What does USCIS Receipt Number Mean ?

H1B Visa Receipt Number – EAC, WAC – What does it mean ? Check Status?

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Some of you have been posting on the blog that  “ I have received so and so email from USCIS, it says so and so…what does it mean ? What is going to happen next ?”   Let me take some time to explain you the next steps or technically what happens after you have received your H1B Visa petition case number.

Before we dive into next steps, let’s take some time to understand the USCIS Case receipt number.

What is the H1B Visa Case Number that starts with WAC, EAC ? What does it mean ?

If your visa petition was selected in H1B Lottery for FY 2020, USCIS would assign a case receipt number. It is a 13 digit number and typically starts with three alphabets like WAC or EAC based on where it was filed. Each set of characters mean something in the case number. Here is the break down of H1B visa receipt number and its meaning.

We should break down the  EAC—19—XXX—XXXXX

First three digits indicate where the H1B petition was filed.

  • EAC – Vermont Service Center (old name: Eastern Adjudication Center).
  • WAC – California Service Center (old name: Western Adjudication Center).

Next two digits indicate the year when it was filed. NOT the fiscal year.

  • For H1B Visa 2020. It would be 19

Next three digits indicate the computer working day of the USCIS fiscal year that starts from October 1st. It indicates the computer work day, does not include weekends and holidays. USCIS computers do not work on weekends and USA National holidays 🙂

  • For April 8th, it would be 128.

Next five digits is the actual case number. Most of the times, it would start with a 5.

  • Sample number would be 51244

Check out  detail article: Understanding your  H1B Visa Case number

What are the next steps after Getting H1B Receipt Number ? Check H1B Visa petition status ?

After you receive your H1B Visa Receipt case number, all you would have to do is to track the status on USCIS website. Read How to Check H1B Petition Status on USCIS website.

Premium Processing for H1B :

If you were to file H1B visa petition under premium processing, you would have received the case number and a confirmation email that your petition was received by USCIS and it is under processing. Usually your attorney or your employer would get that information. Once your case is approved, similar email with approval status would be updated via email.  A hard copy would be emailed after the emails to the address specified in petition.

Regular Processing for H1B  :

If you were to file your H1B visa petition under regular processing, you would not necessarily get an email from USCIS, rather you would get a hard copy receipt mailed to your employer or attorney.  Also, decision information would be mailed to your attorney or employer after decision.

Check H1B Visa application/ petition status on USCIS website :

You can check your H1B visa petition status by going to the USCIS Website at  : https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do  and entering your case number. It would show the current status of your petition. Read How to check H1B Case Status on USCIS – Meaning of Status

Did I miss anything ?  Any other thoughts to add ?


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Comments ( 3,664 )

  1. Rahul

    My i94 expires on 03/13/2020.
    My employer filed for H1b extension and amendment.
    It reached the USCIS office on 03/11/2020.

    My attorney has not received any receipt yet.
    Am I eligible to work after i94 expiry?
    or should I stop working until I get the H1b receipt?


    1. administrator

      As long as it was filed before expiry and it was extension, you should be fine. You can work. Check with your attorney as well on this to be sure.

  2. Vijaya Lakshmi


    H1 and H4 extension were filed together on Jan 15th, H4 receipt was received and H4 biometrics was also received on Jan 20 to be done Feb 5. But H1 receipt not received by the employer or attorney. It has been three weeks and H1 receipt not received and visa will be expired on March 31. Will there be any issues. Please suggest how to proceed further.

    1. administrator

      Check with your attorney to email or call the customer service. It could be that they tried to deliver it to attorney office…Not sure, they should follow up with USCIS…Dont worry, your application has reached for sure, so you are in period of authorized stay…

  3. M

    My H1b transfer receipt number starts from WAC-19-081-XXXXX. Though my application was filed in november 2018 by an employer. Is it possible year will change . ?

    Please help me in understanding that. Does anyone facing same situation ?


  4. Dileep

    Hi Saurabh, the start date for h1b is october 1st but if my visa gets approved and if stamping is done can i be there before october first? If yes, how many months prior can i be there?


  5. Dileep

    Hi, I’ve received a receipt number from my employer starting with WAC. how much time will it take for the further processing of approval? and what will be the next process after it gets approved? Mine is a regular case and as I’ve received my receipt number can I upgrade to premium processing now as it is already 22nd May. Please help with the info.


    1. administrator


      Regular processing can take months, say 2-6 or more. If you want to upgrade to PP, that is an option available to your employer. Still the start date cannot be prior to Oct 1.

    1. administrator


      Yes, it is possible. However, it would take considerable time to become US citizen. First you need to have green card which can either be sponsored by a US family relative or a US employer. Once that green card is approved, citizenship can applied 5 years later.

  6. Sonia Taneja


    I file my H1 B extension in premium processing, it got approved but country of citizenship was wrong in the approved petition. then my attorney has filed amendment for the same and two months are passed still I did not get any information not even receipt number. Could you please help what to do in this case.

  7. KD


    I have valid visa until 2017 but my employer has filed an amendment for change in location, now I got a new WAC no.. Will that be an issue if I travel outside US.

  8. Joyce

    Hi, my lawyer only gave me my case number, but it doesn’t look like the info I found online, and I couldn’t figure out what’s my receipt number and still waiting to know the status now. Would be great if you could kindly help me with it –
    Here’s the only info I got
    Case Number: I-200-15064-628868 Received: 2015-03-11 10:30:24.0 This is a confirmation email that the ETA Form 9035E – Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers covering 1 worker(s) for the position of xxxxxxx during the period of employment beginning 09/04/2015 through 09/03/2018 (case number I-200-15064-628868) has been received and submitted for processing by the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Cap_Gem

      Same is my question…when I check the result it saus…received etc – but never gives any name or other details – how do I know it is my number?

    1. InfyM

      What was your case receipt date?
      My “Case was received date” is 13th April 2015. And Case# starts with EAC15146*****. Is yours similar number?
      Yours was regular processing or premium?

        1. InfyM

          Does your petition# start with EAC15146?
          I am just trying to understand which date was your case receipted.
          e.g. ‘146’ in ‘EAC15146*****’ indicates receipted on 1st May.

  9. pavan


    My Employer said my H1 got seleted in lottory on May 20th. But he said they didn’t get ant EAC tillnow. Is there anything wrong?

  10. Sia


    I have received an email from my employer stating that my H1B lottery status is Awaiting.
    Few people have received status as accepted.
    What are my chances?
    Are there any hopes?

  11. PSK

    My employer said that my cheque has been cashed by the USCIS but I did not get any receipt. He informed on April 22nd, I’m still waiting for the receipt. Any comments on this or anyone with same situation?

    1. Sunil

      Hello PSK,

      Based on my knowledge, your filed petition might not yet known to your employer. If your H1B petition is selected in the lottery then USCIS will inform your employer with H1B case receipt number (no specific time for regular processing). Once your remployer receives form USCIS then they will inform you the same. So just wait for the updates from your employer.

  12. Dinesh_Wipro

    Hello ,

    Currently I am holding valid H1 visa from Wipro.
    Due to change in client I would need amendment process.
    How long the Amendment process will take normally ? Any Idea ?

    Thanks in Advance.

  13. Rahul


    I am a H1b holder , but didn’t get a chance to travel yet. Would like to know if i change my job then my new employer would be able to transfer my H1B or there would be some legal issues since i didn’t travel even once with my current employer.
    Changing employer while in India is legitimate and easy process ?
    Need kind help as I am badly stuck.

    1. Aamir

      Hi Rahul, if your H1B petition was approved in last 6 years, you are cap exempt and any employer can file your H1B transfer. It doesn’t matter whether you travelled on that visa or not. i believe the process is easy and your new employer can do it. Timeline will depend on the fact that whether it is being filed under Premium or Regular processing.

      So no need to worry 🙂

  14. KPS1981

    Dear Saurabh,
    Thanks to replies on my previous query on L1-B extn and H1B last year…It was helpful and I was able to come back on H1B.

    Current H1B expires (Visa and I-94): 10/31/2014
    H1 Extension: Applied (Normal) – 2 days before

    It looks like I have to make a urgent visit to India and is unavaoidable. It will be in the month of August (arund 15th). Now, please suggest me on the following….

    1) Can I travel when my H1 extension is pending?

    2) There are less chances that my extension getting approved within 3-4 weeks. But if it happens, can I travel to India and come back with my previous H1- stamp and carrying this extension document and be safe to return. Will I be questioned at POE for my stay beyond 10/31/14.

    3) Do I have to reapply for extension after I come back ?

    4) My spouse on H4 – Is it legal for her to stay here when Iam out of country. Does she gain any out of status days? I have my GC running and so dont want to messa round.

  15. My H1B Lottery Status


    Can any one please let me know how to track my H1b Status as I do not have any unique number except my Employer ID.
    If any one are aware of tracking the status by name please post the websites here.
    Kindly do the needful.

  16. H1B status Waiter

    Hi ,

    Could any one of you help me in finding the lottery status of my H1B Quota 2015??

    Kindly suggest some websites where I can find them as I don’t have any unique number except my Employer ID to track.

    Appreciate you help..

    Thanks in Advance!!.

    H1B status Waiter

  17. Sharmistha

    I have not received the rejection letter nor any receipt number. Mine case is NON AD/PP. Please advice, very very upset.Any slightest bit of hopes?????

  18. Neeraj

    I got H1b receipt on April 21st but still my status showing on website case not found. I am really worry now, not sure what is going on.

      1. sk

        In case receipt is received, update on USCIS site is appearing after some processing is done. I recd my receipt on 4/14, but i could see an update only on 5/6.

    1. Neeraj

      Finally got my H1b approved and in post decision activity after long wait. I was not able check my online status until today afternoon. i just checked on 14th may evening , it appear with post decision activity. relax now…

  19. RFE Trouble EVVC Model

    Hi Saurabh/ Friends,

    My number was picked in the lottery and now I have got RFE on Employer-Employee relationship. I am in EVVC model and I managed to get the letters from all the layers. In all of my letters, it is mentioned that my Employer controls and review my work. It also states that only my employer is responsible for paying the salary, benefits and expenses of mine. In case I need any technical input, training, performance reviews, equipment, tools and assistance, the same will be provided only by my employer and they only have rights to assign me to different client or projects. In-fact I have mentioned my supervisor’s name also from my employer in the letter.Ultimately it says only my employer can control and supervise my activities and no one else.
    So are there any chancec that my petition can still be denied? I am little scared as I have read at many places that EVVC is not the ideal model and chances of denial are very high.
    Thanks in advance for your valuable inputs!

    1. Anurag

      You should not face any problem. I had a similar rfe and I was a part of EVVC model too. I had replied with all the relevant documents and it got approved. You should be fine

  20. Nadi

    Guys pls clear my doubt

    I got my h1b visa approved two days back and rite now i am in US with h4 visa so now can i travel to india and come back with my h4 visa?

      1. Babish

        If your application was filed with a COS(change of status) your H4 is not valid anymore. If you go to india, you can only come back after Oct 1st with valid H1 visa stamp

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