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Sample H1B Visa Receipt Notices, Fields Meaning

After you get selected in the H1B Visa Lottery as part of the H1B Registration Process, you need to file an H1B petition with USCIS. When you file an H1B Petition with USCIS, they send you an H1B receipt notice that acts as proof of your submission of the petition, and it also has a receipt number that you can use to track your H1B petition status.

In this article, we will share sample H1B receipt notices from our community and review each of the fields and what they mean for your understanding.

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Sample H1B Receipt Notice given by USCIS

USCIS, after accepting the H1B petition, will send a receipt notice to the employer or attorney. The H1B receipt notice is nothing but a generic “Form I-797C, Notice of Action” that is used by USCIS to inform receipt of any application or petition to applicants.

Below is a sample H1B Receipt Notice from 2023 sent by USCIS after an H1B Visa petition was sent to them. We will look at the fields and their meaning in the next section.

Sample USCIS H1B Visa Receipt Notice
Sample USCIS H1B Visa Receipt Notice

H1B Receipt Notice Fields, Meaning: OCC, COB, Others

The H1B receipt notice has many different fields. Let’s look at each of them in detail.

  • Receipt Number:  This is the H1B Visa petition receipt number that is generated by USCIS for your H1B petition. It can be used to track the status of the H1B petition. Read more at Understand USCIS receipt Number for H1B, Check Status.
  • Case Type: This indicates the application type and the form the H1B Approval notice is tied to. For H1B Visa, it would be “I-129 – PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER”
  • Received Date: This date corresponds to when USCIS received the H1B petition package from the employer at the USCIS facility.
  • Priority Date: This is usually blank for the H1B approval notice and is not relevant.
  • Petitioner:  This is the name of the H1B Sponsoring Company. It will be the employer’s name filing the H1B petition on behalf of the applicant.
  • Notice Date: This is the actual date when the USCIS system generated the H1B Receipt Notice. Depending on the processing load, this can be anywhere between a few days to a few months after the received date.
  • Page: This indicates the total pages and page number related to the receipt notice. It usually 1 of 1 as the receipt notice is only 1 page.
  • Beneficiary: This field would have the name of the H1B applicant for whom the H1B petition was filed by the company.
  • Name and Mailing Address: You will see the name and mailing address of the company or attorney in a box under these details.
  • Notice Type: It will say “Receipt Notice,” which indicates that it is a case receipt notice
  • Class Requested: It will say “H1B”, as the receipt notice is for an H1B visa petition.

After the above fields in boxes, you will have some text and then there would be few more fields towards the bottom end of the receipt notice. They are listed as below:

  • Name: This is the actual applicant or beneficiary name that you see on the top filed “Beneficiary.”
  • DOB: It stands for Date of Birth and corresponds to the Date of Birth of the applicant.
  • COB: It stands for Country of Birth of the applicant and will indicate the same.
  • Class: This will be listed as H1B as it corresponds to H1B Visa receipt notice and petition type.
  • Consulate/POE: This is the US Consulate Name that the employer indicated when filing the H1B petition. It is the location where the applicant is ideally meant to attend the visa interview. USCIS notifies the given consulate regarding the approval as well.
  • OCC: This represents the Occupational Code that was used in LCA. It could look something like 030 or 090, etc. Each of these three digits represents the Occupational groups represented by them. Example 030 would be for occupations under “Computer Related Occupations under Systems Analysis & Programming”. Check out more OCC Codes on USCIS website, they are also called DOT Codes.

Towards the bottom of the receipt notice you would see the service center details of where the H1B petition would be processed.

Below are H1B receipt notices from the previous years for your reference. The format of the receipt notice has not changed in many years.

Sample H1B Visa Petition Receipt Notice FY 2020

Below is H1B Sample Receipt Notice( I-797C Notice of Action) received from USCIS for H1 Petition filed for FY 2020  in April 2019. It was filed under Regular Quota with Regular Processing filed as Consular Processing. It is shared by one of our reader ( anonymous for privacy reasons). Thanks to our reader for sharing a copy of their receipt notice.

Sample H1B Visa Receipt Notice FY 2019

H1B visa 2019 Receipt Notice – Sample 2

Also, in the past, USCIS used to issue a reject notice, if you were not selected in the lottery, you may check out H1B Visa Lottery Reject notice. This practice of issuing reject notices do not exist anymore after the introduction of the H1B Electronic Registration Process.


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  1. As per information case is pending, as per status. What are the chances of getting the visa, has masters degree in USA. Is there any hope of H1B?

  2. I have not received receipt number yet, Non-AD, regular processing..

    does it mean not selected in the lottery?

    • I too haven’t receives the same. Few employees dor my employer have got the mail that their cheque got encashed.

    • If check is encashed, then just give it a couple more weeks for the receipt. If not encashed, then chances are slim.

  3. Hi,
    Today I received mail from immigration HR of my company saying I got selected in H1B lottery.
    I work for an Indian IT company
    (11+ year of experience) and currently in UK on tier 2 ICT(onsite for one of top client).
    This is first time I applied for H1B.
    I just wanted to know what is next process after lottery?
    do I need to travel back to India for interview/stamping ?
    when can I apply for dependent visa for my son and wife?

  4. I am a Non-AD. I just received a mail from my HR that the my cheque is encashed today. Looks like the receipt is from the California Service Center. So please don’t loose the hopes and be patient.

  5. Are Checks still being cashed ? Non AD here.

    Btw Que 2. These receipts are addressed to the applicant or the company that has applied for the h1b petition ?

  6. No news from my Employer for my application status. For how many days we need to wait for the result from usics?

  7. Today received H4 I-797C copy , Does it mean my H1B petition got selected in lottery. Till now no update from my attorney/employer.

    Non AD/CA


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