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When you file H1B Visa application to USCIS, your case will be assigned a receipt number. USCIS receipt number is unique to each petition received by USCIS. You will be able to track the application status using USCIS case status with help of the receipt number.

Receipt number will be of the following format EAC 12 007 50134. Do you know how to decode and understand the meaning of various parts of receipt number?

USCIS Receipt Number Format

  • Lets take a random USCIS receipt number : WAC 09 003 50134
  • There are 4 parts to the receipt number

Part 1: As explained in Difference between EAC, WAC, SRC and LIN

  • EAC – Vermont Service Center
  • WAC – California Service Center
  • LIN – Nebraska Service Center (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  • SRC – Texas Service Center

Part 2: 09

  • 2 digit fiscal year in which application is submitted.
  • USCIS Fiscal Year (FY) runs between October 1 to September 30 of next year.
  • Example FY 2009 – October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009

Part 3: 003

  • Refers to number of days from October 1 of that Fiscal Year.
  • 001  = October 1 (first day of Fiscal Year)
  • Only working day will be counted – all Sundays, national holidays, Saturdays (maybe)

Part 4: 50134

  • Last 5 digit always starts with 5
  • 50134 means 134th application received on that particular day.

To sum it all WAC 09 003 50134 means134th application/petition  receipt number issued at California Service center for Fiscal year 2009 on 3rd working day (October 3, 2008).

Looks like there are two more versions of USCIS receipt number. But, above format will apply to most of cases HSB readers are interested.

Now, you know how receipt numbers are constructed, I will let you guys all decide how to use the receipt number to mine additional data with respect to your case.