As I scanned through most of the comments on H1B topics, one of the most discussed topics is “ How long will my H1B petition processing take, I have filed in April ?”. Some of you may know how to check the processing times on USCIS website, some of you may not know exactly. This article is a guide with screenshots to help some of you how to verusify the processing times of your applications in various centers.
Identify your Processing center from H1B receipt Number ?
Read this article : Understanding H1B Case Number for full details about your case. On a high level first three letters indicate the location name of the service center where the H1B visa petition was filed.
- LIN – Nebraska Service Center (LIN refers to Lincoln, Nebraska).
- EAC – Vermont Service Center (old name: Eastern Adjudication Center).
- SRC – Texas Service Center (old name: Southern Regional Center).
- WAC – California Service Center (old name: Western Adjudication Center).
Check the H1B Processing time on USCIS website
1) You can directly click Check Processing times
2) Select your Form as ‘I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker’ and then Service Center ( shown below screenshot)
3) Click on button in the bottom ‘Get Processing Times.’
USCIS H1B Processing Times Displayed :
Look at the screenshots below. As you can see, the system gives a processing time range now in how many months. In the past, it was different. In 2018, USCIS has embarked on a new project to get better clarity to user and have updated the system. The new system has better user interface and gives you better data. Also, you can see the date of the petitions that they are processing at the end column.
Also, if you have a case number, you should create an account, so that you can see personalised case completion time for your case. This is a new feature of the USCIS system.
Look at History of average Processing times in the past few years at USCIS H1B Processing centers
USCIS is currently re-designing their page and this is not fully available yet as of writing in April 2018. You can check it once available at USCIS Average Processing Times History
Below is how it used to look in the past, before the launch of new system. They used to give trends by processing center, but not available. You can check the below checking link Check below for past few years info.
Also, you can check out H1B Visa Tracker to get an idea from Crowd Sourced Data from users like you !
What has been your experience ? Share your thoughts.