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Raghu H1B Visa 857 Comments

Welcome to H1B Visa 2017 Updates and Latest News Page. What you will find on this page:

First Time H1B Visa Applicant?

I strongly recommend you read and watch the contents  following two resources

H1B Visa 2017 Updates

I will be updating this section real-time as more updates come along.

  1. March 16, 2016:USCIS Publishes Guidelines
  2. April 1 to 7, 2016: H1B Visa Application Accepted
  3. April 7, 2016: H1B Cap Reached. Official Update from USCIS.
  4. April 12, 2016: First Receipt Number Reported. 236,000 Total Applications.
  5. April 20, 2016: Regular Processing Receipt Reported
  6. April 20, 2016: Pre-Paid Mailers Suspended for 2 weeks. Alert.
  7. April 22, 2016: Premium Processing to Begin on May 12, 2016
  8. May 2, 2016 – Data Entry is Complete.
  9. May 16, 2016 – Premium Processing Starts
  10. May 10, 2016 – First Premium Processing Approval Reported
  11. May 12, 2016: Premium Processing Begins
  12. June 13, 2016: First H1B Return package reported.
  13. June 14, 2016: USCIS confirmed return of all packages
  14. Aug 4, 2016: Regular Processing Approval (Reported by User)
  15. Sep 20, 2016: Regular Processing Still Pending (Reported by Users)
  16. Jan 6, 2017: Few reports of Pending RFE

May 2, 2016

USCIS announced that H1B Visa Data Entry is Complete. Here’s the video analysis of what happens next.

April 14, 2016

Question Answered: I received a notification that I am chosen for the h1b and received a notification from my employer. I’m currently in India, leaving on 27th to US. My question here is that can I complete my interview and stamping before I leave? Thanks. Varun

April 13, 2016:

Question Answered: Attorney sent my application through FedEx (overnight) shipping on 6th April at 4:20 pm PST but there is a problem in the delivery. And also I want to know they accepted my application at Vermont Service Center, if they rejected my application they need to send my application return. but till know, I did not get any response from USCIS. So I want to know is there any chance for acceptance?

April 12, 2016:

h1b visa applications 236000

  • Total H1B Visa Application Count – 236,000 (as Attorney Murali Predicted)
  • I guessed 250,00 to 275,000
  • Advanced Degree Cap Count – Not Published by USCIS
  • Lottery is completed for General Cap
  • Lottery is completed for Advanced Degree Cap
  • Premium Processing will start no later than May 16, 2016
  • USCIS continues to accept Cap-Exempt H1B Applications

April 7, 2016

h1b visa 2017 cap reached

  • USCIS received more than 85,000 H1B Visa applications
  • General Cap and Advanced Cap Lottery Confirmed
  • Dates for Lottery or Cap Count is not yet available
  • Premium Processing would start no later than May 16, 2016
  • Stay tuned for official update on Total applications in next few days

H1B Visa 2017 – Expected Timeline

Following is a bird’s eye view of this year’s process and expected timeline

  1. April 1 to 7: Application Accepted by USCIS
  2. April 8 to June:  USCIS mails Receipt numbers
  3. May to October:
    1. Approvals for Premium Processing
    2. Packages Returned
    3. RFE’s
    4. Approvals for Regular Processing
    5. Denials
    6. Withdraw

For detailed analysis, watch the video learn what to expect week by week from April to October and worst case scenario analysis with a list of unexpected items that happened to previous years applicants.

 Common Questions from H1B Visa Applicants

  1. When will Iknow the lottery is done?
  2. When will USCIS announce H1B Visa 2017 total cap count?
  3. How will I know my H1b petition is selected in the lottery or not?
  4. Who will send me news about my H1b application – Employer, Attorney or HR?
  5. Is there a way to know my consultant really applied for my H1B Visa?
  6. What happens after I get selected in the lottery?
  7. USCIS case status sits says my receipt number is not found.
  8. My employer is not responding to my emails about receipt number, what to do?

I can add several more questions to this list. I totally get what you would be going through this year’s H1B visa process. People tend to get sleepless nights and shocked when they actually see the lengthy timeline of this whole process.

Most of the above questions are answered in this H1B Visa 2017 Lottery Guide and you can go into the season with right expectations and mindset.


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How To Contribute

Please post comments below to update your status of any events. To begin with, you can submit your first comment

  • H1B Cap – Advanced or Regular
  • Processing – Regular or Premium
  • Service Center – VSC or CSC or NA
  • Applied from – USA, India, etc.

You can then continue to add comments when new events happens for your H1B Visa 2017 petition. Like, receipt number received, approval received, RFE received, etc.


  • Vineet says:

    Tis review is about EBS Minds and iEratech. Fraud companies.
    I have lodged a complaint with uscis and Department of Labor in USA so that in future companies like EBSMINDS (http://www.ebsminds.com/) and iERATECH does not flourish in USA . The culprits are Manmohan Akkavaram, Brijesh Vyas and Raghu MUTUKULA. All these 3 people are responsible for taking the money from me (USD 4000) for processing the H1B Visa. After they took the mopney , they have not moved my Visa further and refused to send me for H1B Visa stamping even thought the visa was picked in lottery and Approved. I hope they are investigated by USCIS and DOL and procescuted. I am ready to be a whisteblower and provide evidence in any court of law. Please contact me in India at +91 709319 8849

    EBSMinds also goes by the name of ebs-minds IT inc, so beware of this fraud company

  • J says:

    Hi Raghu,

    My application selected on April,2016.
    RFE response received by USCIS on September, 2016.
    If we do premium processing now, chances of getting denial are more ?
    Please respond.

  • JS says:


    My application selected on April,2016.
    RFE response received by USCIS on September,2016.
    If I do Premium Processing, chances of Denial are more ???
    I don’t know, what to do?
    Please Guide me.

  • Soumesh says:

    My H1B case status is changed to

    ‘Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed

    On Jan XX, 2017, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACXXXXXXXXXX. 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 Jan XX , 2017, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    Could this be RFE ? Please help me out understanding the meaning.

    Please note ,‘Case Was Received’ was earlier case status .


  • swetha says:

    Hi raghu this is swetha can you please help me on this?
    my H1 got picked on 2016 and got approval and i planned to visit india next month for visa stamping and booked my ticket to india,but here my question is, is this is the good time to visit india as am hearing more about h1b rejections and immigration problems for h1b candidates.

    Could you please suggest me on my situation.

  • Ramesh says:

    Hi Raghu,

    This is Ramesh, i got h1b approval on 2016 and i planned to visit india next month on feb 4th and feb15 is my visa slot for h1b stamping and this is my first h1b, am confused is this is the good time to visit india for stamping as am hearing lot of rejections for h1b candidates and everybody is scaring me not to visit india at this time and am visiting for my sister marriage and for h1b stamping.
    Please suggest me.


  • Skream says:

    On my I797c petition , mentioning wrong country of birth.
    My query is this , it this affect my H1B visa stamping.
    On I 129 form correct country mention.

  • Kumar says:

    hi My H1B was got selected and RFE was raised. Supporting docs were produced by Jan 6 2017, till now status is Docs are received. let me know when it will move to next status