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 ( 1,446 )

      1. Rocky

        @ksmk: I saw this in my case as well, below is how it went.
        Case received – Approved – Stamped – Project delayed – Correspondence was received and uscis is reviewing it – Revocation notice was sent.
        Employer is not responding to my emails.
        Do you think it was revoked us USCIS or employer?

          1. Rocky

            Ok thanks. This was last years petition. I assume cap exempt transfer would not be a problem? I have never been to USA.

    1. Sai

      @ksmk : I too got the same status for my new H1B saying as “correspondence was received and Uscis is reviewing it” and my previous status is ” Case was received”

  1. bhumi

    My Case status is “Revocation Notice Was Sent” as I changed my job from petitioner. Does this mean that my previous employer has revoked my H1B and I will not be able to transfer it to new petitioner or use it again. Does it mean that it is cancelled

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Bhumi,

      Lot of employers revoke the petition when the employee leaves them. You should still be able to file cap-exempt petition in future.

  2. Amit

    Hi all,

    on may 4th, i got the Receipt number from my employer, my status on the USCIS now is shown as “My Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction”

    what this status means? is my processing is still on track, or something is missing from my side.

    kindly help.

    1. ksmk

      we have different service centers vermont,california ,nebraska etc .so due to heavy work load your petition has been moved to another service center where there is less work load.. nothing to worry..just hang on…for updates

      1. Amit

        Hi ksmk,

        Thanks for the quick response.

        So does it means there would be update on my Receipt number as well? if service center is switched

    2. vasu

      Hi
      My case was received on Feb 8th,2016 for H1 transfer under normal processing can you please let me know when to expect my visa status update. Processing center is vermont

      I need to travel by oct 2016

        1. ksmk

          https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do

          I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroad 2 Months
          I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S. 2 Months
          I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Extension of stay in the U.S. January 11, 2016

  3. gloria

    Hi
    My employer filed my case on April 1st and i got selected in the lottery on May 28th can you please let me know when to expect for my approval letter?

      1. gloria

        So until when should i wait to get RFE ? Normally for what reasons do they ask for this RFE? I thought i have to fly by Oct 16 why would it take till Dec 16? Is there any specific reasons why it would take too long?

          1. Richa

            Hi,

            I have the same question on the fly date where my status shows ‘Case Was Recieved’. Can you please also share the timeline with me?

            Thank You

        1. anil

          If this question is for NONAD-RP who are in india then you are missing something here, above and below all people.
          what about consultant interview in india?,least dates available are around november,i keep checking all over india for the dates 3 times a day,until you got approved from your consulate office you cant travel.
          so till the time your petetion gets a status change may the dates will move to december, this means you can fly december ending or january.
          you can attend at other consulate for interview if dates are near but that might rise to doubts,some will lucky and some will not.
          All these things i am sharing based on my 3 years of h1 filing experience.

    1. anil

      If this question is for NONAD-RP who are in india then you are missing something here, above and below all people.
      what about consultant interview in india?,least dates available are around november,i keep checking all over india for the dates 3 times a day,until you got approved from your consulate office you cant travel.
      so till the time your petetion gets a status change may the dates will move to december, this means you can fly december ending or january.
      you can attend at other consulate for interview if dates are near but that might rise to doubts,some will lucky and some will not.
      All these things i am sharing based on my 3 years of h1 filing experience.

  4. Honey

    On July 8, 2016, we denied your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker,
    I got this notice. This means i have no chance to work?

    1. ksmk

      you can go for MTR- motion to reopen. but should be done by your employer through attorney..but the chances are very bleak..

  5. Dilip

    Hi Saurabh,
    I’ve checked the USCIS PROCESS TIMINGS for CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTRE and it shows NOV 2, 2015. What does this mean? And by when can I expect a change in my stauts from case was received. Please help with the info.
    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Dilip,

      The file was last updated on April 30 while date entry was still happening for this year’s petitions. Due to the huge workload of the petitions, they haven’t updated the status for I-129. Was your petition applied in April 2016? If yes, then you should expect reply by Oct 2016, although there is no SLA and could be well delayed due to huge workload of applications.

    2. Dilip

      Saurabh,
      Thanks. But my Employer says that there will be a reply by the first or second week of august. Can I expect a reply by then or will it be in Oct only? If there is no reply in August can I upgrade to PP coz whenever I ask my employer regarding the upgradation he tells me that I will be in problems if I upgrade to PP USCIS will raise a quiery. Is it true? Can I expect a reply anytime before OCT 2016? Please reply with the info.
      Thanks

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        Dilip,

        Like I said, reply ****BY*** Oct. So this can happen in July, Aug, or Sep. Some folks have already received updates on your petition.

  6. Sunny

    I applied for H1b in april, 2015 and case moved to RFE in may 2016, on june 9th we replied for RFE, Still waiting for the response from USCIS. Anyone in the same boat?

      1. sumit shah

        Same with me.

        SR said stuck in security check. Next SR said pending adjudication.

        Employer not ready to convert to premium although I m ready to pay.

    1. ksmk

      https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do

      check respective time lines of service centers. vermont date was sep-17-2015 until june 14-2016. now it is 2 months so all the h1b applications pending since 2015 will be cleared on or before aug-14-2016.

      1. Dileep

        Hi I’ve checked my Case receipt and its given that my case has been sent to CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTRE and I’ve checked the process time for the same which is last updated on 14th June 2016 and it shows 2 months. So can I expect any change in my status on or befor 14th august? I’ve checked classification as petition for a non immigrant worker blanket L. Or should I check petition for a non immigrant worker h-1b special occupation- visa to be issued abroad? Coz I’m in India and waiting for the visa. Please let me know.
        TIA

        1. ksmk

          I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroad November 2, 2015 this is what i see for california…how come it shows 2 months ?

          1. Dileep

            Thats what I said, I just checked the second one in the box which is Petition for a NON IMMIGRANT WORKER H1-B – BLANKET L. This shows 2 months. And the one you mentioned shows Novermber 2, 2015. So by when can I expect it to be done? I’m confused with this date Nov 2, 2015. By when can I expect a change in the status

        2. Dileep

          Saurabh, can you please tell me why is it still showing Nov 2, 2015 even today. What does it mean? My status is still case received. By when can I expect any change in the status

          1. ksmk

            petition for a non immigrant worker h-1b special occupation- visa to be issued abroad is what u need to check “visa to be issued abroad”. california center last processed application is for nov-2-2015. if ur application should have been after nov 2-2015.(RFe or response for rfe received ) what ever it is. if it is nov 28-2015( rfe response received, then you are very close. may be 30-45 days from now hypothetically.

          2. Dileep

            Thanks KSMK, but I’ve applied for h1b this year on 1st April 2016. My case status shows we have received your petition for non immigrant worker petition no WACXXXXXXXXXX on 11th April 2016 and sent you a receipt notice which explains how we are going to process your case. If you donot receive the notice by 11th May 2016 inform us. So can I expect a change in status 30- 45 days? TIA

      2. Jitu47

        Hi,

        I was selected in H1B lottery last year during April2015, then I received RFE & it was responded by my employer, its in RFE state from 5th Oct 2015, I don’t have any great hopes left with this… 🙁 employer says pending with security check –
        “Response To USCIS’ Request For Evidence Was Received”
        Since “Processing Cases As Of Date:” column in this page https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processingTimesDisplay.do;jsessionid=abcvf699hjMtf9xwAXyyv shows 2months, so can I expect them to close my case by aug14 2016? or where should I check or what will be the deadline for them to respond to me??

        1. ksmk

          Looks like you are too much pessimistic person.” I don’t have any great hopes left with this… “. be happy that your petition got picked in lottery. hopefully it will be approved in a month or two.patience is bitter but its fruit is very sweet. person who has no patience will never scale heights in life.

        2. administrator
          Saurabh

          Jitu47,

          Petitions that are stuck in security check are not subject to the processing timelines mentioned on USCIS site. They can be delayed for some to several months.

  7. shiva

    Hi

    I have picked in lottery and my status as “case was received ” from past 25 days. How long it will take to completed the next levels? What are the next steps will be. Please guide.

  8. Mayank

    I havent got any notice from USCIS and my employer. What are the chances of getting an approval? Mine was masters quota

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Mayank,

      If you haven’t received any receipt number or selection hint yet, then you didn’t make through the lottery. Rejection letter should be received soon or employer may have already received it.

  9. NA

    Hi Saurabh,

    My employer has only 2 employees, he sponsored my H1 Regular process and got selected in lottery. I would like to know the chances for approval.
    Appreciated for your response.

    Thanks,
    NA

  10. Shyam

    Hi,

    Can anyone please tell me what does my status mean. Below is status.

    Receipt Notice Was Changed

    On May 31, 2016, we made a change to your receipt notice for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC XXXXXXXXX. We mailed you a notice describing how we are processing your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    Thanks in advance
    Shyam

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Shyam,

      Probably something changed in the receipt. Employer/attorney should receive the paper notice explaining the change.

      1. Shyam

        Hi Saurabh,

        Thanks for your reply.

        I haven’t got any updates from my employer. Usually what kind of changes they make in the receipt ? Can you please share some info.

          1. Shyam

            Hi Saurabh,

            Its been 4 months the status is not changed, It is still “Receipt Notice Was Changed”. This status is something in between “Case received” to Case Approved” or something different.

          2. Shyam

            Hi Saurabh,

            My case status is changed from “Receipt Notice Was Changed” to “Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed”.

            Right now my case status is like below. Can you please tell me what does this mean?

            Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed
            On November 10, 2016, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACXXXXXXXX. 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 November 24, 2016, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

          3. Shyam

            Hi Saurabh,

            My case is approved on December 27th 2016. My Employer given me all the papers(documents) required. But my online status still not updated. It still says that RFE Response Received.

            I’m Confused now. Why it is not updating?

  11. Akash

    Hello Saurabh,

    I got selected in H1 Lottery this year, after that my employer converted it into PP. Now I got RFE.

    Employer shared the reason: its because they need client letter and some other documents.

    Initially I provided the different company name A (while applying for H1 lottery), can I change the company name to B ( while replying to rfe) ? both company comes under one organization.

    In case we reply back with required documents, whether it will be considered under Premium processing.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Akash,

      It may tricky. If you are changing it to a client at different location, then it warrants LCA change which may not be possible while the petition is still pending. Your attorney can frame a letter to USCIS and request the change, but there is a chance that it may not work.

  12. hechonebee

    Hi Saurabh,

    My case status is :
    Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction

    Yes, it is not listed in any of the above screen shots.

    Is it safe to assume I am somewhere in between “Case Received” and “Case Decision” ?

  13. infy123

    Hi Saurabh ,

    My petition picked in lottery and initial my status was “Case was received ” after that on Jun6 th my staus was changed to “My name was updated ” in uscis, can you please let what exactly the meaning of this status,

    Thanks in advance

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      infy123,

      Probably something was updated in the receipt. Your employer should receive the notification in some weeks. They can contact USCIS about it and clarify.

      1. infy123

        Thank you saurabh,

        Now My case status saying that “Request for Additional Evidence was mailed”. How much time to get the RFE mail

          1. Dilip

            Ooh okay. But my employer says that there will be a reply by first or second week of August coz. Is it possible to get a reply by then or there will be a reply only in Oct? If there is no chance of any reply till oct can I upgrade it to PP in August? Whenever I ask my employer about upgrading the process he says I’ll get into peoblems if I try to upgrade it the USCIS will raise a quiery. Is it true? Is there any chance of getting the reply before Oct? Please help with the info
            Thanks

    2. hechonebee

      Hi Saurabh,

      My case status is : Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction

      It is not listed in any of the above screen shot.

      Is it safe to assume I am somewhere in between “Case Received” and “Case Decision” ? Or my status is even before “Case Received” ??

  14. Govind

    Hi,

    I got my name under lottery in 2015-16. My petitioner is an consultant at US.
    There was an RFE raised by USCIS in July-2015 and the response was made by Attorney in Oct-2015.
    Since then there is no movement and the status is always”we received your response to our Request for Evidence for your Form I-129″.
    Looks like my consultant is not keen to look forward at my case.

    Is it possible if i can get my petition transferred to another consultant or my current company.
    I do have I-797C with me.
    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Govind,

      Unless the petition is approved, it is of no use. For H-1 transfer, the original referenced petition should be approved, which is not in your case.

  15. Ram

    Hi,

    My attorney sent an email on May 15 which says that my status as “case was approved and my decision is emailed”. They also said they’ll receive an approval notice by mail but it’s been more than 2 weeks and I haven’t heard from them. Till when can I expect the notice?

    Mine is AD/PP California centre. Also, I couldn’t apply for COS because I had to leave the country since my opt expired just before the H1b deadline.

    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Ram,

      Paper receipt notice should be received within 2 weeks but the SLA is 30 days. After that, employer/attorney should contact USCIS.

  16. jana reddy

    hi
    i didnt receive any letter from uscis till now( 3 june 2016). my consultancy people is telling chance is very low for picking up in lattery. is it true, i am planing for someother option like F1…. should i wait or go on for other option

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      jana reddy,

      Yes, it is better to go with alternate plan if you haven’t received the receipt number yet.

  17. Ramesh

    Hi,

    I had the following case statuses (I-129):
    In April: My case was received /EAC number
    May 18: My case was transferred to another Office
    June 1: My case was returned to USCIS

    Its totally confusing! I dont understand as to what’s happening!
    Is the last status denote any problem? I could see a received status if i replace EAC with WAC with same number. Is this my new case number?

    Kindly help explain this.

    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Ramesh,

      Can you elaborate what June 1 message is. Paste the actual text that you see online. Swapping WAC w/ EAC doesn’t work this way. They belong to different people.

      1. Ramesh

        The exact message is as below:
        On June 1, 2016, the Post Office returned your document to us. We will hold your document for 180 days or until November 28, 2016. Please go to www.uscis.gov/e-request to request that we resend the document to you. If you do not submit an online request by November 28, 2016, we will destroy your document and you will need to file a new Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with fee. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

        This is confusing, because earlier status mentioned that case was transferred!

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Ramesh,

          USCIS sent a document to your employer (most likely related to transfer of case), but post office was not able to deliver it to your employer and was returned to USCIS. Your employer/attorney should contact USCIS and get this sorted out.

          1. Ramesh

            Ok thanks. But the document even if the sponsor have not received, it should not affect the status of transfer right? It will get transferred and go through approval/ rejection process?

          2. administrator
            Saurabh

            Ramesh,

            It won’t impact the decision, but your employer should figure out the reason. If the address is incorrect, then employer should get it corrected or all documents will be returned to USCIS.

  18. SJ

    I asked for a new I-20 from my school and the new I-20 says h1b status change pending and there is a receipt number.

    I used the receipt number to track and it says “Case was received”

    My application was through Premium processing and Advanced degree through Vermont. (Shouldn’t the tracking page says “Case Was Received and A Receipt Notice Was Emailed” instead of “Case was received”)

    The lawyer didnt receive any receipt and the check wasn’t cashed yet.

    I got excited that there was a receipt and now i’m starting to see a lot of confusion around this case.

    Is anyone on the same boat?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      SJ,

      Ask employer to contact USCIS and follow-up on the case. Maybe the receipt notice is lost in transit or someone else’s receipt number has been added to your SEVIS record.

  19. anonymous

    Hi ,

    I on my 19th May when I queried my case status it said “Case Was Approved” and that USCIS will mail my approval notice. Subsequently my attorney got the approval email from uscis which clearly stated “The form I-797 Approval Notice will follow in the mail.” Now when I check my case status it says “Name Was Updated” on May27. Further it says “On May 27, 2016, we updated your name for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACxxxxxxx”. What could be the possible reasons for this status change considering my case was approved, anybody else has got similar experience, is there a cause for concern?

    Regards
    anonymous

    1. InfySelect

      As soon as i got selected in lottery my status was “Name Was Updated” and not yet moved. yours is regular or premium ?

      1. anonymous

        Hi,

        The status changed to “Case Was Approved And USCIS Notified The U.S. Consulate or Port of Entry”. So all is good. Mine was PP.

        Regards

  20. 2ndTimer

    Hi,

    I received H1B receipt notice from the employer, however I still can’t track the case number in USCIS Case status page. It still says “Please verify the case number”.

    Can someone please tell me what does this mean? Is my case status not updated in their systems?
    How to proceed further in this matter?

    Cheers,
    2ndTimer

    1. ksmk

      Did you employer gave you the case number ? or did he gave you the official uscis receipt , which has the case number in it. if your employer just gave you the case number over the mail or do you have the case number in the uscis receipt notice. if it is uscis receipt notice then it will not be wrong case no as you can see your name on that notice and if your employer gave you the case number re -check if the case number is of correct format and also it is yours.

      1. info

        I received the receipt# from employer. I got the i797 form where my name, DOB and the receipt # is there. But while tracking it, it says ‘please verify the receipt number’. What does that mean?

  21. Dileep

    Hi Swurabh,
    This is the first time that my h1b has been filed and I want to upgrade to Premium Processing but many people are telling me that I cannot upgrade to PP as this is the first time I’ve applied for h1b. So can u please tell me whether I can upgrade to PP or not.

    TIA,
    DILEEP

  22. Krishna

    Hi Saurabh,
    Thank you for putting your efforts answering our queries.

    My situation is:
    I am presently in US on J1 visa, Applied for H1B through Non-AD, cap, PP, picked in the lottery (april 11), case approved on May 18 and my present status shows” Case Was Approved And My Decision Was Emailed”.

    My employer’s lawyer told me that he applied for Change of Status (COS) as well but I have to wait till he get the final approval from USCIS to confirm whether USCIS approved my petition with COS or not. After that I can decide whether I should apply for COS of my wife and daughter (dependent on J2 visa) for that I have to pay $300 USCIS fee + 500$ Lawyer fee.

    My question are 1. Does USCIS send 797 with COS through email or they only send by mail??
    2. How long does it take to get the final approval notice through mail??

    Thank you in advance.
    Krishna

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Krishna,

      1. I think they would mention I-94 details in the email. But to be sure its better to wait for actual approval notice as it would have new I-94 (still same number) attached to it.
      2. Paper notice should be received within 2 weeks, but the SLA is 30 days.

      1. Krishna

        Thank you Saurabh for instant reply.

        Today I received the final approval notice I-797A with I-94 receipt attached. Now I will apply for H4B (COS) for my family members (they are on J2 visa).

        Thank you again for the blog which helped me lot .

  23. Information_Seeker

    I am just curious do we have some dead line for the petitions to change status to case approved from case received.

  24. ratna

    Hi i got below status(My Name was Updated) two days back i just want to know the what does it means?if anyone knows can u please let me know.
    On May xx, 2016, we updated your name for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACXXXXXXXXX. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address

  25. Ram

    Hi Saurabh,

    Today, I got a status change, the status changes reads as “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction”.

    On May 18, 2016, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC16********, 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.

    What does this mean?

    Thanks,
    Ram

    1. ksmk

      Due to heavy work load the petitions are being sent to other service centers. instead of Vermont service center now your case will be worked by one of the case officers in California or Nebraska or Texas service center.

    2. pavan

      me to received ‘case has been transferred to other service center’ on 18th from EAC. does this mean my case number will change or will it remain same ?

      Thanks,
      Pavan

      1. ksmk

        It will remain same. status will be updated to Vermont service center by the service center to which it has been transferred and vermont service center will give the update to you .

          1. ksmk

            The case has been transferred to other service center as vermont has heavy work load. in order to avoid the delay case has been transferred to other service center.

        1. Deepak

          What does this mean – “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction” ?
          It at least means that my petition is picked in lottery right?

  26. Rajesh

    My case is in received state since 1 year without any movement, Anyone else in the same state?

    When the consultancy checked with USCIS, they said it is under security check. What are my chances now.

      1. Bhaskar

        Consultancies say .. they already raised a Service Request. But who knows brother they indeed did or not.. ! .. Let’s just hold ourselves.. I wish all our cases would get approved soon.

  27. H1B_Applicant

    My current case status is “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 XX, 2016, please go to www.uscis.gov/e-request to request that we resend the document to you. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    I got the receipt notice yesterday.

    So, the document which they have mentioned is the receipt notice I received. Right?

    Do the status change from “Document was mailed” to “Case was received” soon?

    1. Rajesh

      Hi I am also standing with the same Status: We mailed your document for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACxxxxxxxxx. PLease advise what would this mean ?

  28. Govind

    Hi,

    I got my petition selected through Lottery for 2015.

    One RFE was raised and my company did responded them in October 2015, since then it is showing the same status.

    “On October 22, 2015, we received your response to our Request for Evidence for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number . Our Vermont 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.”

    My company and attorney did followed up for this but nothing is happening so far.

    Any suggestion will definitely help.

      1. Govind

        Hi Ksmk,

        Thanks for the valuable input.

        Just curious to know, even if this is the normal case, but the response to RFE is raised around 7 months back.

        Is this normal, i mean it’s 2016 started and are there any cases left for 2015 yet?

        My company is not willing to go for premium processing as per them the conversion ratio is not that good.

        Is there any way we can process it fast?

        1. ksmk

          Mine is the same case like you. i got RFE in august 2015 and my employer responded in Nov 2015 and since then it is in rfe received status only. most of them are in the same boat like us. if you would like to speed up the process the only way is going for premium processing which cost around usa $ 1700/- 1225 for uscis fee and the rest would be attorney fee. but this can be done by your employer through attorney. else you have to wait that’s all one can do.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Govind,

      Agree w/ ksmk’s comment. If your petition is stuck in security check, then even upgrading to PP won’t speed up the process.

      1. Govind

        Hi Saurabh,

        Is there any way i can find out if my application is stuck with security check or where exactly it stucked?

        Thanks.

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Govind,

          Only 2 ways that I know:

          1. Raise SR and hope that they respond with meaningful information and disclose about security check
          2. Upgrade to PP and if they don’t process within 15 calendar days, then it is stuck in security check

          Do you know if employer has filed other petitions and what happened to those?

          1. Govind

            Hi Saurabh,

            Per consultant, they got 40 applications in lottery and out of those 36 were approved and only 4 are still stuck with same reason.

            They did raised SR but still there is no response, they are planning to raise another SR in 2-3 days.

            For PP, consultant is not that keen for. As per him the conversion ratio is not that good.

            Is this true?

            Thanks.

          2. administrator
            Saurabh

            Govind,

            PP success rate fears are like urban legends. You hear about them but they are not true.

            See what happens to new SR which they are planning to file. Nothing else you can do here.

          3. sumit shah

            Hi govind,
            Any updates?

            I am exactly in the same situation as you are.

            SR response in April 2016 was that it was stuck in security check.

            Another SR Response in june 2016 was it was pending consideration.

            My employer does not seen interested in PP.

            Feel helpless.

            What can be done?

            Saurabh any suggestions?

    2. kdr

      HI,

      I have the same problem. My RFE files received on NOV 2 th, and have not heard anything yet. Did you get any notice lately? Please let me know

      1. ksmk

        My rfe response received on nov-18 and still no update. we need to hang on or convert it to premium by paying 1700$( INR 1,14,000).(Non -refundable)

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Ksmk,

          If you want, you can upgrade to PP. It is an option available, but if denied, nothing is returned.

        2. kdr

          As of March 31th, USCIS Vermont was processing H1B which sent to USCIS on September 17.
          Here is the link: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processingTimesDisplay.do
          A person was in the same situation like us. He sent the RFE on October 17th and he got approval on May 7th. I hope we will get approval notice from USCIS soon.

          1. ksmk

            I have 2-3 case nos whose rfe response was given around oct 2 ,6 . still no update on those.

            Here is the link: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processingTimesDisplay.do

            as per this vermont processed all applications till sep 17-2015. no clue how vermont is processing the applications considering this year h1 petitions also in pipeline. hope to hear the good news soon!

  29. Gowtham

    Hi,

    If the status says “My Case was received”. It means the petition is picked in lottery.
    I am little confused. Please guide.

  30. KK

    Hi Saurabh/Kumar, I’m AD/RP/VT- selected in lottery this year.

    Can I change from regular processing to premium processing at this stage and send additional documents to USCIS for my application? Or can I send additional documents only in case of a RFE? Please let me know. Thanks.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      KK,

      It can be upgraded to PP using I-907 form. However, the SLA won’t start until May 12. Additional documents cannot be submitted unless they issue RFE.

  31. Krishna

    Hello,

    I have got F1 Visa and traveled to US. but due to some reasons, I returned from US with in 4 days and didn’t continue the studies. Now I have applied H1-B and it got picked from the lottery.

    I just want to know whether my F1 visa impact the H1 B petition ?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Krishna,

      It should be ok as you didn’t break any rules. You may be asked about the reason for not using the F-1, and you can respond truthfully.

  32. manz

    Hi,

    Can anyone please suggest what should be my next action on this situation.

    I work for company in India. I have filed H1B through a firm in US which got ‘Approved’ on November 2015. Now that my case is approved, and i can head to VISA interview, my employer who filed the case is not responding and gone missing. (He is no more interested to get my process done)

    Can i transfer my H1B Approved case to another company? (If Yes- how can that be done?)
    How do i get my i797 form which is send to attorney upon my case approval?

    Please suggest me what action should be taken in this case.
    Please help me….

    Thanks,
    manz

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Manz,

      Another employer can file a cap-exempt petition for you. For this you need to find another employer and ask them to process H-1 for you. Process is pretty similar to your initial H-1 w/ the exception that is not counted in the cap.

      Documents required are similar to what were required for your initial H-1. Initial documents required include proof of having H-1 already approved. The best is to have copy of previous approval notice. If you can get it from old employer, its very helpful. If not, submit just the receipt number and a copy of online status showing it as approved. In this case, the new employer has to trust you that petition number belongs to you and was really approved.

    2. Rajesh

      Subject –> H1-B visa – query regarding Cap-Exempt and extension deniel

      Hi Saurabh/Friends,

      I’m here in US for around 2 years on H1B Visa. After the Visa extension denial(after April 20-2016) from USCIS, please suggest what are the options to work here without leaving USA.
      My i-94 expired on 30-Sep-2015. My Employer applied extension so I was able to stay for 240 days.

      1. Am I eligible and can I apply for Cap-Exempt now ?
      2. If yes, can my same Employer file ?
      3. If not, can I apply for new Job/new Employer.
      4. Do I need to leave USA now ? (How many days I can stay in in USA after H1-B visa denial this week ? Wanted to know so that I can decide to stay here or should I rush back to India.)
      5. If I resign from my current Employer,how long can I stay here and apply for the new Job/Employer.

      Request you to please guide me.

      Thanks,
      Rajesh

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        Rajesh,

        Your I-94 has already expired and you have no timely filed extension petition currently pending w/ USCIS. So in this case, you should leave US ASAP. There is no grace period.

        You can continue to file another cap-exempt petition through this employer, or through another employer (H-1 transfer); but it is important that you leave now.

        Talk to your employer/attorney about next course of action w.r.t. them.

  33. ksmk

    Until and unless you see the denial status ,the game is not over. either it should be case approved or denied (decision). if you do not see either of these then the game is very much on.

  34. PJ

    @Kumar and everyone
    I filled for H1B for last year (for 2016 session).
    It got picked in lottery in April 2015, which then traversed through RFE > RFE response received > and finally Name Update stage (as of 19 Jan 2016).

    Should I still keep hope?
    Is anyone in the group still from 2016 session and with application in processing state.

    The is really bad.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      PJ,

      Yes, there are still few folks whose decision is still pending. Until you see the denial message, you should remain hopeful.

      1. Being positive

        Are there any cases where the H1B application is called for RFE are only from India and none for AD degree applications from US?

        I mean are all RFE cases in the 65000 quota and not from 20000 quota people who applied with Masters degree

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Being positive,

          That’s not true. I have read about instances of AD petitions running into RFE in the past.

    2. ksmk

      Until and unless you see the denial status ,the game is not over. either it should be case approved or denied (decision). if you do not see either of these then the game is very much on.

        1. Curious user

          Even my case is also in received status. Our cases will approve soon. Be patient and pray God, he will give when the time comes.

  35. VAC

    Hi Saurabh,

    What about below status? Can below case considered as cap exempt?

    Revocation Notice Was Sent
    On November 19, 2013, we revoked the approval of your case, Receipt Number EAC13********, and mailed you a revocation notice. It explains the reasons for our action. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your revocation notice by December 3, 2013, please go to uscis.gov/e-request to request a copy of the notice. If you move, go to uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      VAC,

      If the case was revoked b/c employer withdrew the petition, then it is still cap-exempt. If it was revoked b/c USCIS discovered an issue later, then it is not cap-exempt.

  36. Shrimp

    I don’t know whether I should be happy that my case moved or sad that I got RFE. Mixed feeling are generating. What could be the reason, is it because it has been one year and they want conformation that I am still required or company screwed up something while filing. Any insight you have please share.

    1. ksmk

      Be happy that you have got RFE and not NOID(Notice of intent for DENIAL). your employer must have filed correctly in the first instance.but uscis is now checking all the documents in a very granular level. if you could share the questions of rfe : [email protected] then i can tell you the chances of approval or denial or second rfe.

        1. ksmk

          if yours is regular process it is “case approved” else premium means “case approved and decision is mailed”. if your status is either of this,then you need to get the documents from your employer(uscis will send to attorney and attorney to employer and employer to employee.) once you have all docs go to stamping.

        2. ksmk

          once case is approved you will get docs from your employer(uscis-attorney-employer-employee). once u get it go to stamping .

          1. ksmk

            on what visa you are currently. ? you need to get h1 visa stamped on your passport else you will not have h1 visa .

  37. kumar

    Hi ,

    My H1b extension was approved on March 10th under premium processing..On March 18th the status changed to Amended notice was emailed. I was bit confused and worried. Pls let me know weather my case was approved or not?.I saw similar cases on the discussion forum. But there is no proper update. Can you pls help me in understanding the situation.

    Regards
    kumar

  38. kumar

    Hi Guys,

    My H1b extension was approved on March 10th under premium processing..On March 18th the status changed to Amended notice was emailed. I was bit confused and worried. Pls let me know weather my case was approved or not?.I saw similar cases on the discussion forum. But there is no proper update. Can you pls help me in understanding the situation.

    Regards
    kumar

      1. PJ

        On. First March have raised “service request ” which was supposed to be serviced by Mar 16th.
        No reply from uscis yet.

        BTW my last status as on Feb 19th says “name updated”

  39. Pankaj Kumar

    Hi,

    I have received status of B1 as “Received H-1B receipt notice from USCIS”, Please advise on this.

    Thanks,
    Pankaj

  40. PJ

    Kumar and everyone
    All those who have eagerly awaiting to hear on H1 B status for 2015 please read below

    All of us are aware of the lengthening processing times for several product lines at USCIS centers. However, most pronounced is the extraordinary expansion of processing times for H-1B.
    Today assess how bad is the situation I checked the status of processing at California Centre ( https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do). open this page and select appropriate center and click button “Service Centre processing data” it should take you to the designated page

    It says they are currently processing applications dated July 22, 2015. I am not quite sure of this date (does it mean the application which has “RFE response received state” dated July 22, 2015 or is it something.

    Vermont Service Center is the fastest with processing file dated September 17, 2015.

    Please let me know what your take on this

    1. ksmk

      As per the website updated information Vermont service center is processing dated sep 17-2015.i have seen the rfe petitions response received in dec-23-2015 and petitions received in sep,oct still no response. so there is no clue as how they are processing the petitions. it all depends on the case officer and the no of files he/she has in hand at that moment to processed on a day to day basis.bottom line is “complete chaos”

      1. pj

        Thanks KSMK for your reply..

        Kumar .. If could also share your thoughts on this, especially for the part “Processing dates”
        Me and KSMK collectively realized they are the “RFE Received response dates”

        1. ksmk

          Regarding the processing dates Vermont Service Center is the fastest with processing file dated September 17, 2015.it means they are processing the applications that have the RFE response received date on or before sep-17-2015. technically it means they should have cleared all the RFEs on or before that date. Kumar correct me if i am wrong or missing anything.

    2. SRR

      Hi PJ,

      My case is
      New H1B
      RFE raised on July 2015
      RFE response received on Aug 5th 2015
      Processing center – Vermont

      Till date there is no response. As the latest processing date for Vermont center is Sep 17 2015, is it possible that my application has been processed but the status is yet to b updated on the website of USCIS?

      Thanks in advance
      SRR

      1. ksmk

        If the application is processed then it will be updated in the uscis site at any cost. as all the petitions are processed very meticulously by uscis. so the chance of not updating the case status is possible.if you still have concerns call the national customer center and enquire about your case status.

        1. SRR

          Thank you for your response.

          So can I as an applicant make a call to the NCSC or is it the consultancy/lawyer who are supposed to call them?

          1. pj

            Hi SRR
            I would suggest you request your consultant to raise service request in your case (please note it’s not premium processing).
            This is simply a request raised to uscis seeking explanation as to why the decision is not yet taken..

            My consultant did this on Mar 1st for and a revert is expected by Mar 16th

            -Pj

          2. ksmk

            Generally they ask for the lawyer (attorney) or the employer to call them. but you can try and call them. 90% they will not answer to the employee that is the petitioner, in case if they say i need to talk to your attorney or employer then tell your employer or attorney to call uscis and seek the information. if the status is updated then it will reflect in uscis website 99.99%.

        1. SRR

          My consultancy had raised a SR a month back. There hasn’t been any response to that yet.

          Is it ok to convert my application to PP now.

          Thanks
          SRR

          1. ksmk

            you can change anytime to PP. it will be addressed in 10 working days. if you are sure about the approval go for PP.

  41. Rfe n Denied

    Hi Saurabh, Kumar & fellow members,

    After long wait, after rfe, status changed to
    decision emailed, we denied your i-127 …

    It’s very disappointing. May I know how my employer can challenge the decision
    And
    Am I cap exempt for the next year by chance?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. ksmk

      sorry to know about the denial after such a painful wait,your employer can challenge the decision by “motion to reopen” but you need to know on what basis the petition has been denied.

      Am I cap exempt for the next year by chance? not clear with your question.

      1. Rfe n Denied

        Thanks kmsk. I’ll check with my employer about going for MTR.

        About my second question..
        Since I was through in 2015 lottery, if I my employer applies again in 2016, will my application be considered in 65k cap exemption? Or I’ll have to go through lottery again?

        Please share if any idea..

  42. ksmk

    http://www.ailaleadershipblog.org/2016/02/04/frustrations-with-h-1b-processing-delays-exacerbated-by-uscis-stonewalling/

    Hi All,
    Any views or opinions on this article please. what is the exact reason for the delay any guess?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      ksmk,

      They are raising valid concerns. I have seen extension petitions hanging around for more than 6 months (including mine) who had to be finally upgraded to PP to get some traction.

      Also, this may very well delay FY-17 processing. As these petitions have been delayed for so long, USCIS may still process them prior to FY-17 regular filing petitions.

      USCIS will publish FY-17 PP timelines sometime in late March and early April. That would be another indication how slow they expect FY-17 processing to be.

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          KSMK,

          Historically they have done that. But this year there are additional factors like several H-1 amendment petitions and H-4 EAD applications. I think it may still happen but it may be unchartered territory.

          1. ksmk

            I was not aware of this H1 amendment petitions,if you do not mind could you please throw some light on this H1 amendment petitions.

          2. administrator
            Saurabh

            KSMK,

            When there is a need to change approved petition, an amendment needs to be filed. Recently, a rule went into effect stating that an amendment is a must if the person’s work location happens. Lot of folks working in consulting business then needed to have these amendments filed whenever their client location change. Hence the flux.

  43. Shrikanth

    hi,

    My status shows “Case was approved”, but it is definitely a premium processing, because initial status showed “Case Was Received and A Receipt Notice Was Emailed”. will that happen?

      1. Gupta

        Yes, you have to go for stamping… If there was no I-94 in H1B copy…
        If I-94 there in H1B copy, You can go on your wish for stamping

  44. ksmk

    Hi pankaj,
    My RFE response has been given on Nov-18-2015 and since then i have been waiting for the status. there is no timeline for the approval this time.USCIS has heavy work flow of applications this time .(H4 applications). there are people whose status is still in case received (april-2015) and whose RFE response has been given in the month of aug,sep,oct 2015. if you want to check drop me an email at my id :[email protected] . i will give you the case no’s. this i have obtained during my random check . just out of curiosity i checked some 300-400 case nos and their status. is it my case which is lagging behind or others like me are also in the same boat.unfortunately it is the latter one. can’t do anything. only you need to wait or change it to premium processing through your attorney. hope this info is helpful to you.

    1. Shrimp

      My status is Case recieved too bro, worse than yours I think. no respnse what so ever, Yes, because of H4 this time its getting delayed. Hoping, hoping

  45. pankaj

    hi,

    12 nov 2015 i got the update “Request For Evidence Was Received” still today i am waiting for the approval so can any one tell me that exactly how many days it will take to approve

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