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 ?