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GUIDE to H1B Visa 2023 – Lottery, Registration, Predictions, News, FAQs

If you plan to work in the US on an H1B visa in the year 2022, you need to first submit H1B Registration and then file an H1B petition with USCIS for the Fiscal Year 2023. In this article, we cover all the aspects of the H1B visa for the fiscal year 2023 season like lottery dates, registration process, fees, new rules, and the latest news. We continue to update this article as there are new updates.

If you were unlucky in H1B FY 2023 season or planning to work on H1B next year, read H1B Visa 2024 – Timeline, Lottery, Dates

Update: USCIS updated on August 23, 2022, that there will not be any more second or third-round lotteries for FY 2023. Check H1B 2023 Cap Reached – No more Lottery. For previous results info, Check that H1B Visa 2023 Lottery Results Out – Sample Notice

Background of H1B Visa, Fiscal Year 2023 Season

The H1B Visa category was created by Congress to employ high-skilled professionals in the US by companies with a presence in the US. An H1B visa can be applied on behalf of any applicant with relevant skills & at least a bachelor’s degree to work in the US. As the demand for H1B visas is very high, USCIS employs a random selection process, commonly called as H1B lottery, to select applicants that meet the annual quota cap.

USCIS Fiscal Year(FY) 2023: USCIS fiscal year is different from the calendar year as the start and end dates are not from January to December. USCIS Fiscal Year 2023 starts on October 1st, 2022, and ends on September 30th, 2023.

H1B Fiscal Year(FY) 2023 season: USCIS accepts H1B petitions for the next fiscal year 2023 about 6 months before the start of the fiscal year. Now, counting 6 months backward from October 2022, it would be April 1st, 2022. This is why you see the process for FY 2023 start in March and petitions are accepted from April 1st, 2022 for FY 2023 season. H1B FY 2023 season is for employers planning to hire H1B workers to work in the US starting from October 1st, 2022.

If this is your first time filing an H1B petition, you need to understand basic H1B terminology. We suggest you read H1B Visa Basics – FAQs like Requirements, Quota, LCA, etc.

Let’s start with the basics and look at how many H1B visas are available for FY 2023.

H1B Visa Quota FY 2023 – Masters vs Regular Cap

There are two categories under the H1B visa:  one is the regular quota, second is master’s quota. US Congress has set a limit of 85,000 on the number of H1B Visas that can be issued per year. That limit is called as ‘H1B quota cap’. As of today, below are the annual quota caps set for each of them and they apply to H1B fiscal year 2023 as well.

  • H1B Regular Quota: 65,000 visas
  • H1B Master’s Quota: 20,000 visas ( only US Masters eligible)

One important thing to note is that there are about 6,800 visas that are set aside for the citizens of Singapore and Chile as part of their Free Trade Agreement. These 6,800 are called as categorized as H1B1. So, technically the total count is less than 85,000 per year for the H1B quota. But, in general, only a few hundred are consumed by Singapore and Chile countries. To understand more, you can read What is H1B Cap? Regular vs Masters Quota, H1B1

There were some attempts in the past to increase the H1B Cap for regular quota to 110,00 and master’s quota to 25,000 under the Obama administration, but nothing was passed by US Congress. For more info and history, read H1B Visa Total Cap by Year from FY 1990 to 2023

H1B FY 2023 Lottery Predictions

The H1B visa is one of the most sought visas to work in the US. In recent years, there are more H1B applications received by USCIS than the required number of 85,000 per year. To address situations of high demand, USCIS introduced the concept of random selection, aka as H1B Visa Lottery. In this H1B lottery process, USCIS usually selects the required number of applications to meet the 85,000 quota.

Now, as we look at H1B cap reach dates from FY 2004 until 2022, we can see that there was H1B Lottery for the last consecutive 9 years.  In the most recent FY 2022 year, there were 308,613 registrations submitted for H1B lottery.

Looking at the trend, we do not expect the demand to reduce to avoid a lottery situation. We have done a detailed analysis on this and written an article on the same. Check out H1B 2023 Lottery Predictions, Analysis – How Many ?

H1B 2023 Registration Process for Lottery

In the past, employers had to send entire H1B package with fee, H1B LCA, supporting documents to be eligible for H1B lottery. It was a huge effort, time & money investment for employers and USCIS to handle this.

To save time and effort for everyone, starting from H1B 2021 season, USCIS implemented registration process. Fiscal year 2021 was the first season they successfully implemented and rolled out the H1B registration process. In the new process, employers do not send the H1B Package, they submit H1B registrations for their applicants using an online system.

H1B Registration fee is $10 USD per applicant, to be paid by employer. H1B Sponsors/ Employers need to register the applicant, they plan to file H1B for, by filling out basic information related to the applicant. Below are the details that they need to submit for each H1B applicant.  They do not need to submit any other documents or anything as such.

  • Legal Name of the H1B applicant – First, Middle and Family Name
  • Gender of the applicant
  • Option to select, if the applicant is eligible for US Masters H1B Quota
  • Date of Birth
  • Country of Birth
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Passport Number (  There is option to check, if there is no passport number too )

To understand more, you can read H1B Registration Tool – Screenshots, Flow

Below image outlines the steps in H1B registration process. To know more, read H1B Registration Process, Steps, Lottery Order

H1B Visa Registration Process Flow Final Rule
H1B Visa Registration Process Flow

Below images outlines how the H1B Lottery would work in the H1B electronic registration system.

H1B Visa Registration Process Lottery Order and Process Diagram Flow
H1B Visa Registration Process, Lottery Order – Process Diagram Flow

Now that you have an idea on the registration process and H1B lottery, let’s look at the change that DHS is planning for lottery process.

H1B Lottery based on Wage Levels – Not Applicable for FY 2023

The current process is random selection and there is no preference given to anyone. There was a proposal during Trump Administration period to change this and select H1B registrations based on the wage levels of H1B applicant. The goal is to hire individuals with better skills. DHS said that that better skilled H1B workers are paid higher wages and in higher wage levels. If you are new to the H1B Wage Levels, you should read What are H1B Wage Levels, How does it work

This rule was published in federal register and was about to be implemented. But, a court case was filed in October 2020 challenging this rule and eventually in September 2021, court cancelled the H1B Lottery based on Wage Levels Rule.

USCIS Officially withdrew the rule from Federal Register in December 2021. Check more at H1B Lottery Wage levels Rule History . As the rule was withdrawn, there is no preference given for Salary in the FY 2023 Lottery. It will be random selection process like in previous years for the FY 2023 season.

H1B 2023 Dates for Registration, Lottery, Results

In the past, when USCIS was accepting the physical H1B application package, H1B season used to start on April 1st. But, since the introduction of registration process, the dates have changed to handle the new online process and lottery.  USCIS announced the dates for FY 2023 on H1B Electronic Registration Process on January 28th, 2022.  Below are the dates

Update: H1B 2023 Lottery Results are out. As of March 25th, we do not have an official count or number given by USCIS yet. You can check all details with samples at H1B Visa 2023 Lottery Results Out – Sample Notice

  • H1B Employer Account Registration : They have said employers can register for accounts on USCIS website starting from Feb 21st, 2022. Noon EST.
  • H1B Registration Start Date : Employers/ Attorneys can submit registrations starting from March 1st, 2022, Noon EST
  • H1B Registration End Date : Last date to submit registrations is March 18th, 2022, Noon EST
  • H1B Registration Initial Selection Results : Lottery results will be given for selection by March 31st, 2021. Whoever are selected would be electronically notified and they can download H1B Registration Selection Notice, that they would need to use for filing the H1B petition.  There may be second round or even third lottery depending on the demand and non-submissions of applications
  • H1B Petition Filing Dates : For selected applicants in H1B registration lottery, they get 90 days to file H1B petitions. So, they can file from April 1st, 2022  until June 30, 2022. The selected applicant’s employers would submit the entire H1B Package to USCIS with required fee, LCA, and supporting documents during this period.

If you have submitted H1B Registration for H1B FY 2023 season, please add your case to H1B Visa 2023 Case Tracker for community benefit. It is anonymous and used to track macro trends and helps everyone.

H1B Visa FY 2023 Timelines – End to End

The timelines for H1B visa 2023 season starts with filing of H1B registration and ends when the applicant starts working for the H1B sponsoring employer. Below is are the various steps with sequence of the step indicated by number along with timelines and dates indicated under each step.

H1B Visa 2023 Timeline with Dates
H1B Visa 2023 Season Timelines for Approval – Stamping

H1B Visa Lottery Results – How will I know ?

After the H1B Registrations are submitted in the online H1B registration system, the submissions will be given a status called “Submitted” after submission. After the Lottery is conducted for the registrations, the status will change to “Selected”, if your H1B registration was picked in lottery. Employers will be notified electronically for any changes to the status of the registration. There will not be any physical forms sent for notification. If you are the applicant, you need to check with your employer to know the status of the H1B Lottery result.

Read How to check H1B Registration or Lottery Status Online for full details

Below are the various H1B Registration Statuses that are valid for FY 2023 season and what they mean for Lottery results & selection. See below screenshot on how it actually appears in the system as well.

  • Submitted : The H1B registration would have this status after submission of the registration. If this status exists, it means that the registration is eligible for selection in lottery.
  • Selected : The ‘selected’ status means that the applicant was selected in the H1B lottery. usually the employer would get electronic notification.
  • Not Selected : If the lottery results are complete and no longer possible for lottery selection anymore, then the registration would have this status. Usually USCIS does this at the end of the fiscal year around February 2023.
  • Denied : If multiple registrations were submitted for the same applicant during registration, then such applicants would see the status of “Denied” for their registrations.
  • Invalidated-Failed Payment : The registrations would have this status of “Invalidated-failed payment” when the payment was decline or not valid for some reason.
H1B Visa Registration Selection Results
H1B Visa Registration Selection Results in Online System

H1B Visa 2023 Filing Fee

During the first step of registration, there is only a $10 fee for the employer. Once the registration is selected, then the employer needs to submit the complete H1B filing fee based on their status. Also, H1B visa petition filing involves two things, one is the fee your employer pays to USCIS, second is the fee that they may need to pay an Immigration attorney, if they do not have in-house immigration team.

The overall H1B fee can vary anywhere from $1,720 USD to  $8,970 USD + the Immigration Attorney Fee. Below is a table of the summary of the H1B visa fee. For complete details on H1B fees, Read Summary of H1B Filing Fee – Who pays for What ? 

H1B Fee – Paid TowardsAmount in USDWho Pay for it ?
H1B Registration Fee$10Employer
 Base filing fee$460Employer
AICWA Fee$750  or $1,500Employer
Fraud prevent & detection fee$500Employer
Fee based on Public Law 114-113 ( if applicable)$4,000Employer
Premium processing fee (Optional)$2,500Employer or Applicant
Immigration Attorney FeeVaries from $500 to $3000Employer
H1B Filing Fee Details

USCIS based filing fees was supposed to go up by $95 to be $555 from October 2020, but it was blocked by Court.  As of now, there is no new update on the same and USCIS continues to accept previous fee schedule.

How to find H1B Visa 2023 Sponsors ? 

Not every company sponsors H1B visa to work in US. If the current company that you work at does not sponsor H1B, it can be difficult to find a good sponsor. Due to the cost involved, delays and process overhead, many small companies stay away from filing H1B petitions.  Depending on your situation, you may use the guidance below to find H1B sponsors.   

  • Find Jobs at Companies that sponsored H1Bs : The best option is to find jobs at Companies that sponsored H1B visas in the past. In this way, you know that, if you get a job, the company would take the effort to file your H1B.  You can use H1B Database website like H1BGrader.com to find such companies or even find H1B Sponsors by Company Name, Job Title or City. They have H1B approvals analytics and grade to help you decide. You can browse Top 200 H1B Sponsoring Companies for FY 2022 list and consider to apply at those companies too.
  • F1 Student in US, OPT holders: The best option for F1 students in school is to find an internship or co-op at an employer who can sponsor H1B visa and ask them to sponsor your H1B. You can continue to work on OPT once you graduate as well. If you are on OPT, make sure you work at an employer, who can sponsor H1B. If not, switch your employer to a H1B sponsor.  You can use the above approach to find such companies.  
  • International Professionals  : If you are outside of US, your best bet is to find an multi-national company ( MNC) and work through them to sponsor H1B visa. Many try the IT body shop route, but it is subject to lot of fraud and you need to be careful. Many rules related to H1B are enforced more with Trump Administration now and you need to be careful. Read comments on this H1B Companies Reviews article  to get an idea and  beware of such consulting companies to avoid fraud.

Important Note : RedBu2US as an Organization does NOT provide any H1B sponsorship services or charge anyone using professional services fee. If anyone approaches you by saying RedBus2US name, it is pure FRAUD…beware !

You may also read COMPLETE Guide on How to Find H1B Visa Sponsors

You can join H1B 2023 Community Groups : Telegram Group , Facebook Group

H1B FY 2023 Processing Times – Regular vs Premium

During H1B registration step, there is only one type of processing and there is no choice for employers. But, after the registration process is done, there are two modes of filing with varying processing times. If you are selected in H1B lottery, you can file your H1B petition in regular processing or premium processing.

  • Premium Processing : If filed in premium, you will get your decision in 15 calendar days and it costs you additional $2,500 USD.
  • Regular Processing : If you file in Regular processing, there is no estimated SLA set for it. It can take anywhere from few weeks to few months. But, if you file in Premium processing, you get the result in 15 days.

To understand differences, read H1B Regular vs Premium Processing Timelines.

To handle the load, USCIS in the past used to suspend premium processing for H1B cap subject petitions during the first few months like April, May. But, they did not do that for FY 2022 as the window to file petitions is now 90 days and they do not expect a big load. Historically, they suspended premium processing for FY 2021 season and opened up premium processing starting from June 22nd, 2020. We are yet to hear the official update on this for FY 2023 season.

H1B Visa 2023 Tracker

H1B Visa filing process with registrations and petitions can be lengthy and many unknowns with timelines. To help the community, we have partnered with VisaGrader to build an Anonymous H1B Visa Tracker for FY 2023. You can add your case information anonymously and see the overall patterns, processing times, etc. with crowdsourced data. Add anonymously using below button

Latest News Updates

Below is the list of latest news by date related to FY 2023 season. We will update here as we have new updates.

  • August 23rd, 2022 (Official) : USCIS updated that there will not be second or third round H1B lottery for FY 2023. Check H1B 2023 Cap Reached – No more Lottery.
  • March 29th, 2022 (Official) : On March 29th, 2022, USCIS announced that they have completed the first round of the H1B Lottery for FY 2023. Read USCIS update – H1B 2023 Lottery First Round done, Summary
  • March 25th, 2022 (Unofficial) : USCIS slowly started to send out H1B 2023 Lottery Results. As of March 25th, we do not have an official count or number given by USCIS yet. You can check all details with samples at H1B Visa 2023 Lottery Results Out – Sample Notice
  • March 18th, 2022 (Official) : H1B Registration period ended on March 18th, 2022 at Noon EST. Below is the screenshot from USCIS H1B Registration system indicating the same.
H1B Registration Closed for FY 2023
H1B Registration Closed for FY 2023
  • February 22nd, 2022 (Official) : USCIS opened up account type of H1B Registratnt for new employers or authorized personell to create accounts, so that they can submit H1B registrations.
  • January 28th, 2022 (Official) : USCIS announced the dates for FY 2023 Season and how it will work. For more, check article H1B 2023 Registration Dates, Timelines

What are your views for the upcoming H1B 2023 season? Share your thoughts in comments below.

Common FAQs

Was there a lottery for H1B FY 2023 Season?

Yes, there was H1B lottery for FY 2023 Season and USCIS selected 127K registrations.

Can H1B applicant verify or check H1B Registration Status online ?

H1B Applicant cannot check the H1B registration status online. There is no USCIS H1B case number assigned for registrations during the registration phased. Only your H1B sponsor or employer, who submitted the registration can check the H1B registration status online.

Do I need H1B LCA for filing H1B Registration & Lottery ?

No, you do not need H1B LCA for registration process. You only need basic information about the applicant and passport details to file the registration. However, you will need LCA and other information when you file the entire petition after you are selected in lottery.

When should I file H1B Petition with USCIS after Selection in H1B FY 2023 Lottery ?

Usually, the H1B Registration Selection Notice from FY 2023 season would have the dates of filing. Based on previous year’s info, H1B petitions for the selected applicants can be filed anytime between April 1st, 2022 and June 30th, 2022. If you do not file file H1B petition during this window, your chance is lost as an applicant.

Can I transfer H1B 2023 Registration to other employer and file Petition with new employer ?

No, you cannot transfer H1B registration to any other employer after Lottery Selection. You can only file H1B petition with the employer who have submitted H1B registration. The FY 2023 Selection notice clearly tells that you cannot transfer your selected H1B registration.


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  1. Perm Processing Time……

    Hi All,

    My Perm is filled in EB3 on July-27-2022 and still i didn’t receive any approval, any idea when can i expect the approval ?

    Will EB2 and EB3 processing is same or any delay in EB3 ?

  2. Hi Kumar,

    i have filed h1b-2023and got approved. iam going for my first time consulate interview in next couple of weeks. my employer sent all required document and found that there are mistakes on beneficiary name filed in I-129 and i-129H forms. as petition already approved what are next steps i can take or ask my employer to do??
    will it make any issues when i go for consulate interview??
    need your inputs asap here as i have interview slot with in few weeks

    Thank you

    • I had a similar problem. Just changed the name in the passport as it appears in the Visa approval notice. Getting a new passport took only 15 days. Check your date of birth in the notice too. Correct DOB in the passport too. Then go for stamping. Thats all.

  3. Hi Kumar –
    Do you know if the passport number is tied to lottery selection ? My H1b application was picked up in this year’s lottery(April -2022) and is approved. However, My passport is expiring in an year. Wondering, if I should renew the passport before stamping ? If my passport number changes, will it affect the stamping result. Could you advise ? I know, we give the passport number during lottery process. So just want to ensure if changing passport before stamping is okay. Could you please share your thoughts ?

    • repa,
      Yes, it is. They only use it for selection. It will not impact the stamping result, when you go for stamping. You should carry both the passports for them to verify, if needed. It is totally fine to change passport. The new passport has old passport number, so you are fine.

  4. My employer received a notice yesterday for my case he submitted this year with change of status – not selected. It seems that’s USCIS will no longer do another draw this year. Can anyone confirm that too?!

  5. I have no computers background in my education, selected in lottery applied for computer systems analyst(functional consultant), what are the chances of approval

      • First of all i have genuine systems consultant experience in a multinational company, i dont get married to h1b and try to get a visa like you do
        Second stop bullshitting about fake like you are an angel
        Third dont interfere into someone else business unless you trying to help them
        Fourth dont be a cry baby
        If that is not enuf reply to my email i can argue inperson

    • Pk2,
      It all depends on how much experience you have and how your attorney can position it. If you have enough relevant experience, it is fine as education will not be material for the decision on the case. Talk to your attorney.

      • Thanks for the reply Kumar, hoping other intellectuals like Sudha understand education is not the only criteria to apply for h1b

      • Hi Kumar, it is already August ending. Mid of July received receipt number. Still it is showing as under review. Is there anyone whose i 129 is approved and started with visa interviews. Thanks in advance.

        • Raju,
          It is very common. There is no SLA from USCIS, unless premium processing. Sometimes, it can take few months. If you are in rush, upgrade to premium.

      • I received my receipt number on 27th May, still waiting for the approval, have you or anyone else known to you, have got the approval?

  6. Hi Kumar,

    I am planning to go for H1B extension this year(already in US), My existing H1B is expiring in Nov-2022.

    I heard somewhere that, DOL revise their wage level in July every year where they may increase the current wage level. I am thinking of applying my LCA when the wage level increases, would it be a good idea or shall I start now only? Thanks.

  7. Hi Kumar,
    First Thanks for your valuable time and the support..
    I have a long time query
    A senior systems Engineer with 10+ has possibility to try for H1B.
    Any past history is there
    Kindly advice

  8. Hi Kumar,

    My H1B visa got picked in the lottery. I am currently in US on H4. I want to proceed with Change of Status from H4 to H1B. I am also planning to go to India before I file the petition. Now, my husband wants to switch jobs at the same time.

    Would the H1B transfer of my husband invalidate my H4 visa status due to my H4 transfer? thereby resulting in Change of Status becoming impossible/void?

    I know this is complicated, please let me know if it would or would not affect my H4 status while filing H1B petition.

    • Parvati,
      As long as your spouse continue to be on H1B and does not have any break in jobs, your H4 status will retain. COS, will not have issue, if you do not leave the country after the application is filed.

  9. I am currently on OPT scheduled to Expire on August 1. and since the start date for new H1b is on October 1st, I qualify for a CAP GAP if i were to be selected. But if i am not selected, and application still says submitted, can i still contintue to work up until October 1?

    • Sultan,
      You cannot, if there is no h1b petition filed. You do not get cap gap if you did not file h1b petition, which requires lottery selection.

  10. Hi Team,

    Will it be legal to file a h1b petetion from multiple different employers.

    Kindly provide me your suggestion.


  11. Hi,

    To file a h1b petition is it fare to go with h1b dependent employer or h1b non dependent employer.

    Kindly provide me your suggestion.


    • Raju,
      It does not matter, if they are compliant. Ideally, H1B non-dependent employer is better as there are less H1Bs in their company.

  12. USCIS office update on H1-B applications is public now. Any idea on volume of applications ?

  13. When will the selection result start to show up? I know the final date is gonna be the end of March but based on the experience last year, people getting selected would know that before the final date.

  14. Hi Kumar & Team,

    Redbus2us website is much helpful to understand the H1B filing process.Thanks for the platform.
    I have a query here. Please feedback as per your best knowledge.
    Somehow I found 3 employers to file my application for this FY-2023.
    Those 3 employers confirmed that, they have registered my application. But am not sure.
    Is my application can be registered from different employers and eligible for lottery process?
    Will it be any issue(May be duplicate or legal issue etc)?

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

    • Santhosh,
      Thanks for nice words.
      Well, if your offers are from real genuine companies like Microsoft, Google, etc., then you are fine. But, if they are from IT boydshop consulting companies, it can be very risky as they are subject to extra scrutiny and more chance of fraud. Also check How to check H1B Registration Status

      • Hi Kumar,

        Thanks a lot for all the content on YouTube and the website, it helps us a lot!

        I have a quick question regarding filing multiple h1-b applications. The company I’m currently working has applied for H1-B and I have another offer from a company which also applied. Both these companies are well established and not some IT bodyshops. The only concern for me is they both may be using the same law firm for filing (may be different attorneys but same law firm). I’ve heard someone say, that having same law firm file multiple cases for you may cause trouble. But I’m not sure how true it is.

        Can you please let me know if you know anything about this? I really appreciate your help. Thank you!

  15. Hi Kumar,

    If my employer provides beneficiary confirmation number after filing h1 electronic registration, is there a website to verify this registration using the beneficiary conf. number?

    Thank you

      • There were some email from attorneys circulating that we can’t apply for H1b from multiple employers now and USCIS will take legal action if they find out. They’re asking to sign a perjury statement. Is that true?

    • 2 different employers are ready to sponsor h1b for me. Can both of them apply for me? Is it legal or not? And my wife is also trying to apply through her employer . Is there will be any issues ? Please advise.

  16. Hello everyone
    Trying to open h1b USCIS ACCOUNT but do not see an option to choose account type as “I am an H1-B registrant”. Is it possible that USCIS will update their website later but not just in time?

  17. Hello Kumar,

    I completed my US master’s degree in Dec 2017. I wanted to know that; will I still be qualified to apply for master’s cap for H1B lottery season this 2022. Any reference links also will be very much helpful.


  18. Hello Kumar,

    I completed my US master’s degree in Dec 2017. I wanted to know that; will I still be qualified for master’s cap for H1B lottery season this 2022.


  19. Hi Kumar,
    Despite US master’s degree, my case has not been picked in the 2020 and 2021 lotteries. Alternatively, to be picked in lottery what will be your advice.


  20. Hello, I have been trying in lottery since 2 years with advanced degree in the US. However, I have unlucky in all my attempts. Any suggestions to improve my chances in lottery 2022 will be very helpful.

  21. Hi Kumar,
    Hope you can answer my question . my H1 was approved in 2016 was not stamped and I let it expire . also I never travelled USA . Now I successfully transferred to another company using old I797 copy alone and about to schedule stamping .. my question is if this stamping gets denied am I still cap exempt using previous approval ? kindly respond even any members in this community also

    • Harish,
      This is slightly grey area. In the past, they did not even consider cap exempt, if there was no stamping done. Good that you got it transferred. Based on that logic, you should be cap exempt even if it gets denied….again, there is no definitive answer on this and varies very much on how USCIS inteprets it.

  22. Hi,
    I have an approved H1B petition with a consultant and he is insisting to get the VISA stamping done. Is it fine to get the stamping done and later transfer the H1B or is it recommended to transfer H1B before stamping? I wanted to know the best route and why is he insisting on the stamping, is there any catch?

  23. Hi,
    If we are going H1 visa interview along with H4 (Spouse & Kid),
    Visa fee to be paid $ 190 USD only for primary applicant or need to be paid Primary & H4 Applicant 3 x $ 190 USD. Please clarify.

  24. Hi ,
    I got H1 approved in 2016, but didn’t went to stamping and petition expired.. but recently my petition got transferred using the old I797 copy and approved .. I am about to go
    for stamping ..If my stamping gets denied .. can I still use old company petition for another transfer ?

  25. Hello,
    Could you please advise, is the I-129 Approvals received for anyone who got selected in second lottery ? I could see processing time lines shows 2-4 months period. Just curious to know if anyone got approvals.

  26. Passport taken by officer and said its approved and it will be received in 1 week. But the ds160 status shown as “refused”. Now changed to “administrative processing” when it will change to “issued” ?

  27. Unfortunately, they are not last letter trimming, my employer missed one letter while filling my details at the beginning of the process . He didn’t even ask for name change while replying to my RFE. Finally it got approved. And Iam worrying now whether to make amendment for my name change or do it after stamping.

  28. Hi Sir,

    Could you please clarify on my below scenario,

    I got picked in second lottery and submitted the required documents for which my employer is yet to file by November 2022. In mid of this, Now my husband Change of status from L1 to H1 is in process and they have asked me to fill the questionnaire for H4 documents.

    Can I submit the required documents and answer the questionnaire for H4? or should wait for the H1b filing process? Kindly clarify as sooner as possible.
    Thank you.

    • Priya,
      Well, this is tricky with the timing. Go ahead and discuss with your spouse’s company’s attorney and plan accordingly. You can indicate your status as it appears today and then proceed too.

  29. Hi, My case status for I-129 is still as Case Received in USCIS. Its been more than 4 months since case was received by them, have seen processing time is 2-4 months.

    Is this normal or should I infer there to be some problem.

  30. How long it takes for the status to be changed as RFE reply received by uscis from the day the packet gets sent from my employer in case of non-premium

  31. How long it takes to change the status to show that RFE reply has been received once we send the packet with RFE details ? Does the status really changed from RFE sent to RFE reply received ?

    • Yes the status changes to something like Response to RFE received.
      BTW, did you get your approval? Even I am waiting since last 2 months.

  32. Hi ,
    My H4 to H1b got approved with normal processing.
    Summited on June 24
    Approved on Sep 16

    does any one got approval with COS(H4 to H1b) without I 94 and planning to go for stamping outside US.

  33. Hi, I am on CPT and came to India after 7 years. I went to F1 visa interview on PhD program but was rejected with 214b on April 26th 2021. I do have the H1B petition in consular processing for the year 2022 and while waiting for the approval, I have applied for the H4 and got approved on 9/16/2021. I have couple of questions now: Can I enter the USA on H4 now and request for “Change of status” once when my H1B is approved or patiently wait in India for the H1B and then go for stamping?

    • Blessed,
      Can you share more details ? There is no way they would do a third lottery before the second lottery deadline is over. So, could be your employer delayed to communicate. Can you check the notice and tell the exact date on it ?

  34. How long uscis takes to reprocess the petition once we sent the reply to RFE ? Will it gonna take the same time as that of the fresh petition again like 2-3 months or 3-4 months like that ?

  35. My friend did MCA but b4 he did B.sc chemistry. He has 11+ years of IT experience. Still he got RFE as foreign degree evaluation. Any chances of approval ?

  36. Hi All,

    My h1-b was selected on 27 march 2021. I filed petition on 29 June 2021. When can I expect the approval or RFE?

    Any one started getting approval for this year’s lottery.


  37. Asking question on behalf of my friend:
    He got one more application picked up and first petition filed on June went to RFE. Can he simultaneously file second one now . But I heard in some portals both will get RFE if filed simultaneously irrespective of whether the employers are related or not. So he’s in dilemma what to do.

    • Gayathri,
      Well, if he had two selections that were not related companies ( like Gooogle, Microsoft) and not related IT Bodyshops, then should be fine to file both of them. They will not be related.

  38. Hi Kumar, I am a regular reader to your posts. It’s very interesting and useful for all who are either studying or working even for future also. Amazing.

    I have a small query, my son is a MS holder from US university, currently in OPT Extension (until October, 2022). His H1B has been picked (selected through lottery, 2022) up by a “consultancy company” with probable joining from 1st October. The company has not able to place him so far. Please inform what happens if he does not get any job and join by 1st October, 2021. Very best regards, Sushanta

  39. Hi Kumar,

    I was submitted the petition on June 20th 2022.still I am not receiving the receipt notice yet. any one also facing same delays on receipt notices?

  40. Hi Kumar,

    Requesting your suggestion on my H1B approval notice fiasco. My employer has shipped the original approval notice (H4 to H1 COS) but unfortunately, UPS has managed to lose it. We’ve submitted a claim and they’ve deemed the document as lost.

    1) I believe one recourse is to submit I824 but then my lawyer mentioned that USCIS is not obligated to re-issue the document. What is your opinion on the chances of me getting a copy of the approval notice re-issued via I824?

    2) Do I need the original I797 approval notice while applying for SSN or a copy is enough?

    Please let me know.

    • My petition got approved but one letter missing from my name when compared with my name in passport. Will I get 221g if I go to stamping now ?


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