USCIS Case statuses for H1B Visa – Flow chart / Workflow – Screenshots

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Date Updated : May 2015 ; Note : The below article was written in 2014 and the steps described correspond to the same year. Some of the steps are omitted and changed now. Please check USCIS site for latest case status details.

Some of our readers, who were selected in H1B Visa 2015, started to receive the USCIS case receipts and checking their case status online… They have asked questions like

  • What is the entire workflow of the H1B case status on USCIS website?
  • Can we have a flow chart with the H1B case status for our understanding?
  • What are the various USCIS case status by name for H1B visa petitions
  • What happens at each step of USCIS Case status.

This article will focus on the various USCIS case status for H1B petition and give a small flow chart for the same.

What are the various USCIS Case status for H1B Visa ?  Flow chart / Workflow ?

I am NOT trying to draw a very complicated flow chart here with lot of decision boxes and all. The below workflow or flow chart is indicative and gives you a high level view of various statuses of H1B Visa case and the flow changes.  We will look into each of the statuses below in detail with a  screenshot.  For now

  • If everything goes well and there are no questions from USCIS the flow would be like

Acceptance –>Initial Review –> Decision –> Post Decision Activity

  • If USCIS require some information from your petitioner, there will be an RFE issued and it will have couple more steps

Acceptance –>Initial Review –> Request for Evidence( RFE) –>   Request for Evidence Review –>Decision –> Post Decision Activity

Flow chart of USCIS Case Statuses

USCIS Case Statuses Changes Flow chart

Let’s look at various statuses and how they would look on USCIS website with brief description.

USCIS Case Acceptance Status for H1B

Your case would start with acceptance status on USCIS website. This is when your H1B Petitions is checked for basic things like fees, signatures, etc. and ensure that the application is properly filed. If, it is not filed properly, USCIS will reject and return the petition.  It looks like below. USCIS expects that this step would be over in couple of days, but there is no SLA for this. So, if you see your petition in this status for a while, do NOT panic. Sometimes the system update would also take time, with many petitions.  Usually, the premium processing petitions would observe this status because an email notice is sent with the receipt number. If regular processing petition, you are unlikely to see this status as it should be complete by the time you receive your case number in postal mail.  In either case, do NOT panic, just give it some time and call USCIS, if the status is stuck here for more than 30 days.

H1B Visa Acceptance State

USCIS Case Initial Review Status for H1B

When your case status shows as initial review, USCIS is doing the background checks, reviewing your credentials, validating information, etc.  This varies by case and the time lines can be painful for regular processing petitions.  It can vary from few weeks to even six months for regular processing petitions.  It can be very painful to keep waiting at times, but you need to wait as there is NO SLA, if you are doing regular processing. You may consider upgrading the petition to premium processing, if the status does not change for few months.  The status on USCIS website looks like below.

H1B Visa Initial Review Status USCIS

USCIS Case Decision Status for H1B

Once the petition has been reviewed fully and the USCIS officer adjudicates the petition with a formal decision, your case moves to Decision status.  It is the formal approval/ denial status. You can be informed via email/ physical mail regarding the decision depending on the type of filing regular or premium.  If USCIS does not require additional information for processing, your petition moves from Initial review to Decision status. If they require more info, a Request for Evident (RFE) is issued and USCIS status reflects the same.  Also, If you petition is withdrawed by your employer, your case will be in Decision status.   It looks like below for various case statuses

H1B Approved

H1B Visa Decision Status Approved USCIS

H1B Denied

H1B Visa Denial Decision Status USCIS

 

H1B Withdrawal   

H1B Visa Case Status Withdrwan USCIS

USCIS Case Post Decision Activity for H1B

After the decision status, your case moves to Post decision activity. During this status, the physical approval letter for the case is sent to the petitioner, USCIS will update the consular posts, Depart of state and other Govt. agencies regarding the applications. Also, if someone files a motion to re-open or revoke, etc. this status will include the same.  It looks like below.

H1B Visa Post Decision Activity Status USCIS

USCIS Case Request for Evidence ( RFE ) Status for H1B

After USCIS starts to review your application and they realize that some information is missing or they need clarifications like client letters, education certificates, etc., they will issue a Request for Evidence, everyone calls simply RFE, and your case status will be updated on USCIS website with the same.  Your case would move from Initial review to RFE. During this status, your employer/immigration attorney would get the reason for RFE and they will need to respond.  USCIS will not process your petition until they hear back from your employer/attorney.  It looks like below.

H1B Visa RFE Status USCIS

USCIS Case Request for Evidence Response Review Status for H1B

Your case status moves from Request  for Evidence to Request for Evidence Response review after your attorney/ employer responds to the RFE issued by USCIS.   Depending on the type of RFE, USCIS can take time and your case can stay here for some time, until the processing is complete. After this status, your case would move to decision status. It looks like below.

H1B Visa RFE Response Review Status USCIS

We have written a similar article in the past, some of the statuses are not available today. You can check it at How to Check USCIS case Status  – Screen Shots

Any other questions? Comments to add ?

Stay tuned for more information on the above…

   

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Comments ( 239 )

  1. Hi

    Hello everyone,

    I was patiently waiting for my turn to post the receipt number or any other update from employer/lawyer.

    But ,no luck this year.

    My lawyer sent an email today morning stating that they received my packet back.

    All the best to all of those who were selected and got approval this year.

    And , I am not sure of what my state would be next year.

    Till then Adios Amigos….!!

  2. H1b fast surprise

    Hi all ,

    My employer gave me the reciept number today
    WAC 14 144 53xxx and said it’s accept and approved.

    But when checked the status it has post decision activity

    Post Decision Activity

    On May 29, 2014, your notice I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was processed and mailed to the address on record. If you have not received it within 30 days of May 29, 2014, contact customer service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move while your case is pending, please call our customer service center at 1-800-375-528

    Is my petition approved ??? It doesn’t say that any where ??? Can provide your inputs ???

    1. H1b applicant

      Yes. It is approved. Congrats.
      Did you go normal processing or premium processing?
      AD or non-AD?
      I am also in the same series. But I opted for regular processing.

  3. jahnvi

    Hi,
    I got a RFE for my H4 to H1B petition.And I don’t know what document required.
    How can i know what document required………….I worried……please suggest me what type of document want in RFE for H4 to H1 pettion.And how many percentage chance for success approval.

  4. Ramu

    I have received reciept for h1b 2014, on may 1st, status reads Initial review today(6/3/2014) but i paid premium processing, so far they dint charge me for premium amount.
    I am confused what happens next.

      1. Ramu

        I have received reciept for h1b 2014, on may 1st, status reads Initial review today(6/3/2014) but i paid premium processing, so far they dint charge me for premium amount.
        I am confused what happens next
        Rec: number
        WAC14144

  5. hhyy13

    I got a RFE for my H4 to H1B petition. And they asked for info about my spouse like paysubs, W2 and employment info. Is this common ? Anyone had the same situation before ? Please advise. Thanks.

    1. Rajnish

      Yes, in order to prove you are in valid H4 status your spouse should be able to prove he/she is in valid H1 status hence he/she should be able to provide W2 and associated employment info.

      1. hhyy13

        Thanks Rajnish ! Your comment is really helpful. If this is to verify my H4 status, then I guess I will be fine. My spouse keeps valid H1 status till now. Fingers crossed. Hope I will get the approval soon.

  6. RDK

    Hi, is there any sepcifcs to the numbers like WAC 141 139, does this 139 has any sepcific significance.
    My case status is RFE now. when can i expect a feedback/ update?
    does this 139 plays any role in gettign feedback on RFE in terms of specific date?
    Please guide/ help.

    1. RK

      My receipt number is EAC 14 148 5 xxxx.
      EAC – Eastern Adjudication Center (now called Vermount)
      14 indicates – 2014 year of application.
      148 – indicates the computer working day counted from oct 1st 2013 (fiscal year beginning for USCIS) this falls on 148 falls on 30-April. So, you count your from then.
      5 – is a common for all CAP petitions
      xxxx – last four digits indicate unique on each day that begins from 0001 everyday

      how this helps. 148 just says when the lottery picked petition is entered into the system. Based on other posts, there does not seem to be any pattern in the order of picking for adjudication.

      1. kr

        You mean say that the the applications are not processed in the order they entered into the system?
        I was under the impression they do it in the order of the computer day.

  7. Non AD/RP/VT

    Guys,
    I am on H4 and applied for H1 in US only and my employer has filed. I got a reciept no. but its showing On April 10, 2014, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER.

    I am not sure I should have I539 APPLICATION TO EXTEND OR CHANGE NONIMMIGRANT STATUS.

    I am confused that for H4 to H1 it should be filed as I129 or I539.

          1. John

            As of now, I don’t have any notify yet. I think our chance is lower and lower. My lawyer told me that we can have chance up until the mid of June….:(

          2. John

            USCIS said they may be issuing Premium Processing H-1 receipts till 21 May and non PP till 30 May or so. via Twitter @immigrationcom.

            This is the last day….:(

          3. John

            Still has no news at all up until now. No notify, no rejected letter….Who got rejected letter?

  8. RDK

    is there any sepcifcs to the numbers like WAC 141 139, does this 139 has any sepcific significance.
    My case status is RFE now. when can i expect a feedback/ update?
    does this 139 plays any role in gettign feedback on RFE in terms of specific date?
    Please guide/ help.

  9. Non AD /Regular

    My petition was Non Ad/Regular/Vermont. it just got approved.

    Post Decision Activity

    On May 20, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    1. Daniel

      Thanks for the update.

      Vermont is EAC right? Could you please post the first digits of your receipt?. Mine is EAC 14142XXXXX.

          1. Non-AD/Regular/CA

            Has anyone got an approval for their case from the California center for Non AD/Regular ?

          2. NonAD/RP/California

            Uscis status updated as:

            Post Decision Activity

            On June 6, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice.

            Wondering when can we attend visa interview.. any idea ?

      1. Jeremias

        Why does the initial number matter? mine is EAC14146 and still haven’t got an approval yet. Wouldn’t mine supposed to be processed earlier then?

  10. Chinmay Date

    California..
    On May 15, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER

    And I’m pretty sure mine was a regular processing.. coz my docket my HR gave me had 3 cheques
    325 filing
    1500 training
    500 anti fraud fee

    Please comment on what you think… I still had 2 more years of lottery chances so I’m pretty chilled out 😀

  11. Daniel

    Hi people. I just to know if anyone has passed the Initial Review step as Regular Procession/NON-AD???. Mine is on initial review since April 29th when I got the receipt number.

    1. Amit

      me too are u from EAC14147***** series? I have seen one and two RP of this series got approved for example EAC1414753170, EAC1414753161 etc.

      1. Daniel

        I’m EAC14142XXXX. I think we just have to keep waiting. I any of you receieve the approval notice, please post it here. So we can be aware. Thanks!!

      2. Star

        My reciept no. is also from 14147 series. Nice to know some are approved. That means there’s no order of processing applications

    2. Nick

      Are you f**kin kidding me?! People here are waiting for their lottery results and you people are cribbing about your status not getting updated…!!

      1. Waiting4ever

        Waiting for lottery here too but lets be happy for the ones who made it, hopefully we will also join them soon 🙂

  12. smile wang

    hi, my company send me the h1b receipt on April 22, but no when i check my status it shows “your case can not be found”what should i do now?

    1. Daniel

      Hi. I know this my be stupid but just to make you sure you´re using the system correctly. Enter you receipt number without dashes. For instance:

      EACXXXXXXXXX. No dashes and be sure you´re typing all the number of your receipt. It happened to me on my first try.

  13. karthik

    Hi,
    My company has applied H1b for me this year through a third party vendor and many of my colleagues has got the email from the vendor that they have been selected and they provided the receipt number for them.
    Is there still time for me to wait to get the response from the vendor,in case if my petition is already got selected ?
    Coz’everybody is saying different views on this and I just want to confirm upto what date I can able to expect the vendor response,in case if I got selected already and they haven’t updated the satus yet.
    Please let me know your suggestions on this.

    1. Scientist

      If you are in the PP category, there is basically zero hope. I don’t think anyone has received PP receipts for over a week now. I am in the same category, and have not received anything yet.

      If you are in the non-PP category, there is very little hope, but still more than if you were in PP.

      Here is the best source for information:

      immigrationgirl.com/hday-receipt-notice-stats/

    1. Got H1b

      Same Here. Mine shows ‘Case Not Found’ …since mine is regular processing, I am expecting them to put up the status after the PP 15 day window, which ends on 19 May 2014. USCIS shoudl start processing our cases post that date and we should be hearing good news soon !!!

      1. wildcat007

        Finally I see an update in my case status!! Bad news is it is on RFE status! The website shows USCIS mailed out a notice to request for evidence on May 15, 2014.

        1. Got H1b

          Till y’day I couldn’t find my status, but today I got it. I am glad that they have approved mine on 13 May 14, and it is in post-decision status. I checked with my employers and they are yet to receive any correspondence on the same. Good luck with your RFE.

          1. Daniel

            Hi! are you a premium processing applicant?? Does anyone know if the USCIS have approved a Regular P/ Non-AD applications?

  14. sunny

    Is there any one who is yet to receive receipt or notification on Lottery for premium processing filed for H1B 2015.

    I see this thread almost died.

    1. Scientist

      Thread died because our hopes died. I am AD/PP as well, and have not heard anything. The word from employers and lawyers is that ~50% of AD petitions have already been issued receipt notices, and that’s around the total number that were supposed to be issued, given the odds.

  15. uniz

    I think everyone should have known how to enter the case number on USCIS website. But just a friendly remind just in case someone doesn’t know:

    when you enter the case number, you should put EACxxxxxxxxxx or WACxxxxxxxxxx. Don’t include any dash, but must include the initial.

  16. H1Transfer13

    Hello,
    This is regarding H1B transfer with Premium processing at Vermont.
    Receipt Date: 30th April 2014
    On 9th May, my employer said, they got approval email from USCIC Vermont.
    But online case status still shows “Acceptance”??
    Is it possible?
    Is my employer playing game?
    Worried..
    Any feedback is appreciated..
    Thanks..

    1. Possible

      Yes. its possible. not to trust too much on the online status. many times it won’t be updated.

      If your employer received the approval notice, then its good.

  17. NS

    I am PP/CA. My case status in USCIS website shows that my petition got approved on May 1,2014 and it is on “Decision” stage.

    Usually USCIS will send email notice for all approved petition but in my case my employer is saying that they didn’t get any email notice yet and they were not sure why, whereas my friends whose petition on same stage got the email notice.

    Why is it like this? I am little confused. Should I be worried?

    1. Sci

      For God’s sake, have some sense of perspective. You got your application through, and approved, and you are wetting your pants over not receiving a stupid email?

  18. PD

    My application receipt date was 10th April and it was notified on 16th April. Receipt number was not traceable till 28th April but on 29th April i was able to trace it and the status was “Post Decision Activity” with approved status. But now the status is moved backwards to “Decision” status with the below updates.

    “On May 7, 2014, this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was approved and we sent you an e-mail notice. Please follow any instructions on the notice. ”

    I am little bit worried now.

    1. NS

      same case for me PD. It moved from “post decision activity” to “decision”. I am little confused too.

      Btw, did your employer get any email notice from USCIS saying that your petition got approved because uscis will usually notify via email when your petition got approved.

      Eventhough my petition is in approved state, when I asked my employer about the email notice, they said that they didn’t receive the email notice yet.

      I am little confused. should I be worried?

        1. PD

          It’s EAC. As per my employer they have received a mail on 29th April when it was moved to “Post Decision Activity”

      1. Vivek

        Same here. On 29th April, the status was at “post decision” and now it is at “decision” saying that the petition was approved on May 7th.
        Is it only EAC center? Is it normal? Can Saurabh or anyone with knowledge comment on it?

  19. Amber

    WAC today
    On May 7, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER.

    1. Shareef

      I got RFE too. From not found to RFE. They sent mail on May 3, but not employer nor attorney did receive any mail from USCIS yet.

      waiting

        1. Shareef

          Hi MB

          No, I’m still waiting. Checking with employer and attorney daily, but they still didn’t receive any mail. Employer called USCIS service center and were told that mail was out and they will re-send it again.
          I have no idea who should receive that RFE mail? Employer? Attorney? H1B candidate?

          Thanks

    2. PV

      To all those who are RFE/PP, this was my experience. Got my Receipt that got picked in the lottery on 14th April, but status was “CASE NOT FOUND” until May 1st and then it showed RFE. My lawyer received the email on 1ST May, asking me to submit the copies of I20′s , followed by my submission on Friday to the lawyer and them couriering it on May 2nd and USCIS updated my status to “Initial Review” back from RFE on May 5th. May 9th, Just now got the approval status. Just wanted to show you guys how the process worked in my case until the approval. This might be different for case to case basis though.

  20. RK

    Guys, anyone got approval for RegularQuota/Regularprocessing from EAC or WAC Centers. mine is in Initial Review status, pls let me know

          1. Starlite

            And any idea how long it is generally taking for moving into Decision / RFE status from Initial Review for Regular / Regular processing petitions ?

  21. Rajesh

    Guys I got informed from my employer that my check got encashed today and I am expecting the receipt. Don’t lose hope guys. The below tweet is from Immigration.com and they said PP can expect receipt for next two weeks and Non-PP can expect their receipt till May 3oth. So don’t lose hope and Good luck.

    “H-1B premium processing receipts will continue for next TWO WEEKS, USCIS informed us today upon inquiry”

    https://twitter.com/immigrationcom/status/464059154244464641

  22. Rahul

    This forum has become almost inactive. Does this mean most of the folks here got the receipts? Or did they give up?

    1. h1b/pp/rg

      Did your employer received the details on your RFE? i mean what is required ?. If so what was this received. Pls clarify. Mine was RFE’d yesterday. Premium processing. But, my employer yet to hear from vermont office on what is needed

          1. h1b/pp/rg

            My employer asked me to wait for few more days to know the details on the rfe. They are yet to hear from uscis. Even for approved cases they didn’t receive any emails yet. I guess uscis will start send the details from next week as they might be busy with the other pp processing.

  23. jenny

    My status shows ‘initial review’..

    On April 10, 2014, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case. Please follow any instructions on this notice. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you. If you move while this case is pending, please use our Change of Address online tool to update your case with your new address or contact our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.

    Its under regular processing..so how much time I have to wait for further steps?

    1. So What?

      I had applied last yr and there was lottery last yr too. Mine got approved around end of august and went to interview in Sept.

      What I found out was that they processing almost based on our case number. I was watching this forum and found out which series of numbers are being approved. Based on that I could whether mine would come now or I would have to wait.

      Another one was to see how many numbers are approved everyday. At the peak around 4000 ~ 5000 was being processed by each centre. Based on that I calculated when I would get it.

      This was from last yr
      Date, EAC series, numbers approved in EAC, WAC series, numbers approved in WAC
      18th 139 4840 137 3365
      17th 138 4875 136 3800
      16th 137 4845 135 3150
      15th 136 4200 134 4400
      13th 135 1200 133 1200
      12th 134 4100 132 4100
      11th 133 4600 131 3100
      10th 132 4500 130 3850
      9th 131 4100 129 3500
      8th 130 2558 128 2853

  24. Feeling Happy

    Non-AD/ RP/VT. Initial Review.

    What does a following status means?

    “On April 10, 2014, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case. Please follow any instructions on this notice. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you. If you move while this case is pending, please use our Change of Address online tool to update your case with your new address or contact our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.”

      1. So What?

        It means your H1B is selected in lottery and it is waiting for processing. Will take another month to 6 months (based on your case number) to be processed

  25. harini

    Hi,
    my status is changed from Post-Decision to Decision this evening. Vermont Center-MS/PP.
    “On May 5, 2014, this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was approved and we sent you an e-mail notice. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.”

    what is the difference between these two steps??

    1. Braz_H1b

      I do have the same status now. However it came from “your case cannot be found….” to this approval message. Also, I got an email from my attorney w/ the approval notice. CAP/PP.I don’t think you have to worry about it (decision or post decision), you already got your approval.

      1. SR

        Hey, did you/your employer already receive your I797B approval form from the USCIS? Was your H1 approved on May 1st?

        1. Braz_H1b

          My attorney received the electronic Approval Notice by email which says:
          The Vermont Service Center has approved the following
          I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker
          that had been filed under the Premium Processing Service:

          Receipt Number: EAC141xxxx
          The form I-797 Approval Notice will follow in the mail.

          The email dates May 05. I guess the approval was in the same date.

          1. SR

            Thank you for your response. So i presume it takes 1 – 2 weeks for the USCIS to send the actual I797B form to the attorney.

  26. RK - Non-AD/RP/VT

    Got the notification today for Non-AD / RP / VT. Applied through BAL GLOBAL. EAC1414851xxx.

    It is in “initial review” stage with the following details. What does this mean?

    On May 1, 2014, your Alien Registration Number was changed relating to your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please check our website at www.uscis.gov for further updates on your case. Please wait until the end of normal processing time before calling customer service at 1-800-375-5283 for live assistance.

      1. Rk

        I don’t know about that. Today morning, I checked the attorney’s portal for update and I see the recipes number updated. When I check uscis website, I see the above message.

        1. tz

          Which portal do you mean? this one: https://www2.balglobal.com/StatusChek ?
          What exactly has changed there? Which fields? Is that inside Project List link?

          1. RK

            1. Click “Project list” link
            2. Click on the “H-1B Petition (Consular) CAP-SUBJECT” link
            3. You should see your receipt number updated against the filed “Receipt #:”, if they received your receipt. I did not receive any email from BAL Global.

            Hope this helps. Let me know if you any need further help.

          2. RK

            Also you should see the following in the update…

            H petition accepted in the lottery. Receipt notice received. Awaiting adjudication.

          3. tz

            Thank you!

            Unfortunately, the most recent item in history is:
            “3/31/2014 H-1B petition submitted to USCIS. Awaiting adjudication.”

    1. Narasimha

      Same status showing for my petition too. Any update on this?

      “your Alien Registration Number was changed relating to your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER”

  27. h1b/pp/rg

    My case was updated today as “request for evidence”. But, my empolyer didn’t get a notice yet from USCIS (mine is non-ad PP). any idea how long they will take to send the RFE details to my employer? Mine is premium processing

    1. PV

      I had an RFE on MAY 1st and my Lawyer received the notice from USCIS asking me to furnish my I20s with F1 visa (Found out myself and the lawyer forgot about my I20’s when filing). I sent it on May 2nd and my RFE status was changed back to Initial review on May5th. Guess another week wait for mine until i get the approval. Hopefully!!!!

      1. h1b/pp/rg

        Hi PV, thats good to know that you have resubmitted. For premium processing it should be in RFE review state right. Why it went to initial review?

  28. Novice

    Hi,
    my status is changed to decision which says
    “On May 5, 2014, this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was approved and we sent you an e-mail notice. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.”

    But all my friends who got approved had their status in post decision activity .
    what is the difference and next step ??

      1. So What?

        It means your H1B is approved. They have mailed your i797 form. Once you get that you need to go for interview at your local consulate

  29. yesgee

    I have applied and didn’t receive any notification till now. Employer and attorney is not responding . Does it mean the game over or still some hope is there ?

    Please respond if someone in the same state ?

  30. Nav

    Hi,
    i was on h4 and recently my h1b visa got picked in lottery and approved. So its valid from oct 2014. My husband’s h1b and my h4 will be expiring on sept 30th. I hav 2 queries.
    -Can i travel to india on h4 now and come back before oct ?
    -Also,as my husband’s h1b is expiring,is it fine if he applies only his visa extension now and not mine.
    Do anyone have any idea about my queries .?

    1. Vikram Krishna

      Nav,

      With H1B expiring on Sep 30th, its best practice to apply renewal before July 31st. I would not prefer travel outside US during that time(though he only applies H1B alone). If extension is approved and then you plan to go India, you need stamping to come back.

  31. S

    AD/PP/VT

    Still case not found… has anyone got any updates on EAC-141345XXXX. I received this receipt on April 14 but I am sill not able to track the case on website. The website shows that case is not yet found. Really getting nervous now.

    1. Raghu

      Lot of people are facing this issue. Please read some comments from the ppl in this group, instead of just asking question.Thanks.

        1. Raghu

          It’s exactly the same!! If you had cared to read some posts and comments in this forum, u would have understood that there are lot of ppl who received the receipt from their employers/attorney’s, but not able to track it (EAC receipts) online. Once your case is adjudicated, then you will be able to see the status online. I was just asking you to read other posts instead of just asking questions.

  32. Raghu

    Hello – I am in Non-AD/RP/Vermont

    My checks have been encashed by USCICS on 4/24, but I haven’t received the receipt yet. I was thinking that I am selected on the lottery.

    My employer tells me that just because checks have been processed, does not mean that USCIS will process my H1 application. That statement made me really nervous.

    What is your take on this?

    1. S

      Many other people have asked the same question in earlier posts and other articles, please read previous comments before posting a question!!

        1. S

          I think you mean I ‘HAVE’ a screwed up mind.
          Honestly even if you were twice as smart, you’d still be stupid 🙂

          1. Raghu

            You are just another person tryna shoot in the dark. To put it simply, there is no ‘honesty’ in your statement as you and I dont know each other.

            I dont believe in random abuses; I was just giving you a genuine suggestion to you ‘read’ comments as there are ‘N’ number of ppl who have already posted concerns similar to your. Anyways, some ppl do not appreciate genuine suggestions. Dont expect me to reply to you anymore; Dont have time! You can ‘assume’ whatever you want about me, it simply does not matter.

          2. S

            Well it ‘clearly’ matters to you since you took the time to post your last reply, which if I may add was quite extensive and almost well put together. Just be a little nicer when giving suggestions next time (just a ‘genuine’ suggestion)

            Anyways it was nice chatting with you and it sucks that you will not talk to me anymore. I will miss you 😉

          3. Rahul

            Guys.. though this conversation is not on a good note, I liked it very much for your critical reasoning. This is something different from what’s happening here for the last one month.

            S,
            Coming to your original question. If they withdrew the checks, they would process. May be your employer meant, USCIS need not “approve”, which is true. If you already know this, just affirming.

            Raghu,
            This is not a forum that is easy search and go to the old conversations. Especially when you hear something like that, you would not want to wait so long and instinctively want to ask someone – many time this is faster. Whoever has the patience to answer, will do so. By the way, I do not think that “S” kept quite after posting it here. He might have searched all over in parallel. It is a good suggestion, but, asking again is not a mistake as he is not spamming it.

    1. Scientist

      yes, still waiting, no word yet. Although I have a feeling that we’ll be put out of our collective misery later this week….and not in a good way!

  33. Optimist

    Is the game over for non ad / PP guys . My employer put for 6 members non of them received yet . Y is it so?I never saw much of non ad PHP getting. Can we wait or is everything over

  34. Daniele

    Thanks for this post.
    But how would you explain that my status changed in few hours from post decision activity to decision? It still says: “On May 1, 2014, this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was approved and we sent you an e-mail notice.”

    By searching through the web it looks like I’m not the first one who had this strange behaviour.

    thanks
    d.

    1. StatusNotFound

      @@Daniele

      When did you received ur receipt and which centre??
      PP or general

      I am unable to find my receipt on their website

  35. sarayu

    Hi, My H1 case status is showing as’Your Current Case Status for Form CRI89, PETITION TO REMOVE CONDITIONS OF PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS RECEIVED’ What does it mean? It is in initial review.

    1. Scientist

      You probably have the wrong case number, or there is some error in the system.

      This type of message is probably for someone who has a green card through marriage, and is applying to remove the restrictions after the probationary period.

    1. Neal

      Once you have “Approved” as a decision, USCIS sends 797B, Notice of Action to employer and then employer needs share that 797B form to employee so he can actually schedule and appear for interview at the consulate specified in the 797B form.

  36. ST

    This is extremely helpful, but USCIS doesn’t always follow its own rules…on this H1B season, I went from “case not found” to “post-decision” without even an email notification sent to my lawyer (as it should have been, since it was a PP application). who knows when we I’ll actually get the paperwork, as USCIS is known to be late in actually mailing them

    1. Godisthere

      me too same case.. went from not found to Post decision activity, but Mine was not Premium, but regular processing….

      1. h1b/pp/rg

        Check with your employer. He would have filed in premium. Otherwise, i dont think they are this fast in approving normal case where the premium load is high

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