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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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  • 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.

 

Comments

  1. JS

    Hello,

    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.

  2. J

    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.

  3. chandu

    I am on currently on OPT and have a job, OPTis going to expire on Jan 15, 2017.
    My H1-b picked up in lottery April,2016.
    Received an RFE in July,2016.
    Responded to RFE and Case status updated to ‘Response for RFE received’ in Sep,2016.
    Still the case is same as of Jan 5,2017.
    – Can I still work work after my OPT expired(in 60 days grace period)?

  4. HarishB

    Case Approved

    Finally after these long waiting months my case was approved on Dec 30th after RFE.
    Case # EAC161445XXXX

    Thank god.

  5. Ruchi

    Hi,

    Its been more than 15 days (premium processing), we still didn’t receive the RFE response yet.It shows on Dec 12th the RFE was received.But no change in status yet.

  6. VR setty

    Hello,

    Currently am in Netherlands and my H1B petision has been approved and would like to go for Stapining here in Netherlands, Buts its first H1B stamping to enterinto US.

    Will it be possible to get in done in Netherlands? or we have to go to our home country like India for first time…

    Thanks,
    Setty

  7. Laksh

    Anybody applied through (DEP) Detroit Engineered Products-Troy & Chennai.
    No update from Employer. Employer do not share even Receipt number.

    1. Setty

      Hello Raghu,

      I have been informed from my employer saying H1B petision has been approved, currently am in Netherlands, is it possible get it done the H1B stamping in Netherlands? or have to do it in home country in India only. Sinec this is first time stamping to enter to US, not for renual,

      Thanks
      Setty

  8. Vishnu

    Hello Raghu,

    My case status is “Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed”.

    On November 21, 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 December 5, 2016, 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.

    any idea on this please.

    Thanks
    Vishnu

  9. h1b2016221g

    Hi
    I got 221g for myh1 visa initiated last year and it further went to USCIS. My current employer filed a new petition for me (h1b2017) and I will be attending interview next week. So do i need to worry of my last year ‘s petition being in 221g? . Will i be questioned about it ? In the ds160 also i haven’t provided details about it as it just asked if there are any previous denials, and I assume 221g doesnt exactly mean denial. So please provide me your suggestion on whether i need to worry about the 221g.

  10. Ronith

    Hi Raghuram Sukumar,

    My employer informed me they received RFE on September 15th and they will answer it on 15th November.But in USCIS site the case status is still showing(today) as “Case was Received” even after 2 months of receiving RFE .My employer saya USCIS is showing wrong status and nothing to worry. Is that possible …USCIS site showing wrong status ?

    Regards,
    Ronith

    1. Setty

      Hello Raghu,

      I have been informed from my employer saying H1B petision has been approved, currently am in Netherlands, is it possible get it done the H1B stamping in Netherlands? or have to do it in home country in India only. Sinec this is first time stamping to enter to US, not for renual,

      Thanks
      Setty

  11. Krishnaveni

    Hi Raghu,

    My H1B visa application got selected in lottery, but still my case status is showing “Case Was Received” on USCIS website, can you tell me in worst case how long should I wait for the status change?

    Your reply will be a great help for me.

    1. Author
      Raghuram Sukumar

      There is no timeline or deadline for USCIS to approve the case.

    2. Sayyed

      Hi Raghu,

      My H1B visa application got selected in lottery, but still my case status is showing “Case Was Received” on USCIS website, can you tell me in worst case how long should I wait for the status change?

      Your reply will be a great help for me.

      Thanks,
      Sayyaed

  12. xyz

    Please let me know is any one’s RFE got cleared this year for H1B 2017 quota. Any specific timelines do USCIS have to complete it? Do they need to complete it before April because new 2018 quota gets opened?

  13. Rajesh

    Got two H1B applications approved from two diff employers. Should I take an action get one application withdrawn before stamping or not? Plz Suggest the action on me. Thanks.

    1. Author
      Raghuram Sukumar

      It’s not going to help others even if you withdraw. USCIS typically doesn’t allocate that to another person. I would just pick one employer and ignore the other.

  14. J

    A Strange Scenario.
    My employer did two applications for H1b this year. Somehow, My employer/My lawyer sent other person’s I-129 form in my application w/ my supporting documents. Other person’s application was perfect without any mistake.
    USCIS intentionally denied other person’s application by saying duplicate with my application and he got NOID.
    My lawyer found out that mistake and He responded with my original I-129 form.
    Now, Other person’s status is Denied. (Feeling Bad for him).
    My status is “Response To USCIS’ Request For Evidence Was Received”.

    What should I do next ? My OPT period will be expired on Jan 24th.

  15. Raj

    Got two H1B applications approved from two diff employers. Should I take an action get one application withdrawn before stamping? Plz Suggest the action on me. Thanks.

  16. Sravi

    My H1 case status shows Case was received on April 11th 2016 ..Its California Service Center and My friends status says the case was transferred to a different Jurisdiction Office… From May 2nd 2016 after the receipt notice the same status shows up… So how much time would it take generally. Will there be a chance for RFE now ??

  17. Sounds

    Hi
    I have applied for regular H1B..My status shows receipt notice is changed on May31.
    There is no change after that.what does change in receipt notice mean.Pls clarify.

  18. Pooja

    Hi,
    Our status has changed to RFE now the employer is asking to make it as premium processing,are there any chances of getting approve after RFE and how many days it can take to approve?

    1. Goodwill

      This is taking more time this year
      RFE means 50 % is done just to submit docs by you employer and its approve

      Goodwill

        1. Goodwill

          not at this moment, u already waited till now and by December regula visa will start stamping

  19. Kalyan

    Hi,

    My case status is “Case Was Received”. It is unchanged. When can I expect a status change. I am a regular applicant.

    Thanks,
    Kalyan

    1. Raja

      Hi,

      I am a regular applicant.
      My case status is “Case Was Received” and waiting for long time.

      Any Idea when can I expect a status change.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Raja

    2. Lucyu

      This year they are processing it very slow , many people already received approval notice, for some status is changed and hard copy yet to received.

    3. KRB

      There is no timeline as per my discussion with our company’s visa team for quota cases. In worst case it could even take more than a year..
      Even my status is unchanged. However not able to do anything.

    4. Kedar

      Honestly there is not timeline in terms of when will you receive the status update for regular quota cases.. I know it’s really frustrating. However there not much you can do. Patience is the key!

    5. alphabeta

      Hi,

      My case status is showing ‘ Case received on April 11 2016’ after that there is no change in the status till today. I am not sure what should I do .
      Kalyan- has your H1B case status changed?

      Thanks
      Anup

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