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. Ram

    I am in a pretty confused situation. My employer mailed that my visa petition is approved by USCIS and even provided Petition Validity Date.
    But on USICS portal the status shows “Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed”. Can this happen? If so what should I do as it’s already October 6th?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Ram,

      This is possible. At times, the online status is not updated. If the employer has the approval document, then that’s the updated information.

  2. Jun

    hi,

    My case is Change of Status from L1B to H1B. No update from Apr. till to now. But my driver license will be expired this Dec. Can I request attorney to submit a premium processing?

  3. Nano

    Hi ,

    I need immediate help on my H1 . My employer filed my H1 on client A but my position was dropped by client A even before joining and now i am working for client B. I got RFE asking for client letter and etc. So, is there any way to defend my case with my current client. client B is willing to provide required doc’s.

    Please advice me on this .
    Thanks in advance

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Nano,

      This is a tricky situation especially if A and B are not in the same location. It is not advisable to change clients while the petition is pending as it requires new LCA and I-129 change.

      Do you have an attorney handling your case?

  4. raghu nandan

    Hello,
    This is my status from May 2016, Nothing is updated till now it is still the same, What does this mean? when will be the change of status happen and what is the end date for the verification, Very much tensed, please suggest.

    On August 2, 2016, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number E*********, 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 September 1, 2016, please go to www.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.

  5. Aks

    Its Sept 27th, and my case status is still “Received” .
    I haven’t come across any case which is still Received till now. Usually cases get approved by June or July.
    Does this mean, my case can get rejected? I am quite tensed as people are advising me not to go for PP as it may result in RFE. Please advise. Is it normal for a regular processing to still be in ‘Received’ status.

        1. Vin

          Is yours a regular H1B or Change of Status ? Mine is COS and filed to Vermont. Status was “File is transferred to “Other” service center” on May 20. Still its same. Wonder when this will move.

          Saurabh, any advise on what will be the timelines for approvals this years. this seems too much delay on USCIS front. is going for PP a good option now?

          1. Vin

            Saurabh,

            my COS – L1 to H1 is still in intial status. Can I check the Service Center Processing timelines to get an idea on when can i expect the results (roughly basing on SC timelines)

            Right now for California Service Center – for “H-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S.” it shows
            “Processing Cases As Of Date: December 15, 2015”

            But not sure how to understand this. When this comes to Apr 2016. Then can we think the SC started processing this years H1B COS applications !?

            please advise.

            Great help. Thank You
            Vin

          2. administrator
            Saurabh

            Vin,

            Looks like they have not updated the processing timeline page. This could be b/c of the huge load of cap-subject petitions. They are very well processing petitions after the displayed date.

            If the delay is too much and you want to start working ASAP, then PP is a good option.

    1. Naveen Kumar

      Hi Aks,

      Me and couple of friends (3 of us) are in same situation. Our employer said it is normal. He said this year delay is expected. Dont get tensed. Better you start focusing on daily work, u will get the update. Few weeks back I was also in a frustrated situation by checking status daily.

      Better stop it, it plays with ur mind.

      Regards,
      Kns

    2. Sai

      Hi Aks,

      Don’t worry on your status, I guess yours is a Non Advanced Degree Category and that too regular, for many of us in MNCs there are around 100 ppl who haven’t got any status yet. so you are not alone

      BTW , Mine is non AD, RP , WAC161445XXX series and case received status

    3. administrator
      Saurabh

      Aks,

      Its still pending like several other petitions. Doesn’t matter if it is received or initial processing or transferred. Bottom line is that it is pending.

      Also, delay <> denial. It may still get approved.

  6. Viking

    What is the End date doe Recieving Approval for H1b Notices??

    Its already September 23 and Most of my colleagues nad team mates have Recieved approvals except me. Please suggest??

    ALso My employer will not Share Reciept number but they are also waiting for Decision from USCIS??

    Is there any Risk involved now?:?

  7. Kumaran

    Hi Guys,

    I am in a pretty confused situation. My employer says my visa got approved. But on USICS portal the status still shows “Case was received” . Can this happen?

    Regards,
    Kumar

    1. Dileep

      Hi Kumaran,
      There is a possibility because USCIS sometimes takes time to update in the portal. Find out how did your employer come to know bout the approval did he get any notice of approval or something. Please let me know even I’m in the same situation.
      Regards,
      Dileep

  8. Vini

    Hi Saurabh,

    This page is great source of info. Firstly, thanks to you.

    My H1B is still at the intial status “Case received on Apr 12”. I’m little worried as its already Sep 23!

    Generally by when USCIS will complete approving all the new regular H1B petitions for that year, is it not supposed to be by Oct 1st !

    Thank you for your response.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Vini,

      There is no SLA for regular processing petitions. Delay doesn’t mean denial. You should continue to wait, or if there is an urgent need to start working on H-1 then upgrade to PP.

  9. MRR

    Hi saurabh

    recently my H1 visa is approved so i planning to attend for stamping in NOv or DEC month of 2016 .But i am confused on so many things.
    My passport is going to expire in july 2017 .I have applied H1 petition with old passport only.

    1)Can i go to stamping with old passport or i should renewel my passport?
    2)If i got stamping in old passport does it make any problem when i get new passport as my h1 notice is upto 2018.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      MRR,

      1.I would suggest getting new passport first and then appearing for visa stamping.
      2. Even if you get visa stamped in the old passport, it should be ok. You should get the new passport before traveling to US, so that you can get I-94 at least until petition expiration date and not old passport expiration date.

  10. Alex GS

    Saurabh,

    I have been seeing the below message for my Case from April. Is this normal to have this unchanged for such a long time. Usually by when USCIS takes care of all applications for that year ? i dont see any RFE, so that’s good. But the delay is making me worried.

    On April 23, 2016, we updated your name for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACxxxxxxxxxxxx. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Alex GS,

      It is ok to still have this status. There is no set processing time and some petitions may still remain in this status.

  11. Murali

    Hi ,

    My Client is not ready to send the email approval to share the SOW and MSA documents to USCIS. But , USCIS raised the RFE on my case to submit the client letter, MSA, SOW and position description letters. I have received the position description letter and client letter but client is not ready to send SOW documents. Please let me know that will it make an issue?
    Or Client letter will be sufficient?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Murali,

      Has the client informed that in an email? If not, can they at least issue an email stating their official refusal to issue SOW for the purpose of USCIS submission. You can then submit those documents along w/ rest of the paperwork you have.

      1. abhi

        please help me out i am very tensed either of my opt extension and H-1 B still not approved.Actually, My H-1 RFE was received on Aug 18th but, still no update and Opt extension case was received on July 18th still no status change when, i called to uscis regarding opt-extension they said it was in pending status can i raise the service ticket if it is not a problem. right now i am on H-1 B cap gab it will also be going to expired by end of november. until unless that my case status changed. can i legally stay in usa please explain

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Abhi,

          Cap-gap expires on Sep 30 for everyone. Why do you think yours is till Nov? You should stop working if OPT has expired. You can continue to stay but you cannot work.

          Why don’t you update to PP?

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        Ram,

        If the case is approved after Sep 30th, then the start date would be the actual approval date. You still get your 6 years of H-1 though.

    1. Murali

      Divakar,

      What are all the documents they have asked you in RFE ?

      and what are all the documents u have submitted to uscis as in your RFE response?

      i have received the RFE. could you please let me know the above details?

    2. Sri

      Divakar,

      What are all the documents they have asked you in RFE ?

      and what are all the documents u have submitted to uscis as in your RFE response?

      i have received the RFE. could you please let me know the above details?

  12. rama c

    Hi,
    Could you please let me know what does this mean about my h1b case status? denial or RFE?

    Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed

    On September 10, 2016, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC16xxxxx. 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 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.

    thanks for your reply

    1. Dileep

      Hi Rama,
      It’s got nothing with approval or denial it’s just about some action that they have taken on your case . It might be an RFE or a name update or something. Check with the notice they’ve sent and submit the additional documents if they’ve asked for any.
      Regards,
      Dileep

      1. Kadir

        Hi Rama,

        My case is exactly the same status, and as a coincidence its exactly the same date they have reviewed my case. I am also waiting for what action was taken or going to be taken, will update if I get more information

        On September 10, 2016, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC1614xxxxxx. 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 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.

    2. Anup

      hi Rama,
      I am also having same status ‘Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed’. Could you please tell what are the details that they have asked for. Can anyone please share details.

      1. rama c

        Hello guys,

        For my case, my consultancy is saying USCIS requested for additional company documents and they are preparing to send required docs to USCIS. Not sure exactly what docs.. to my question consultancy just replied company documents.

        Rama.

  13. Sai Sudheer

    Hello Friends,
    My employer filed H1B for FY2017 for client A.
    Now my H1B status is RFE. But unfortunately I could not get documents from Client A.
    Is there any provision so that we can provide documents from client B ??

    Please help.

    /Thanks
    Sai

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Sai Sudheer,

      It is very tough to get approval with B’s documents. Change in location would mean a new LCA which is not advisable while the petition is pending. What is the attorney suggesting?

      1. sai sudheer

        Hi Saurabh,
        Thanks for your swift reply. My employer has filed H1 for me, so I did not have direct contact with attorney. In my case we were asked to provide End-Client letter, BRM letter, Contract, SOW and some other project related documents. Is it mandatory to provide all the documents ? End client letter is not possible available, other documents we are trying from clientA itslef. I heard that this year USCIS is very strict and expecting end-client letter as well. How far it is true.

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          sai sudheer,

          If USCIS specifically asks for those documents in RFE, then those documents are very important. If you can avail them, then look for alternatives like a letter from a senior executive vouching for your case, letter from client expressing inability to issue that document etc.

  14. Sudi

    What does status “Document Was Mailed” mean?
    The details have below content:

    “We mailed your document for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACXXXXXXXXXX …..”

    1. Amit

      Hi Sudi,
      I got the same status for my case please let me know what this status means …I got RFE later my case is showing documents were mailed..finally what happened to your status ? Is it got approved ?
      Thanks in advance

    1. kishore

      Hi Every one,

      Today i got the status mail from USCIS as your case is in Post Decision Activity.What does it mean?But in the USCIS status still it is showing as My Documents was mailed.
      I am in big confusion.I log into my USCIS portal when i see the case history is showing as Post office returned documents to us.
      All statements i got confusion.So please help me in this.
      what is my exact status?

      Thanks In Advance.

    1. Kiran

      Long Wait for MY CASE number “EAC1614651***” , not sure how many days still need to wait , can one has advise on this .
      Is there are any set pattern for validation of the Petitions filed?

  15. Avin

    Hi ,

    This is avin, i have applied for H1B extension, i see the status as “Receipt notice received from USCIS
    on Jun 15,2016” , checked with my attorney and they said “My case is pending adjudication with USCIS”.
    My visa expires on Sep 30th. Let me know how long does it take to get my approval although i know it gets delayed. If everything goes well, what’s the approximated time to get my approval.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Avin,

      You can check the processing time on USCIS site for your service center. They may change as USCIS moves through the pending petitions. In general, it could take 7-8 months these days.

  16. MNFS

    Hi Saurabh,

    I got my H1B approved and was filling my DS – 160 form for me and my future wife, as we are planing to go for the interview together. What should be Martial status? (Single or Married) as we will be getting married in Oct. Please advice

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      MNFS,

      If you will be married on the date of interview, then use Married as status.

      Congrats on the upcoming wedding!

      1. MNFS

        Thank you Saurabh, one more quick question.

        I had filled the DS – 160 form for Chennai consulate. Now due to lack of appointment dates availability in Chennai, I want to know if I can book an interview appointment in a different consulate other than Chennai?. Do I need to fill a separate DS – 160 form for the consulate I will be attending the interview? And I have already paid my interview fees. Please advice.

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          MNFS,

          That’s ok. You can still appear at a diff consulate even though you selected Chennai when completing DS form.

  17. Saurav

    i have been seeing the below message on my case status for a long time now. Can you please tell me what does this mean. some of the blogs were suggesting that this status is usually associated with an RFE. But I did check with my attorney and confirmed that there were no RFE for my application yet. Is this common to see this message and the delay ? Also i am currently in US on L1B Visa. How does the Change Of Status happens if my H1B is approved

    1. Saurav

      Sorry, forgot to add the case status message from the portal.

      Name Was Updated
      On April 23, 2016, we updated your name for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACXXXXXXX. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    2. administrator
      Saurabh

      Saurav,

      I have seen others posting about similar message. Nothing to worry, just continue to wait. If COS was applied w/ H-1 petition and USCIS approves the same, then H-1 petition will come with I-94 attached. You will have to stop working on L-1 and start working on H-1 from that date.

  18. test

    Hi Sourabh/Kumar,

    How many days it will take to get H4 visa ? I heard recently there is some change to the policy and it is taking very long time. Im getting married in Dec and want to travel after 2 weeks time.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Test,

      The delay is due to availability of appointment dates at the consulate, and that is true for most of the visa categories. If you are able to book a date early, you can get a date in Dec/Jan and can then travel soon after.

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Test,

          If the visa is approved, then passport is dispatched within 1 week. If 221g is issued, then it can take longer (days, weeks or months).

  19. test

    Hi Sourabh/Kumar,

    How many days it will take to get H4 visa ? I heard recently there is some change to the policy and it is taking very long time.

  20. Faizan

    I want to ask a diffrent question my case number is WAC16147xxxxx nd it is showing Case was received currently but if i use same case number with diffrent Center EAC16147xxxxx it shows case was approved.

    Is it possible to have same case number in different centers or it was transferred?

  21. VHR

    Hi
    My h1 visa is approved and few days back i got my approval notice in courier In that i found my name was printed wrongly i.e my last name as first name.So i called my employer he said they will change name but it takes 3 to 4 weeks.
    Please let me know how this actual process will go on?and how much exact time it will take for name change in approval notice? and is there any previous cases on this same issue.
    please reply me as it is troubling me so much.Thank you.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      VHR,

      They will file amendment to get the name corrected in the 797 document. USCIS will then issue a corrected 797 with updated name, which you can use for stamping and travel.

        1. MNFS

          Hi Saurabh,

          I had filled the DS – 160 form for Chennai consulate. Now due to lack of appointment dates availability in Chennai, I want to know if I can book an interview appointment in a different consulate other than Chennai?. Do I need to fill a separate DS – 160 form for the consulate I will be attending the interview? And I have already paid my interview fees. Please advice.

        2. administrator
          Saurabh

          VHR,

          PP service is extended only for the initial I-129 processing. You need to file I-824 for name change and this has no PP option. You can check the processing time on USCIS site for your center, but typically it can take 2-3 months.

  22. Akhil

    Hi,

    I have a doubt what does the date stands for in status message.

    “On August 15th , we received your documents for RFE ” is my status for RFE STEM OPT application.But i have mailed my documents and delivered at POTOMAC on August 12th , but i see status as “August 15th” i have a deadline of August 13th for replying to RFE.

    does this mean USCIS might revoke my application.

    please give your opinion on this. iam confused with date is it the date they updated my status ?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Akhil,

      12th was Friday. So maybe it was received later in the day and they didn’t enter it by Monday. Wait to see how USCIS responds. If they deny it on the pretext that it was received late, submit copy of your tracking portal to show that it was really received on 12th and before the deadline.

      1. Akhil

        Thanks Saurabh , sorry my application was delivered by August 11th itself. Anyways i will wait for the status update i heard from my friends that after sending RFE documents with in 40 days the status is changing to approved. So probably by September 2nd week i can expect some update on my status

  23. WaitingApproval

    USICS delays in updaing Status at their portal – https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/mycasestatus.do. As i am regularly checking my status , and along with status of case next to my receipt . and it was showing Case Was Received till yesterday.
    and today it shows status for other person as On June 10, 2016, we mailed a request for additional evidence.
    Which means they updated on 24 august for the case which they have already sent RFE on 10 June .

  24. Ganthala

    Hi

    USCIS has raised RFE on my petition and they requested to get the MSA document. What is MSA document? What are details it will contain?

    When I checked with my manager , he informed me that MSA document will be provided by VISA team not by client.

    Please let me know that if it is related to client related document.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Ganthala,

      MSA = Master Service Agreement b/w your employer and client. Your employer should already have that when they signed up the contract with the client.

      1. Amit

        Hi Rahul ,

        I got the same status document was mailed .,,before status was RFE for which my attorney has replied …please explain what this status means and did your case got approved? Thanks in advance..

  25. VSD

    Hi Visa Aspirants & Gurus,
    My case was filled and cuurrently my status shows ‘ My case received” since a verrrrrry loooong time.. I understand USCIS has many applications to go through but is my employer supposed to submit any document to take my case forward or the documents submitted during filling the case should do to proceed further….

    1. Dileep

      Hi VSD,
      Many cases are still in the same boat as yours . You need not submit any documents to the USCIS unless they ask you for additional evidence that is when the case status will change to RFE and it says REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE has been sent to you. Hopefully your employer should have submitted all the documents and the status changes to case was approved rather to RFE. Coz people who have filed their case last year and whose status chsnged to RFE have submitted the evidences required by the USCIS and are still waiting for their approval. So make sure with your employer that he has submitted all the required documents and if he has done so then you can expect the reply from USCIS on your case anytime. No need to panic, just wait for it.
      Regards,
      Dileep

        1. Dileep

          Yes as your case is in regular processing once your visa is approved the USCIS will send the documents to your attorney through post and then once you receive the same from your attorney you can apply for the visa interview.
          Regards,
          Dileep

    1. Dileep

      Hi Kunnu,
      Why did you receive your receipt number so late? When did you file your case? And yes you can upgrade to Premium Processing anytime through your attorney.
      Regards,
      Dileep

  26. Siddharth

    Hi,

    My case was filed in 2016 and the till today the status shows as “My Case as Received”.
    My Question is, Is this normal? Usually, does the status remain stuck for so long in the same stage? Anyone else having the same concern like me?

    1. Dileep

      Hi Siddhartha,
      There are many people who have filed their case in 2016 and still their status is case was received . I’m one of them and it is a common thing . It takes time for the USCIS to process the cases and you can expect the update anytime. So just wait for it.
      Regards,
      Dileep

        1. Krish

          Guys,

          Is there any one receiving the validation error when you enter your receipt/file number?

          I am so upset when I see that message..there is no update since May…I’m not at all getting response from USCIS when either me or my employer contacted.

          Don’t know when USCIS will update my file online… 😭😭😭

  27. VISA aspirants

    I was following this site from the time my petion got picked in lottery and certainly very help to get the latest updates to track the status and today am very happy to inform that my case was approved .

    All the best for all the aspirants .

          1. Visa Aspirants

            Hi Gloria,
            My case was transfer from Vermont centre and it was in regular processing for the current year

  28. Rahul

    Hi..

    My application status is showing as “Document Was Mailed”. What does it mean? Status is not changed for more than 2 months.

    1. Sudi

      Hi Rahul,

      I am on the same boat with “Document was mailed” status. Apparently, this is a new status and has not much discussions. Have read in some blogs that this means approval. Not may people seem to be aware of this status and hence gets no comments. Wish you good luck!

    2. Amit

      Hi Rahul ,

      I got the same status document was mailed .,,before status was RFE for which my attorney has replied …please explain what this status means and did your case got approved? Thanks in advance..

  29. Amit

    Hi all,

    My status on USCIS now is showing as “My Case Was Approved”. Now is there any more changes that will be happening on the USCIS case status. or this is the final status change that will happen. kindly help

    1. Dileep

      Hi Amit ,
      First of all congratulations for the approval of your case . Hopefully there should be no more changes in the case now but I’ve come across a case which was approved and then the approval was revoked again by the USCIS . So if yours is regular process the USCIS will send the documents to your attorney through mail and if yours is premium processing they will send an email first and then the hard copies of the same will be sent via mail to your attorney. Hopefully there should be no revocation in the status approval then you can head for the visa interview after you receive the documents. By the way in which Service Centre was your case processed? Mine is in California Service Centre and I’m still waiting for the reply of my case.
      Regards,
      Dileep

      1. Amit

        Hi Dileep,

        Thanks for the quick response.
        My Receipt number starts from EAC. So in that guess it would be “EAC – Vermont Service Center”

        But prior to current status, my status was updated in USCIS as “My Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction”.

        so i don’t know in which service center it was transferred too

        Thanks and regards,
        Amit

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Amit,

          It was transferred from Vermont to California. You can continue to track it using the old receipt number. No new number is issued.

        1. Arunabh

          Hi Amit,

          Congratulations on getting Approved status. Did you apply for premium processing or it was regular processing? My receipt number also starts from EAC (regular processing) and current status is Case Was Received.Fingers crossed.

          1. Dileep

            Hi Arunabh ,
            Amit’s was regular processing and it was approved on 10th August . The processing time is very slow as the USCIS has many other issues to deal with and they are processing the h1 cases simultaneously. Just wait for the status update it can be done anytime from now . Just keep checking it once or twice a week and hope for the best.
            Regards,
            Dileep

  30. Om

    Hi Saurabh,

    Can a case be moved from “Case was received” to “Approved” directly. As per my knowledge my company has not provided the client letter while applying. My case is Case was received from Apr 11. So should I expect “RFE” after this stage, because that would again delay the entire process.

    Regards

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Om,

      Well, it can go to approved directly even if employer hasn’t submitted client letter. Well, do you want a RFE 🙂

  31. ksmk

    case stuck in security check? what exactly is this security check ? i have been told by some one that the delay is due to security check from uscis. does it take 9 + months for the security check to complete after responding to the rfe ? can any one throw some light on this security check by uscis?

    1. sumit shah

      Security check can take a year or years. Depends on FBI or agency where USCIS has sent ur case.

      Try converting to premium. Else just forget about h1b and one fine day you might get an approval.

  32. H1b 2016

    My Status is this only from long time: People any idea from their past experience when they got approval?
    On April 11, 2016, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC161*******, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 11, 2016, please call Customer Service

      1. Dilip

        Hi Saurabh/ ksmk,

        The processing cases as of date which is last updated on August 11 th 2016 for California Service Centre still shows 15th December 2015. What does this mean? Did they even start the processing of cases received on 11th April 2016 ? Did anyone get the response for their case who have applied this year? I’m so worried as there is no change in my status and half of August is done. I know it takes time but there should be some sort of movement in the case right .

        1. ksmk

          Hi Dilip, I do understand your situation and your anxiety, but things wont happen just like that and one has to WAIT with patience for things like H1 visa.your question ” I know it takes time but there should be some sort of movement in the case right ” is very upright and stands vindicated, however you need to think about other side of the coin. there is an unprecedented delay in processing of H1 since last year,due to the changes in rules. From last year ,uscis is processing H4 visas(dependent work visas) ,H1b amendment visas besides normal H1B visas and extension visas. so the work load is humongous and there is no scope of getting people on board and get the things moving. this is a sensitive work which has to be dealt by people who are expertise in their field of work. due to this there is a delay and one has to deal with it and the only way is to convert the regular processing to premium processing or else just wait with whole world of patience for that day… hope i am clear and i answered your question..

          1. EAC-Case was received

            Hi ksmk,

            Seems you are waiting for too long. Did you ask your employer to enquire about your Case Id. Vermont is showing 11th April and Cal 15th Dec 2015. But the time that you are waiting for is really adding to the tensions instead of relieving us.

            Saurabh :- Do the centres take so long to process the cases??
            Kindly help.

          2. ksmk

            Hi
            i did speak with my employer and he said there is no use in calling the uscis and asking them the reason for the delay.. they take their own sweet time to deliver the goods..even i checked few cases nos 20 odd whose employer through attorney has contacted uscis to know the reason for the delay.. in spite of that there was hardly any progress on those and they the progress was moving at snails pace.

          3. EAC-My Case was recieved

            ok …seems tricky then …Is your case initiated by a consultancy?

            Saurabh :- Any inputs from your side

          4. sumit shah

            Ksmk, your case must be in security check going by the trends. Mine was similar to yours and SR raised gave me the info. Even premium processing conversion won’t help in such a case but I will still convert and try.

          5. ksmk

            what is this security check all about .even i heard the same. but exactly it is .can u let me know.also what are the chances of approval .

          6. sumit shah

            Security check is a black box and no clarity when it will get over. I have seen case that have been stuck in it since 1.5 years.

          7. ABHM

            @sumit shah – Can you please tell how to submit an SR and is it helpful in knowing the reason for the delay. My status is ‘Case was received’ On April 11, 2016, we received your Form I-129.. filed in California service center.

            And what is the security check all about any insight on that?

      1. SRR

        Ya… The processing speed is too slow… Even the dates in the ‘USCIS Processing Time Information’ site changed.
        Previously it showed ‘2 months’ for I-129 H1B, now it’s showing ‘April 11 2016’ for Vermont.

        1. ksmk

          not sure when u checked, when i had checked last night it showed 2 mnths and last updated is july14 and it will be updated again on aug 14

        2. Krish

          Yeah now it is showing April 11 2016…that means they are processing April 11 the cases? bcz my case received on the same day

          Thx
          Krish

          1. ksmk

            But my case is still in response received status since nov 18-2015.. i have 2 more case nos whose response received status since oct 2 and oct 6 2015 is not changed since then.. is there any one whose response received status is showing since oct or nov and dec 2015..

        1. ksmk

          I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroad April 11, 2016.. so they are processing the cases of april 11 2016.. i dont have any clue what is going on..

  33. Murali

    In my RFE , USCIS requested the SOW/PO/WO documents .

    Is SOW,PO and WO all these are single\same documents or these are 3 different
    documents?

    What is SOW?
    What is PO?
    What is WO?

    also , they mentioned that they need end client email confirmation for these documents.
    Could you please suggest me how can i proceed?

    1. ksmk

      sow-statement of work,po-purchase order,wo-work order.. Nothing to be done from your side.. your employer will respond through attorney..

      1. Murali

        Thank you ksmk…. I would like to know the how RFE will rasied? will they verify the documents of all the petitions and whoever does not have proper documentation will get the RFE? or randomly petitions will verify for the documents and raise the RFE?

        1. ksmk

          each and every application will be assigned to a CO case officer. he/she will check the documents and documentation of the petition. they have to adhere to H1 rules. if any missing info or any info not mentioned deliberately by attorney(info given by employer) will be given RFE. what ever info has been given is not enough to approve your petition, uscis needs more info to approve this or deny the petition during the process flow.

  34. Sidd

    I am currently on L1B with company X, my H1B petition is filed with CoS by Company Y. I read that CoS if effective from October first.
    Does CoS gets priority over Counselor filing?
    Can be H1B with CoS also get delayed (approved after October first)?
    Do I need to switch immediately to company Y if my H1 gets approved? Can it be delayed by a month?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Sidd,

      No priority given to COS over CP. Yes, COS petitions may get processed and approved after Oct 1 as well. In such a case, COS would be effective from actual approval date. You are expected to start working for H-1 employer from COS effective date. There is no grace period.

      1. Sidd

        Thanks Saurabh,

        Just thinking if it get approved on a random day from October first, there will a lot to handover before I move tothe another otganization. Can I request USCIS for some grace period ? What if I miss to check the status for a week?

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          Sidd,

          There is no official grace period. If there is a delay, talk to your H-1 attorney and employer about the delay in joining as they are on hook as well. In future, if questions arise around this period, then you will have to provide a reasonable answer and it will be officer’s discretion.

  35. Ganthala

    My H1B cap petition status has changed to “Request for additional evidence was mailed” .

    How do I get know what additional evidence they are expecting from my employer?

    How much time it will take to process case once my employer sends the evidence documentation?

    1. ksmk

      your employer will have 90 days to respond to the rfe.. ask your employer the rfe document. once the response is given , it should be approved or denied or given another rfc with in 60 working days as per the stand timelines of uscis. but going by the current trend of uscis.. it may take 2 or 4 or 6 or 8+ months to get the approval..

  36. Manoj

    Hi Saurabh ,

    Manoj

    My status shows as shown below,can you please guide on what action should i take.

    we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACXXXXX…, 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 June 17, 2016, please go to www.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.

  37. Siddharth

    My Case status is still showing as “my case was received”. Detailed status:

    On April xx, 2016, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACxxxxxxxxx, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 11, 2016, please call Customer Service

    1. ksmk

      Hi Siddharth ,
      it is very unfortunate that your case is still in received status which shouldn’t be. ask your attorney through employer to raise a service request or call uscis to know the reason for no status change immediately..

      1. ksmk

        very strange that there is no update still. it has been more than 15 months . call up the uscis customer center and ask them the status. this should be done by your employer through attorney..

  38. Anusha

    I have received the status as “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction” which is not matching with any of the above listed cases and has not been updated since 20 MAY 2016.

    It further explains as “On May 20, 2016, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC16143XXXXX, 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 June 19, 2016, please go to www.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.”

    What does this mean? What would be the suggested plan of action to know the progress of the case?

      1. ksmk

        Due to heavy work load ,your petition has been transferred to another office from Vermont service center..Nothing to do from your side and no need to panic..

  39. Anusha

    Hi Saurabh,

    My status shows as “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction” which is not matching with any of the above status. This status was updated on May 20 2016 and no update since then. Can you please help me understand what does this mean?

    1. Anusha

      The whole statement says as “On May 20, 2016, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC16143XXXXX, 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 June 19, 2016, please go to www.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.”

      Please help what should be my net plan of action.

  40. RFE - Raj

    Hello

    On March 23, 2016, my H1b status got changed to “Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed “, and when I checked with employer, he side that they will take care to reply that.

    But last two months my employer is not answering my call and emails , I’m not sure what is going on with my H1b application .

    Can someone suggest me how move forward now : ( ,
    is it passable now move other employer ?

    1. ksmk

      Generally the time to respond to the RFE is 90 days.. employer usually respond during last 20 days.. he should have responded for the RFE but the status “Response for RFE received is not yet updated” wait for some more time..

    2. administrator
      Saurabh

      RFE – Raj,

      Unless employer responds to RFE there is no viable path forward. Maybe they have asked for something which your employer cannot provide and hence avoiding any communication with you.

  41. NVS

    My Case status for H1B is “Correspondence Was Received And USCIS Is Reviewing It” what is this mean?
    My Previous status ” Case was Received” . I couldn’t get any answer for this status similar to my case.

    Could anyone please help ?

      1. NVS

        @Sourabh

        No, my employer didn’t send anything. But my Spouse employer has filed extension for him, so they filed H4 for me along with that in this June. Is this going impact my H1B ? If So, could you please help me ?

        1. administrator
          Saurabh

          NVS,

          Applying for H-4 extension should not impact your H-1 case. Maybe ask your H-1 attorney to open SR w/ USCIS to know what is happening.

      2. NVS

        @Saurabh

        No, my employer didn’t send any documents recently. But my Spouse employer has filed extension for his H1B, so they filed H4 for me along with that in this June. So, i am on H4 right now and applied for H1B this year which got picked.
        We are really getting panicked on this status and most of them are not aware of this.
        Is this going impact my H1B ? If So, could you please help me

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