What are the first 3 letters (EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC) of H-1B receipt numbers mean?
Question 1: I have applied for my H-1B visa this March through a consultant. But when I asked them on June 2, 2008, they told me that still a few more days are required to publish the results. Is this true or can I know the real status of my application now? Please advise on this.
It’s my understanding, too, that the USCIS will need a few more days, maybe 1-2 weeks to send out the H-1B visa application receipt numbers. It’s not possible to trace your application unless you have the H-1B visa receipt number.
Question 2: What’s the real receipt number format? I received a number from my employer, starting with ‘WAC’ and then a 10 digit number. But most people refer the receipt number as the ‘EAC’ number, and I’ve seen a print screen of a success case from USCIS showed ‘EACxxxxxxxxxx’. I then started to wonder if I got the receipt number incorrectly…I’ve been checking my status with ‘WACxxxxxxxxxx’ and my case has been ‘Received and Pending’; however, if I changed to ‘EACxxxxxxxxxx’, the same 10 digit number, it shows ‘Approval Notice Sent’. I’m totally confused.
Difference between EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC
The first 3 letters of receipt number represent one of the 4 areas or jurisdiction in the U.S. where the application is being processed. They are called as Service Centers.
The USCIS has several service centers that process H-1B Visa applications, but all of them fall under the 4 areas. Most H-1B applications are processed in California and Vermont Service centers as these cover the largest areas.
- EAC – H-1B petitions processed at the Vermont Service Center
- WAC – Petitions processed at the California Service Center
- LIN – Petitions processed at the Nebraska Service Center
- SRC – Petitions processed at the Texas Service Center
My consultancy said that my named check is cleared by the USCIS but still today i am not getting Official Letter. He said me to wait for it. Is this right way?
- Yes, he’s right. You will have to wait ’till you get the receipt number. It’s the case with many H-1B visa applicants.