travel without documentation and not having your HR and legal team’s paperwork. Talk to them and then only plan for it. What if there is a site visit or something ? Just think of all situations…

  2. Paras

    Hi Saurabh,

    My H1 application(with Premium processing) got picked in the lottery this year, my premium processing check got encashed but my employer’s check got bounced. Currently, I Case status shows as “fee refund has been mailed to you” , I am not able to figure out if the processing is still going on or are they sending the packet back and the case has been rejected!

    Awaiting your reply


    1. administrator

      Well, your attorney would be the right person to tell this info. Some cases have had issues and they mailed telling that it was a mistake in system, despite some emails and sent rejected packages. So, please check with your employer and attorney.

  3. Gaurav Sharma

    My Company has filed my H1B visa by taking all the required docs photocopies and updated resume from me in March end 2016 and they said that they have applied for that same,on asking the receipt number from them ,they are saying that only when my case will be selected in lottery i will be getting that receipt.
    Is this really happens like this only..

    Please suggest.

    1. administrator

      Gaurav Sharma,

      Yes, receipt is issued only after the petition is selected in the lottery. If it doesn’t make through the lottery, a rejection letter is issued which will have your name and employer’s name.

    2. Kusha

      I need a little advice , on may 2 -2016 i received a notice of afftion 1-179C and it says my spouse is in process, after almost 4 months i checked my status online and it says aug 25 2016 my case was transfered and I should receive a notice but still havent, im worried i want to know whats going to happen?

  4. Naman

    Hello Abhishek,

    Can you give some clue, I am in India and my h1b transfer is applied on November but still it is showing in “Case was Received” Status. Do you have any idea, how much time probably it can take to approve? Are case getting delayed because of US election something?

    Your any reply much appreciated.


    1. administrator


      There is considerable delay at USCIS centers due to huge load of H-4 EAD and H-1 amendment petitions. You have the options to upgrade to PP if you want a quicker response. The delay has nothing to do w/ the elections.

  5. kg1351

    My H1B case has been selected in lottery in April 2015. After the case has been received, my fiance has moved to USA from his current employer on L1B visa. Now, I need to resign from my current employer to accompany him after marriage. I need to go through the L2 visa processing. Do I need to mention about my H1B in DS-160 form and what are the chances of approving of L2 visa?

  6. rambo

    Hello everyone,

    Today morning I checked the case status and found:

    On ****, 2015, we suspended processing of your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC1514****, because we need more information from you. Your notice explains what we need from you to resume working on your case. We will not take action on your case until we receive the evidence or the deadline to submit it expires. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your request for additional evidence notice by **, 2015, please go to www.uscis.gov/e-request to request a copy of the notice. If you move, go to uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    can some one explain me, whats the issue is?

    1. administrator

      It means that USCIS needs more information to adjudicate your petition and they have sent what they need to your employer/attorney. It is typically called as RFE. Talk to your employer on this.

  7. H1BTransfer

    My Company A applied for my H1B, and now I have already received the petition# (i.e. selected in lottery).
    I have another offer from Company B (which also has USA projects). Joining in Company B is on 1st July (cannot get joining date extended anymore as already extended by 1 month earlier).
    Now my question is that with the petition# (EAC***), even before work permit approval, can I get my H1B case transferred from Company A to Company B?

  8. Visa_Checking

    Hi All,
    Good morning !

    I have got my receipt number from my employer and when I have been checking the status , it’s showing me the status as like below :

    “On date, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number #######, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case”

    Just want to double check with you, Do I need wait for anything or Do I need to contact with my employer.

    Please suggest.

  9. sunil

    Hi All,

    I attended H1 Visa interview on 31oct in mumbai, issued 221g white form, my employer answered to that, i got letter from mumbai consulate saying my petition is transferred to USCIS Kentucky consular Center for further verification, Can someone let me know is there any chance to get visa in this situation, if yes how long will it take.


  10. Abhishek


    I lost my passport with H1B visa (expired) stamped on it.
    I have extended petition with me, now i am planning to visit india with new passport. Will i face any issue while going for stamping ?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. administrator

      You losing the passport has nothing to do with your H1B Visa on it. The missing of passport should not create any issues. Dont worry about it.

  11. Karthik

    Hi All,

    My Name is karthik.On 8th december i am going to appear for my PA for H1B US Visa.I need 1 clarification in my passport last page corner one side lamination is lightly coming when we touch . Whether is it possible to reject my visa?

  12. Tanu

    My H1b was rejected during initial review after RFE.

    Now, if I apply for L1 visa…should , I mentioned a ‘yes’ while filling out the DS160 form , when asked about rejections in past?

    You reply is awaited. Thanks in advance..

  13. sana

    I have received RFE on june 26 ,2014 , after that i have contacted to my visa filling company they have not yet received any RFE Notice from USCIS. is there anyone who also in same status. I am worrying as it is 2 weeks and no notice from USCIS.

    Please reply…..

  14. Kumar


    I have applied for H1B visa through my employer.
    I got informed that I cleared laudry and I need to submit the documents.
    But now I am changing the company with out knowing the petition number.
    Will it created any problem if I want to apply H1B for next year?


  15. Rizwan


    I am working for a reputed software company from past 10 years, I was nominated for H1B 2015 from my team. But they did not ask me any document from me but they said that they have applied and will inform me when they hear back from USCIS. Can I trust them or they just bluff ?


  16. Vishal

    My Petition shows in Post decision approved .My question is when can i schedule my visa Interview. or is there another process in between post decision and Visa Interview.

    1. Suresh

      Hi Vishal,

      Lye me know in case you have received your H1 approved documents for visa stamping. Mine was approved on 20 may but still not documents received.

  17. Meena

    Hello everyone,
    Finally i got my file number from employer for the regulr filling. But when I checked it , it does not show any details if the number is mine or someone esle. Any faced the same problem ?

    1. Vishal

      I have a similar situation.all mails regarding our initial review and final decision goes to our petitioner/attorney of the petitioner.
      You can cross check with them.
      After ur status is in Final deceison,a mail goes to petitioner.

  18. India

    Hello Saurabh,

    I got selected in this lottery – 2015 and my case status is in the initial review, but my passport is expiring in another one month and I have renewed my passport after applying the visa and got my new passport. Could you please let me know if there is any issues or do I need to submit my new passport to USCIS.

  19. Mikey


    My H 1 B was denied in July 2013 and appeal i 290 b was applied in August 2013. Now my H 1 B i 129 case doesn’t show up on-line on case Status USC-IS website and i 290 b is in initial review now, what does that mean?

    Please help me understand this.

    Old H1B Case status : “At this time USCIS cannot provide you with information for your case. Please contact the NCSC 1 (800) 375-5283 for additional information.”

    New appeal case status : “On August 13, 2013, we received this I290B NOTICE OF APPEAL TO THE COMMISSIONER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case. Please follow any instructions on this notice. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you. If you move while this case is pending, please use our Change of Address online tool to update your case with your new address or contact our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283”

    1. sen

      Hey Mikey,
      Can you provide some info about your case and what happened last year how much ever you could remember? I am in same situation this year :(. it is Denied on Oct 2nd and appealed on 30 th October. I haven’t received the new number yet. my questions are :
      1. After how many days should I get my new number?
      2. should I track the new number or the old one?
      3. How long approximately it took for any status change after appeal ?

      Thank you in advance:)

      1. kirthi

        Hi mine is also same situation ..my case was updated as denial on Oct2 ..is there any chances to get approved? Or What are the next steps to proceed
        very tensed

        1. sen


          Talk to whom so ever applied your visa. They should a received a letter from USCIS telling why did they Deny. If the reason is convincing enough to re appeal and convince,you can ask them to reappeal.

          1. sk

            Hi Sen and Mikey,

            I’m in the same boat. Denied on Oct 2 and appealed on Nov 3rd. I received my notification of receipt but no status updates. Would love updates from you both if you have any! I have no idea how long this appeal is going to take. Nerve-wracking…



          2. H1B denied

            Hi, do you have any update on your case. i am also waiting for update from nov. today my case status changed, but don’t know if it is approved or denied.

  20. Rajeev khanna

    Hi Saurabh,

    I am on H1b in US now and my new employer has filed for transfer 3 months back but still in intial review.Can I travel to India for vacation with the pending decision and come back without stamping as my i-95 still shows Sept 2015 as my expired date on my passport which was from my previous employer.
    Please suggest.

  21. Nanda


    I have applied my h1b in 2008,which is lottery and mine one is selected . My employer shared the case # . wen i checking the status its showing as initial review ,status showing as ” On July 1, 2009, the post office returned the notice we last sent you on this case I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER as undeliverable. This may have serious effects on processing this case. Please call 1-800-375-5283 to update your mailing address for this notice to be re-sent.”

    But my employer is no more in active , he is shutdown the company .
    Please tel me can i transfer this to new employer or how can i get the H1B approved petition which is selected in lottery. I have only receipt # , even document is not also with me.

    Pls help me in this .

  22. riamona

    I am on H1 visa with company A working for their client. The client now wants to convert me to FTE. The resume client has on file is an ” exaggerated” and the client wants to file for H1 transfer using this version. The resume used for filing my current H1 was my actual resume. I am afraid to let the client of this situation because I might lose out on this deal. Also my LCA for GC is under process through my current employer. I am a Zimbabwe born but an Indian citizen. So here are some QS:
    1. Are employers expected to send resumes to USCIS to file for H1 transfer petition?
    2. Does USCIS compare resumes?
    3. Is there anyway I can defend my situation should an RFE arise?
    4. During GC filing by the new employer, will I be expected to come up with experience letters?

    I appreciate all your help answering these qs for me. This is a very important decision for my career and don’t want to do anything that might ruin it.

  23. Ramita


    This is Ramita again, I never heard back from you. We received the denial 1-29( H1B ) dated May 3rd 2013 but on May 6th 2013 my case status updated to post decision activity “On May 6, 2013, the appropriate American Consulate or port of entry was notified of the approval of this case. Please contact them directly if you need more information.”
    What does this mean? After receiving the denial 1-29 is it possible for uscis to change their decision? Is it some kind of mistake while updating the case online? Is USCIS website reliable?
    Kindly suggest me!



    1. administrator

      It may have been a technical error in b/w. As it flipped from denial to post decision, I suggest your employer/attorney to call USCIS and get the clarification.

      1. Pingal Desai

        Hi, I am in similar situation.
        My J1 waiver got approved for one state for DOS and then by USCIS. However, I could not get license in that state (internal political issues). Now, I have got j1 waiver job from 2nd state. H1b applied by second employer in premium processing with USCIS asking for RFE –need copy of I797 relating to grant of H1b status. I am applying for H1b for the first time.

  24. h1b_query

    Hi saurabh,

    When I checked the status of my petition I got the below info, could u plz explain what this meanz?

    On May 14 2013, we transferred your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, to your local USCIS Office for further processing. The new office has jurisdiction over your case and will send you a decision as soon as processing is complete or you will be notified if further information or action is needed

    1. administrator

      My guess is that it was transferred from CSC to VSC or vice-versa. Check w/ your attorney and ask them to follow-up w/ USCIS.

    2. Kiran

      I am in the same situation, applied for H1b extension in September 2013 under regular processing
      Case Status in January 2014 is ” On January 14 2014, we transferred your I 129, petition for non immigrant worker, to your local USCIS office for further processing ”
      I really appreciate if you can update me about your case status. I am so concerned about this transfer

      1. Bhupal Reddy

        Hi Kiran,

        Have you got your petition approved after your case is transferred to a different center. Can you please tell me the status.


        1. Kiran

          My petition has been approved. In my previous post I was concerned about the transfer to local USCIS office but it was actually from VSC to CSC due to heavy work load. Good luck for you!!

          1. sai

            Hi Kiran,

            My H1B Transfer petition got transferred from Vermont to California. And I’ve the following update. The I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was transferred and is now being processed at a USCIS office. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you.

            You also have same update or immediately got approved. Could you please let me know the details?


  25. Ramita


    On May 3rd USCIS send me a revolution letter for my H1B but on 6th May 2013 my online status changed to ” On May 6, 2013, the appropriate American Consulate or port of entry was notified of the approval of this case. Please contact them directly if you need more information.” Is the USCIS website reliable? After receiving the revocation letter can they turn around and approve the case? Is this some kind of mistake while updating my case status online. Kindly let me know! I’m so confused. I even called 1800 number of USCIS and checked my status by phone it says on 6th may they. Approved my case. Is it passable for them to approved the case after receiving the revocation letter from USCIS?

  26. Nellai

    Surabh and guys,
    My employer (univ. non-cap) filed H1B. I am in J1 now. Got the J1 waiver recommendation from DoS but that case is still pending with VSC. My H1B filed with CSC. If I get a RFE on j1 waiver what should I do? My employer has already attached DoS favorable recommendation and USCIS notice of action (case number and case status Pending). This is applied on premium processing. Shall we tell them that the same is pending with VSC from 11 Feb 2011. This waiver is pending with USCIS for about 2.5 months now.

    1. administrator

      There is a strong possibility that your H-1 will receive RFE asking for waiver confirmation from USCIS. If no RFE is issued, then your H-1 will get approved (as it has been filed in PP) but you will still need to get waiver approval from USCIS.

      1. Nellai

        Hi Saurabh,
        Thanks for your reply. Just got my J1 waiver. Do I need to send the copy of this to USCIS now or do I need to wait and see for REF? I am not sure whether this got cleared because of the premium process or coincidence.

        1. administrator

          I will wait for USCIS to complete their processing. If they ask for it, then you can respond w/ the waiver. Was the H-1 applied w/ PP?

          1. Nellai

            Hi Saurabh,
            My J1 waiver was approved a day before my employer got the H1B approval by email. On their site though it mentioned first that the premium clock was stopped and they sent the reason explaining why to the employer set up some anxious couple of hours. After that I realized the reason they stopped the premium clock was that the petition was approved. Now my situation is that the H1B approved from May 01, 2013 ie., from tomorrow. But when will I get the original document which needs to be handed over to the administrative dept of my university. Will my employer get this document within a week or may be two? Still now the website showed that the decision has been made – approved. Its not moved to the post decision activity. I got my J1 waiver document yesterday which was approved a day before my H1B got approved. I am hoping that my employer would get the H1B approval document within a day or two.
            Thanks for clarifying all my doubts during this anxious steps.

          2. administrator

            The paper approval copy can take 1-2 weeks to be received by the employer/attorney.

      2. Vall

        Hi Saurab,

        I am getting offer from UAE-abudabi (through indian consultancy) job in govt sector as a contracter for 12 months. But my question is I am planning to go US and my petion was selected in lottery (1’st apr 2013)its in process.
        so my quetion is whether it is good idea to take this job now and attend the interview in abudabi?
        as per my sence I may get trouble in H1B visa interview in abudabi.?
        are there better/lower chances to get visa than in india?
        Please guide me and it would be really great help. Thank you so much in advance

        1. administrator

          One can run into stamping issues at any consulate. You can go to Dubai for work and can later decide to attend the US interview in your home country, or you can decide to take the interview in Dubai (check w/ US consulate in Dubai first).

  27. Rajesh

    Hello Saurabh,

    Good day!

    Please let us know the chances if lottery system on H1b visa for the fiscal year 2014.
    DOes it so happen that , they should keep the people informed on this in advance.
    If the volumes increase would they opt for lottery?

  28. Rajesh kumar


    I have been told by my employer that they have sent my documents for education evaluation to US evaluation agency. I hold a bachelor’s engineering degree in electronics and instrumentation. One of my colleague who holds d same bachelor’s engineering degree but in electronics and communication , the case has been sent for petition.

    Can u tell me if the education evaluation is mandate for all the cases? Is it a part of the visa process?


    1. Rajesh kumar

      Hi Saurabh,

      Could you please take a few minutes to answer my question. Quick response would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

      – rajesh

    2. administrator

      Lot of cases go through education evaluation if the person has done education outside US and it is not directly related to your work. Its a trivial process which shows that your education is equivalent to US Bachelors degree.

  29. madhu


    My employer applied for H1B for the year 2013 and gave me a receipt number. I checked in UCIS and the status is approved. When i contacted my employer for further process he keeps telling that he had given me a wrong number and will check and give me the correct number which he never did and now he is avoiding my calls. What i can do regarding this and how can i verify if the receipt number is mine. I am sure i cant verify from my employer!! Is there any other way… Please help….. Regards Madhu.

    1. administrator

      Did he give you just the receipt number or copy of 797C? If you have access to 797C (receipt copy) or 797B (approval notice), you can be sure whether the receipt number belongs to you or not. Until then, the employer is the best source.

  30. Apurva

    I got RFE for my H1b visa in aug 2012 and after submitting all the documents , i got a denial now in Nov 2012. shall i wait and go for MTR ? what are the chances that it gets approved and how much time does it take ?

      1. Apurva

        It is a new H1 from India. In RFE, they have asked for some more documents, I have provided each and every possible document. still, dont know why denial. I am waiting for Denial notice.

    1. administrator

      MTR can take several months to resolve and the outcome would depend upon what your employer submits as proof and explanation. At times, it is just easier to go through next cap through a better employer.

  31. Rahul Sharma

    HI Saurabh,

    Your answers certainly help all of us to a great extent.
    My H1B got approved from USCIS on 9 Oct 2012. My current employer A who has filed my H1B is not able to send me USA due to lack of requirement right now.

    I have now got an offer from employer B . Now if i move from employer A to employer B , will be H1B remain valid ? Can i travel to US for employer B assignment using the same H1B which was filed earlier by employer A? If yes what formalities are required to be done?

    Rahul Sharma

    1. administrator

      Rahul Sharma,
      B can file for cap-exempt petition for you (aka H-1 transfer). Once approved, you can go for H-1 visa stamping through B (I assume you don’t have any visa stamped through A) and then travel to US to work for B. You would need copy of A’s approval notice for this. NO payslips are required as you never worked in US for A.

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  33. Nandan

    Hi Saurabh,
    Thanks for running a wonderful service and helping scores of people . I have a query ,My wife has got a H1b approved and i will be going on a H4 dependent Visa, keeping in mind that this year’s H1B cap is reached i know that i will be eligible to apply for a H1b only in next year’s quota . I have 6 yrs exp in Dot net development . what are my chances of finding a H1b sponsor? Is it easy to apply for a h1b as a dependent vs applying for H1b from India ? Please do revert back as this is will be one of the most important decisions that i would have to make .

    1. administrator

      I don’t know about your specific field, but it is easier to find an employer while being in US than from outside. You can vet the employers and be in same/similar time zone. You can also avoid the stamping if you apply and get COS approved.

  34. sandeep

    Hi Saurabh,
    As my previous transfer got denied, I applied through another employer(IT Giant) and that also got denied(don’t know the reason yet) both filed at CSC centre.Does the previous rejection had an impact on 2nd transfer.I am really depressed.What options do i have.Is there any chance of getting approval on H1B transfer.Do i need to wait for sometime before applying or something like that.The employer is saying they can take a decision once they know the reason.My question is what options do i have with this denied transfer request.

    1. administrator

      Unless you know the reason for rejection, one cannot guess whether previous rejection played a part or not. What was the reason for first rejection? Usually previous rejection would not impact the new transfer application.

      If your employer thinks that transfer was denied in error, they can open MTR within 30 days of the denial date.

      1. sandeep

        Thanks Saurabh for your response.
        The reason for ist denial is that employer(Big IT giant) mentioned internal project and USCIS denied saying that as per the nature of the business its just a token employment.
        Reason of second rejection i came to know today is that USCIS saying its not a specialty occupation but they didn’t ask this question during the RFE. (another Big IT Giant).
        The second reason is totally irrelevant as i can see.The employer received the denial notice only after today(after 30 days).
        So what do you suggest and what are the options do I have.
        I am still working with my old employer.

        1. administrator

          Previous rejections will not impact H-1 transfer in this case. Make sure to go w/ an employer who has a strong H-1 requirement for you. I assume you are working outside of US right now, and so there is no question of whether you are maintaining valid legal status or not.

          1. Sandeep

            I am working in US only with my original
            employer with approved H1 which is valid till
            2014. Second employer told that they filed an
            Appeal but I don’t have any proof of that.
            How long appeal will take in my case based on
            The rejection reason.
            I didn’t changed my employer at all as I was
            Waiting for approval. I think my status is ok.

          2. administrator

            It should be ok as you are still working for the old employer. Appeals can take several months to get resolved.

          3. karthik

            Hi Saurabh,

            My case is pretty much similar but my original petitioner revoked the petition and i am not able to join with them. I am filing a new petition with a new employer now. do you think will it get approved? my rejection reason is because of my education and experience did not match and my new employer submitted wrong evaluation from a private consulting firm

  35. Pavan Kumar


    My Employer has filed my H1b application on Apr 11th 2012. But i still did not receive my file number for the H1b petition. When i asked my employer, they always asking me to wait.

    Please let me know if receipt notice takes this much long time? Its almost 4 months.

    My employer confirmed that my application was filed. Is there a chance that it may get rejected in the first step itself before sending the receipt notice?

    Pavan Kumar

    1. administrator

      Pavan Kumar,
      Even if it is rejected, the employer will receive communication from USCIS. If your employer is really serious about your employment, they would contact USCIS about this. This delay is very unreasonable.

  36. Shailender

    My employer filed my H1 B on some date of June 2012 and today gave a receipt number. On USCIS website when I check the status using his receipt it says “Your Current Case Status for Form I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER” Initial review stage.
    I am not aware of different forms and their names filed during H1B. Can you please suggest what does the above status mean and how long can it upto to approve H1B.

  37. David Joseph

    The company Diaspark has offered me an employment based for US through h1b route, this company is an absolute spook. they cheat people, by saying they will file h1b, they charge money of 25 thousand security deposit, they come open and start taking application when 50% of application has been filed, when you submit the records, all other document, they say we sent to USA, they say we have filed, but your h1b application is unsuccessfull, they won’t give any details, once you submit with the security deposit no communications will be made, even if you ask their response will not be good.
    The USCIS has to blacklist this kind of companies, the USCIS has to bring some platform where once company starts filing it should be available online and be open to public, how many visa company has filed and how many remaining.
    The USICS has to take stringent actions against this kind of companies.
    Everything should be transparent so that ppl. won’t be cheated

    1. ShivaRam

      They are paying 4000$ to file a petition, once the petition is approved they will loose thier money, even you got stamping or not. It doesn’t matter. They will do it slow and proper that is what I heared from lot of people. There are so many charging for 1L rupees and they are doing nothing.. I am really sorry to hear what happened to you.. I just thought of sharing my experiance with them.

  38. Raj

    What is the procedure for H1B stamping post approval ? and what are the chances of rejection in this step ? I’ve 22 months of work-ex and will this be an adverse factor during stamping ?

    1. administrator

      You will have to complete DS-160 form, pay fees at participating HDFC branch, schedule interview appointment and then appear for the same. If it goes well, then you can travel to US on H-1 visa. Else they would issue 221g and may ask you to submit additional documents. Even after petition gets approved, stamping can run into issue. It not only depends upon your profile, but also on employer’s and the offered project/client and employer-employee relationship.

  39. Bharan

    Hi Surab,

    Thanks for helping so many people with their queries, I have one too

    I was in UK on student visa for 4 1/2 years and unfortunaltely my visa extension got rejected and also by the time my passport reached the consulate it was one day delayed.

    My was visa was rejected and moreover they have considered the one day delay as overstay. I however Voluntarily left UK.

    I collected my passport at the UK airport and came back to india,but they have written that sereved 151A by UKIS(which means removal of person due to overstay and due to other reasons)on my passport. I was not deported, i Voluntarily left the country.

    Now i’m yet to attend the visa stamping for H1B, all the above was in my old passport which got expired and i have a new one, and the old passport number is mentioed in the new paaport.

    My question is, will this affect my Visa stamping?

    1. administrator

      Bharan =,
      I don’t think it will, but I can’t say w/ surety. I haven’t seen any such experiences.

  40. Kumar

    I lost my old expired passport and only realised that recently after preapring documents for h1b visa stamping. I’m yet to schedule the appointment for visa stamping.

    my question is, is it mandatory to carry my old passport? I have not filed a complaint with the local police as the lost passport is an expired old passport. Do i still need to file the FIR and present the same at the time of interview?


    1. administrator

      They may or may not ask for the old passport. Does the old passport contains any US visas? I would suggest filing police report and then appear for the visa interview.

      1. kumar


        Thanks for your quick reply.

        No My passport doesn’t have any stamps to US. would mentioning about the lost passport in DS-160 form affect my chances in getting the visa stamping done.

        are there any precautions i should take before i go for stamping??


        1. administrator

          I don’t remember correctly but I think there is a question related to lost passports. You have to respond truthfully about it. They will ask about passport information and keep it in their system to avoid possible misuse. I don’t think it will adversely impact the outcome of the stamping.

          1. Aditya

            Hi Saurabh,
            I have H1 petition approved. But I lost my passport couple of months back. Gave the complaint and had reapplied for the passport, which is in progress. Could you please tell what is the procedure for letting the USCIS know about the incident and what will be the prerequisites in this case to attend the Visa interview.

          2. administrator

            I don’t think USCIS needs to be informed. Your new passport will have the old passport number mentioned along w/ the lost incident. That should be sufficient for the purpose of stamping.

    2. ashwin

      I am having a similar issue. I have filed the application and booked an appointment. I just realized that i dont have my old passport and there are no US visa stamps on them. I was wondering if you got your visa stamped at the embassy without your old passport?

    3. viv

      Hi Kumar,

      I have also lost my old expired passport, similar to your case. Please let me know if they asked you for old passport. Were you able to get the US visa ?

      Awaiting your reply.


  41. darsa

    i had applied for h1b in 2013 quota in April,i didn’t get any response.My visa dept yet not informed any anything related to my visa?will it take more time?
    when can i know whether i got approved my visa?

    1. administrator

      The employer/attorney should receive the receipt number within 2-3 weeks (at times up to 30 days). Did you check w/ them if they have received that document? Once you know the receipt number, you can track the status online on USCIS website.

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