H1B Case Status Meanings - Case Was Received, Name was Updated, Case Approved, etc.

USCIS Online H1B Case Status Meaning – Detailed Screenshots, Changes Flow

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It is a painful wait for many awaiting H1B Visa 2019  case receipts after the H1B Visa lottery some have been lucky and some not…for those lucky ones, who have heard from their employers or attorneys may be wondering, what does each of the H1B Case Status mean and what is the typical processing cycle. Every day I see many of our readers asking questions like, “ I checked USCIS website for status and I see the status ‘Case Was Received’,  does that mean I am selected in lottery ?”. This article is meant to clarify each of those status questions and explain the overall flow.

H1B Case Receipt Number – Selected in Lottery

Firstly to make it clear, if you were selected in H1B Lottery for this fiscal year, then your employer/ attorney would have got a case receipt number for your H1B petition. They may have shared that case number with you as well.

What’s the H1B Case Number?  Processing Steps at USCIS, Previous H1B Case Statuses and Steps?

The H1B receipt number is a 13 character alphanumeric string that is given by USCIS. It typically starts with EAC or WAC. You may read Understanding H1B Case Number Details, to know more info.  For high level understanding of how each H1B petition is processed at USCIS, you should read the article H1B processing steps at USCIS adjudication center. Also, in the past, USCIS used to assign many statuses like Acceptance, Initial Review, Decision, Post Decision Activity, etc.  Some of these have been changed with the new system this year. To get an idea of the past flow and statuses, you may read H1B Old Case Statuses and Flow.  Below information corresponds to the latest H1B statuses available on USCIS website for a H1B petition.

What are the typical Case Statuses of H1B Visa Petition?

  • Case Was Received and A Receipt Notice Was Emailed
  • Case Was Received
  • Request for Additional Evidence Notice was mailed
  • Response to USCIS’ Request for Evidence Was Received
  • Case Was Approved And My Decision Was Emailed
  • Case Was Approved
  • Decision Notice Mailed
  • Error : The application Receipt Number is invalid
  • Name was updated.
  • Fees will be Refunded
  • Withdrawal Acknowledgement Notice Was Sent
  • Case Was Transferred and a New Office has Jurisdiction.

USCIS Status ‘Case Was Received and A Receipt Notice Was Emailed’

USCIS emails receipt notices to petitioners, if they filed their petition under premium processing.  All this status indicates to us is that the petition with this case number was picked in lottery and was filed under premium processing. A receipt notice with case number and details about processing was sent to the email of the attorney/ employer. Below is the screenshot for the described status. For H1B FY 2019 season, premium processing was suspended until Feb 19, 2019. So, you may not see below status, if you filed petition for H1B 2019 quota.

USCIS : Case Was Received and A receipt Notice Was Emailed Status

USCIS H1B Status ‘Case Was Received’

USCIS only emails receipt notices for premium processing applications. For H1B petitions filed under regular processing, USCIS will send out the receipt notices via traditional Mail/ Post.  All the above status indicates is that the petition with this case number was picked in lottery and it was filed under regular processing. The receipt notice hard copy will be sent to the attorney/ employer’s postal address on how it will be processed. Check below for screenshot of the described case status.

USCIS Case Was Received

H1B Case Status ‘Request for Additional Evidence Notice was mailed’

The above status indicates that as part of the adjudication process of the H1B petition, the USCIS adjudicator of this petition, with this particular case number, needs more information to make a decision on the case. To get more information on the case, the adjudicator issued a Request for Additional Evidence notice, which is commonly called as RFE (Request for Evidence).  The employer/ attorney will get an RFE notice from USCIS indicating what documents they need to submit for further processing the case.  It has an expiry date and employer/ attorney has to respond to that request by that date. USCIS will NOT process this particular case until they receive a response from the employer/ attorney with the requested information.  Below is the screenshot of described status.

USCIS Request for Additional Evidence Notice Was Mailed RFE

H1B Case Status – Response to USCIS’ Request for Evidence Was Received

This status corresponds to next status on the case with above RFE notice.  All the status tells us is that USCIS has received the response for the issued RFE Notice on the particular case with that case number from the employer/ attorney.  The response from employer/ attorney could be either documents or any other supporting material that was requested by USCIS supporting the H1B petition. If your petition is in this status, it means that USCIS will start processing the case as they have received their requested documentation. The status also tells the petitioner that when you can expect a decision/ update on this case. Check below screenshot for RFE response status.

USCIS Response to USCIS Request for Evidence Was Received Status

H1B Case Status – ‘Case Was Approved And My Decision Was Emailed’:

This case status indicates that the H1B petition with this particular case number was approved and the approval notice was emailed to the attorney/ employer. This case status only appears for the H1B petitions filed under premium processing. Below is the screenshot of the status.

USCIS Case Was Approved and My Decision Was Emailed Status

USCIS Status – ‘Case Was Approved’

The above case status indicates that the H1B petition with this particular case number was approved and they have send the receipt notice to the employer/ attorney by traditional post/mail. This case status appears only for petitions filed under regular processing.

USCIS Case Was Approved Status

H1B Status  – ” Decision Notice  Mailed”

Not every H1B Application gets approved.  Typically USCIS will issue an RFE and then review the evidence before making the final decision. If USCIS is not convinced with your petition’s supporting documents, they will deny the H1B petition and the case status will be shown as ” Decision Notice Mailed”. Your employer will get a notice indicating why the petition was denied and they can act on it as per the instructions, if they want to challenge the decision by providing additional documents, etc.  Below is how it looks.

H1B Visa Denied Decision Notice Mailed

Status – Error : The application Receipt Number is invalid

If you do not enter a valid 13 character string, USCIS case status website will give you the above error message saying that the application receipt number is invalid. All it means is that, either you have taken the receipt number wrong from your employer or entered it wrong in the box…or maybe your employer did not give you the correct case number.  Below is the error screenshot. USCIS Status Error - The application receipt number entered is invalid

USCIS Case Status : Name Was Updated

This is one of the very confusing statuses that USCIS online system gives, when there is some activity happening on your case. The status “Name Was Updated” can be very confusing and misleading everyone at times. It may be genuine that the name was updated due to a clerical error, but not always the case.   It definitely means that some activity is happening on your case and your case is being worked on by USCIS.  There is a perception among users that this status will lead to rejection/ RFE, but it is not necessarily true.  So, when you see something like this status, it is best consult your employer/attorney to check further on your case. No need to panic or get confused.  It looks like below
USCIS Status Name Was Updated

USCIS : Fee will be Refunded Status

One of the others status some of the petitioners see is that ‘Fee will be refunded’. What it means is that the employer/attorney has filed extra fees that is not required and USCIS is refunding the same. It can be for a host of reasons related to fees. As you can see below USCIS would tell that it will not impact the processing of the case, so do not panic when you see this, work with your employer, it will be fine.
USCIS Status Fee will be Refunded

USCIS H1B Status Withdrawal Acknowledgement Notice Was Sent:

If your H1B employer plans to withdraw your H1B petition or for some reason you believe that you do not want to work for the company and resigned the job, then your employer would withdraw your H1B petition from USCIS. It is not really automatic process, your employer has to request for it. If your H1B case number indicates the below status “Withdraw Acknowledgement Notice was Sent” for I-129 petition, then it means that your H1B was withdrawn by your employer and USCIS is acknowledging the same with the status. USCIS Status Withdrawal Acknowledgement Notice was sent I-129 petition

USCIS H1B Status: ‘Case Was Transferred And a New Office Has Jurisdiction’

Depending on the load of H1B petitions received and processing times at any service center, they are moved to different locations to expedite processing or balance the overall processing loads. If your H1B case was transferred to different location for some of these reasons, you would see a status like below. It tells the date when the petition was transferred and when you can expect a physical copy of notice indicating the same. It does not really change anything in terms of how it is adjudicated, it is just for processing times balancing, nothing to worry. USCIS Case Status - Case was Transferred and A New Office Has Jurisdiction

Did you notice any other statuses for your Petition ?  Any other thoughts to share ?

Check out the next article that articulates the flow of the above statuses After H1B Visa Lottery Case Status Flow

   

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Comments ( 1,447 )

    1. First Timer

      Hi,

      Normally people who receive RFE for their petition get their approval only for 1 year. They will then have to apply for extension (max. stay allowed in the US is for 6 years) while they are in the US.

  1. ambi

    My petition was approved on Sep 2, 2015. WAC. changed from case was received to case was approved.After this long wait. I am very grateful to God. I have realized nothing happens unless God wants it to. Good or bad. I am extremely grateful. I wish the best to all. This was my first attempt. First lottery and first approval. AD category.

    If anyone needs any additional info, I will provide, while maintaining privacy. My sincerest gratitude to all who posted here.Thank you.

  2. Sirdi_2015

    Waiting for 13 days after H1B case was upgraded to premium processing at Vermont Servicing Center. I haven’t even got an RFE or anything. Anybody else waiting or waited for this long to hear back?

  3. Shivkumar

    I received RFE with the case history – your address for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, was changed

    what does it mean? Please help on what could be the reason and what would they request? still waiting for notice though

  4. h1bluckyornot

    I received “Request for Evidence Review” on 24th July 2015. Since then it’s the same. This wait is so frustrating. I guess it’s too late for Premium Processing also.

          1. H1bluckyornot

            We have responded to rfe already.. I mentioned in my original comment that my status is “request for evidence response review”

          2. h1bluckyornot

            I did not do anything … My employer produced a detailed job description and provided it to USCIS..

  5. harry

    Hi,

    My application was picked on 18th of June and after that Status doesn’t change so far. When can I hear from USCIS. My receipt number starts with EAC. Please respond… waiting is really hard.

    1. h1bluckyornot

      This is the most unfortunate part of regular processing that you don’t know when you will hear and the status updates won’t tell much… you should also pay them to hear a definite answer very soon!!!

  6. Waiting

    Is it like, RFE cases will be entertained once all the other(Premium as well as without RFE) cases got cleared?
    I have seen none of the RFE cases are moving a single inch… 🙁

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, I do not think so. Just logically RFEs take more time as there are logistics involved. For instance, RFE issued letter takes couple of weeks to get mailed, then the attorney has to get required docs, it can take few weeks or more, then they mail back…so, the minimum time for an RFE response is few weeks…thats why you may not see them move much.

      1. sri

        Hi Kumar,
        Guess ter s some stall happened in rfe cases. Cause I replied to my rfe on July 1st. Uscis received it on July 1st. It’s been the same status since then. And I dint see anyone comment after their case moved to rfe too.

      2. Sri

        Well… I got my case approved yesterday. It was in RFE response received from July 1st.

        Thanks Kumar for the guidance thru the Redbus2US. All the best for all the other folks who are awaiting decision.

        1. RF initial Evidence

          Hi Sri , was yours WAC or EAC series.??

          Me too waiting for approval. Mine is WAC and RFE response was submitted on 30th June.

          1. sri

            Mine was eac. Last week I observed wac getting processed. This week eac.. May be next week s yours. All the best

          2. Technology Specialist

            I have submitted my RFE response on July 17th, Till now no update, This is my 47th Day after submitting the RFE response, Not sure what is happening, I totally got frustrated.

            Response To USCIS’ Request For Evidence Was Received
            On July 17, 2015, we received your response to our Request for Evidence for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC1514152_ _ _

            Our California Service Center office will begin working on your case again. We will mail you a decision or notify you if we need something from you. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

  7. H1B Status - Received

    My case was in received status from Apr 13. Since then I have been waiting patiently for the case to be approved. But now I got tired of waiting, So I pushed my employer to upgrade my case to premium processing and they did it. Now it’s been upgraded and is in initial review status. I hope to get an update within 15 working days.

    Below is the current status of my case,

    Request For Premium Processing Services Was Received:
    On August 20, 2015, we received your request for premium-processing of your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC15143*****, and mailed you a receipt notice. Your premium-processing receipt notice contains contact information for direct inquiries on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, contact the premium-processing unit directly to update your address.

    1. Sirdi_2015

      What happened to your h1b in pp? Has it been approved? How many days have you been waiting? I’ve been waiting 13 days and still nothing.

      1. H1B Status - Received

        Hi Sirdi,

        I have been waiting from past 5 working days and still no change in the status. I hope it gets approved soon. The case status should be changed within 15 working days so you should get some update in 2 working days. Let’s wait and hope for the best. 🙂

  8. Manny

    Dear Friends & Kumar,

    Just curious to understand the difference between “Request for Additional Evidence” and “Request for Initial Evidence”

    Thank You

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Manny, Initial evidence is something that should be submitted as part of required documents, which is typically given by the USCIS in list of docs to be submitted. For instance, it could be your degree certificate or education evaluation documents. Whereas, Additional evidence is something that is not required by the instructions, but submitted to clarify at later stage. It is just the way USCIS treats it, but from the attorney perspective, it should be the same. Read Official USCIS Definition( scroll down to the last )

      1. Manny

        Dear Kumar,

        Thank You Very Much for writing back to my question. I truly appreciate your support and help…

        Have a Nice Day
        Manny

  9. Confused

    My status changed to “Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed”…

    On August 1, 2015, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC15XXXXXX. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by August 29, 2015, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283.

    Can anyone help me with what that means..???

    1. PJ

      No idea.
      There is one more posting from “worried” which speaks of same status. Unfortunately no one has reverted to his post.

      Did you received RFE before getting to this status.??
      My feeling is yours is approved.

      @Kumar what’s your take on this ??

    2. Confused

      Nope.. The status Directly Changed from Case was Received to this…
      Not Sure what this is…. I guess I will have to wait till we receive the Mail from them…

      Fingers Crossed…. Lets hope for the Best..

    3. JC

      Its same for me too. If you get any information from your employer please let me know too. If it is a NOID then a reply has to be sent in 33 days. Please check and push your employer for this.

          1. Ragini

            Hi- I also received the same status ” notice explaining USCIS action was mailed”. Can you please tell me what did you receive in the notice ?

    4. chitraleka

      I received the same message (On August 24, 2015, we began reviewing your Form —-, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number ——— We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by September 7th, 2015, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283.) What did you receive in mail? Thanks!!

    5. MK

      Hi,
      I have received the same status yesterday. Mine directly changed from Case received to this..”My Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed”.On September 17, 2015, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC15145***. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by October 1, 2015, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283.
      Can you please let me know wot this is about? is it RFE or?!!

  10. Srikar

    I am in the same boat dude,”My case was received” and that’s it for a long time, I contacted the employer and they said, this time USCIS is taking longer to process. I am getting tensed day by day. Anyone know, the maximum time of wait, in previous years.

  11. Case still recieved

    Hi all,
    I don’t know what’s going on but I am still waiting for my case status change.. I recieved the receipt in May and from then it is still showing case was recieved… Any other in the same boat.. My receipt no.. Is EAC 15147****..vermont Centre..

      1. Manny

        Relax… There is nothing to loose hope! It’s just the process of validating that is getting delayed. If you see more cases on WAC have status now… this indicates they are working on it and its only Aug 16… There is still 45 days more and anything could happen.. Just relax man!

  12. Waiting

    I got RFE on 6th Jun and on 24th Jul the status changed to “Response To USCIS’ Request For Evidence Was Received”. It is in WAC. How long it will take to process?

    1. Technology

      It might take 45 days to 60days after submitting the RFE response.In worse cases it might take 3 months.mine is regular processing and my RFE response submitted on July 17and still iam waiting

          1. administrator
            Kumar

            No, not true. They do NOT have any such mandate. It seems like a logical date as Oct 1st is start date for many, but USCIS does not have any such SLA for regular processing petitions

  13. Ansh

    I got lottery acceptance in Mid May for regular processing, But still my status shows “My case was received” . Service Center assigned is Boston.I haven’t been asked to submit additional documents too.
    This anxiety is killing me. Shouldn’t I be getting Approved Status as of now(August Beginning), if nothing is wrong?

    1. L

      I got my lottery acceptance back in April and am still on ‘case received’ too. Vermont, RP. I think there must be a lot of PPs getting looked at ahead of us. Suspense is killer and I don’t see how I can be ready to move by October 1st given the long wait time.

      1. Y

        I was selling in the same boat a moment ago. But yes, status changes, mine got changed to ‘Case Was Approved’, yours will change as well. Don’t worry!

  14. PJ

    Reposting the below message (PPL please share your reasons for RFE .. )
    Finally after 3 month’s 17 days my status changed. .. Changed to RFE wow.. perhaps the last thing I could have asked for.
    I have already sent out mail to my attorney seeking details.

    It’s my humble request to all who read this, to kindly share the reasons in this state. I’ll really appreciate for taking out time and writing to this.

    I don’t wana spam this forum so if you want share your reviews plz write to me [email removed spam], but if you want we share your experience here .. everyone would be benefitted.
    Thanks

      1. PJ

        Thanks many for reverting to my query. Have already gone over the link in past which basically categorizes the possible reasons.
        I was interested in real life scenarios.
        But anyways thanks again ..

        1. Manny

          Real Scenarios purely depends upon the Officer who is handling the case on a day to day basis. What I have heard is that they will carefully go through the docs and they will not Deny unless if the documents are fishy…

          Ohh Yea Pray that the Officer should not have a Fight with his wife on the same morning before he starts verifying the cases. Just Kidding – Good Luck!

          1. PJ

            Thanks once again Many for sharing that.
            Ha ha ha
            I hope he doesn’t pick up fight with anyone when he verifies my documents 😉

    1. Ravi

      got RFE last week, letter came in and the reason was maintance of status, they are requesting evideNcE that i maintained status

  15. Vinoth

    Hi,

    You need to add my status too which is not listed and different than the one

    “Document Was Mailed”
    We mailed your document for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACxxxxxxxxxx. If you do not receive your document by June 18, 2015, please go to uscis.gov/e-request to request that we resend the document to you. If you move, go to uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    the status changed from “case received ” to “Document was mailed”
    so far we have not received any document and no status change almost more than 2 months now

  16. H1B_hopeful

    Hello,

    Can anyone please tell me whether it is possible to find out what documents have been requested when the case is in RFE state. My consultant is not responding when I ask him what documents have been asked for.

    Thanks,

    1. Response

      Who is your consultant ?

      USCIS mails them what documents they need in order to proceed further.

      Its not same for everyone.

      1. H1B_hopeful

        I understand the documents requested is not the same and it is sent to the employer/consultant/Attorney directly.
        Since they are not sharing any details with me and have not responded to RFE for more than a month, I wanted to know if there is a way for me find out.
        Thanks,

  17. hari8189

    Hi ,
    In any way can we know the receipt number which we got from our employer is tagged to my name or not i.e by raising case in uscis website.

    1. Sri123

      No you can’t, even if you try to call USCIS – they will inform you to ask ur attorney or emloyer to contact them.
      The only receipt which gives the proof is I-797C which employer would have got already and you can ask them to share.

      1. hari8189

        i did, but they are not willing to share.The status for that recept is still in “Case was recieved” , its been already 3 months. When i ask employer abt this , they said we need to wait thats it , nothing can be done.

        1. PJ

          Finally after 3 month’s 17 days my status changed. Changed to RFE wow.. perhaps the last thing I could have asked for.
          I have already sent out mail to my attorney seeking details.

          It’s my humble request to all who read this, to kindly share the reasons in this state. I’ll really appreciate for taking out time and writing to this.

          I don’t wana spam this forum so if you want share your reviews plz write to me [email removed spam], but if you want we share your experience here .. everyone would be benefitted.
          Thanks

          1. Sri123

            This is really wonderful suggestion, sharing the type of RFEs that people got. This will help the applicants in many ways especially if the attorney is also clueless sometimes.

  18. Sujith Kumar

    Hello All,

    from pass one and half month my case status is

    Case Was Received

    Usually how much time it will take to change..
    are there any deadlines ?? like July End or Aug mid like that.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Thanks
    Sujith P

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      It an take anywhere from few weeks to few months…So, there is NO deadline as such. It all depends on your case and complexity of it. You can upgrade to premium to get decision in 15 days.

      1. PJ

        Floating this message to find out if anyone else is in same/ similar state? Its been 3.5 months now and the status hasn’t changed a bit.

        @Kumar .. is this something to worry about. I know you have been telling this ..the status change takes anywhere between from few weeks to few months. But 3.5 months is too much.

        ~~ MY CURRENT STATUS ~~
        “On April 13, 2015, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC151445XXXX, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case ….”

          1. Justlikethat

            Hi PJ,
            Even i was in the same position as yours few days ago. I was so impatient, I created a profile in USCIS and added around 100 cases around my number…my case number ends with EACXXXXX322″ i added case numbers from EACXXXX001 to EACXXXX400 and i enabled email notification. So I used to get notification of any change happens on any of the cases.
            I used to get updates on many cases like Approved or RFEs. One fine day I got update on mine as Approved. And now i removed all the other cases.
            Before I removed other cases, the trend is 64 still in Initial review status or RFEs. So the trend seems to be only 36% were approved inclusive of Premium processing till now. So dont loose hope, still time is there. Sorry for long post, I just want to help u to calm ur nerves.

        1. OMG

          OMG – on July 30 my case status changed to RFE. Not sure how long it is going to take from now on till the case get approved. 🙁

          1. Waiting

            Is it WAC or EAC? Can you post first 5 characters of your receipt number? I just wanted to know your case number series.

        2. administrator
          Kumar

          PJ, Not to scare you, I do know some cases have taken almost 8 months or more for getting to approval. Read some of the visa stamping experiences, they highlight some of that info on how long it took to process. I would not worry much. If you really are curious and cannot wait, I suggest you upgrade it to premium processing for decision in 15 days.

          1. PJ

            Thanks Kumar for sharing your views on my concern.

            Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts .. indeed reassuring.

            @waiting .. my receipt number is WAC151445xxxx

  19. Hemant Kumar

    Hi ,
    My Case was selected in the lottery but after two month I get a call from my employer Visa Cell that the receipt Number you got is not belong to you.It belongs to some other hemant Kumar whose name as well as date of birth is same .I checked in My company there is no other Hemant with same date of Birth .

    Can you please tell me who give the receipt number and is possible that such mistake happen at USCIS office .

        1. Sri123

          Then you cant be sure about their claims in the first place, that this receipt number belongs to Hemant Kumar and DOB is same too. The probability of you two working in same company is very rare 1 in million may be.
          I feel like your employer is duping you, if there is portal to escalate this, you can do or else you cant do anything.

          1. Hemant Kumar

            Thanks a lot Sri , your inputs give me confidence. I escalated to my higher authorities and waiting for final comments from their side .

            Thans a lot Sri.

  20. Sri123

    Finally approved- status changed from “My Name was updated” to Approved. It finally seems My name was updated is just a clerical update status.
    Vermont – EAC15148*****
    NAD
    RD
    Applied from India

    Wish you all to get the approval soon.

    1. waiting

      Usually at what time in a day you get to know that case status got changed? Is it in the day time(working hours) or after working hours?

      1. ss

        I got to know about my status changing to RFE early in the morning on 28th July . You can set up an alert for the change of status so that you don’t have to keep checking it everyday and every hour of the day. All the best!

          1. PJ

            It’s simple.
            1. Open egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/disclaimer.do
            2. Register yourself . Once you get into
            3. U’ll see Add cases button. Press that n add your details.
            4. To receive mobile alerts n mail you have there, put a check against it.
            You are all set

  21. vasu

    FYI.. All

    California Center-WAC151*******
    Receipt Date: 27th April
    Approved on: 1st July
    Approval Notice(I-797) Received on 13th July
    I-797 Hard Copy Received on 23rd July
    RP, Applied from India

  22. Hurray

    Got it approved last night.

    Applied from UK(basically from India)
    Non-AD
    Regular
    EAC1514753XXX

    Picked around 6 May 2015.
    Approved 22 July 2015

  23. waiting

    Hi,
    My h1b application got picked up in the lottery and now it is under processing thru my consultancy. And now my company is asking me to travel on B1 for one month to US. So plese suggest me whether i need to travell? Or will it effect my H1B?plese suggest me.

  24. VG

    Anybody can explain the my case status. –

    Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction

    On June 15, 2015, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC151435XXXX, to another USCIS office. That office now has jurisdiction over your case. We sent you a notice that explains why we moved your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your notice by July 15, 2015, please go to uscis.gov/e-request to request a copy of the notice. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      VG, as it reads, it tells that for some reason it was probably filed to wrong service center and they have moved the another office. I suggest you speak to your attorney and look at the letter you get from USCIS to understand more.

  25. H1B_Applicant.

    Hey Everyone,

    has any one filed their H1B applications trough this company :-

    ObjectNet Technologies, Inc.
    1117, Perimeter Center West,
    Suite E -104
    Tel: (770) 350 9254.
    Fax: (770) 350 7087
    Atlanta, GA 30338, USA ontinc.com

  26. Abhinav Garg

    Hi,

    My application was filed under normal processing and I was informed around 30th june that it got picked in the lottery also I got a receipt number. All this while the status on USCIS website used to say “Case was received” and now from 15th July onwards it says “On July 14, 2015, we made the decision to refund the fee for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC15xxxxxxxx. We will mail your refund to the address you gave us. This refund does not affect the processing or location of your case. You should receive your refund within 30 days”
    When I call on the number it also says your form I-797 has been sent and we’ll update you once we make a decision on your application, earlier it used to say form I-797 has been approved. But this fees will be reutrned thing has made me really worried.
    Any updates would be much appreciated or if anyone else has faced similar situation.
    Thanks,
    Abhinav

    1. PJ

      Hi Abhinav,
      I still don’t believe this. All this while I haven’t come across any such case.
      Could you share your qualification details. Are you from U.S / India?

      @Kumar .. could you please share your thoughts on this matter.

      1. Abhinav Garg

        Hi PJ n Kumar,
        I am from India but my employer is in US n filed from there. I am B.E. computer science and Engineering and have 9+ years of experience. And mine was regular processing I know this kind of thing happens with premium processing at times but not sure ehats with my case. Please help if there are any views I am getting worried now.

        1. Manny

          Applying from US or Your Home Country doesn’t really matter. I see your Qualification cannot raise any questions since your Degree is a BE in CS ( 4 Years ) so that’s ruled out as well. I am just suspecting that this has something to do with your Employer. Go through this site you will explore your questions / thoughts.

          http://redbus2us.com/common-h1b-rfe-reasons-employer-employee-relationship-qualifications-status/

          Thank You.

        2. pj

          @kumar.. need your attention here. Please share your thoughts. In your opinion what could have possibly gone wrong.

          Abhinav,
          Need few more details.
          From which Indian university u have done B.E

          Did you submit your experience letter justifying 8 years of I.T experience

          What was your aggregate percentage in B.E.

          1. PJ

            Hi Abhinav,
            I spoke to my brother in law (who is in U.S for past 16 yrs).
            Based on the information so far shared with me, he thinks there is perhaps nothing is wrong on your side, however the company who has filled your papers is not reliable (does not have good record .. unfair practices).

            Mind you this is purely our assumption and based on available information.

            I just hope and sincerely wish for the best.

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Abhinav, PJ, If you read the status message, it clearly tells that it does not affect the processing of your case. Fee refund could be done for a host of reasons, it could be that your employer included extra fees that is not required…It is hard to tell that, unless you speak to employer and know what they included. You do not need to panic much, just speak to your employer, it should be fine.

      1. Abhinav Garg

        Hi Kumar, PJ and Manny,

        Thanks all for your thoughts on this. To answer PJ’s question, yes I have all authenticated experience certificates and no gap in employment too and have given all the details and the companies I have worked with so far are all top notch Investment Banks, Consultancies and Technology companies, mostly in fortune 100 so I don’t think that should be an issue.
        However, if you are suspecting that there might be some issue with Employer’s code of conduct, so does that mean my H1 lottery would be treated as null and void or I would still be considered out of cap in case this doesn’t make through the approval process through this employer.
        Although I have checked with employer and this status is something new to him too and he is going to check with his attorneys on this. Meanwhile I also called USCIS customer care to inquire and the moment they took my receipt number they said sorry sir we can’t tell you anything about your case please ask your employer to get in touch with us and we can discuss only with them. They were not even ready to confirm if my application made it through lottery and any further updates too. Not sure why so secretive approach, is this normal…making me worried further.

        1. PJ

          Hello again abhinav,
          we should wait for the attorney reply, as you said your employer is getting in touch with. Let’s wait for his reply on this after all he is the one who is going get the package with refund and other details from uscis.

          Let’s not be assumptous.
          Don’t worry all will be good.

      2. Abhinav Garg

        Hi Kumar, PJ,

        Did you guys get to know any more updates on Fee will be Refunded status?? I have not been able to get any further update on this either from employer or USCIS…still waiting and very confused what is going on…no change in status and no update either. Its already been a month now and employer says he has not either got the refund back nor any other update.

          1. Abhinav Garg

            Hi Chelsea,
            Please let us know if you get to know any updates. I am completely clueless n helpless right now.
            Regards,
            Abhinav Garg

          2. Chelsea

            My employer said my application was rejected. I don’t really believe it, because I have done research, even for rejection, the fee for I-129 form would not be refunded. My employer and I had other problem and I kinda believe that he failed to fix the problem on purpose.

          3. Abhinav Garg

            Sad to hear about the rejection. But did your employer gave any explanation on why it got rejected and whwn your case was also with similar status I believe you also got receipt number which in turn means your application was picked in lottery then what happened now, he gave any insights???

          4. Chelsea

            Like I said, I do not believe what my employer said. I will ask another immigration attorney.

            Did you hear anything from your employer or immigration attorney? What did they say?

          5. Chelsea

            Hi Abhinav,

            I don’t think you need to worry about your case. I don’t believe fee refunded means “denial.” There can be many reasons for process free to be refunded.

            But I suggest you contact your immigration attorney, for a quick explanation.

            Best luck to you.

          6. Abhinav Garg

            Hey thanks…btw I haven’t heard anything from my employer although I keep asking him and he keep saying thai hey haven’t not received any update or refund amount yet even though it is already beenn more than a month now as mentioned on uscis website also but he is saying they have not received any refund or any other update so I just have to wait for now.

          7. Chelsea

            Some people said it is because the lottery was selected by mistake, so they correct mistakes by refunding applicants same way as they returned materials to those who were unselected.

            Do you believe this??

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Abhinav, Well, I can only think of calling USCIS to know more. Sometimes the system does not show correct status due to some clerical errors. You may call USCIS or ask your employer to do the same. Also, this has nothing to do with denial, it is all pure speculation.

          1. Chelsea

            There is a person I heard who had the same situation as ours, now he said his application was rejected. He seems to be certain.

            I cannot get any more information from my employer. If you can get more definite information, it would be very helpful.

        2. Chelsea

          Abhinav,

          Has your immigration attorney contacted USCIS service? Your attorney should be able to find out what is happening.

          Could you also keep me posted?

          1. Abhinav Garg

            Chelsea,
            I have contacted my employer again n again and he is saying we have forwarded to attorney n lets wait but I don’t believe that during 1 whole month they aren’t able to get any answer. However I did call USCIS again yesterday and this time the agent was very helpful she told methis is still under process and this status doesn’t mean denial however she was also referring to the line that this will not effect processing of ur case. So I think she was not much sure apart from whatever shewas reading on screen. However she asked me if I can provide further details on form I 129 then she can see further details which obviously only employer or attorney can provide so same road block again. However I did check with someone else also and he said he is suspecting this to be a case on waitlist n now USCIS might have decided to not clear this waitlist. Will update if I get to know anything else. You also please keep posted if you come across anything.

          2. Abhinav Garg

            Chelsea,
            Yeah I confirmed with one of my immigration specialist friend and he also didn’t know much about this status, what he said that it may be one of the waitlist cases and now USCIS might have decided not to pursue this waitlist. However he said he’ll check with his attorney also. No further updates.

        3. Chelsea

          I agree with you. An immigration specialist told me that case is still pending, no worries. If it is denied now, it must be shown on the website. Since it is not, it is still under processing.

          Let’s hope for the best that we all hear good results in a few days! I will keep you posted.

          1. Chelsea

            Abhinav,
            There is a person I heard who had the same situation as ours, now he said his application was rejected. He seems to be certain.

            I cannot get any more information from my employer. If you can get more definite information, it would be very helpful.

            Really making me feel nervous. Are there are lot of people in the same situation? Please share your status.

          2. Chelsea

            Abhinav,

            Do you remember what questions in total the service representative have asked you?

            When I contacted the service, they refused to provide any information. Maybe you met a nice person, I met a harsh one. But, what did the person ask you to make you believe only attorneys or employers know the answer?

          3. Abhinav Garg

            Chelsea,
            Yeah this time I think I met a nice person as compared to last time where the lady was not ready to share any information, jst like the exp you had. This time she didn’t ask me much jst my receipt number and where my company is based out etc. She was even willing to see further details for me provided I could provide with I-129 petition details which obviously I didn’t have. BTW with the person who is saying his got rejected, did you get to know any further details why it was rejected or any specific reason.

          4. Chelsea

            Abhinav,

            That person has not updated since early August.

            Can you verify with your immigration specialists friends whether case can be selected in lottery by mistake? Rejection is different from denials. Rejections means unselected while a denial is a decision rendered after case is processed. And only cases are unselected will be refunded the filing fee.

          5. Chelsea

            Sagari,

            Can you check your SEVIS again and post what status you have on your SEVIS now?

            Has your employer received the refund check? What is the amount?

            When did you find out your case status? And how did the immigration attorney explain?

          1. sagari

            Hi Abhinav and Chelsea,
            I got the same status on June 22nd and I have been contacting my employer and she says my case got rejected which makes no sense, however I tried contacting my attorney but he has not confirmed anything yet. I did my MS and have genuine experience and it was applied in premium processing. I even asked the HR to forward me to denial or rejection notice if there is any but she hasn’t gotten back yet.

          2. sagari

            The status is the same “Fee Refund Was Mailed
            On June 22, 2015, we refunded the fee for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC1513******, and mailed the refund to the address you gave us. This refund does not affect the processing or location of your case. You should receive your refund within 30 days. If you move, go to uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.” The HR said she received the fee refund but cannot disclose the amount ( which makes no sense). I emailed the attorney yesterday, still waiting for the reply.

          3. sagaris

            Hi Chelsea,
            I have been checking the case status every day and it is the same. I asked the HR about the refund amount but she isn’t disclosing the amount and she says my case is denied. If it is denied then the fee is not refunded and it will be explicitly mentioned about denial. Also I have been asking her to email the denial notice but no reply again. I doubt that a case can be denied without incurring rfe. The attorney is not replying to my emails and he has not confirmed that the case is denied. I feel some glitch happened which they are hiding from me.
            Just keeping my fingers cross for the best to happen. Good Luck to you too and please keep me posted if there is any change on your case.

          4. Abhinav Garg

            Hi Sagris,
            If your employer saying that your case was denied..doesn’t itmean that the full fee will be refunded?? Had it been rejected then only USCIS doesn’t return the fees. Moreover the status itself says fee will b refunded. Moreover I don’t think USCIS can reject a case without putting it in RFE or any such status. I also haven’t got any further updates..my employer saying they haven’t got the fee and the attorney has sent an email to USCIS for which the reply is still awaited. But one thing is for sure that something is fishy otherwise it shouldn’t take so long for them to get clarity.

          5. sagari

            Hi Abhinav,
            The fee is refunded only if h1b is not picked in the lottery. The fee will not be refunded if the case is approved or denied. Will share with you guys if there is any information from the attorney.

          6. Chelsea

            Sagari,

            Maybe your employer was trying to say “reject,” like you said, no refund to petitioners whose case were denied. My employer said my case was selected in lottery by mistake. I think the immigration attorney he hired just never had a situation like this thus could not explain. If the status says that case is still under processing, I believe so.

            Maybe your attorney is able to find out something. All petitions should be processed by September 30.

          7. sagari

            Chelsea,
            I finally got reply from attorney, I am extremely mad at him. he said your case was rejected and we got the check back but in April he sent me the confirmation email that the case was picked in the lottery and I asked him why and obviously he has no answer. I came to know today that an early start date was used to apply for my case instead of October 1 which jeopardized my case. I am told about this today!!Really mad at these people, so you and Abhinav get in touch with your respective HR’s and attorney’s and find out if they have been hiding something of this sort.
            Good Luck!

          8. administrator
            Kumar

            Sorry for you Sagari. Sad to hear. It is basic rule that you cannot apply for H1B before 6 months from the start date, I just cannot believe the attorney messed up this…

          9. sagari

            Thanks Kumar, I feel it was done on purpose but he has not been sending me a proof of denial and whenever I ask he says I haven’t received any denial notice from USCIS. Unnecessarily so much time and money were invested. Atleast I am on cap exempt h1b but this was for a new job with a profit based company. This is the only way I can pacify myself.

          10. Abhinav Garg

            Hello Guys,
            rinally I got a reply from my employer and its not much different than yours. They don’t have any idea on why and how it happened…its just that they got the fee back and saying USCIS considered it as not selected in lottery. However he also mentioned that USCIS even encased the cheque in my case n its very unfortunate to gave this now. Although they haven’t received the packet back yet, but more or less its over for me.

  27. Abhinav Garg

    Hey,
    I got to know through my employer that my application was picked in lottery under regular processing and all this while the status was “Case was Received” until recently when they changed the status to

    ” Fee Will Be Refunded
    On July 14, 2015, we made the decision to refund the fee for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC15xxxxxxxx. We will mail your refund to the address you gave us. This refund does not affect the processing or location of your case. You should receive your refund within 30 days. If you move, go to uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.”
    Anyone has any knowledge on this status or any inputs that may help, because right now my employer also doesn’t know what it means and my application was under regular processing.
    Thanks in advance.

  28. Initial RFE

    Hi kumar, there was an rfe for my case .it was for speciality occupation.
    I hold mech engg degree and have 7+ years of IT consulting experience.

    My employer replied with all necessary docs and details.

    Can any body please tell me the time lines by when we can expect decision made on the RFE Case. Is it before Sept end / Oct beginning.

    Any other info is appreciated .

    1. Manny

      Dear Friend, Don’t worry. Normally it would take 2 Months from the date USCIS received your RFE Docs. Again it depends upon the RFE.

      What was the RFE all about ? Did you apply from US ?

      1. Initial RFE

        Hi Manny,

        Thank you.
        I didn’t get full details but my employer submitted a doc on my onsite role and responsibilities. I applied from India. Non AD/regular.

  29. RP/NonAD

    Kumar/ Fellow members,

    PLEASE HELP:

    I received my H1 approval & other documents yesterday.

    I am worried because the 1-129 document I received yesterday states no dependents are filed with my petition (Page 4, Part 4). I had sent all my spouse details/ marriage certificate etc while attaching supporting documents in March.

    What is the process for H4 visa approval as my spouse would be accompanying me.

    PLEASE HELP 🙁

    1. Sach

      That is not the problem, when you fill the DS-160 form please fill your spouse details and go for the interview with her together….

      1. RP/NonAD

        Thankyou so much!

        Just confirming the H4 checklist: my H-1B approval form (form I-797), marriage certificate, our passports, passport photographs and completed DS-160 right?

        Anything I ‘m missing?

    2. Need you Help

      Hey,

      Congrats !! you got your approval documents.

      My case is similar to yours..
      Regular H1b application from India filed by US Employer.

      Now i am waiting for my documents.

      Can you please share the current status that you see in the USCIS page for your application number.

      I wanted to know if it changes after USCIC mails the documents or not.

      Thanks in Advance for your co-operation !!

  30. Anil

    Hello,

    Now i see the below status in USCIS page.

    On June 12, 2015, we approved your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACxxxxxxxx. We will mail your approval notice. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    1) Can you please let me know whats next to this.
    2) How much time does it take to mail this H1b approval papers to my employer.
    3) Does this mean that they already mailed my papers to my employer ?
    4) When is the earliest date to schedule an interview at the consulate in India.

    Regards
    Anil

    1. Sri123

      contact ur employer with all these questions and they have to send u the original approval notice, then you can schedule the interview with consulate with all necessary documents. It may take a minimum month time to get an interview.

      1. Anil

        My Employer is a busy bee… I have been putting reminders to him since a month.. and he never bothered to respond .. :-(..

        and that’s what made me take your help here in the blog…

        Thanks a lot for your response….

  31. H1_seeker

    Hi all, I got below status,, has anyone got similarone? what kind of info did they ask if you got this kind of status?

    Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed
    On July **, 2015, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC15********. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by July **, 2015, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    1. PJ

      I believe they have requested for additional information from your side (more formally to put this as RFE request) to process your case further.
      You may want to call your attorney and check back with him what exactly are they asking for.

      1. H1_seeker

        Ok, Thank you for reply. I was worried, as wording is different, regular RFE looks different than this one, Please let me know if you have more info,

          1. Amodi

            I am in same boat for H1 extension petition. Initially I applied for regular process due to USCIS was not accepting premium process till 27th July. Later I updated to premium process and got the similar status online. Please let me know if you have information on this. Thanks in Advance!

    2. GK

      what does this mean. This is the latest status after responding to RFE.

      On July 29, 2015, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACxxxxx. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials.

      1. Sharanya

        Hi, It is basically an NOID(notice of Intent to Deny). If you have received this after submitting RFE documents, then it says that after reviewing those documents USICS intend to Deny petition because they were not able to establish valid proof that you are eligible for H-1B classification. However, do not panic. It is not a denial. But like a last chance to submit evidences to USICS to make cancel this NOID. Typically this NOID has to be submitted within 30 days of notice. You have limited time to send a response. Failure to submit additional Evidence will result in denial. I am not sure on what is the NOID that you might have got as it differs from case to case. Please review your RFE and you will have an idea on what it can be. NOIDs have to be carefully responded. I would suggest you to take guidance from an experienced immigration attorney to overcome NOID provided you have valid reasons.

  32. Human

    So, worst case scenario how long will it take to process a regular h-1b petition in California service center ? their website says two months from receiving the petition, but its already past that.

    I want to know if its going to be later than 1st of August so that I switch to premium and have enough time to prepare to travel.

  33. NonAD/RP/WAC

    For everyone waiting on the approval decision,

    I just received this on mine
    “Case was Approved”

    On July 9, 2015, we approved your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC***. We will mail your approval notice.

    -NonAD/RP/WAC

  34. Finally

    Finally my case got approved on July 7 th.
    Case no EAC151465**** .

    Thanks for all the posts and information provided in this site. It was very helpful

  35. Ravi K

    I see all latest updates at this site, but still in a confusion state !

    I have received any update on my application, and according to the employer, he hasn’t received any update until now.

    We are not aware, whether the application was picked or rejected. As per the employer the cheque is not encashed yet.

    Can any one suggest on the reason for the delay.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Manny

      If the Cheque that was included the Application Form was NOT Encashed Then I am deeply sorry to say that your file could not have made it in the Lottery Selection… It is July now and USCIS has started returning all the Unselected Files from JUNE to all the Employers! Your Employer should receive the Return Package anytime from the USCIS if they have not received it already…

  36. ravi

    My case is with status
    My Name was Updated.
    On April 22, 2015, we updated your name for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC15142XXXXXX

    When I requested for I-797 copy got below reply from employer
    As of now we got only the receipt notice number from the Attorney – As this is a legal document they will share us only once they have a approved I-797 copy.

    Is there any other possibility to validate the receipt number with my name.

    1. Manny

      I-797-C which is also called the RECEIPT NOTICE is the only way you can validate your NAME / DOB / Receipt Number. Your Employer is Obliged to give you a Copy of this Notice… Are you Applying from US ?

      1. Ravi

        Case status moved to Approved from My Name was Updated.

        On July 13, 2015, we approved your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC15142XXXX

        NonAD/RP Applied from India.

        Thanks everyone for your valuable information.

  37. seeker

    valuable information.
    but one serious remark about this web site, i don’t see date and time of comment for any of the comments. can the site be updated to show date and time of comment please?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      It does show the date next to the Name of the person who writes the comment, it does not show the time…but the order of the comments is by latest date and time is shown first.

      1. JK

        I agree with Seeker, especially when we browse the site from Andriod phone’s Chrome browser, the date is not getting displayed for most of the pages. It’s working fine on laptop browsers.
        Given the great service that Admin is providing, this is not a big issue for viewers though.

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