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H1B Visa Case Receipt Number – EAC, WAC – Meaning ? Check ?

Most of the H1B Visa Applicants, who are picked in H1B Visa registration Lottery process would file their H1B petition with USCIS. Once USCIS receives a H1B petition, they would issue a Case Receipt number that can be used to track the status of H1B petition. Usually, employer or attorney would share this number with an applicant. If you are new to the process, it can be puzzling to look at the number and guess what each of that means. In this article, we will cover what the H1B Case Number given by USCIS would mean by looking at each of the letters in the H1B Case Number.

What is the H1B Visa Case Number ?

USCIS would assign a case receipt number for every H1B petition filed with them. 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.

We should break down the H1B Case Number into sets of characters grouped like below:

  • XXX—XX—XXX—XXXXX
  • EAC—20—128—50345 ( example for FY 2021 Case)

Now, lets look at each of the groups of characters.

First 3 Letters of H1B Case Number EAC, WAC, LIN

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).
  • LIN – Nebraska Service Center (LIN refers to Lincoln, Nebraska).
  • SRC – Texas Service Center (old name: Southern Regional Center).

Next 2 Letters of H1B Case Number – Year

Next two digits indicate the year when it was filed. NOT the fiscal year. Do not try to read something that says like WAC2017XXXX to think it is related to year 2017, you should only look a the two letters after the first 3 characters.

  • For H1B Visa 2021, it would be 20
  • For H1B Visa 2020, it would be 19

Next 3 Letters of H1B Case Number – Computer Working Day

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 :-). October 1st is when the fiscal year starts for USCIS. If your H1B was filed on October 1st, it would be 001. It is a little tricky with this number, computer work day indicates only working days and not weekends. For example, if it is like October 20th, it would be 16th working day or something like that…For April 12th, it would be 134 as the weekends and federal holidays are taken out. You can use wolframalpha website to ask the exact week day after Oct 1st, you will need to add federal holidays to that number.

  • For April 8th, it would be 128.

Next 5 Letters of H1B Case Number – Actual Case Number

Next five digits is the actual case number. Most of the times, it would start with a 5 for H1B Cases that use form I-129. It is also is the number that was assigned to on a particular day. There is no guarantee that it would start with 0001.

  • Sample number would be 51244

Check out  detail article: Understanding your  H1B Visa Case number

Check H1B Case Status on USCIS.gov

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.

You can read Steps after H1B Lottery – Flow Chart to know more on next steps

Did I miss anything ?  Any other thoughts to add ?

   

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3,676 Comments

  1. For the last 2 weeks .. I have been following this forum …. I see people talking about AD and non AD… Does it really matters .. ??? I have my MS and PhD Degree ..

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  2. Hello

    My company applied in Regular/PP quota. My wife received H4 receipt on 12th. Does this mean my h1 application got selected in lottery? I have not received any updates from my Employer or Attorney regarding my h1b application.

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  3. Hi,

    My Petetion status was showing RFE in the morning and went back to Initial Review. Did it happen for anyone? My lawyer has not received any email regd the RFE.

    The status says:

    Application Type: I129 , PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER

    Your Case Status: Initial Review

    On April 16, 2013, the 15-day Premium Processing clock stopped on your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. A notice was sent on this date explaining the specific reason for stopping the premium processing of your case. This notice will contain detailed information on further action required by you. Your premium processing receipt notice contains contact information for direct inquiries on your case.

    Anyone in similar situation?

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    • @kris

      My status page was showing “initial review” when I checked this morning, how was I to know if it went from “RFE”?

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      • Premium Processing will done first and then Regular Processing ( Cases selected on 8th April 2013) any body from 8 April with Regular Processing moved to next status from Initial Review to Decision ? Please let us know

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    • @ kris,
      Any update regarding ur case ? Please let us know as I am in the Same boat .In the morning Its shows RFE and after half n hour it’s change to Initial Review with clock stopped message.

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    • Check this out, may be you can get some idea.

      http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/the-15-day-premium-processing-clock-stopped-on-you-1132182.html

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  4. Hi,

    I just got this message from USCIS
    Application Type: I129 , PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER

    Your Case Status: Initial Review

    On April 16, 2013, the 15-day Premium Processing clock stopped on your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. A notice was sent on this date explaining the specific reason for stopping the premium processing of your case. This notice will contain detailed information on further action required by you. Your premium processing receipt notice contains contact information for direct inquiries on your case.

    Why did it say the 15-day Premium Processing clock stopped on your I129? Is it some thing to really worry about?Have anybody got same kind of message ?

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    • Hi,

      I had the same situation. My application changed from RFE to Initial Review with the clock stopping. Did you attorney get an email or anything changed in your case?

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        • Hi Suresh,

          When did you see the RFE Status on your Application. I checked my Application sometime 9:00 EST. It was RFE then and now at 3:00 its changed to Initial review.

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          • Yesterday at 10:30AM received RFE confirmation mail and at 11 AM changed to Initial Review with Clock stopped.

          • Suresh, Kris and Kendra and everyone else with RFE and then changed to ” the 15-day Premium Processing clock stopped ”

            I got an RFE on 15th April, checked today morning and it was still showing RFE,
            now when I check it it says “the 15-day Premium Processing clock stopped”

            Same message like you guys ,
            What do you guys think is going to happen?
            I have read some other posts and it said, that its an RFE for sure, its just that they are stopping clock till we get back to them with the necessary documents.
            So we will wait and see, but Kendra says that she got approved?
            What about you Suresh and Kris?

  5. Hi I applied to California Service center in Masters quota premium application, I still didn’t receive my receipt. Are they still sending Receipts or does it mean My application is not selected in lottery?

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  6. just checked my case status on USCIS website, and it says the following

    Initial Review

    On April 16, 2013, the 15-day Premium Processing clock stopped on your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. A notice was sent on this date explaining the specific reason for stopping the premium processing of your case. This notice will contain detailed information on further action required by you. Your premium processing receipt notice contains contact information for direct inquiries on your case.

    Anyone know what this is supposed to mean? Thanks!

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  7. Mine is General Quota/PP/CSC and it is in Acceptance status since 11th April. Did any from PP/CSC got their status changed from Acceptance to next level? Please update.

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    • Hello,
      I am in AD/PP/VSC. I am 13131-527XX.
      I am still on Acceptance stage from Apr 10th. Not moving forward at all. Nervous!

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      • I am RG/PP/VSC.
        I am still on Acceptance stage as well from Apr 10th and my friend too.
        I think they are starting PP today thus it is probably slow as I heard that lots of ppl had used PP this year.

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      • On that sequence of receipt number you have, 6 are already approved, 3 are on initial review with clock stopped and 3 are still on the acceptance. I am also one of the 3 with status acceptance.

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  8. filed in regular PP. Did not receive any thing from my employer yet.
    I can see now people are getting approval for non premium petitions too. Should I wait or try extend my OPT now.

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  9. Guys. I happen to check the status of my application on USCIS website and the the “Decision” activity says ” On April 16th this I129 application was approved”. Are there any other steps involved in the approval process or is it the final deal?

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    • Hello Rohan,

      Congratulation!!! You are all set.

      Please let us know whether you are on regular or masters quota? Also let us know the received date of your petition or the first five digit something like 13132 or 13133?

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      • Hello,
        I am in AD/PP/VSC. I am 13131-527XX.
        I am still on Acceptance stage from Apr 10th. Not moving forward at all. Nervous!

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      • Hi SK

        I apologize for the delayed reply. Yes , I do belong to the Masters Quota. My Date of petition was 9th April. Good Luck to you. I am in touch with my attorney’s. Please let me know If you have any questions and I will be happy to ask her and let you know.

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  10. USCIS has started the data entry process for H-1B petitions selected in the lottery. Premium processing cases

    are being handled first and data entry for those cases should be completed by April 15. USCIS announced on

    March 15, 2013, that the 15-day premium processing clock will start on April 15. (AILA Doc. No. 13031549)

    At the AILA Spring CLE conference on April 12, 2013, Donald Neufeld, Associate Director of the Service Center

    Operations (SCOPS) Directorate, informed the audience that data entry for non-premium processing cases will

    begin after the premium processing cases are entered. Data entry for non-premium cases will likely not be

    completed until sometime in May, and rejection notices for petitions not selected in the lottery will be sent out

    after that. Please note that when the cap was reached on the first day in 2008, USCIS did not complete data

    entry and issue receipt notices until late in May. (AILA Doc. No. 08061261)

    Non-premium processing cases can only be converted to premium processing after a receipt notice is issued.

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  11. Friends,
    Does anybody have any idea , as of now how many received the receipts to know how many left out of 65K Regular cap ?

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  12. I am a contractor, had a client letter in which it was stated that the contract is for multiple years,
    will reply to whatever RFE I get and I should get the H1 !

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  13. Hi march1612

    I am a contractor, I submitted the client letter and it was mentioned in that clearly that the contract is for multiple years,
    I do not think that is the reason for the RFE, should be something else, will see and reply accordingly,
    its all luck, it depends on the guy checking the papers, his mood and stuff,
    luck plays a major role in everything when comes to H1, right from the lottery selection to the selection of the documents by the right person in a good mood, etc.

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    • dude, You have to wait till second or third week of May to get response if you are regular processing. That too, it will come via ground mail. Right now, there are friends (both AD and UG) who applied for premium processing and didn’t get response. I seriously hope that AD & UG graduates from US Universities will be all selected. Because it doesn’t make sense to give H1 to someone outside US, who doesn’t even know when they will have projects in US for the next 3 years. So, be patient and relax and take your work responsibilities as usual.

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      • It’s not about having a US degree or being outside of the US.

        No consulting / outsourcing company should ever get any H-1b if there is no project on which they could immediately put people to work on. But that’s unfortunately not the case. Such companies know how to abuse the system, and they do. Additionally they file thousands of applications (which is ridiculous – I can’t imagine that there is any company in the US which _really_ needs that many foreign workers beside the American employees) and by doing so they take a considerable part of the available visas each year. At the same time genuine companies are anxiously hoping that the _single_ application they filed got selected on the lottery so that they can legally bring in some top-notch engineer (or substitute it with whatever profession H-1b is good for) from the other end of the world (which is not necessarily India). And in many cases people who applied with the Indian consulting / outsourcing companies stay at home for years with the visa stamped in their passport, while unfortunate small companies have to say goodbye to the selected prospective employee and start over the hiring process, or wait another year to try their luck again against the overwhelming amount of Indian H-1b applications. I didn’t mean to rant about the Indian guys but we all know (or at least have a pretty good idea about) where most of the available visas go and how much of that get actually being used.

        So no, I don’t hope that all the US degree applications got selected just because the US degree. What I hope (even though the lottery was totally random, so it doesn’t really matter what I hope :)) is that those applications got selected where there is an actual need for the foreign worker. I would automatically reject all the selected and later approved visas if the beneficiary of the visa is not working on a project from the earliest day he / she could (with a grace period of a few weeks, so that he / she can settle in first).

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          • So what? Do you really think that a person with an MS degree from a no-name US school deserves the work visa more than somebody with a degree from the University of Cambridge or Oxford in the UK (or from any other schools around the globe)? The H-1b is for the whole world for many professionals, and not only for the elite who can afford to go to a US university to get a Software Engineer degree. Foreigners graduating from US schools have the advantage of 20k extra work visas put aside just for them each year anyway. And this is a huge advantage! The “I-can’t-pay-back-the-tuition-fee-to-the-bank-if-I-don’t-get-a-job-in-the-US-because-I’m-from-a-shitty-country” whining does not make anybody more eligible for the visa. Such people should have thought about it when they took the loan from the bank…

          • We AD people started pursuing our american dream years earlier than YOU; (actually it was when you were sitting in your couch watching TV and not knowing what to do with your career yet). By then, we had cleared our GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/ USMLE what not, and waiting for our plane tickets. And a slacker like you comes from no where and wants to get ahead in queue now. Lol!

          • Oh My Goodness!
            I am so sorry that my encouragement to my fellow friends here in US turned into a frenzy turmoil argument to the eyes of applicants from outside. Calm down everybody. Everyone deserves the spot and the justice will prevail. I said the US graduates may have upper hand this year because m just an EE and not a software programming wizard, but I designed slot machines using VHDL and C++ for my MS project. When u say computer generated or random selection or lottery, it is not that you put everybody’s name in the basket and someone picks up. There needs to be an input to the program whether u use case or if or switch or elsif statement. And USCIS used I-129 ( page 17-19) as the input (based on). But cool down guys if you are applicant from abroad. There is only a fraction of US graduates (both AD and UG) if counted crystal clear and the rest are all you guys. So, I wish you all a good luck!

          • Hey this is the problem we see with most of our fellow Indians..
            I have done Masters in US and I still feel people without US degree are equally eligible. We all masters student or candidates know what is the standard of people get in to US universities on F1 visas. Folks in India share the same faults. In team of 6 may be 1 will be the person responsible for getting things done. I hope the opportunity should be best for some one who has worked and proved his or her caliber. And if you dont get H1B still its not the end of the world. People who really studied for their Ms can do anything anywhere. They are capable enough to start up their own company or join some big paying job in India. And the folks who are coming from India have upper hand and familiarity in local job market. People talking nonsense and fighting over here wont do any good to any of us. And the way you change a conversation is result of exp and professionalism. Try to perform better when you are on public forum.

            And we were never told in F1 visa interview that we will give you H1b visa or GC. So please stop sounding as if you have been cheated or something.

          • I totally agree with you(a). There are so many IT professionals with many years of work experience wanting to work in the US. These are the guys who the american companies are actually looking for because they have real work experience. Just by having a US degree does not make one more deserving than some one who has got many years of work experience or have expertise in a particular field. Everyone knows that its not a very difficult task to get into some US university. I am NOT judging anyone here.

            Anyways all the best to you. And please don’t judge as to who is deserving and who is not!!

          • OK, I’m going to tell my employer about the mistake it’s about to do… So what I passed both technical interviews with maximum grades? So what I have 15+ years of experience in industry? “It’s all about going to school in US”. :))

          • Yep. You cant practice Medicine in US if you don’t have an MD.
            Would you get a heart surgery done from a doc with good grades and 15 years of self learnt surgical experience? 🙂

          • Yep. You cant become a surgeon in US if you don’t have your MD. So it important. Would you get a heart surgery done with a doctor with good grades in school and 15 years of experience, with out AD? I strongly doubt you will 🙂

            Going by your theory, some one can be home-schooled and be a good surgeon/software engineer/Dentist/Lawyer. Which is very unlikely, as unlikely it is, some one with AD that under performs compared to a UG. We frame policies to solve most likely issues, no the least likely 🙂

  14. I am worried. My appln got selected in lottery and past few days it was in Acceptance status and this morning my status went to RFE and then after an hour changed to Initial review and still it is in initial review with Premium Processing clock stopped. Can any one please tell me what is going on?

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    • Hi suresh.

      It seems you will get approval soon. It happen same to me. Before I got approval, my case status was in initial review and description is, the premium processing clock stopped. Then after an hour I got approval. So I wish you will also have same thing.

      Good luck

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          • @suresh: I donno. But I guess it is the client letter. Probably we will get the document this week. HAve to painfully wait for three more days

            I checked with my employer, she said client letter was not attached. I dont know how they missed it. They must have kept it. they attached the contract but not the end client letter. I was hoping everything will be over this week. It s never that easy.

          • So how did your Employer knew abt this? Did she receive mail or email?

            Also did you had the same case changing from RFE to Initial Review?

            What is your current status?

          • But I have seen some people still in RFE Status, but we are in Initial Review status. If we are in RFE, then why the status is changed to Initial Review?

            My Employer thinks this is strange and donno and my Attorney is yet to respond.

          • No my status just on initial review with premium processing clock stopped and then changed to decision.

          • Hi Yogesh, If you don’t mind, can you please tell me about your profile, OPT working or regular working/not working or outside US?

  15. My application was filed under PP and bachelor quota.. I still didn’t get any confirmation from USCIS. What are my chances to get H1 confirmation still..or m done..

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  16. Hi,

    I wanted cross verify the receipt number that i received, my new employer said I got the receipt number and here it is EAC13132XXXXX. They told me on 11 Apr 13 that i got the receipt. But looking at it, looks like it was received on 12 Apr, because other post on this website sayd 128 is Apr 8 but mine is 132 which is Apr 12. But they told me on Apr 11 that I got the receipt.

    So my question is 132, is it Apr 12 or 11. If it is Apr 12 then how would they know one day I ahead of time, is it possible?

    I just wanted to check that they haven’t send some receipt number and instead of mine. Please help in understanding the receipt number.

    Thanks,

    Rahul.

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    • Your employer probably was able to tell a day in advance because, USCIS must have encashed your check on Apr 11.
      132 is Apr 12

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    • 132 is April 10th for the Vermont Service Center and April 8th for the California Service Center. As your receipt is from EAC, your receipt was processed on April 10th and sent to your employer. Relax…

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        • My EAC number is EAC13144xxxxx
          Online status says,
          On April 8, 2013, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case.

          What is the date for application receipt? Is 144 is April 25th for Vermont center?

          Was the application received before 5th of April to be eligible for the lottery?

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  17. Hello Everyone.

    I got Approval on my H1b today. I received email from my Attorney about my H1b Approval with 3 years of Duration.

    Thanks to all and Good Luck to all of You.

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  18. hey guys.. I got my receipt number today on the h1b visa thing…. but does that mean it was selected in the lottery? Im assuming it just means they received the application (and not necessary that i was selected in the lottery) but from reading some of the comments im starting to think otherwise…When I check online it says its in “acceptance” status… im very new to this 🙂

    Thanks!

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  19. wac1313351558, last receipt for today so far. All PP and nonPP seemed to be in process. So I guess we just have to be patient for our fate.

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  20. 4th ahead of me and 3rd case behind me have already been approved with one case after me asking for more evidence…… really a nail biting moment……

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  21. Hi,

    Please someone clarify my doubt,

    This year i have applied for H1B visa through USA employer. I have valid I797 copy and this was approved in 2008 lot. My question is, is the employer filed with fresh h1b or uses the existing I797 copy to transfer the H1B ie, not under H1B cap 2014.

    Thanks,
    ganesh

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  22. Guys,

    When can i expect the results on PP in Regular Cap ?
    What is the Service Center for New Jersey ?
    Please answer my questions.

    Regards – MK

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  23. Hi All,

    When can the regular processing expect the lottery result, any ideas? Is it possible to get the status by this month?

    P.S This site is really informative, kudos.

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    • People applied under Regular processing should expect getting their receipts starting today depending on when your mail was sent out to your lawyer`s office.

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  24. Any Bachelor\Non Premium received the result?

    My attorney is in Cali and Center is also Cali. I expected reply from attorney as soon as they start processing non-premiums

    Thanks!
    Parth

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  25. Got email from my Attorney on 11 April with case number. Regular Quota Premium Processing. When can I expect acceptance?

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  26. we need the cap counts like 1999 to 2000 . but not sure why the caps is more now to 124000 there is not Y2K and DOTCOM

    peoples just going to USA to work for project in months then come back ?

    H1B Visa Cap Historical Statistics and Trends from 2003 – Present
    From 1999 to 2002 the cap was temporarily rasied to 195,000 during Y2K and the dotcom boom, but was not reached during those Fiscal Years
    The ADE cap of an additional 20,000 visas was introduced in 2005 (FY2006)

    * Each year H1B visas can start to be filed from April 1st onwards
    The chart below shows the number of H1B visas available during each year and the dates reflecting the duration and speed that the cap was reached

    Year:

    H1B Cap Numbers

    Date H1B Cap Reached

    H1B 2003 (FY 2004 cap)

    65,000

    October 1, 2003

    H1B 2004 (FY 2005 cap)

    65,000

    October 1, 2004

    H1B 2005 (FY 2006 cap)

    85,000

    August 10, 2005

    H1B 2006 (FY 2007 cap)

    85,000

    May 26, 2006

    H1B 2007 (FY 2008 cap)

    85,000

    April 3, 2007

    H1B 2008 (FY 2009 cap)

    85,000

    April 7, 2008

    H1B 2009 (FY 2010 cap)

    85,000

    December 21, 2009

    H1B 2010 (FY 2011 cap)

    85,000

    January 26, 2011

    H1B 2011 (FY 2012 cap)

    85,000

    November 22, 2011

    H1B 2012 (FY 2013 cap) 85,000 June 11, 2012

    H1B 2013 (FY 2014 cap) 85,000

    Filing opens April 1st 2013
    Recruitment has started

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  27. Pls answered genuinely, Hope this will help us many.

    1) Anyone from H1B 2014 Master Quota Received receipt (without Premium Prcoess)?
    If yes, please let us know when and how ? (via email or postal mail)

    2) Anyone from H1B 2014 Regular Quota Received receipt (Premium Prcoess)?
    If yes, please let us know when and how ? (via email or postal mail)

    3) Anyone from H1B 2014 Regular Quota Received receipt (without Premium Prcoess)?
    If yes, please let us know when and how ? (via email or postal mail)

    Please answer in case you Received receipt . Pls don’t spam this chain.

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    • My employer had applied for the 2nd option that you mentioned – regular quota; premium processing at Vermont Center. My Attorney forwarded the e-mail with the petition number by April 11th 9 AM EST. I do not have an idea about other two options you gave.

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    • Regular processing or (without premium processing) will get response only after two weeks via ground service mail (not email). Our attorney will receive that mail (if we were lucky) and they will inform our HR.

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  28. I have not received any communication till date from my attorney nor USCIS regarding my petition for FY-2014, whether my petition is accepted or rejected.

    Does it mean, My petition is rejected ?? or should I wait for some more time.

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    • are you PP? If so plz wait for next week.
      If normal quota, you may get status as late as May / early June. All the best

      https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/introduce-company-level-cap-temporary-work-permits-h1-b/tF8QSBhJ

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    • Your attorney or employer would either get the receipt or the package with application and fee back. Until then you should wait.

      If you have the access, you can check if the fee was encashed from the bank cheque. If it is not you still have to wait.

      Good luck…

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  29. For advanced degree quota, can my employer still file a petition for me or is it too late? (April 13). My LCA application needed revision. Is it still possible to get my H1B if my petition is sent out next week, with premium processing?

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    • Sorry, advanced degree cap as well as regular is full. You’ll have to try next year. Not even everybody who applied during the first week is getting in.

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  30. Why H-1B visas over-subscription is worrying Infosys
    Posted by: Nairita
    Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 15:23 [IST]

    Bangalore, April 13: Over-subscription for H-1B visas is likely to impact Indian IT bellwether Infosys as it would have to hire locally more techies for onsite projects, a top official said.
    “One of the uncertainties we face this fiscal (2013-14) is due to oversubscription for US job visas. As we may not get all the visas we have applied for, local recruitment will go for onsite work,” Infosys chief executive S D Shibulal told reporters here.
    Applications for this year’s quota of 65,000 H-1B non-immigrant visas for Indian IT workers got oversubscribed within a week of opening up early this month. As a result, visas will be allotted through lottery rather than on quota basis.
    “Though we will have adequate number of visas, we may have to hire more to meet local requirements, especially in niche areas, which will increase cost of operation. We may have to also go for sub-contracting work where niche skills would be required to execute specific projects,” Shibulal pointed out.
    According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (UCIS) data, of the top 12 firms which bagged more than 40,000 of the 134,740 H-1B visas in 2012 all had a strong India presence. They included Cognizant, in first place with 9,281 visas, followed by Tata Consulting Services (7,469), Infosys (5,600), Wipro (4,304), Accenture (4,037), HCL America (2,070), Mahindra Satyam (1,963).
    Indian professionals also took the largest one-third piece of the H-1B visa pie in 2009 making up the second largest group of people making the US their temporary home.
    Accounting for one-tenth of non-immigrant residents in the US, 364,757 Indians were only second to Mexicans who made up 11.7 per cent at 403,793, but 123,002 H-1B visa holders from India gave them the largest 36.3 per cent share among professionals.
    IANS
    Story first published: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 15:23 [IST]
    Topics: infosys, h1b visa, visas, usa, information technology

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    • This makes me so mad and proves that the H1b process needs to be revised. So they apparently use H1b to not have to hire local AMERICANS. And they use it on a project basis. I also liked how he mentioned that they’ll still have enough visas for their business. This proves that they send in more applications than what’s necessary. I know Infosys is a reputable firm but after statements like that, they should be blacklisted.

      Unbelievable!

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      • Infosys is a s*** firm…

        Because of firms like these, I was under tremendous stress till I got the good news…I did my MBA from a top-tier B School in US (spent $100K in tuition) and am currently working in Manhattan…The fact that my career in finance came to a lottery was ridiculous (my career would certainly not have ended, but would have been pushed back by at least 2 years)

        These bas***** horde a ton of visas and defeat the whole purpose behind the H-1B program…Because of firms like these, the whole fairness process is defeated…

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        • cool down dude!
          We all are suffering here. Some of us are at our OPT stem. One good thing for us is USCIS is fully aware of these multiple applications from software companies and consultants from abroad and they also know that some are fraud (from 2009 experience). I think USCIS will select first the AD from US, then the undergraduates from US and the rest available slots will be given to foreign applicants and that is how it should be. So, I will be very surprised if we working daily here in US company didn’t get selected for H1 and a person from foreign country who doesn’t even know whether he/she ll have project in US three years from now gets H1. It doesn’t make sense. There needs to be a legitimacy and USCIS knows who contributes more to US economy, community and environment as a whole. Therefore, don’t worry so much my friend.

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          • Tinag D,

            Are you sure about that is the criteria of selection? Or you are just giving yourself and others in your same position hope.

            I am Masters and Doctorate student on Law and I really think that it is unfair to be on this situation with the qualification that AD possess.

            Regards.

          • How the hell on earth USCIS can deny students graduated from US Universities (both AD and UG) and working their ass off in US companies, contributing to its economy growth. I would be very surprised if anyone of us is denied. m just using my common sense. Software and consultant companies from abroad may have work in US in the coming years, but most of them are not guaranteed and USCIS is aware of that. One of my friend from India got his H1 three years ago and his H1 is dying before his company is getting any project. I have confidence because USCIS just declared the total number of applicants 124k and rest like how many AD and how many regular is not declared. And there should be a strong reason behind that. Moreover, masters/PhD from abroad is not considered as AD in US no matter you call your university is IIT or has negative marking system. They just don’t care and they trust US University graduates. So, friends, don’t loose hope. Instead work hard as usual and we ll be fine.

          • How the hell on earth USCIS can deny students graduated from US Universities (both AD and UG) and working their ass off in US companies, contributing to its economy growth. I would be very surprised if anyone of us is denied. m just using my common sense. Software and consultant companies from abroad may have work in US in the coming years, but most of them are not guaranteed and USCIS is aware of that. One of my friend from India got his H1 three years ago and his H1 is dying before his company is getting any project. I have confidence because USCIS just declared the total number of applicants 124k and rest like how many AD and how many regular is not declared. And there should be a strong reason behind that. Moreover, masters/PhD from abroad is not considered as AD in US no matter you call your university is IIT or has negative marking system. They just don’t care and they trust US University graduates. So, friends, don’t loose hope. Instead work hard as usual and we ll be fine.

        • Couldn’t agree more with you dude. I went to an American B-school too. Worked hard to get a job in a fortune 20 firm but had to relocate to Canada temporarily because there were no H1B visa available last year

          The worse thing is that these Indian IT companies(Infy, Wipro etc) don’t even send that many engineers to US because they don’t have projects. They simply apply for visa so that employee will stick around in hope of going abroad. I know so many friends in India who have H1 for over a yr but never got chance to travel

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        • precisely, my issue is do not apply for a cap h1b if they are not going to use it. This is just ridiculous. USCIS should screw them up if H1b was not used.

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  31. Any one got non pp regular ?????

    Very stressssd !!!!

    Damit waiting waiting waiting !!!!

    How long ????????

    Wht is the break up of regular 65000 and advanced 20000
    From 124000

    From what I have been noticing on forums, it seems USCIS is currently in the process of issuing receipts/email for the premium processing cases (normal and advance degree) from both Vermont and California.
    Its surprising that they still haven’t announced the break up of 124,000 cases into the normal and advance degree filed cases.

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  32. Any one got non pp regular ?????

    Very stressssd !!!!

    Damit waiting waiting waiting !!!!

    How long ????????

    Wht is the break up of regular 65000 and advanced 20000
    From 124000

    From what I have been noticing on forums, it seems USCIS is currently in the process of issuing receipts/email for the premium processing cases (normal and advance degree) from both Vermont and California.
    Its surprising that they still haven’t announced the break up of 124,000 cases into the normal and advance degree filed cases.

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  33. Any one got non pp ? Receipt

    So stressed !!!!

    Could not able to sleep !

    Wht is the break up of regular 65000 and advanced 20000
    From 124000

    From what I have been noticing on forums, it seems USCIS is currently in the process of issuing receipts/email for the premium processing cases (normal and advance degree) from both Vermont and California.
    Its surprising that they still haven’t announced the break up of 124,000 cases into the normal and advance degree filed cases.

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  34. Vermount Center is not working today EAC1313454153 was the last receipt number they issuse 12th april and no more entry were made by them anyone who receive email today may be they were yesterday’s entry

    Correct me if i am wrong

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      • only the receipt number you mention they recived on 13 th april other consequtive numbers they enter on 8th april
        what they are doing

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        • Easy. Every regular processing petition has start date of the 8th. That’s because they have two-three months to process those. With PP, they better state the actual day because they are required to have it done in 15 days. Make sense? So RP – 8th, PP – 13th. BTW, I still see PP cases entered

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  35. Thanks a lot for sharing this info. Btw, I would need this piece of information once I come to know about whether my application has been selected in the lotterry or not. Till that time, I will keep this post unread in my list 🙂

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  36. Good one. Thanks for sharing good information.. Any idea on last date to receive receipts for Premium and regular. How can we contact USCIS to get the details on these last dates /receipts ?

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    • Well, there is no set time as such. USCIS does not have any ETA on regular quota…We just have to wait…PP should be processed soon, they have an ETA of about 15 calendar days to make the decision…so, case numbers would be assigned by April 15th or so for PP petitions…

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  37. Hi —
    I got my receipt number and when I check the status it’s in RFE step. My attorney haven’t got any information yet but will there be any due date by which we had to provide the documents if so what would be the typical number of days??

    Thanks in advance.

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    • USCIS will not count the number of days they didn’t work on your application. In case of RFE, time taken by applicant to submit required evidence documentation will be excluded from 15 days counted towards premium processing.

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    • I Suresh,

      I got a RFE just like you for H1B 2014 filing,
      checked my status on uscis.gov website and it says that they have sent email about the RFE to my employer.
      I guess we will have to wait and supply them with the required documents.
      I think we have 30 days to give them a reply on the RFE.
      It should be good, we will get our H1 🙂

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        • @Suresh

          What was the message for RFE on USCIS website?

          My status says the following

          Initial Review

          On April 16, 2013, the 15-day Premium Processing clock stopped on your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. A notice was sent on this date explaining the specific reason for stopping the premium processing of your case. This notice will contain detailed information on further action required by you. Your premium processing receipt notice contains contact information for direct inquiries on your case.

          Did you get the same notice? Thanks!

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