H1B Visa 2011 Cap Count Update Table

Update: Sep/2015:Β H1B Visa 2011 was an exceptional year due to Recession in the US. Can you imagine H1B visa cap lasting until January in 2015, 2015 or later?

In this page, you can find information about

  • H1B Visa 2011 (latest cap count update)
  • H-1B Visa processing time tracker (over 130 H1 petitions)

If you missed the window to apply for H1B visa, this year, you could always apply for next Fiscal Year H1B Visa 2012

H1B Visa FY 2011 Cap Count Tracker

Date General Cap Masters Cap
1/26/2011 65000 20000
1/21/2011 62800 20000
1/14/2011 60700 20000
1/7/2011 57700 20000
12/31/2010 57300 20000
12/17/2010 53900 19700
12/10/2010 52400 19100
12/3/2010 51200 18700
11/26/2010 50400 18400
11/19/2010 48977 17836
11/12/2010 47800 17400
11/5/2010 46800 17200
10/29/2010 45600 16700
10/22/2010 44300 16200
10/15/2010 42800 15700
10/8/2010 41900 15400
10/1/2010 40600 14900
9/24/2010 39600 14400
9/17/2010 38300 14000
9/10/2010 37400 13700
9/3/2010 36600 13400
8/27/2010 34900 13000
8/20/2010 33900 12600
8/13/2010 29700 12300
8/6/2010 28500 11900
7/30/2010 27300 11600
7/23/2010 26000 11300
7/16/2010 25300 11000
7/9/2010 24800 10600
7/2/2010 24200 10400
6/25/2010 23500 10000
6/18/2010 22900 9700
6/11/2010 22200 9400
5/28/2010 20800 8700
5/21/2010 19600 8200
5/14/2010 19000 8100
5/6/2010 18000 7600
4/27/2010 16500 6900
4/22/2010 16025 6739
4/15/2010 13600 5800
4/8/2010 13500 5600

Interesting Observations from H1B Cap Cout 2011:

  • The First week count total was less than 20,000 H1B Visa Applications
  • This was one of few years where H1B Cap numbers lasted for several months.
  • H1B Cap was available till January of next year ( which is 10 months)
  • I wonder why IT services company didn’t file as many applications as current years

 

945 Comments

  1. Manohar on March 6, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    Hi……
    My case status shows as
    On February 10, 2012, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    and till now its been 25 days and my employer says he has not received the approval notice.

    Please anybody tell me how long it takes what steps to take next if dont receive it…..

    • Lohith on April 12, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      Hi Manohar ,
      Dis you receieve the approval notice .If so how many daya it took .I am facing same issue.My application is approved on Mar1st and still my employer did not recieve approval notice .

  2. JOHN on December 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Hello,

    I have applied for the H1 extension for 2011 and filed the LCA for the current XXX client, After four months unfortunately my contract is ended with the XXX client and next day My H1 got to RFE.
    Today am JOB LESS and h1at RFE for client letter,
    1. Of course If I get the job in one or two weeks, How can I approach the USCIS with the new client contract.

    Question: 1. Is this possible to change the clients while the case in RFE?
    2. If there any other directions please let me know.

    Any kind of concerns please email me at please.

    Thanks in Advance
    John.

  3. Gopi on December 1, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    I have received a receipt number from USCIS and status is in Decision -approved on Nov-22

    Its a premium processing , I would like to know after this what are the stpes are pending.

    What is the lead time from status decision to final decision

  4. VJ on November 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Hi All,

    I received a RFE few weeks back, and my lawyer had replied to that. Few days later, my status changed to “decision”, and it showed the approval of petition. However, today my status has moved back to RFE.

    Any idea why this would be especially when they had already made a decision few days back?

    Thanks

  5. Mitali on November 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    I have already applied and have received the RFE for H1B. Now as the quota is over, does replying to RFE help?

  6. mi Chick on November 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    How much time does an LCA approval take.Is it 7 business days or 7 calender days.Is there a specific time of the day when the website updates the status’s or status get updated as and when approvals happen.?
    What is the predicted end date for 2012 H1 Cap?

  7. Mahesh on November 11, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Hi

    I received RFE on my H1B for client letter & manager letter & SOW between my company & client. But as we had old SOW signed till 30 nov 2011 we provided it to the USCIS on 10 Nov 2011 (new SOW preparation is under progress which is till 30May 2012), also in manager letter & client letter it is mentioned that client need me at onsite till 31Dec 2011 but actually it’s for more duration as per different project needs. So now I am afraid for how much duration I’ll get my H1b stamped only till 31Dec 2011?

    Thanks!

  8. Neeraja on October 7, 2011 at 5:20 AM

    For me the RFE response was sent to USCIS on July 9th and it was filed on July 15. It is almost 85 days and i havent received any response yet. Any idea how many days ll it take for the decision??

  9. Anoop Chandran on July 21, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    For me it took around 80 days to get my petition approved after I submitted my RFE docs.It was approved after my attorney followed up with USCIS.Don’t worry guys.it will get approved but the wait was pretty frustrating..

    • Romit on December 27, 2011 at 9:06 PM

      Hi Anoop Chandran,

      it,s been 75 days since by RFE response ( October 2011) and I am yet to get my approval. Do I need to worry?

  10. SK on July 6, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Normal Processing
    VERMONT SERVICE CENTER

    Date of Receipt: 10-Jan- 2011
    Date of RFE issue : 30-Mar-2011
    Date of RFE Review initiation: 20-May-2011
    Date of Petition Approval: 05-Jun02011

  11. Sam on June 30, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Hi I have a same situation over here. My RFE was on April 15th and RFE sent on May 18th. Till now its showing RFE Response Review. Any body have any idea how long does it takes actually? if any one below got approved plz update your posts guys….

  12. JD on June 20, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Hi,
    Applied H1b on Jan 13th 2011 and received RFE on 8th March 2011, RFE response submitted in 20th April 2011. Now the status is RFE response review.

    In USCIS website it stated that a written update or written decision will be sent within 60 days of response submission date, its been more than 60 days now I haven’t received any updates yet. Is this common that USCIS will take time even after 60 days?

  13. Anoop Chandran on June 2, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Hi,
    My petition went into RFE on March 02,2010.We submitted the required docs on March 16th.It went in to Request for Evidence Response Review on March 18th.Now its close to 75 days.Still haven’t got any update.Does anybody know How long it goes take?.I have requested my attorney to follow up with USCIS..

  14. Ace De Leon on May 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Hi, my H1B visa was approved on April 11, 2011 under premium processing. When i checked USCIS website i can see the highlighted circle is the DECISION. My employer sent me the email notification of my approved visa and told me to wait for the documents to be sent soon. However, to date i have not received anything. Anyone knows how long does it take to receive this documents? Thanks.

    • Evan on January 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Hi, I will be applying for on Aril 1st with the expedite serve ice. How long did it take you until you got your papers. Were you able to work right away?

  15. riya on April 25, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    hi

    i wasnt pay by my employer ,it was just training,andi leave them,so there were no payroll for me,i heard to do h1 you need exp. certificate from your previous employer as a proof

  16. riya on April 25, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    hi

    i am on OPT extension and i got my full-time job,but my thing is there is some problem with my status,i joined 1 consultant and i leave that due to some reason,since that after 2 months i havent update anything , now that consultant i not ready to give me any exp. certificate now, if i get full-time job i havent have any exp. certificate which i have shown on my resume.do i need to have all exp. certi that i have shown while applying h1.is there any rule that while on opt extension your payroll should be generated ,

    please guideme

    • Ninad on April 25, 2011 at 5:49 AM

      You don't need to have any exp. certificate in US because your future employer will be able to perform your employment background check if you were paid by your consultant employer. And it won't harm mentioning your exp. with the consultant.

  17. hi on April 23, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    hi how are u ? i want to come to usa for studnet? i wan visa studnet how comw to apply? i am from iran but i live in turkish?

  18. Veer on April 17, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Applied Date : 22-Nov-2010 (Varmount)

    NO RFE πŸ™‚

    Approved Date: 14-Feb-2011

    PAI Date : 11-Apr- 2011 (Chennai)

    Approved VISA.

    Best of Luck every one.

    Thanks,

    Veera

  19. Raj on April 12, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Finally got approved on 5th april.

    Applied on 8th july.

    Good luck guys!

  20. Ankur on April 8, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Applied- 30-Aug-2010

    Approved- 7-Apr-2011

    All the best to all of you guys :))

  21. Amol More on March 17, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Hi

    I applied for h1b on April 7 2010. I got an RFE on Saptember 14th. My Lawyer replied to it on october 14th. After that it shows the update as RFE Response Review. They said they will respond within 60 days. After 60 days we again contacted them. The said it will take another one month. On 13 January they send employer a letter saying it will take another 60 days. Now the days have passed and no response. I have my 2 months of exteneded OPT pending. Can I work on something called capgap if not approved till then. Please suggest me appropriate solutions

    Thanks

    Amol

    • Kumar on November 14, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      Were you able to work after your opt expired till your H1 is approved.
      Thanks in advance for your help

  22. Tanish Mehta on March 9, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Hi Friends,

    This is true that the waiting time is quite painful and irritating when it has passed months, after the petition was submitted. but his is also true that the results are quite pleasing.

    It seems that USCIS has started approving the cases. I received approval notice yesterday – 8th march (just notification email) and this time the USCIS web site was showing the updated status.

    Here are my details:

    Application date: 23rd August 2010 (Vermont Center, Regular mode)

    RFE received on : 22nd Dec, 2011 ( from Attorney)

    ** Website didn't show updated status until: 1st Jan, 2011. When the status was updated, status stated that the RFE was sent on 13th Dec, 2010.

    RFE response submitted on: 10th Jan, 2011

    USCIS website showed updated status on: 12th Jan, 2011

    Until, yesterday afternoon there was no change in the last activity date, but then received the notification email informing that my petition was approved.

    I believe, everyone waiting on the petition results are going to get appoval notice , very soon.

    Thanks,

    Tanish

  23. Ravi on March 5, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Hi All,

    My employer filed H1-B for me on 29th-Dec-2010 on Vermont Service Center-EAC (as per USCIS receipt number), still it is on “initial review”.

    Did any one got the approvals for their petition near to my date?

    One more basis question, how much time to take to get H1B Visa?

    Please help on the same.

    Rgds

    Ravi

    • Sai on March 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Most of the ppl who applied in dec r still waiting, mine is on dec 17th still waiting, hope for the best

      • Ravi on March 28, 2011 at 2:37 AM

        Thanks Sai.

        I’ve received ‘Post Decision Activity’ on 23rd March regarding my I129 case.

        Can you help what is the Next Step and When should i except the stamping/interview?

  24. Parag Joshi on March 3, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Hi All,

    Yesterday I Got an Approval Notice. I took whopping 10 months to get approval since the day of my filing. Keep hope and patience. You will get the Visa.

    IR : 21 June 2010

    RFE : 10th Jan 2011

    RFE Review : 28th Feb 2011

    Approval : 3rd March 2011

    Best of luck!!!

    Thanks,

    Parag

    • Parag Joshi on March 3, 2011 at 8:57 PM

      Just to add up .. it was Vermont center

  25. Ankur on March 3, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    I checked up many times he just told me to wait and wait.. dont know what to do..

  26. harry on February 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Hi Guys

    Need your comments on my case:

    Vermont Centre, Regular Processing, H1B

    Receipt Date: 30 Aug 2010

    RFE date: 24 Jan 2010

    RFE Response Review: 24 Feb 2010

    They said they will reply within 14 and 60 days otherwise we can contact them.

    Did any one of you guys with RFE received the approvals within 60 days for Vermont Centre?

    Any experience ?

    • Raj on February 26, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      Same here, my response review 60 days period got over on 22nd feb. And haven't heard anything yet. My H1 B was filed on 8th july @ VSC.

      • harry on March 1, 2011 at 7:01 PM

        I got an approval today.

        Harry

        • Raj on March 14, 2011 at 9:15 AM

          Congratulations Harry! In my case the decision time seems never ending.

  27. Ryu on February 24, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    Here's my situation:

    Receipt date: 04/22/2010 (normal)

    RFE: 12/06/2010

    RFE Response review: 01/07/2011

    That's where it starts to get weird…

    – On February, my employer has upgraded my status to premium processing.

    – On 02/23/2011, I've got an email from USCIS saying my application was now in premium processing and that the status went back from RFE response review to "Initial Review".

    – On 02/24/2011, I've got another email from USCIS saying my application was now in "Acceptance" status and no mention to premium processing…

    This is very confusing… is it normal for a premium upgrade? has one one seen this before? any advice is most appreciated.

    Thanks

    • Ryu on March 1, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      It was approved Today!

      Keep the faith friends, look at my case, I've been waiting since 04/22/2010 and now it's approved. Yours will be approved too!

      Congratulations to happyschoolsblog for the great work! You guys rock!

      Wish you all the best.

      • Ankur on March 1, 2011 at 7:06 PM

        Congrats Ryu!!

        Looks like they started working πŸ™‚

      • Uday on June 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Just one question I have for you. I am in a similar situation with my H1 filed under premium. But it is in Acceptance status for last 7 days. Did your status change to anything else before moving to Decision (Approved) status ? Appreciate your help.

  28. Ankur on February 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Hi,

    My employer filed H1-B for me and I got receipt for the same on July,30 2010 at Vermont center. Till the date status is Initial Review. I logged in the USCIS website and found the last updated date is Oct 3,2010. After that there is no activity. any one suggest me please.

    Did any one face the same issue?

    • Phoenix on February 25, 2011 at 10:36 PM

      Iam also facing exactly the same issue………Receipt Date : July 30,2011, Vermont center..

      Last update is – Oct 3rd…. and still in Initial review….

      Don't go by what the site says…it never reflects the original status…….Always better to call up your employer and get it checked periodically…….

      If they are so short of people to process the cases …i think they should keep the quota to an appropriate limit and stick to timeframes…. They are more happy in charging unusually high processing fees in first place….The way they go with processing, I would recommend them to keep H1b Quota limitless, double the fees once more, and reject 70 % of the cases at the end of a 1 year "Initial Review" period…….would atleast provide some much needed relief for the American Tax payer from contributing to Wallstreet bailout funds !

      Its a shame they behave like "Colonel Winter" from the film "The Last castle"….

      US is a cool place…and do love Hollywood films…but definitley not their Immigration department from how they have handled things from what i know… !

      Respected USCIS people !..

      The one thing I like U to do – act on cases in a reasonable timeframe…

      please process all petitions pending with reciept dates over 6 months at the earliest.. !!

      • Ankur on February 28, 2011 at 3:03 AM

        Hi,

        Did you get any reply from your employer regarding this?

        • Phoenix on March 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

          I checked with employer..they called up USCIS……Seems like they told they will take a note of it and speed up the process..thats it nothing else…

          I think its better to go for a premium processing for a quick update..

          The USCIS guys have updated their website for current processing time as 2 months and seems like majority of cases people are waiting for over 5-6 months…..

          Have you checked with your employer .. ?

  29. Raj on February 22, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    H1b on masters (regular processing )was filed @ VSC on 8th July.

    NO OPT as – second Masters.

    currently residing in USA and still waiting on H1b decision.

    Waiting for a period of 8 months now

    RFE on Dec 22nd.

    22nd feb, my RFE response 60 days period is over and yet no updates.

    How long does it take for USCIS to make a decision? Also, am I out of status right now? If yes, can i get married to my girlfriend who is currently in school on F1? WIll that save my status?

    Please Help

    • HSB on February 22, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Consult an immigration attorney to get legal help or check with your company attorney.

      • Raj on February 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

        I consulted one of the immigration lawyers using their free first consultation deal and they told me that till the time my visa is pending I m safe to stay in USA. I wont go on out of status till the time my visa gets rejected.

        Has anyone else in this forum has gone through the similar situation or is currently on "Pending status"?

  30. K.Ravi Shankar on February 21, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Hi,

    My H1b got approved on Feb16th 2011 and the status is showingin USCIS post decision activity , does this mean approval notice already dispatched if not usually how much time it will take .

    Thanks,

    Ravi.

    • Senthil on February 23, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      15-20 Days from the date mentioned in USCIS Site

  31. Tom007 on February 15, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Hi Friends,

    My receipt date was July 30th 2010.But still it shows "Initial review" in USCIS site.All my employer says is that they too inquired and the response is wait for approval.

    Any resonable estimates as to when it will be approved given that its is already 6.5+ months now….

    Is it better to switch to premium processing to get to know an update early or wait for some more time ? For premium processing employer wants me to put in the extra fee…………Iam little confused and worried now……

    Can I request my employer to send me the approved LCA doc and receipt copy to verify my petition ?

  32. Vichu on February 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    If someone has 2 approved H1 B petitions approved when in India subject to the H1 CAP, and he/she has travelled to the States with stamped visa (for first petitioner), can he/ she resign with the first employer and work for the other employer with the second approved petition in the US itself without coming back to India. Also is it possible that if he/she comes back to India and can he/she travel to the US with the second approved petition and the first petitioner visa without going for visa stamping again. Any thoughts/inputs will be appreciated. Thanks!

  33. Priit on February 9, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    My H1b was filled on 1st April 2010 but still i did not received any updates on that.

    My Consultant and lawyer is not telling me anything. now they are ready to refund my money but now cap is closed and i can not apply it again.Please give me some suggestions.

    • satheesh on February 11, 2011 at 2:50 AM

      Seems they would have cheated you with out filing… Did you receive Receipt number? If not sure they didnt File your work permit…

  34. rahul on February 4, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    My H1b is filled on 25 jan 2011(as shown in USCIS site) but my status is still showing as 'ACCEPTANCE'. Also am not sure whether my visa is filled for a premium processing or not(my employer told me that they are filling premium for me)

    • Uday on June 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM

      Hi Rahul,
      Looks like I am in the same boat which you were on 4th Feb. Can you pls tell me how did your case progress thereafter? Esp what was the status on what date till it was approved.
      Appreciate your help.

  35. Bil on February 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Hi,

    My H1 B petition is approved on Jan 14th. Verified from USCIS site status is Decision and mentioned was approved on Jan 14th.

    Any idea generally how long it takes to get the hard copy. Its 20 days over my petition is approved as per their website. Please advice me.

  36. Senthil on January 31, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Mine is approved on Today. waiting for Hard Copy πŸ˜‰

    Centre :CSC , Regular
    Intial Review :SEP 24,2010
    RFE :DEC 02,2010
    RFE Submission :JAN 05,2011
    APPROVED ON :JAN 31,2011

    Regards,
    Senthil

  37. Ratna Sekhar on January 27, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Hi,

    I got an RFE on 19th of October, i have submitted requested documents on 17th November. It has been mentioned it will take max of 60 days to process application, by now 60 days is complete. But i still did not get any response. Any one who faced similar problem.

    • Marg on January 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      I have submitted my documents on 17th of September for my RFE, the 60 days have passed long time ago and still have not heard anything! So yes, similar problem over here!

      • chill on February 3, 2011 at 10:58 PM

        what service center are you guys?

        mine is california. been on rfe since october, submitted them october as well but since then nothing as well! its been 90 days more!

        • harry on February 25, 2011 at 6:29 PM

          Hi Ratna, Marg, Chill

          Now, did you guys received your approvals? It's more than 60 days, What USCIS is saying about the progress of your petition?

  38. Vik on January 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Hi All,

    I have filed my H1 B on 16 January and receive my recite , and in march i wanted to go to India for some personal n important work. Does anyone guide me will there be any issue if I go India before my H1 got approved (it will be time between submission of petition and approval of that petition).

  39. mp on January 27, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    hi,

    My h1 was applied on Aug 25th 2010. Its been more than 5 months and there is no responce. Does anyone have any idea what is happening here. status says IR.

    thanks,

    MP

  40. Vandana Arora on January 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    I am on H4 Visa currently and looking for links to sponsor
    H1 for me! Please help.

  41. Sudhakar on January 25, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    My petition had been filed on 16 Dec, 2010 and has received EAC after couple of days. USCIS site shows my application status as 'IR' for the past few weeks. Anyone out here with the same scenario?

    Thanks.

    • Sudhakar on February 17, 2011 at 9:01 PM

      I've received an approval notification regarding my I129 and the case status is now 'post decision activity'.

      • Tanish Mehta on February 18, 2011 at 2:26 AM

        Hi Sudhakar,

        This is good news and congrats!

        Please share if you applied under premium processing or regular?

        Thanks,

        Tanish

        • Sudhakar on February 23, 2011 at 9:26 PM

          Thanks Tanish; It was through regular processing that took exactly 2 months for approval. My employer is yet to receive the approval notice and I guess that it'll take upto 30 days from now for the stamping to be done.

          Regards.

          • Sudhakar on December 22, 2011 at 9:55 PM

            It’s December 2011 and I’m still waiting for my stamping πŸ™‚ I’ve received 221g twice and the process is still in progress.

            I’ve just moved to SG instead of just waiting for these guys… πŸ˜‰



          • Sudhakar on November 5, 2012 at 11:56 AM

            Got it stamped! πŸ™‚



    • Ravi on March 5, 2011 at 2:13 AM

      even my case also same.

      • Sudhakar on March 6, 2011 at 9:56 PM

        Hi,

        I was planning to schedule my visa-interview this month; however, I've just got a job opportunity in Singapore which requires me to join them in a week.

        Now, can I get the US-Visa, ask my US-employer for some time and accept the offer from Singapore? I shall return from Singapore and travel back to US in an year. Won't this be a conflict in my documented employment history in H1B application? How would it impact?

        In your point of view, which one would you prefer and what are all the factors that you'd consider for comparison?

        Just to add, I can save a bit more in Singapore than US at this point of time but in long term, US should be the best.

        Please do let me know your suggestions.

        Thanks in advance.

        • Sudhakar on May 16, 2011 at 1:46 AM

          Got 221g that needs more docs from the petitioner πŸ™

          How long would the consulate take to clear this process from the date of document submission?

          Thanks.

  42. Marianne on January 24, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    HI can someone help me. can I apply for H1b visa while I
    have a pending Eb3 or immigrant visa on the process. My EB3
    priority date/approved by USCIS is August 2007 and until now there
    are no visa available for immigrant visa. Is H1b visa fast? can i
    apply while I also have the EB3 waiting|?

  43. Sam on January 18, 2011 at 4:52 AM

    Hi,

    The H1B approval evidence in my I797 is for 2 years. Will it affect my H1B extension later. I'm planning to go in for stamping with the present 2 year approval at present and opt for an extension at a later stage as required.

    Thanks,

    Sam

  44. Ganesh on January 16, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Can some one explain what if I don't get the response until April 1st 2011. My H1B is filed in Dec 1st 2010.

    I am presuming USCIS will clear all the cases which falls under H1B CAP 2011 in order to move to the next year CAP 2012.

    Is my understanding logical ? Please share your thoughts on this.

    • Revathi on January 27, 2011 at 3:57 AM

      Hi All,

      My H1 petition was filed on 3rd August- Vermont Center.

      Still i didn't receive my file number. Did anyone facting the same issue?

      I asked my employer, they told me there is no specific timeframe for H1b fresh petition, need to wait sometime.

      kindly help me.

      Thanks

      Revathi. N

      • Tanish Mehta on January 28, 2011 at 1:37 AM

        Hi Revathi,

        I don't agree to the fact that your petition was filed on 3rd August and you didn't receive the receipt#. Usually, this is generated by USCIS in a week time, but it might take max of 3 weeks.. but not more than that.

        Mine petition was also submitted on 23rd august at VT center and mine friend's at CA center and we received receipt# at around 30th August.

        So, I would suggest you to follow up with your employer to make sure that your petition reached at USCIS office.

        Thanks,

        Tanish

  45. Harry on January 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    My H1 petition was filed on 30th August- Vermont Center and
    it is in IR status now. Did any one got the approvals for their
    petition near to 30th August? Another Question, If i got an
    approval for COS from L1 to H1, then how long(any specific time
    period) I can be on L1 Job(L1 Status)?

    • mp on January 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM

      hi harry,

      same stuff here…applied to uscis on aug 25th..till date noting has happened.

      as in the below page said like,

      “Yes it looks like June is getting cleared in Nov, so Dec will clear July and Jan will clear August!!!”

      So have patience and wait is theonly option.. am still waiting.

      thanks,

      mp

      • Harry on January 27, 2011 at 6:49 AM

        Hi MP

        I convinced my employer to call USCIS to check the status of my petition as we can officially call them after 120 days. They said that they have already mailed the papers with RFE(1 month ago!!), but my employer didnt received it. And now there is no way we can track those papers, I lost whole one month. πŸ™ We have asked them to resend it again and they claim it will take 1-3 more weeks for them. In the website, status is still IR, so dont rely on it.

        Harry

      • SK on February 8, 2011 at 3:32 AM

        Hi MP/Harry, Did you recieve any update for the petition submitted in Aug 2010. Mine was submitted on Aug 3rd 2010 but in USCIS website still shows IR

        Thanks
        Sukumar

    • mp on January 27, 2011 at 3:43 AM

      hi harry,

      Did you get your H1 approved or still in IR status.? Please let me know.

      thanks,

      MP

      • harry on March 2, 2011 at 5:54 AM

        Hi SK and MP

        Yesterday only I received the approval email from USCIS(physical doc yet to receive by employer) and website is also updated accordingly(pls subscribe for SMS and email alerts by opening an account).

        Below were my dates

        Vermont Centre, Regular Processing, H1B

        Receipt Date: 30 Aug 2010

        RFE date: 24 Jan 2010

        RFE Response Review: 24 Feb 2010

        Approval Date: 01 Mar 2011

        It seems since they took long time to process my petition and when we sent them RFE docs, they took just 7 days to approve it in regular processing.

        A suggestion to all of you waiting for approval: If it is crossing 120 days then pls make your employer call them and get an update. It really works in my case atleast and may be becuase of which i got an approval in 7 days after RFE.

        Good Luck to all!!

        Cheers!

        Harry

  46. bharathi on January 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    i got a problem my H1 ext was filed in aug 10th 2010 and got apporval on 28th dec 2010 …. and my lawyer got hardcopy on Jan 10th 2011 ….the problem is that day when i saw my uscis account they updated like this

    On January 10, 2011, your document I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was processed and mailed to the address on record. If you have not received it within 30 days of January 10, 2011, contact customer service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move while your case is pending, please call our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.

    what is mean ….what to do next i dont know …please anybody got same problem let me know what i have to do next… is that mean RFE or what …i already got my approval hardcopy….please help..

    Thanks in advance

    • satheesh on January 13, 2011 at 1:32 AM

      dude, wake up.Its good news for you. It has been approved and the status just says that. No need to worry. You case is approved and it will be closed

  47. bharathi on January 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Hi HSB,

    i got a problem my H1 ext was filled in aug 10th 2010 and got apporval on 28th dec 2010 …. and my lawyer got hardcopy on Jan 10th 2011 ….the problem is that day when i saw my uscis account they updated like this

    On January 10, 2011, your document I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was processed and mailed to the address on record. If you have not received it within 30 days of January 10, 2011, contact customer service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move while your case is pending, please call our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.

    what is mean ….what to do next i dont know …please anybody got same problem let me know what i have to do next… is that mean RFE or what …i already got my approval hardcopy….please help..

    • Jack on January 12, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Nothing to worry about. Your petition was approved and sent to you. That means its approved. If USCIS change their mind on your approval it would have been communicate to your lawyer and they would have responded by now.

  48. MPV on January 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Hi…Does anyone knows how long it takes to get the status
    change from Decision to Post decision activity ? My decision says
    "it was approved ". My employer says that ..they will receive the
    approved petition after 2 weeks that once the status changes to
    post decision activity. Is that true ? Can i safely assume as
    approved if decision says "it was approved and we sent an email
    notice"?

  49. MPV on January 11, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Hi…Anyone knows how long it takes to get the status
    change from Decision to Post decision activity ? My decision says
    "it was approved ". My employer says that ..they will receive the
    approved petition after 2 weeks that once the status changes to
    post decision activity. Is that true ? Can i safely assume as
    approved if decision says "it was approved and we sent an email
    notice"?

  50. roney on January 11, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Hi Guys,

    My H1B(Regular) has been filed with USCIS on Nov 5th on california, still it is on "initial review" does any one get approvel for same.

    • roney on February 5, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      Hey guys,

      I got approval for my H1B regular.

      • roney on February 9, 2011 at 6:53 AM

        Guys,

        I have a question. My L1B was rejected and B1 was canceld in Aug. Will there be any problem for H1B stamping.

  51. Vijay on January 11, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    Someone in the above page said like,

    "Yes it looks like June is getting cleared in Nov, so Dec will clear July and Jan will clear August!!!"

    This has been found to happening right and What about the case of RFE's then??? Wouldn't they be considered as normal one's (without RFE)??

    Below is my case;

    Visa: New H1B

    Type: Regular

    Center: VSC

    Receipt Date: 08/30/2010

    RFE: 11/23/2010 (additional fees)

    RFE Response: 12/09/2010

    PP: NO

    Approved: Waiting……

    Field: IT

    And my Employer doesn't share receipt number with employees most times. So, when can I expect to have the approval?? Jan??

    Thanks!!

  52. MPV on January 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Hi..Mine was submitted on Dec 1st under premium. Got approved on Jan 6th.

    Good luck for all out here.

    Regards,

    MPV

    • YESG on January 16, 2011 at 3:11 AM

      Hi, I understand that H1B application under premium category needs to be decided within 15 days. Are there any exceptions to this, where USCIS can take a longer period.

    • SV on January 21, 2011 at 5:29 AM

      Hi,

      Do you say that you got the approval notice on Jan 6th? or your case was updated in Online as "Approved" on Jan 6th.

      I'm asking you this because, my case was upgraded to premium on Jan 6th and now I could see online that it is "Approved". I need to how many days will it take to receive the approval notice?

      I can use your Information for a rough estimation.

      Thanks.

  53. raj on January 7, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    My receipt date was Aug 17th – Vermont Got a RFE on Nov 2nd
    Replied to RFE on Dec 2nd Visa approved on 3rd Jan Waiting for my
    approval notice.

    • SV on January 24, 2011 at 4:52 AM

      You should have got now?! correct?!

  54. Phoenix007 on January 6, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    My reciept date was July 30th, Reg,Vermont.

    No update yet…Still in "initial review" … πŸ™

    Since current data in USCIS website is shown as updated as of Oct 31st….hope to see some update on USCIS site when they update it with the latest data sometime this month…

    Its really unfortunate that things take this long to get processed….

  55. Srida on January 5, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Hi Guys,

    My H1B(Regular) has been filed with USCIS on aug 19th, still no reply from them. Is it true that every application that was filed after aug 14th is getting RFE ? If not RFE what is the maximum time that they take to process a application as its been nearly 5 months that my application was filed.

    • Mahendran on January 6, 2011 at 6:46 PM

      Hi, My application was also filed on 19th Aug Regular in
      California Service Center. Still no updated from them. I was
      informed by my employer that my case would receive RFE due to Visa
      fee hike. But still there is no RFE / update from
      USCIS….

    • mp on January 8, 2011 at 8:18 PM

      hi sridha,

      same case here..mine was filed on aug 25th..no update on status. moreover my employer does not give me receipt number.

      i think my employer has asked his attorney to check the status with USCIS and the reply can take max time of 45 days. looks like within 45 days USCIS will responcd back.

      Wait is the only option…..

      thanks,

      mp

  56. needAbreak on January 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Hi,

    My employer filed LCA on 22 Dec. It takes at least 7 days to get LCA certified but because of year end holidays it is still pending. After that they will file my H1-B petition in Premium category. Today cap count was updated to 55800. My question is how to find Chile/Singapore count out of total. Keeping 6800 aside isnt wise. Can I find how much is left ubder regular category (without chile/Singapore)?

    • Tanish Mehta on January 4, 2011 at 5:55 AM

      H1-B quota is independent of your native place.

      Thanks,

      Tanish

      • karakter on January 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        Yes, but Chile and Singapore have special caps because of
        free trade agreement with the U.S.

        • HSB on January 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

          Unused Singapore and Chile H1b numbers from last year will be used this year.

  57. mp on January 3, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    my h1 was applied at uscis on aug 25th 2010. till date there is no respone from my employer on the status of my h1. its been more than 16 weeks after applying at uscis. last week when i checked with my employer conserned department, they told me that they have registered a call with USCIS and they will let me know the status at the earliest.

    its been 1 week after they told me as above. What is happening here.Does anyone have similar experience.

    thanks

    • Tanish Mehta on January 5, 2011 at 3:12 AM

      if you've the receipt number, you can track the status of your petition on USCIS web site:
      https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do

      On the top of this, you can create a user and register your case to your portfolio to get email alerts. Hope, this helps you!

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  58. aavi on January 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Filed-09th Sept
    Approved-14th Dec
    No RFE!

    • Tanish Mehta on January 3, 2011 at 2:07 AM

      Congrats!

      This keeps our hopes, alive!

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  59. Ritu on January 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Please Help!!

    My question is, can one file a fresh petition if it is rejected in the same year? Or one has to wait for next year. It seems some 11k slots are still open.

    Appreciate the help.

    Ritu

    • Tanish Mehta on January 3, 2011 at 2:06 AM

      I think, yes you can. But, you need to apply at other service center. e.g. if you earlier applied at CSC then you should apply at VSC. I have read somewhere about the same case, where this happened and that person finally got the visa, approved?

      Good luck!

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  60. narain on December 31, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Just got a mail on my H1b approval from USCIS. What a new year gift!

    VSC- Aug 31 filed, RFE for additiona fee in Novemeber and approved in Decemeber.

    • Tanish Mehta on January 3, 2011 at 2:07 AM

      Congrats and thanks for sharing the information.

      This keeps our hopes, alive!

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  61. Rit on December 30, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    Has anyone's H1 rejected during interview/stamping process, after it has been approved by USCIS?

    • Tanish Mehta on January 3, 2011 at 2:09 AM

      Hi,

      I didn't hear about any such case this year but someone was telling me that this has happened in the recent past.

      So, are you trying to know about this fact or you came to know about any such case? If yes, please share more details.

      Thanks,

      Tanish

      • Tanish Mehta on January 3, 2011 at 2:11 AM

        I want to correct my self. please read "someone was telling me that this has happened in the recent past." AS

        someone was telling me that this has happened quite a long back, sometimes 4 years back.

        Thanks,

        Tanish

  62. Raj on December 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    I graduated in July 2010 and my H1b on masters (regular processing )was filed on 8th July. I had no OPT as this was my second Masters. I am currently residing in USA and still waiting on H1b decision. I have been waiting for a period of 5 months now and my status from "initial review" to "RFE" on November 3, 2010. My lawyers answered the RFE on Dec 16th. How long does USCIS usually take to make a decision after the RFE has been answered in regular cases? Also, am I out of status right now? Do i have to go back to my country ? If yes, then how long do I have to wait for H1b to get approved?
    PLEASE HELP

  63. truth007 on December 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    It would have been better if USICS used some money from the increased visa fee in streamling the operations of their H1-B visa processing department rather than channeling it to Border Security at Mexico…

  64. truth007 on December 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    It would had been better if USICS used some money from the increased visa fee to streamling the operations of their H1-B visa processing department rather than channeling it to Border Security at Mexico…

  65. RRRR on December 26, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Hi,

    My H1 was filed this month on 20th as premium.Would like to know as to when can I expect some response. There has been no status update as yet.

    Cheers,

    RRRR

  66. Sam on December 25, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    Hi,

    I got an H1B approval.I'm getting a salary offer of 53K-based out of CA. Would like to know whether it will be feasible to survive on the same post taxes(single) and how much I might end up saving.I'm in serious doubt now whether to move or not.

    TIA,

    Sam

    • satheesh on December 27, 2010 at 4:29 AM

      53K in california is like a dead salary. If you are a bachelor you can survive , but if you are travelling with family it will be futile. imagine rent will be around 1400$ per month+ insurance for car if you buy will come to 120$, groceries will cost 1000$ per month, so it will be basically tight to maintain your savings.

    • Tanish Mehta on December 27, 2010 at 9:29 AM

      Take about 33% of your monthly salary towards various taxes, that would be deducted straight from your salary and then apply the accommodation rent + car insurance + grocery cost.

      This is not to discourage you but you will not be able to save much.

      BUT, on the other side, think of it as another step in your career, which you need to go through. What I believe is, you should be able to save $700- $800, by managing your expenses.

      Think 100 times, before really deciding any thing, coz things are not easly to roll back. People are still waiting for the approvals and you are lucky enough to get it, at this point.

      Thanks,

      Tanish

      • HSB on December 27, 2010 at 10:05 AM

        Someone salary goes up as you gain experience. Entry level job might pay $50k per year and when you change jobs, you will be able to get high pay. Companies are not goign to give you high pay just because you are going to new job, but you have to know how to negotiate the salary.

        • Sam on December 27, 2010 at 10:02 PM

          Thanks for the info guyz….i guess id move.I wasnt in a position to bargain as such since there are many takers for an H1B and the openings are limited due to the tight economy as such.Moving from surplus to tight money is tuff…Hoping it proves to be good in the long run.

          • VP on December 31, 2010 at 7:19 AM

            Yes, things will be a bit tight initially. But you can survive. Because the salary is low, your final fedral income taxes should also be low (If you have a family with you). If you are a bachelor, you can share things and survive.

            satheesh 1000$ for groceries is too much. you can live with a family within 500$ .. bachelors even less.



  67. New on December 22, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    My rfe was received by uscis on 15 dec 2010, but as of now the status did not update

    • Tanish Mehta on December 23, 2010 at 4:34 AM

      I agree with you. In my case, I finally received a RFE on 22nd December (attorney informed that they received RFE), but the status is still shown to be under initial review and the last activity date was shown to be as of Dec, 10.

      I doubt that USCIS took another 12 days after last activity date to send the RFE.
      Receipt date for my petition with Vermont service center is : August 23rd (regular mode). So, it tokk exactly 4 months to hear back from them.

      My employer will answer to the RFE shortly and I am still hoping for the best!
      God, help us poor guys!

      Thanks,
      Tanish

      • Mahendran on December 23, 2010 at 5:52 PM

        Hi Tanish,

        What is the RFE regarding? Is it related to the visa fee hike?

      • Mp on December 25, 2010 at 7:59 PM

        Hi Tanish,

        What is the RFE regarding. Is it related to visa fee hike or client invitation letter and other documents.

        • Tanish Mehta on December 27, 2010 at 2:44 AM

          Hi All,

          I am really not sure on what the RFE is about. I was myself curious to know about it but my employer told me that the they will be responding to RFE.

          I will certainly share with you all, if I come to know about it.

          But, what I can share as of now is : 'USCIS web site still shows the status to be under initial review."

          Thanks,

          Tanish

          • FM on December 28, 2010 at 4:23 AM

            RFE = Request For (Furthur) Evidence.

            Means they need more documentation to approve your case. They want to approve it but they need substantial evidence that you are the appropriate candidate.

            -FM.



          • Tanish Mehta on December 29, 2010 at 8:25 AM

            Thank you!!
            This shows me ray of hope.

            Thanks,
            Tanish



    • new1 on December 29, 2010 at 9:26 PM

      @New
      Did you receive ny update on ur visa?

  68. rhino on December 22, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Hi

    Does anyone know if its true that the UCSIS now require a new application form to be submitted for H1B visas? my attorney said she now needs to use the new forms because the old ones are not valid..is it true as it looks like my attorney keeps coming up with excuses to hold up my application form

    Please anyone know the answer

  69. Mona on December 22, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    I got a mail from attorney saying my file was received on 12/16.

    – so holidays are also covered in 15 calendar days?

    – will USCIS respond me back by 12/30 or 12/31?

    thanks in advance..

  70. sraj on December 21, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Hi

    Mine is submittted on june 1st and still the USCIS shows as IR only and my last updated date also shows as june 3rd.Almost it is 7 months going to complete.i dont know what the USCIS people are doing.If i ask my employer he is telling me to wait.i dont know what to do.really worried.Is thr anybody in my situation?pls tell me.

  71. ayyappan on December 20, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Hi,

    My H1B visa was filed on july 2nd,2010. It is still in initial review for more than 5 months. It is with vermont service centre. Can any one tell me when it will be approved? I am more worried now

    • Tanish Mehta on December 21, 2010 at 8:17 AM

      If you can speak to your lawyer and s/he will in turn get in touch with USCIS.

      I think, VT center is going real slowwwwwwwwwww….

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  72. sraj on December 20, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Hi

    Mine is submittted on june 1st and still the USCIS shows as IR only and my last updated date also shows as june 3rd.Almost it is 7 months going to complete.i dont know what the USCIS people are doing.If i ask my employer he is telling me to wait.i dont know what to do.really worried.

  73. bpr on December 20, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Today I got mail from my Employer that my visa is approved.

    (Receipt Date Aug 17th Regular/CA)

    The USCIS site has not updated the status yet.

    It is still showing IR and last updated date as Nov 15.

    I am yet to get the copy of the approval document so that I can tell what is the actual approval date by USCIS.

    • Mahen on December 20, 2010 at 8:02 AM

      Hi,

      Is there any RFE for the applications which are submitted after 14th Aug? My employer told me that my receipt date is 19th Aug & I would get RFE due to visa fee hike which is effect from 14th Aug..

      • [email protected] on December 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM

        my receipt date sep24, regular/CA. got RFe on Dec2nd and yet to submit the docs

    • Tanish Mehta on December 21, 2010 at 2:26 AM

      Hi bpr,

      Congrats!

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  74. Kavya on December 14, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Hello,

    Received a RFE recently for project agreement and end client invite letter. I couldnt get the client invite letter for legal issues however managed to get letter from onsite lead, member of my company (within the company). We have submitted this letter and project agreement to USCIS. Would they consider the letter??

    Any problem of denial here??

    • Rit on December 30, 2010 at 5:01 AM

      Evn I sent the same doc, n mine got approved in 20 days..

  75. Rit on December 14, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Hi,

    Mine was filed on 18th May(Regular at Vermont), Got RFE on 8rd Oct. After sending the details(an approval letter), it was finally approved on 3rd Dec.

    So have patience, if your docs are correct U ll surely get approval

  76. BLT on December 13, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Hello,

    Can someone help me out from the below situation.

    My H1 B Petition is filed with USCIS on Nov 3rd in Premium Processing. Till now I did not get my reciept no but recently I got an RFE saying to submit client letter and latest appriasal letter. My query is

    1. Will there be no reciept no for premium processing?

    2. After I submit my RFE, how long will it take to approve my petition?

    3. For what actually USCIS expects RFE?

    -Thanks.

    • Ven on December 14, 2010 at 8:22 PM

      ""1. Will there be no reciept no for premium processing?""

      Thats what I heard as well. No receipt number for Premium

      "2. After I submit my RFE, how long will it take to approve my petition?"

      The clock resets – so ten more working days I woul guess.

      ""3. For what actually USCIS expects RFE?"'

      Whatever they ask for.

      • Karthik on December 28, 2010 at 11:09 PM

        Recepit Number is the Identification of your H1B petition irrespective of whether it is permium or normal. So Check with your employer on Recepit Number. Once UCIS Accepts your application they will provide Recepit Number.

  77. Ven on December 10, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    H1 (premium) regular quota was filed around Nov Last week. Approved 12/10. Vermont SC

    • Mona on December 10, 2010 at 9:31 PM

      Congrats!! after how many days did you receive the reeceipt number after it was filed?

      • Ven on December 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

        I was told that for premium processing there wont be a receipt number. (usually). So I never asked for one, nor got any

  78. San on December 9, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    All,

    My petition got submitted on aug 4th and today i got email from employer saying that it got approved. I have seen the scanned copy of approved petition and it was approved on oct 29th. Still USCIS website is not updated and status is initial review and last updated status also not updated. So be patient… It will definitely approve…..

    • Tanish Mehta on December 9, 2010 at 5:37 AM

      Congrats and thank you for updating your status.

      It gives an indication that USCIS is making some progress… @very low pace, but the things are moving.

      Thanks again. I would appreciate if you could again update the blog with date, when USCIS status was shown really updated.

      Thanks,

      Tanish

      • San on December 13, 2010 at 3:49 AM

        Tanish,
        Petition got approved on 29th oct but i got acknowledgement from my employer on dec 9th. Still USCIS website it is showing as initial review..It was regular processing and CA service center..

        • Tanish Mehta on December 14, 2010 at 4:23 AM

          HI San,

          Thank you for sharing the information.

          This means that after october 29th, USCIS took another 40 days (till 29th Dec) , to send the approval notice.

          AND, surprisingly, even after 45 days, USCIS site was not updated with the status.

          Thanks again!

          Thanks,

          Tanish Mehta

          • bpr on December 16, 2010 at 3:54 AM

            San,

            Thanks for the info.

            But r u sure ur employer did not delay communicating to you after receiving the approval.

            Just another possibility.

            What do you think.

            Bishnu



    • senthild4u on December 9, 2010 at 5:38 AM

      San,

      Is it Premium or regular ?

  79. meena on December 8, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    hey guys- just wanted to let you know that my H1 finally got approved today after exactly 5 months. So everyone thats waiting i know its stressful but please be patient!

  80. Justin on December 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Please help me. I was interviewed on August 17 and after the interview they kept my passport and documents and they instructed me they will return my passport to me via express mail as soon as they finish their review. I received an email and informed me that they issued form 221g to my application on September 15 indicating further review of my application. On November 6, they returned my passport to me with a letter that they have forwarded back my petition approval to USCIS for reconsideration and instructed me further to contact California Service Center Western Adjudication Center for future queries. Please help, I need anybody to explain what is happening to my application.

  81. Karthik on December 6, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Hi Friends,

    My H1B got converted to permium on 29th Nov and it got approved on 2nd Dec. I am waiting for Hard copy of Petition. Any idea how long will it take to get Hard Copy to schedule my PA.?

    • Jack on December 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM

      If you are premium processing, you should have a got a email copy of your approval notice. The hard copy would generally reach your lawyer within a week.

  82. senthild4u on December 6, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    My case was requested for RFE. waiting for my employer mail about RFE info. do not know what is USCIS expectation. can anybody tell me about it and what is the duration about RFE response

    • Rit on December 14, 2010 at 12:43 AM

      USCIS is now promply responding to RFE. I have seen normally they are reponding within 2-3 weeks.

  83. Preeti on December 5, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    I am looking for a cpmpany who can sponsor my H1B. Please help me with any list of such consulting company whom I can contact. I work as an IT project manager.

    • bpr on December 6, 2010 at 4:37 AM

      Consulting companies getting visa is no longer reality because of change in USCIS policies.

      There are 2 ways for u

      1) Ask ur current employer to file h1b Visa.

      if that is not possible then switch to another company who will.

      2) Directly apply and register for us job sites.Try to get a job offer who is willing to take ur sponsorship.

  84. Che Ban on December 4, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    My employer (TCS) sent an email stating that they have filed with USCIS on Nov5th on Regular-Vermont. I have not the receipt number so far. When asked our visa cell, they are telling it takes 30 working days to get file number. Is it true ? or they are lying to me just to keep me in the company ?

    please share…

    • HSB on December 4, 2010 at 5:46 AM

      It takes less than 7 days to get the receipt number.

  85. Kavya on December 3, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Hello,

    Received RFE recently for project agreement and end client invite letter. I couldnt get the client invite letter for legal issues however managed to get letter from onsite lead, member of my company (within the company). We have submitted this letter and project agreement to USCIS. Would they consider the letter??

    Any problem of denial here??

  86. Harry on December 3, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Hello Guys

    USCIS has received my petition on 08/30/2010(Aug 30) and it is still in Initial Review Status. I can see last updated date as 12/03/2010(which is today's date) in my Account. It is with Vermont Service Center. Employer haven’t received any updates on my status.

    Can any one suggest how long it may take to get this approved? When exactly they update the date in USCIS account?

    Thanks you!

    Harry

    • bpr on December 6, 2010 at 4:29 AM

      Oh cool at least ur last updated date is up to date.

      Mine is California Center and the last updated date is Nov 15.

      I don't understand why they are so slow.It looks as if they have stopped working after Nov 15.

      Anybody in with California/Regular having last updated date later than Nov 15 Please let us know.

      • Harry on December 7, 2010 at 1:02 AM

        Now, they have updated the date with “12/06/2010” i.e., today’s date but, Status is still “IR”. I hope, soon i can see new status!! πŸ™‚

  87. Sushma on December 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Hello,

    My company has applied for H1B on Nov 19th, 2010 which premium processing. But still we haven't received the receipt number..

    I dont understand why it is taking more time. Any idea?

    thanks,
    Sushma

    • Tanish Mehta on December 3, 2010 at 1:44 AM

      please contact your lawyer.

      Thanks,

      Tanish

    • Ven on December 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

      apparently premium processing applications do not get a reciept number. but double check anyway. you should have got an update by now.

  88. bpr on December 1, 2010 at 6:31 AM

    My application receipt date is 17th August,California Regular.

    Currently in IR.

    More than 3.5 months and counting…

    updated the xls

    • San on December 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM

      Mine got submitted on aug 4th(regular, CA) and still under initial review. I can see my freinds petition got submitted on 30th august(regular) and mid of september also got approved two weeks back. Dont know what criteria they are following… Hope for the best!!!!

      • AK on December 5, 2010 at 4:02 PM

        @bpr @San — It really depends. I guess it varies from regular or premium processing?? Also I heard VERMONT center processes applications much faster than others. In my case, I filed for my H1-b on October 18th (regular quota). Then on 21st – before i got a receipt number – i upgraded it to Premium processing. I got H1-B approval notice on Nov 30th. I'm sure you guys will get yours in sometime. Do come back and give an update. Good luck.

        • AK on December 5, 2010 at 4:04 PM

          oops. sorry, please check below for the proper case info::
          "" In my case, I filed for my H1-b on NOVEMBER 18th (regular quota). Then on 21st – before i got a receipt number – i upgraded it to Premium processing. I got H1-B approval notice on NOVEMBER 30th. I’m sure you guys will get yours in sometime. Do come back and give an update. Good luck. ""

          • Tanish Mehta on December 6, 2010 at 1:39 AM

            Vermont center is also running at the same pace as CA. My receipt date is August 25th (regular mode at VT center), but the status is still shown to be 'Initial Review'.

            Thanks,

            Tanish



          • bpr on December 6, 2010 at 4:21 AM

            @AK

            any idea how much extra they are charging for Premium processing?



          • AK on December 6, 2010 at 6:30 AM

            @bpr: From the information I got from lawyers, the H1-B Premium Processing Fees has increased (from $1,000) to $1,225 effective Nov. 23, 2010.



          • Tanish Mehta on December 6, 2010 at 8:50 AM

            hmmm.

            USCIS is certainly looking forward to earn more money.

            Thanks,

            Tanish



  89. HRaju on December 1, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    My Company had fle my H1B on 04-Aug-2010(my petition date). Meanwhile i resigned and my company withdrawn my H1B petition by sending a mail to USCIS.

    Can you please let me know can i apply again by myself in 2011 quota?

  90. Umang Gopani on November 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    People are not commenting on H1B Visa 2011 processing tracker. I request people to please update the doc, once they receive their H1s.

  91. Geojac007 on November 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    Hellooo,

    The whole process of wait will drive anyone mad and impatient.
    Nothing to do except to wait till u get an update.

    Is USCIS trying to make people give into the premium processing route ? One would definitely start thinking like that given the delay in the whole process..
    But seems like RFEs are rare this time,hence worth the wait…

    From what i could infer…..
    The USCIS site shows July 10th for Vermont Center and July 1st for CA center as the dates until which they have processed the applications.This date is supposed to be updated once a month as mentioned there, but God know's when they update it and only way is to check it periodically.The above information is as of Sep 30th,2010 at the centers and last update date of the site is mentioned as Nov 22.

    And they have explicitly mentioned that if your receipt dates falls before the above given dates and still in "Initial Review,then you can call USCIS Customer Service Office at 1-800-375-5283 for assistance…

    They should be updating the dates till which they have processed hopefully in a month's time for all the July, Aug folks to know…

    But they have approved applications later than the above mentioned dates also…Wonder how they approve visas at random when a huge number is still pending before that except if it is a premium processing……

    Anyways happy waiting period for all who are waiting and all the best….!!

    Rgds,
    Geo

    • Tanish Mehta on November 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM

      this is true.
      Probably, USCIS is trying to generate more revenues by introducing the delay. I can't though of any other fact, than this.

      THanks,
      Tanish

  92. Harry on November 29, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Hello

    I am in L1B visa with employer A and I have filed a H1B petition with employer B but it's status is in "Initial Review" and I have receipt Number also. My question is Can I stay in USA even after Quitting Employer A(L1B visa becomes invalid) based on H1B petition filed and its "Initial Review" status?

    Am I eligible to stay in USA based on any petition which is not yet approved?

    Any suggestions on this will help me a lot. Let me know some important URL where i can get more details on such cases.

    Thanks

    Harry

    • Harry on December 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM

      I didnt get any reply on my question, Can u guys share your thoughts on my question?

      I am in L1B visa with employer A and I have filed a H1B petition with employer B but it’s status is in “Initial Review” and I have receipt Number also. My question is Can I stay in USA even after Quitting Employer A(L1B visa becomes invalid) based on H1B petition filed and its “Initial Review” status?

      Am I eligible to stay in USA based on any petition which is not yet approved?

      • vivek on December 7, 2010 at 2:29 PM

        My suggestion is do not quit unless and until you have approved H1B petition (I-797), and do not leave US. You can start working once you have approval done. However, ask your attorney if he/she filed for change of status—if yes then you don't need to leave US. But whenever you leave, you have to get visa stamped for re-entry.

        • jack on December 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM

          Unless your H1B petition is approved your status is L1. So stick to your current job. Only resign when your H1B petition is approved.

          • Harry on December 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM

            Thanks Vivek and Jack



  93. San on November 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    My petition got submitted in uSCIS on 4th August 2010 but still under initial review? (regular processing, california service center)

    • Tanish Mehta on November 29, 2010 at 1:57 AM

      Hi San,

      I think, you should receive the results, since one of my friend who applied at California center on August,23rd.. got his results and heard that USCIS reverted to most of the applications in 3 months.

      So, I would suggest you to contact your lawyer.

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  94. Ankit on November 26, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Hi,

    Can someone give an overview of how things are progressing this year?

    Any idea of no. of denials and no. of RFE's and thereafter approval.

    Thanks in advance….

    • ady on November 28, 2010 at 12:37 AM

      hello ankit

      things are going slow this year but the rejection rate is very very low.i got my approval about a 11days ago.but the website hasn't been updated.it shows 'initial review' as my case status.but i did receive a hard copy of the approval.so don't rely on the website or case update for your visa status.its better to contact your attorney and have him check out your case.my application got processed in 3 months which is quite surprising .it was regular processing ,CA center.hang on there buddy.good news will find you soon.

      ady

  95. Parag Joshi on November 26, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    Hi All,

    My Receipt date is 21June 2010 Vermont Center. ITs now more than 5 months. Still I have not got any updates. Does anyone else is facing similar issue.

    Thanks,
    Parag

    • Ryu on November 26, 2010 at 12:29 PM

      Hey Parag,

      don’t wanna be pessimist here, but my application receipt is from April 22nd and I’m still on “Initial Review”… πŸ™ I’ve seen a case where someone had a receipt from April 1st and was still on IR. All we can do is wait. I know that if it’s past 6 months from receipt date, your attorney can take an infopass appointment and go to a local USCIS office to ask for information.

      My advice: go premium if you can. I really wish I had made this choice earlier. This way you’ll get a decision and you can go on with your life.

      PS: just switched to premium.

      Hope this helps

      • Parag Joshi on November 30, 2010 at 12:14 AM

        Hey Thanks Ryu,

        But the problem is my company has filed my H1B. They are not aggreeing to switch it to Premium processing considering the extra cost involved. Moreover I tried calling USCIS center. They told me that the petitioner should be present with me , then and then only they will tell me my case details.

        I am not sure about the manner in which USCIS process the requests, my colleague who has his H1 pending as well, called USCIS and got info that his all checkups are done and he needs to open a SR. My question is how could they tell him the details even though the petitioner was not present with him. It is really confusing.

        Thanks,
        Parag

    • raj on November 27, 2010 at 9:31 AM

      Hi parag,
      mine is filed on june1st california centre.still it is in intial review.

    • raj on November 29, 2010 at 10:06 PM

      Hi parag ,
      any updates regarding petition?any changes u have done?

      thanks
      raj

      • Parag Joshi on December 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

        Hi Raj,

        No updates till now. Please let us know if you get one.

        Thanks,
        Parag

  96. HSB on November 25, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    Now, you should be able to update the spreadsheet with your H1B processing status. Also, new field RFE have been added.

  97. Swami on November 22, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Ady, congrats to u…..

    my application is filled on 24th Aug 210. So when can I expect my petition to get approved…….. its in California center and for regular processing.

  98. ady on November 22, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    hello guys.my reciept date was 18th august 2010 and i got my approval on 17th nov.the website hasn't been updated as yet but my lawyer sent me the approval notice.3 months flat!! thank god… hope those who have been waiting will get their approvals soon enough.best of luck everybody.happy schools blog has been a real help.you guys are the best!!

    PS: regular processing,bachelors ,California center

    • Tanish Mehta on November 23, 2010 at 8:58 AM

      Hi Ranjith & Ady,

      Congrats to both of you!

      One of my friend also got REF on 18th, for his H1-B regular application at California center.

      It seems like USCIS is now processing regular applications with in three months but I am waiting for the status of mine application submitted at VT center (regular mode).

      Today, it has been three months since the date of receipt of my application and I am keeping the fingers, crossed.

      Thanks,

      Tanish

      • Raj on November 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM

        Hi

        mine is filed on june 1st but still v didint get.what will happen dont know.really worried.

  99. Renjith on November 22, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Hi All,

    Yesteday I got a surprising mail from my employer, saying that my petition is approved.

    But in USICS site, which I used to check on daily basis still have my status in Intial Review. Is this a common scenario or have anyone heard about such case before?

    Cos of the status in site, I still doubt whether its any error from employers side(they are yet to receive the hard copy ).

    Thanks ,

    Renjith.

    • ady on November 22, 2010 at 8:10 PM

      hi renjith
      i got the same surprise from my attorney.but he also mailed me a copy of the approval.the website doesn't get updated for days n days .but its not a hoax or an error on part of the employer.you've got it mate!! congrats to both of us!!

  100. Harry on November 20, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Hi Guys

    USCIS has received my petition on 08/30/2010(Aug 30) and it is still in Initial Review Status. I can see last updated date as 10/03/2010(Oct 03) in my Account.

    I am not sure my petition is with which Service Center. Employer haven’t received any updates on my status. Below is the message in their website:

    "On August 30, 2010, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case."

    Can any one suggest how long it may take to get this approved? And also how to know the Exact Service Center name? I am in need of this visa urgently now, So if we convert it to "Premium processing", by when i should expect the VISA?

    Thanks!

    Harry

    • Harry on December 3, 2010 at 3:24 PM

      Today I checked the last update date in my Account and it is showing today's date( i.e. 12/03/2010) but it is still in "Initial Review" Status.

      Do you guys think, It will approved now? When exactly they update the date?

  101. Kaushik on November 19, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Hi,

    My petition was filed on Aug 4th, Regular processing. Still it is showing the status as IR. Can anyone suggest that now is it possible to convert it to Premium. Also now for premium, is the same petition converted or a new petition would be filed. How much time it should take for a Premium processing.

  102. Anulekha Shetty on November 19, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to say a thank you for your informative website and for how quickly information is updated here.
    I just moved to the U.S., 2 weeks ago from Bombay after getting married and have found some helpful advice on the blogs as I'm beginning to adjust to the new environment. I am on an H4 visa

    Is the major focus of your site to share information for (i)Students who want to study in the U.S and (ii) for those who have studied here in getting a job?

    Do you have any suggestions on blogs or other helpful websites to find information for those who are on an H4 visa – on how to get a job in the U.S?

    thanks
    Anulekha

    • Tanish Mehta on November 22, 2010 at 1:48 AM

      I want to say thank you for thinking of sharing the information with regard to H4-B & student Visa.

      can you please share your experience in your case?

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  103. Vikram Singh on November 18, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Hi,

    My application was submitted on 14th June. There was an update on 3rd Oct but status remained same as 'Initial Review'

    Now again last update date changed to 17th Nov but status is still 'Initial Review'

    what to do in this case, any idea. Employer haven't recevied anything.

    Thanks

    • Raj on November 19, 2010 at 10:42 AM

      hi vikram,

      how to see the updation in the site.pls tell me.i lso submiited on june 1st at california service centre.still it is un initial review.

      • Vikram Singh on November 19, 2010 at 4:51 PM

        Hi Raj,

        Go to USCIS website and create your account, add your receipt in your portfolio. Once you add that then you will be able to see last update date.

        USCIS site is https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do.

        thanks

        • Raj on November 20, 2010 at 3:30 AM

          hi vikram,

          i created the account and saw ,the last updated date was 06/03/10.from this i came to know they didnt even take mine.i dont know what they are dng?geeting worried so much

  104. Swetha on November 14, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    hi

    approx how many days will it take to know abt H1 if v do premium processing under masters quota?

    thank you

    swetha

    • NEERAJ on November 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM

      maximum 9 working day

  105. Avdhesh on November 14, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    Hi All,

    I am an IT professional with 10+ years of Experience andlooking for H1 sponsership.

    Please let me know few companies who are filing the H1 B this year.

    Thanks,

    Avdhesh

  106. Raj on November 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Hi SM

    i am also in the same boat.My employer filed on june 1st still it is showing initial review.

    I hope v ll get it soon.pls be updated always.

    • Tanish Mehta on November 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

      is the status, still same?

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  107. SM on November 11, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    Hi All,

    My employer has filed H1B for me in June 2010 and I received receipt date as 14th June 2010. Now its been around 5 months and I have not received any updates after intial review. One of my team mate had file in last week of July and he has recevied approval on hi petition. What should assume from this? Is that USCIS is working on applications randomly? Pleas help me in getting me answer to this.

    Thanks,
    SM

    • Vikram Singh on November 16, 2010 at 7:35 AM

      Hi SM,

      Even mine is of same date 14th June, Vermont centre and still under Initial Review. I am not sure what is happening and how long this will take.

  108. ME on November 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Hi ALL πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    H1B Approved

    Filing/Reciept Date: 16th April – VSC – Masters – Regular filing

    RFE: Yes (24th septembet) – for employer employee relationship and other evidence.

    RFE reply: October 27 (upgraded to premium application)

    Approved – November 2nd.

    Hope this helps everyone… and everyone who is waiting… be positive it will be approved..

  109. JB on November 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Hi All,

    Can anyone tell me how long should we wait after submitting RFE documents to USCIS ?

    I sent my documents on Nov 2nd(general-VSC). On Nov 5th there was a status update Response to RFE Review.

    Now the Last updated date says Nov 8th…but no status change.

    My employer and the attorney say that there is an SLA of 60 days.

    Any idea how long it took this year for other similar applicants ?

    rgds

    JB

    • apd on November 19, 2010 at 6:57 PM

      I am also in the same status. My employer told me it will take 3-4 weeks time.

    • JB on November 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM

      got mine approved on 16th nov 2010..7 months!

  110. srk on November 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    My h1b receipt date is Oct-19th, i have receipt number, but its been 3 weeks i'm still waiting for my receipt copy. Can somebody tell me what would be normal time for getting the hard copy of receipt?

  111. perla on November 8, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    guys,

    i finally got my approval last week (11/5/10). california service center received it on 5/25/10, so it took almost 5 and 1/2 months. no RFE, no PP.

    dont despair!

  112. KY on November 8, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    To anyone with RFE status. Does anyone know how long usually it takes to get approval after submitting required documents for RFE before the deadline? My RFE deadline is due on Nov 18th and I have to leave the states by Dec 5th… I wonder if USCIS will take months to get back to me again. Is sort of premium processing necessary? It's just hard to determine if I should get an airticket to go back home and packing things up. Any comment relating to this will appreciated!

  113. MK on November 8, 2010 at 6:41 AM

    Hey everyone,

    just to let you guys know i got approval for my H1 b petition on 29th nov after filing it in may 2010. i had to switch to premium processing and then got RFE and in 10 days i got approval.was california center.

    • perla on November 8, 2010 at 9:21 AM

      it sounds like we were on the same boat! thankfully we were both approved.

  114. Mahendran on November 8, 2010 at 4:54 AM

    Any one who filed their H1B after 14th Aug 2010 got approval? I applied on 19th Aug 2010 (Regular / California center). Please let me know how long it would take to get the approval…

    • Amit on November 14, 2010 at 7:16 PM

      My receipt date was 16th Aug and i got RFE on 5th Nov.

      • Mahendran on November 15, 2010 at 2:44 AM

        Hi Amit, What is the RFE regarding? Any idea how long it will take to get approval after we reply to RFE?

  115. KY on November 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Has anyone received denial for the visa after RFE status? I'll have to submit mine by Nov 18th and I'll have to leave the states by Dec 5th (with the grace period)… I'm wondering if USCIS will get back to me before I have to leave…. It's so hard to pack things up to see if I should leave some stuff at my friend's place or get rid of everything cause I may not come back here again. =(

  116. Sam on November 3, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Hi,

    I got an RFE on my case. The status shows RFE Review upon submission of the requested docs by my employer for sometime now.However, the last update date on the case has changed twice since that. Does that mean there has been a decision but the final status is not updated.Any idea whether this means a denial?

    TIA,

    Sam

    • MK on November 3, 2010 at 11:43 AM

      Sam,

      here is the thing. I received an RFE for the case and then a review for RFE status after my lawyer submitted docs. after 4 days there was an update but NO STATUS change. but after 10 days my lawyer got an approval email (my case was premium) but on the case status on website there is still no update.

      so you may have been approved. ask your lawyer to check with USCIS

      • KY on November 4, 2010 at 6:19 PM

        What was your RFE about? Mine was something to proof that my company has to proof that Bachelor degree is the min. requirement for the job. I majored in veterinary technology and it is something mostly done with associate and that's the min. requirement… I'm not sure if my application will go through this time.

      • Sam on November 29, 2010 at 11:33 PM

        Yeah, my attorney got the approval mail today.It's been a really long wait.Not sure whether I want to move now.Some exciting prospects in India .It's been too late!

  117. Sandeep Dhaiya on November 2, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    Hi ,

    I found this forum quite informative . I want to ask that I got to know from my employer abt my visa approval notice from USCIS and they told that its valid for 1 year . but generally H1 is given for 2 or 3 years .

  118. John on October 31, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Hi,
    My Employer filed my H1B through Premium Processing on 17th Oct. Can someone please give me some info on below queries:
    1. How much time would it take for approval?
    2. After approval how many days does it take to get all documents back from USCIS?
    3. Any ideas how many days would it take to arrange an appointment in Mumbai Consulate and get the stamping done?
    Thanks in advance.

  119. mkbuddy on October 29, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    My application is in post decision activity….when can i expect to go for stamping. I havent heard from my employer.

  120. Ryu on October 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Hi,

    my receipt date is April 22nd at Vermont and believe it or not my status still shows as "Initial review". The employer's attorney has already contacted USCIS but so far we haven't been given any answer.

    Is my case common? are there other cases like this around or is this an exception?

    Anything different from asking the attorney to contact USCIS that is worth doing?

    Any thought will most appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    • tom on November 2, 2010 at 6:13 PM

      In my case, my petetion was submitted on April 1st week. But I didnt recieve an update as such till date. When my attorney called up, they said they would provide an update within SLA and thats 60 days.

      I dont know the reason behind the delay. Is some one else in the same situation?

      • Ryu on November 2, 2010 at 7:23 PM

        Thanks for your reply Tom.

        I was wondering the same thing…. Now I see your case is even worse than mine.

        Does anyone knows if is there any problem if our petitions get approved only on 2011? by the way, is that even possible?

        Tom, apparently no one knows the reason why… my attorney was told the same thing.

      • KD on November 7, 2010 at 6:39 AM

        Hi Tom,

        The SLA in your case has already reached if you consider the filling date as April first week. Did you get a chance to follow up with the employer on this. Mine was filled on Aug 4th and still it shows as IR. Almost 90% of my colleagues have already recieved their approval irrespective of whether filling date is before or after 4th. Also can anyone tell if the delay is specific to any center?

        • Jay on November 16, 2010 at 6:49 AM

          Hi Everyone,

          Seems like we all are on same boat. I got my receipt date of 7th June but still it shows in IR. My wife's receipt date was 15 Jul still she got her approval on Oct 6th.

          We both filed together at the vermont center. Not sure what is going on and what should we do.

          Lets hope for the best.

  121. Ankur Patel on October 27, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Hiiiiii All
    I just received and RFE on my case on 27 /10/10 my question is how much time will it take to process once i submit all the requested documents …..and also let me know is there any chance for rejection………….. Pls suggest………
    Thanxz a loooooooooot

    • KY on November 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM

      I also have received RFE end of October. I will have to submit my documents too by Nov 18th for another review. My lawyer said that it usually takes couple of weeks upon submitting the required documents. I'm not sure if mine will go through this year but I wish you good luck!

  122. Vikram Sing on October 26, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Hi All,

    I have valid B1 visa from my previous company. Now one of the US company approached me, they told me that they will call me US on my B1 visa and once i reach there they will transfer my B1 to H1 visa.

    Can anybody tell me how long it takes to transfer from B1 to H1 and during that transfer process can I work in that company ?

    Thanks

    • shaun on November 3, 2010 at 11:51 PM

      Dude.Wake up..You cant convert B1 to H1 and its kinda illegal too as you circumvent the purpose of Work visa. Dont go in B1 and apply H1.

  123. Ely on October 26, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Hello,

    My visa was approved last week. Petition date 06/18/10. Approved 10/20/2010. Regular.

    If it has been more than 4 months, the petitioner (your company) can reach the USCIS to expedite your request.

  124. srinivas on October 26, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Hi,

    My h1b has been approved and trying to make an appointment with Hyderabad US consulate for visa interview. Since I don’t find the dates opened with Hyderbad, can I move to chennai consulate to make an appointment? I need to move to US in 2nd week of Nov. Please help me if anybody has any idea. I am resident of A.P

    Thank you,

  125. Shekar on October 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Hi,

    My petition was filed on Jun 10th with California center, it still is in initial review. There was update to the date Oct 14 (from June 10), but there was no change in the status, it still shows initial review. I checked with the employer and they say there was no update from USCIS. I am wondering can a case be abandoned or will there be an update whatsoever ie. will they have to either reject or raise RFE or Approve it or can just abandon it. Were there any instances where they have abandoned it without any response.

    In the meantime, I got another offer and filed an application through them sep 3rd week receipt date (Vermont). This is also in Initial review. Are there any issues with filing multiple petitions THIS YEAR, pls. comment.

    Any comments/thoughts will help. Thanks.

    • Shekar on November 5, 2010 at 10:08 PM

      Hi,

      Finally (after almost 5 months) my H1 was approved on Nov 05th. I guess they were waiting for the US President to visit India :-). Hope many of you have gotten approvals now.

      Thanks!

  126. Rahul on October 25, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Hello Everyone,

    I had my H1-B Stamping interview on 19th in Chennai. Interviewer told me that everything seems to be in order but he needs some admin processing and issued me a pink slip. He directed me to another counter where a lady asked abt my education qualification and kept my passport. She wrote a case no. and asked me to check status regularly on US consolate site. For 3 days my status was being shown as "Pending Process" in status PDF but when I checked yesterday , I couldn't find my case no. at all.

    Can anyone please guide me what does it mean?

    Thanks

    Rahul

    • Victor Brown on October 26, 2010 at 12:05 PM

      Rahul, talk to an immigration lawyer… don't wait too long to do so.

      • Rahul on October 28, 2010 at 2:53 AM

        Hi Victor,

        Thanks for your reply. FYI, now my status is being shown again as "Pending Process". I checked at immigration desk of my company and they asked me to wait for 1 month & lead time mentioned on pink slip is 12 weeks. Any idea why console needs so much time for processing.

        Any input/ suggestion will be of great help.

  127. Query on October 24, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Hi all,

    Can any of you please update me, if I apply my H1 B VISA by this month end, will it be considered for this year. In case of No, please let me know, what is the best time to apply and when next I can get H1 B VISA.

    • Victor Brown on October 26, 2010 at 12:06 PM

      CAPs not filled for this fiscal year. Yes, it is considered for this year.

  128. KY on October 23, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    Has anyone received any update for "lack of evidence" part? I'm wondering what kind of things I will have to submit more to support my application. My lawyer will let me know once he receives the letter but if anyone has experienced similar situation like this, I'd appreciate if anyone can share your story. Thanks.

    • ME on October 24, 2010 at 9:03 PM

      what was your RFE for? I had one on 9/24 they wanted proof of employer relationship?

      • KY on October 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

        I'm not sure. I'm still waiting for my lawyer to let me know what is going on. They just sent a letter out on 19th of Oct. I'm applying this visa with another clinic I've never worked before because my previous employer did not want to help me with it (and I worked there till my OPT expired) so maybe like you said the proof of employer relationship with new place may be the one… ><

  129. Sandeep Dhaiya on October 22, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Iam not able to update my row in the sheet

    Row number 66 – centre is Vermount and approval date is 1/10/2010

    Please turn the status as green ..

    • Ray on October 24, 2010 at 5:47 PM

      Sandeep.

      You seem to be the only person whose application date is listed in the international system dd/mm/yyyy (22/07/2010), rather than under the common US convention of mm/dd/yyyy (07/22/2010).

      This is just a guess, but the spreadsheet may have rejected your approval date entry because it appeared to be an earlier date than the application date.

      Try reversing the order of month (mm) and date (dd) in the entry form for both application date and approval date and let me know if it works. Otherwise you'll probably have to get help from the webmaster.

  130. Sandeep Dhaiya on October 22, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Hello Everybody.

    Today I got my H1 approved My company filed on 27-july-2010 and my company got the approval notice on 1st Oct but today they notified me . anyways ..

    for those who all are waiting best of luck .. rejection rate is very low this year .

    • Avdhesh on November 14, 2010 at 5:59 AM

      Hi Sandeep,
      Please let me know your employer details I also want to file for H1B in this years quota.

      Thanks,
      Avdhesh

  131. SR on October 21, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Hi all,

    my petition got filed on august 17th at california center.

    I checked the status and it is in Initial review.

    When can I expect the decision.

    • ady on October 22, 2010 at 9:28 AM

      hi mine was filed on aug 18 at California center,regular processing bachelors quota.i think we should hear from them by mid nov .hopefully!! best of luck

      • Amit on October 24, 2010 at 11:16 PM

        Hi, Mine is 16th Aug in CA center but still in "initial review" stage. All, please update this blog as soon as you get approval.

  132. Deepak Mittal on October 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Hi all,

    My petition got approved on Oct 21 and receipt date was Aug 17.

    It got processed in Vermont Service Center.

    Thanks

    • ady on October 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM

      was it under regular or premium…(bachelors or masters?)

      • Deepak Mittal on October 24, 2010 at 6:28 AM

        regular.

        • Mahendran on October 25, 2010 at 8:35 PM

          You filed your application before 14th Aug or after 14th Aug? Because there is change law regarding the visa fee hike for the applications whichever filed after 14th Aug & the processing time is getting delayed for those application. My application was filed on 19th Aug & my employer informed me that they may get RFE regarding the visa fee hike…

  133. Veera on October 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Hi All,

    My employer submitted my H1 B Regular Petititon to USCIS on Oct 06 and how much time it may take at maximum on getting Reciept number and how long should wait for the petittion get approval after reciept number cames.

    Thanks,

    Veera

  134. Bharti Tripathi on October 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Dear All,

    Sorry for the naive question but here it is:

    I am currently in the U.S and giving interviews. Assuming that an employer gives me a job offer and is willing to apply for my H1B visa –

    When can I begin work? Do employees enter the country throughout the year or is it only on 1st of October every year?

    I ask this because I am worried – that if my employer applies in November 2010, can I enter the country only in October 2011 or it is based on when my application is processed by a USCIS center.

    I had given an interview in March 2010 and the company's legal attorney told them that the earliest I could enter the country was 1st of October 2010 and so they got cold feet.

    I wonder if I should give any interviews at all if this is the case because I doubt someone would hire me if they knew that the earliest I can start working is October 2011.

    Thank you very much for reading and I really look forward to your helpful comments and answers @ [email protected]

    Best Regards,

    Bharti

    • Jack on October 18, 2010 at 2:48 PM

      Just to clarify a few things

      1. What is your current status ??? If you are on F1 visa., then you have an option of applying for OPT. If you are on some other work visa like L1, then you have to wait till Oct 1st to change from L1 to H1. But it might require you to travel out of US and get a visa stamping before re-entry. Pls clarify what is your status. Otherwise our replies won't answer your question.

      2. If your employer applies in Nov 2010, there is something called as Start Date which can requested upto 6 months from the date of application. Since you are applying in this year's quota … as soon as ur H1B is approved, go for stamping and you are good to enter the country as soon as possible. Oct 2011 would be the date for people who are applying for H1B from April 2011 onwards in next year's quota.

      Jack.

  135. Vikram Singh on October 18, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Hi All,

    I need some advice. I already applied for H1 visa in the month of June, which is still under 'Initial Review' status.

    I got another company, who is ready to file H1 for me. Can I apply again, is this allowed.

    Let me know your answers asap.

    Thanks

    • Deepak Mittal on October 18, 2010 at 6:05 AM

      Yes, this is allowed. You can switch employer and can file H-1B visa again.

      • Vikram Singh on October 18, 2010 at 8:03 AM

        Hi Deepak,

        Its not about switching employer. Its like applying for H1 from two employer at the same time.

        Is this allowed or USCIS will cancel one of petition.

        Thanks

        • HSB on October 18, 2010 at 8:17 AM

          One can apply for H1 with two different employers. USCIS will not deny the applications.

  136. ady on October 17, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    hello !! i received the receipt number on aug 18 2010….Its oct 18 today..i still haven't received any word from the attorney.my online status shows "initial review".how long do you think i have to wait till i get a verdict.i am in the regular processing bachelors category(California center). replies would be highly appreciated.

    ady

    • Deepak Mittal on October 18, 2010 at 6:07 AM

      Most prob, in month of November.

  137. vinodh narayanan on October 13, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    My h1b got approved on 7th oct…below is what the website says…

    "On October 7, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice…"

    The lawyer has not received the notice. (They should get it in the coming week or so). But, I want schedule an appointement for visa stamping. I need the start date and end date of my petition. My lawyer had requested, 10/01/2010 through 09/30/2013.

    Can any one help, what would be the petition start and end date for petitions approved on 7th Oct.

    • Tanish Mehta on October 14, 2010 at 11:57 AM

      Hi Vinodh,

      Can you please share the date of filing your application and the processing mode (i believe, it would be regular application where you didn't pay additional 1000 dollars)? Also please share the service center (Vermont or Callifornia), where your application was submitted.

      This information would be helpful for anyone reading this blog.

      Thank you for sharing the information.

      Thanks,

      Tanish

  138. Robert on October 13, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Hi,
    My H1B has filed on September mid. Is there any activation date like Oct 1st? or shall i go to job As soon as get my H1B visa?

    Thanks
    Robert

  139. Tanish Mehta on October 13, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    I want to request the readers/visitors of this blog to update about their approval notices, as soon as they hear from USCIS.

    This will give the readers of this blog, a feedback on how long they gonna wait.

    Thanks,
    Tanish

    • Nibin Sankaran on October 14, 2010 at 2:59 AM

      My petition was filed on April 14th 2010

      I got my approval notice on 9th August. My VISA just got stamped in Sep (Through Kolkata).

      This site has been very informative… Thanks Everyone.. and FYI the rejection rate is quite low in india.

      • Deepak Mittal on October 14, 2010 at 5:05 AM

        Is stamping possible in September for this fiscal year visas?

        • Nibin Sankaran on October 17, 2010 at 7:34 AM

          I got mine stamped in Sep

  140. Ravichandran on October 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Hi,

    i have an H1b Visa on me filed on my behalf by my current employer, due to some circumstances im having to shift to another company, can i have the visa transferred to my new employer or should i have had to travel to the U.S atleast once before i can get the Visa transferred to my new employer's name.

    I just have the Visa on me but never travelled on that to the U.S

    Thanks for the help,

    Ravi

    • Deepak Mittal on October 14, 2010 at 3:44 AM

      As far as I know H1-B visa can be transferred only when you are in US.

      It cannot be transferred in India.

  141. mkbuddy on October 12, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    What is the net step after the status changes to “Post Decision Activity”?

    • Deepak Mittal on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 AM

      USCIS mails hardcopy of approved petition.

      As soon as you receive petition docs, you can go for stamping.

      Stamping date should be on or after 1st Oct of the fiscal year for which visa has been filed.

      • vinodh narayanan on October 14, 2010 at 12:34 AM

        Hi

        How long it takes for lawyer/employer to get the approval notice?

        Mine was approved on 7th Oct.

        Pls let me know. Can you guess the start and end date of the petiton..?

        will it be 7th oct-2010 and 30-sep-2013? we need this to book an appointment for stamping.

        cheers

        Vinodh

  142. Ryu on October 12, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Hi,

    just wondering… My receipt date is April 22nd @ Vermont and still in "Initial Review". Is it possible that my application takes longer than 6 months to process or is it certain that I'll see an answer from USCIS until October 22nd? Are you aware of anyone whose application took longer than 6 months to process?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Deepak Mittal on October 13, 2010 at 7:31 AM

      It should not take this much time.

      Somtimes, USCIS do not update status online. There are chances that your employer might have received approved petition docs but not have informed you.

      Ask your employer to contact USCIS if it is not already processed. They will process it on priority as it is already 6 months.

  143. Arindam on October 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Did any one got the stamping done? Has any one got through the interview in Chennai. If yes can you share some inputs as to how its going there?

  144. ak_db11 on October 11, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Hi,

    I am searching for the employer who can apply H1B for me.

    Can anyone help me to find any. I have Masters degree in Computer Application and have more than 5 years of experience.

    • Alireza on November 20, 2010 at 11:48 PM

      Hi. I would be happy if you share any information you received about H1B sponsor companies. I have been always looking for a prominent resource, with no success. There are surely links and information there, but we simply can't find it.

  145. Deepak Mittal on October 11, 2010 at 5:33 AM

    Hi,

    My reciept date is 16th aug 2010.

    But still the status of visa is Initial Review.

    It is getting processed in Vermont Service Center.

    Any idea how much more time will it take?

    Thanks in advance.

    • henry on October 12, 2010 at 1:40 PM

      Probably sometime in November.

      • Amit on October 13, 2010 at 1:38 AM

        Hi All,

        even i have same receipt date i.e. 16th Aug but the its in california center, when can i expect decision? will it also take same time as vermot center or can i expect it bit earlier??

        • Jack on October 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

          CSC takes around 2.5 to 3 months to decide on a petition. You should expect it sometime between Nov 2nd week to last week.

      • Deepak Mittal on October 13, 2010 at 7:21 AM

        Thank you Henry…will update this blog once i receive any information.

        • Amit on October 19, 2010 at 10:38 PM

          Hi All,

          had a question:
          as the processing time for both the service center is 2 months and if someone doesnt hear anything from USCIS even after 2 months from receipt date. does this meas that the petition has got approved but status has not got updated to dashboard and documents will be soon couriered back to employer?

          in case of RFE, USCIS update the online status promptly but for approved cases its not being done regularly which causes delay in getting the verdict. i have seen status not being updated even 1.5 months from approval date and pppl come to know about it only when employer gets documents back.

          Please throw some light on this?

          Thanks

  146. Marg on October 11, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    I have a question, i have applied for a H1B visa, receipt date beginning of Arpil, had a RFE and sent out again on September 17. All together it has taken so much time, can i fly to the United States for a visit right now on a tourist visa for no more then 3 months?

    What if i hear in that period while i am there that its approved? Will i have to leave an re enter again?

    Thanks!

    • Jack on October 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM

      What you are asking is change of status. If your H1B is approved, then you have to go to your home country to get the stamping.

      Tourist visa doesn't allow you to work. So you cannot switch like that. Talk to lawyer to get more specifics. What is the reason for your RFE ?

      • marg on October 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM

        Thanks for your reply. I am not asking for a change of status, just want to know if i can come to the US for a holiday on a tourist visa, while i am waiting to get approval on my h1b visa.

  147. mkbuddy on October 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    My application got approved on Sept 1'2010. The status on USCIS is "Post Decision Activity".
    Do they mail any physical copies of some documents? As I have relocated from my current address.

    • NZ on October 10, 2010 at 8:44 PM

      They will mail approval notice to your employer's address.

      • mkbuddy on October 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM

        The status on USCIS is “Post Decision Activity”. And it says that the application is approved. What next? When should I expect the stamping/interview schedule?

  148. Supreet Singh on October 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    hie ,

    i am a student of computer science engg final year.

    i want to go abroad for doing job.

    can nebody help me on this matter……??

    how can i avail the h1b visa ( legally or illegally )……??

    plz tell me any consultancy in new delhi or any website ……..??

    i want to apply for it …..!!

    • NZ on October 10, 2010 at 8:45 PM

      Do not do anything illegally.

      • Supreet Singh on October 12, 2010 at 9:17 AM

        its ok.
        but plz tell me some legal processes.
        how can i avail the h1b visa.
        n thnx ya.

    • Jack on October 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

      Take time to read the articles on this blog.

      1. MS in US

      2. H1B Visa.

      3. Employer – employee relationship memo.

      Consulting companies have taken a beating in terms of H1B prospects with this memo. If you approach some consultancy and try to apply for a H1B though them, your petition is most likely to be denied. Obtaining a MS degree in US and subsequent employment is the best and hassle free option to work in US.

    • Rajkamal on October 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM

      Hi,
      That's right. . If you do anything illegally,you'l be barred from entering into the US for life. . . That's it,The end. .
      Thanks
      Rajkamal

    • Rajkamal on October 15, 2010 at 8:01 PM

      Hi Supreet Singh,
      That's right. If you do anything illegally,you'l be barred from entering into the US for life. That's it,The end. .
      Thanks
      Rajkamal

  149. Krishna on October 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Hi Team,

    My H1B was filed on 6th Sep 2010 in Premium mode. But still no Acknowledgement (receipt number) from USCIS.I am getting worried, what is the reason for not receipt number yet. Can anyone tell me If there is still any chance that they may send me an RFE

    Pls advice

    Thanks

    Krishna

    • Tanish Mehta on October 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM

      Please ask your emloyer or lawyer who has submitted visa application for you.

      I am sure, they must have it.

      Thanks,
      Tanish

      • Krishna on October 11, 2010 at 4:25 AM

        I have asked my company(MNC in india) Immigration team and they are saying still they hav't recieved any updates from USCIS even reciept number

        • Krishna on October 12, 2010 at 9:37 AM

          My Petition has hit RFE (Request For Evidence). Got the recipt number and RFE date is 0ct 7 @Vermont service center.

          For last year also i got the same and denied.So this year also No Hopes.

          Thanks and all the best to you all.

          • Krishna on October 25, 2010 at 6:58 AM

            Here is my RFE :

            USCIS is requesting additional information about the petitioner(Employer), which is MNC company in India.

            Could you please anybody respond – how much good chance for getting approval?



          • Krishna on November 14, 2010 at 3:47 AM

            Hi All, On Nov8 My petition got approved after sumitting RFE response. Now waiting for hard copy approval notice..



          • HSB on November 14, 2010 at 6:59 AM

            Congrats. When did your company submit RFE (date)? I'm trying to calcuate how long it takes for USCIS to respond to RFE.



  150. NZ on October 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    @AD

    Same with me, my case was approved on sep 24, but last update date is sep 30. Don't know what that is.

  151. Tanish Mehta on October 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Hi All,

    I want to share with you that today, I called up USCIS on customer support number. I could not ge much details about my application as it requires petitioner ( employer or the lawyer, who filed H1B visa) to be on the line along with me. USICS uses term 'Beneficiary' for whome, visa has been applied. I gave them the receipt number but for legal reasons, they did not share any details.

    Understanding that I will not get any further information, I enquired if when should I expect my application to be processed, given that the application date is last month of August.

    I got the following answer, which worries me if they gonna take too long :

    They said,"Right now, Vermount center is processing applications received in the month of April".

    The above statement from USICS customer care representative contradicts what we read about approvals of applications, as posted by different users.

    Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks,

    Tanish

    Thanks,

    Tanish

    • Deepak Mittal on October 8, 2010 at 9:03 AM

      Same here…

      They told me that it would take at least 6 months to make a decision.

      • Tanish Mehta on October 8, 2010 at 11:52 AM

        things are up in the air!

        I personally think, that it should not be that long wait. But who knows, what are the facts.

        Thanks,

        Tanish

  152. NZ on October 6, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    How long does it take to get the physical copy of approval notice from USCIS? I've been waiting for 14 days and no news yet…. losing patience since it took 4 months to get approval and now a new wait has started.

    • DR on November 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      Same is the case with me. I am in India for an emergency and the status shows post decision activityand that it is approved. I am waiting for past 10 days. I need to go for stamping as well.This wait is really killing.Can anybody plz tell me how long it will take for uscis to send physical copy of documents after approval.

  153. DAB on October 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    hello,

    can anyone help me regarding RFE for my case?
    they need credentialing and job description?
    is it difficult to obtain? any idea guys?

    thanks

  154. AMRI on October 6, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Can someone help me. I have a approved immigrant petition (employment base)from one of the hospital in CALIFORNIA but the retrogression really affect the visa processing. This year one company filed a H1B petition for me. Until now I have not received any approval/denial notice. Is it possible that the immigrant petition will affect my H1B petition?

  155. Venkat on October 6, 2010 at 6:57 AM

    For all the H1s being applied for this year, ARe the companies filing them actually have a Project Purchase Order in the application? My consulting company says that a H1 without a PO will not get approved. So they are waiting for a confirmd PO before applying

    • loaded_bananas on October 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM

      A purchase order (PO) is an internal budget approval for companies and not part of the H1B filing petition with the USCIS. A purchase order request is basically your hiring manager asking his company's finance/budget department to approve the release of funds to be used for your H1B petition.

    • Jack on October 7, 2010 at 12:02 PM

      For a consulting company its basically a Purchase Order given to the company by the Client. Effectively they are asking for client letters and other proof that can substantiate Employer-Employee relationship.

  156. pavan on October 6, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    HI All,,

    Gudmng..n i want to apply for H1 and I have 3 Yrs of Exp in Software industry.So can u pl suggest some consultancies to file the H1.Bcoz my company is not processing any Visas at this time but i required badly.So pls help me..

  157. KY on October 5, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Is it risky to apply for H1 and Green Card Lottery at the same time? I applied for my visa back in the beginning of August. Just curious!

    • Jack on October 5, 2010 at 5:56 PM

      They are two independent applications. So it's has no risk at all. The lottery for this year is over i believe, so even if you apply you are looking for a decision sometime in Aug 2011, by then H1 would be approved and you would be good even if GC hasn't arrived ..

      • KY on October 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM

        That's good to know! Thank you, Jack! =)

  158. kailash on October 5, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Hi Guys,

    My company is promising me that it will file an H1b premium visa now in October, how do i cross verfiy that they are actually filing a premium not a regular as there has been cases where they have said something similar and filed an H1B regular for few others which is the risk i do not want to take.

    Anyone pls suggest/help.

    Thanks!

    • Jack on October 5, 2010 at 5:58 PM

      All you can do is track the receipt. If you are on premium processing a decision would be made in 2 or 3 weeks. If it takes beyond that then you are on regular processing. Try contacting the lawyer who is applying for you. He might tell you whether its premium or regular.

  159. Vikram Singh on October 5, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Hi All,

    One quick question. Can we apply for H1B from two consultants at same time. I heard that if we apply from two companies USCIS will cancel the second one.

    Any idea.

    Thanks

  160. Sri on October 4, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Hi,

    Filing date: May 27,2010
    Receipt date: Jun 01,2010
    California Center

    Its been 4 months since i am waiting. Its still in initial review. For my friend whose receipt date is Aug 08,(Vermont cent) got the approval on Sep 28. What is happening ? California centre is taking more time ? Please help..I am afraid

    • Sri on October 4, 2010 at 11:41 PM

      The last updated date is changed from 06/03/2010 to 10/04/2010. But still it is showing as Initial Review πŸ™ πŸ™

      • Sri on October 5, 2010 at 7:37 AM

        Now it is changed to 10/05/2010. But still shows as initial review.. Anyone please suggest..

        • Shiv on November 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM

          Hi Sri,

          Met too had a similar situation where my last updated date was updated twice in three days. Still my status is in initial review. Did your petition get approve?

          Reciept date – June 16th

          Center – CSC, Regular.

          Last updated date: 10/04/2010

  161. ME on October 4, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Hello,

    I received RFE on SEPT 24th. I asked my lawyer… he did not give me specific reason….but informed they are asking for more evidence for employer-employee relationship……they are asking me to provide maystubs…agreement between client-vendor..other status reports…my address proof..an other adjoining documents…..I have some specific questions..
    1. the cap gap usually expires on 30t sept? am i legally supposed to stay in this country……or if allowed to work?
    2. Did anyone have a similar RFE.? what was the outcome? please share your experiences….. !!!

    My application date was april 16th….. after six months i am almost having a nervous and anxiety breakdown….. THANKS

    • Veeru on October 5, 2010 at 5:17 AM

      Hello,

      With your question i am assuming that you applied for an extension…

      If my assumption is right then you can stay in the country till you get your decision on the extension after the RFE documents is submitted..But the problem will occur only if they deny your extension then the time period between the previous Expired date of the H1 and the time you take to leave the country will be considered has an illegal stay…Lets hope you will get thru the extension..

    • Jack on October 5, 2010 at 6:11 PM

      Cap gap – I believe you are referring to a new H1B petition – not an extension !

      1. Since you are talking about Cap gap i believe you have already completed your 12 months OPT and H1B application has brought you time till Sept 30th. Talk to your lawyer about the options. You are in a very different situation. Ideally cap gap expires on Oct 1st. TALK TO YOUR LAWYER OR AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY. I am making these statements based on what my school told me.

      2. RFE – Employer / Employee relationship – Have you read the Neufeld memo ? Go through that. I am assuming in your case you are working for a staffing company. Its going be a little difficult to get it through. Better plan for other options like STEM extension or changing to a different company.

      Check this link for Cap-Gap rules : http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5

      Jack.

      • ME on October 6, 2010 at 3:47 PM

        MY RFE DATE IS 9/24 but now the case update date is 10/3 … Does that mean anything?

        ALSO EVERYONE WITH RFE PLEASE PLEASE SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE AND SUGGESTIONS……

  162. Hen on October 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Hi guys, I just got approved today. Filed on April 2010. Now, for the green card….

  163. Veeru on October 4, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    Guyzz..

    Good news..

    Applied on Jul 12th

    Category: Regular

    Center: Vermont

    Approved on Sep 30th.

    Keep faith people..It will happen soon..Best of luck everyone..

    • perla on October 4, 2010 at 7:37 AM

      anyone on here waiting for an H1B extension as opposed to a brand new application? it sounds like extensions take longer…

  164. Vikram Singh on October 4, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    Hi All,

    I have one query. I created my account on USCIS site and added my case in that, so that I receive an email whenever there is any update.

    Today I saw that update date is changed from 16June to 3rd Oct, now how can I check what did they do, I mean whether its a RFE or something else.

    Do I have to contact my employer for that or is there any other way to find out.

    thanks

    • henry on October 4, 2010 at 7:14 AM

      Vickram, if it was an RFE it would say so on the case status. Also your employer is usually informed of this as well. I don't think the update date is an accurate indication of what's really going on unless it's a status change e.g acceptance, initial review etc. Usually they mail/fax the employer/attorney anything they need.

      • Vikram Singh on October 4, 2010 at 7:44 AM

        Thanks Henry,

        Update date shows as 3rd Oct, do they work on Sunday as well ??, I doubt.

        And status is still same "Initial Review".

        Although I have sent a mail to employer but I just wanted to check if there is any other way to check what happened actually.

        Thanks

        • henry on October 4, 2010 at 8:23 AM

          Vickram, the online system is automated and i think they run the updates in batches at certain times during the week and weekends so it's not concurrent to your case meaning the time will differ, some people have also reported getting their Approval/RFE before the status changes online. So in short, the online system cannot be fully trusted.

        • Ankur on October 4, 2010 at 9:26 AM

          hiiiiiiiiii vikram

          mine updated date shows 3 rd oct as well …..not to worry will hear something good very soon be positive

          • Shiv on October 4, 2010 at 3:01 PM

            Hello Ankur and Vikram,
            updated date of mine is 10/04/2010. When i checked this on friday it was 10/01/2010. My date got updated two times between friday and monday. Any idea what's going on? Can we expect approval soon??? Hopefully yes…

            Reciept date – June 16th
            Center – CSC, Regular.



          • Vikram Singh on October 4, 2010 at 10:44 PM

            No idea Shiv, you have to check with your employer about this.



      • JAB on October 4, 2010 at 4:47 PM

        hi HENRY,

        Do you have any idea how many days would it take if they mailed (not fax) it to my attorney?

        thanks

  165. Bhavu on October 4, 2010 at 2:38 AM

    My friend’s petition till not approved ????????????

    Center:Vermont

    Type:Regular

    Petition Applied on:May 15, 2010

    RFE:N0

    Approval Date: NA

    Waiting period is very horible……….

    • henry on October 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

      Tell your lawyer or employer to contact them, since it's over 3 months now.

  166. Rish on October 3, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    After a long wait, my H1b is now approved

    Receipt Date : 18th May 2010

    Approval Date : 30th Sept 2010

    Type : Regular

    Center : Vermont Service Center

    Good luck and hope everyone gets it soon

  167. Swetha on October 3, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Hi I have a question regarding H1B.
    Currently am on OPT and its expiring on May 2011.I asked my employer to apply H1 for me this year itself as quota is not yet filled.
    My employer says only in April they can file for H1.So they are saying they will apply next year.I told them that as quota is not yet filled, they can still apply in this year (they are unaware of this concept of applying even after april if quota is open).So they asked me to provide any official document or website which states that USCIS still accepts H1 B applications.So anyone could you please help me in finding official website(Like USCIS) site which has this info.And other question is, As it is already Oct 3rd, Can I still apply for H1 and can mention start date as May 2011 in application?

  168. SD on October 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Applied on June 17th
    Category: masters, Regular
    Center: Vermont
    Approved on Sep 29th.

    Thanks

    • vinodh narayanan on October 14, 2010 at 12:31 AM

      Hi

      Did your lawyer get your approval notice?

      Mine was approved on 7th Oct.

      Pls let me know. Can you guess the start and end date of the petiton..?

      will it be 7th oct-2010 and 30-sep-2013? we need this to book an appointment for stamping.

      cheers

      Vinodh

  169. Sam on October 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Heyy, I have a question and appreciate any help!!

    I am in London for 3 years and got my H1 approved. can I apply for stamping in London,anyone in similar situation??

    • vinodh narayanan on October 14, 2010 at 12:32 AM

      Hi

      How long it took for your lawyer to get the approval notice?

      Mine was approved on 7th Oct.

      Pls let me know. Can you guess the start and end date of the petiton..?

      will it be 7th oct-2010 and 30-sep-2013? we need this to book an appointment for stamping.

      cheers

      Vinodh

  170. Shiv on October 2, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    Hi,

    My Reciept date is June 16th
    Center: CSC, general

    I could see my last updated date as 10/01/2010, When can i expect the status change from IR?

  171. A.E. on October 2, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    H1B Approved

    Receipt date: June 10, 2010
    Approval date: September 30, 2010

    California Service Centre

    Keep the faith Guys! Thank you Lord!!!

  172. Nithin on September 30, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Hi

    My employer have filed H1B in regular cap. Its been filed by july 27th. When can i expect the approval.

    Regards
    Nithin.G

    • Geojac007 on October 7, 2010 at 8:46 AM

      Hi Nithin,

      My receipt date was July 30th, so guess our approvals should come close by.From the posts – July 15th receipt case has got approved on Sep 30.So hopefully we could expect a reply by Oct end or by Nov in worst case.

      Hope they complete July cases atleast by Nov.Pls do update if u get the approval …..

      Rgds,

      Geojac

      • Nithin on October 7, 2010 at 10:42 PM

        Ya Sure will intimate you once I got the approval.

        • Nithin on November 15, 2010 at 11:03 PM

          Hi Geojac,

          Any updates on your application. I've not yet got any update. My application was filed 16 weeks before(27th July). But still not yet got approved.

          Regards

          Nithin.G

  173. Renuka on September 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Hi All,

    Finally my H1 got approved.

    Receipt: April 22nd

    RFC: july 30th

    Answered : sep 13th

    Approved: sep 30th.

    All the best for all, who are waiting for their approval.

    • IK on September 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM

      Congrats Renuka,

      Can you please tell what your RFE was about?

      Thanks

    • Tanish on October 1, 2010 at 3:53 AM

      Hi Renuka,

      Congrats!

      What does RFC mean?

      Thanks,

      Tanish

    • vinodh narayanan on October 14, 2010 at 12:33 AM

      Hi

      How long it took for your lawyer/employer to get the approval notice?

      Mine was approved on 7th Oct.

      Pls let me know. Can you guess the start and end date of the petiton..?

      will it be 7th oct-2010 and 30-sep-2013? we need this to book an appointment for stamping.

      cheers

      Vinodh

  174. ajit wandi on September 30, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Hi guys,

    My Employer is proposing to file an H1B Premium for me for an assignment starting second week of november, I think it is already late since the cap can be achived any time soon, so there would be possibilites that my petition could still be in the Que and the cap has already been reached, which is not what i would really want.

    Anybody, Please suggest!!

    Thanks!

    • henry on October 1, 2010 at 5:21 AM

      Highly unlikely that the cap will be reached within one months time. Of course my answer is based on current numbers from here http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5…. Unless 25,000 people suddenly file within one month, you should be okay.

  175. Tanish Mehta on September 29, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    I am trying to get answer for the following question:

    -Does USCIS processes all the cases by October, 1st. This means that irrespective of the date of application, one can expect the decision from USCIS, in 1st week of october?

    Mt date of application is August, 23rd. Do they have any cut off dates?

    Please share your thoughts.

    Thanks,

    Tanish

    • Jack on September 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM

      Does USCIS processes all the cases by October, 1st. This means that irrespective of the date of application, one can expect the decision from USCIS, in 1st week of october?

      Ans – Its very difficult to say that, but looking at the current status people who applied in July are getting decisions. So if not Oct 1st, by Oct 2nd or 3rd week all the August applications are likely get a decision. Moreover if you applied under regular quota you should expect a minimum of two months for processing.

      Mt date of application is August, 23rd. Do they have any cut off dates?

      Ans – I don't think there is any cut off date. Looking by the current statistics, Vermont Service Center is taking around 2.5 months to process a regular quota H1B petition while California Service Center is taking around 3 months for the same. In your case, since it started on Aug 23rd, i am thinking 0ct 17 – 23 rd could be timeframe in which you should expect your result.

      I am making all these statements based on conversation with other people in this blog and also the tracker spreadsheet.

      – Jack

      • Tanish on September 30, 2010 at 1:46 AM

        Thank you!

        I will update the blog, as soon as I hear from USCIS.

        Thanks,
        Tanish

  176. Sam on September 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    I just called my employer and he said if the application is older than 3 months they can call up uscis!! πŸ™‚ might help to get our application our of the selves as it did happen for some friend down here!!

  177. Muhabat on September 29, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    My friend's petition was approved today.

    Center:Vermont

    Type:Regular

    Petition Applied on:July 6, 2010

    RFE:N0

    Approval Date: Sep 29,2010

  178. TJ on September 29, 2010 at 5:47 AM

    Hi All,

    I just got an RFE on my H1b status. Any idea what would it be??

    Thanks MUCH

    • Jack on September 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

      Well no one can answer this question better than you.

      I guess you are aware of the Neufeld memo, so analyze whether your employer can provide sufficient evidence for Employer – Employee relationship.

      RFE can come up even if your lawyer has failed to submit some necessary documents like Degree certificate, Pay stub, W4 or Resume …. So don't worry, wait for the notice to come and see what is required.

  179. Muhabat on September 29, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    My petition was filled on July 7th ( Vermont Center) . Still Initial Review.

    • Muhabat on September 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

      Finally, my petition was approved today on September 29th.

      Center:Vermont

      Type:Regular

      Petition Applied on:July 6, 2010

      RFE:N0

      Approval Date: Sep 29,2010

  180. bl on September 29, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    Hi there! still waiting for my approval. My employer filed my h1b in cali under non-cap last aug. 9, hope ill get the result as soonest as possible. Think positive guys… the least we can get is "rejection" but as long as we are positive, we can get through it. Yes yes yes… =)

  181. Mahendran on September 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Hi,

    My employer filed my H1B petition on 19th Aug 2010. My employer informed me saying they are expecting RFE USCIS as there is a change in law on visa fee which is effect from 14th Aug 2010. Could anyone please let me know how long it will take to receive the RFE & to get approval from USCIS?

    • Mahendran on October 1, 2010 at 12:20 AM

      Guys, Could someone please let me know the above details?

    • Mahendran on October 5, 2010 at 6:53 AM

      Could anyone please let me know the above details? I am waiting for the update…Pls….Pls….Plss….Plss…..

  182. vogeyi on September 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    i'm just tired waiting now… it's october in 2 days!

    • Tanish on September 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM

      I am trying to get answer for the following question:

      -Does USCIS processes all the cases by October, 1st. This means that irrespective of the data of application, one can expect the decision from USCIS, in 1st week of october..

      Is it correct.

      Thanks,
      Tanish

  183. Jack on September 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Hi All,

    My H1B petition has been approved.

    Receipt Date : 13th July 2010
    Approval Date : 27th Sept 2010
    Type : Regular
    Center : California Service Center

    Updated the spreadsheet with details ….

    – Jack

  184. Kishore Kumar on September 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Hi Everyone,

    My H1b petition got approved today.

    Centre:Vermont

    Type:Regular

    Petition Applied on:July 22, 2010

    Receipt Date:July 27,2010

    RFE:N0

    Approval Date: Sep 28,2010

    • AD on September 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

      Congrtas Kishore,

      Thanks for posting your approval for July reciepts, Mine reciept date is 26th July.

  185. Franky6toes on September 27, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Hi guys,

    Finally after May 4th, I got my H1 today on Sept 27, 2009 from the California Center. Wooo… HSB, tried updating the tracker, not sure if it worked.

    Word of advice, incase you didnt know… I waited 4 months, and then spoke to my Company lawyers, who said "If you dont know in 3 months, They CAN call USCIS and get a decision" which they did. USCIS asked for a week, and delivered exactly in a week… So do not pay for premium after waiting 3 months, it makes no sense…

    Thanks guys for this awesome tracker and blog/forum

  186. Sam on September 27, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Hi,

    My last updated changed but there has been no change in the status.
    It still shows IR.
    Any idea on what could be the reason?
    Does this mean the application is being processed now finally or some new status that hasn't been updated as yet.

    Regular – CSC Centre

    Thanks,
    Sam

    • Franky6toes on September 28, 2010 at 4:47 AM

      That happened to me exactly a week before my status changed..

    • Jack on September 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

      Wait for somemore time, it should work out fine and you should get H1B approval very soon.

      – Jack

  187. NZ on September 27, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Hi,

    My petition has been approved
    CSC Regular RD May 20
    Approved Sep 24.

  188. Sali on September 27, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Hi All,

    I have a question. I applied under regular processing but there was no answer for 3 months and last week my employer filed Premium processing. My question is, Do i get a new receipt Number and will i get the answer within 15 days ?

    Thanks All
    Sali

    • Jack on September 27, 2010 at 2:41 PM

      You receipt no is the same and you will receive a reply in 15 days. My friend Tonmoy recently upgraded to premium processing and he received a reply in 2 days with an approval notice on mail.

      This year for some reason USCIS is taking a lot of time to process H1B cases.

      – Jack.

  189. Rohit Rana on September 27, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Hi,
    Has anyone heard of H1 B application getting rejected during interview?
    If yes, then under what circumstances ?
    Plz reply

    Thanks

    • Jack on September 27, 2010 at 6:42 PM

      I have heard of consultants trying to get their H1B recently after Neufeld memo have been rejected in Chennai US consulate. Well their very nature of business is the reason for rejection, i suppose.

      – Jack

  190. JAB on September 26, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Hi can anyone tell me why VSC got more approval rate compare to CSC?

    thank you.

    RD. 5/24/10

    still in IR. CSCenter

    • Jack on September 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM

      Well you can't claim more approval rate. Its more like VSC is quicker in processing compared to CSC. California – State is bankrupt ! Service center is probably understaffed πŸ™‚

      – Jack

      • JAB on September 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

        hi jack,

        thank you for the information. i just wonder why VSC got more approval rate compare to CSC this time. i am under CSC but got no response since friday.

        JAB

      • JAB on September 30, 2010 at 12:47 AM

        hi JACK,

        i got RFE today september 29, 2010

        I received an RFE for my case today. πŸ™

        how long it takes to hear back from them normally for the whole process after the required docs are submitted.

        thanks

  191. ME on September 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Hello,

    I have been following this webpage for a while now. I just received RFE… :(( PLEASE HELP….

    On September 24, 2010, we mailed a notice requesting additional evidence or information in this case I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow the instructions on the notice to submit the requested information. This case will be in suspense until we receive the evidence or the opportunity to submit it expires…

    I was really positive even with longest wait period everyone was having this year…because eventually everyone had approvals….i was hoping something similar……so how can i legally work?

    Rcpt date – 16th april – VSC – Masters

    • Jack on September 27, 2010 at 2:47 PM

      Nothing to panic. RFE can come up even if your lawyer has failed to submit your Degree certificate or insufficient payroll stubs. For such simple things, just submit the additional documents as per the request and upgrade to premium processing. It would result in a quick decision. If you are aware of Neufeld memo, then also follow up with your employer regarding the documentation provided by the company for your petition.

      This is my opinion – Don't take this as the way to go. Think and decide what is best for you.

      – Jack

      • ME on September 27, 2010 at 6:17 PM

        Jack,

        Thanks!! I will let everyone know what the RFE was for..

        Lets hope its some small evidence they are looking for.

        • TJ on September 29, 2010 at 6:26 AM

          Do you know what the RFE was for??

          • ME on September 30, 2010 at 6:11 PM

            No Not Yet……. I am waiting to hear back from my lawyer



  192. Dilip on September 24, 2010 at 5:50 AM

    My visa was filed on 6-Apr-10. But i haven't got my file no. yet from Employer. any suggestions?

    • Jack on September 24, 2010 at 10:26 AM

      You can contact your lawyer and ask them for a receipt no. Usually lawyers send it to you as soon as they receive it.

    • vogeyi on September 26, 2010 at 6:02 AM

      hey dilip, i have the same problem as yours. and it makes me think if i've been applied the visa or not. i just stay positive that i'll get the approval soon.. give me a word should your application moves, okay?

      • Dilip on October 20, 2010 at 1:43 AM

        Still haven't got my file no. vogeyi any update from your side?

  193. Abdul on September 24, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    Hi –

    I am happy to inform you that my petition got approved yesterday 09/23.

    RD – 06/08/2010

    Approve Date – 09/23/2010

    Center – Vermont

    Type – Regular.

    Hope everyone will get their approval soon.

    Thanks,

    Abdul.

    • HSB on September 24, 2010 at 4:28 AM

      Can you update the spreadhseet. Thanks.

      • Rish on September 24, 2010 at 7:47 AM

        Congratulations, my receipt date is May 18th through VSC and its still under 'Initial Review'. Have checked with my lawyer who says they have not heard anything, and that they inquire twice a month about status for reasons of their own. I wonder how many other people are in the same boat as me, if so it would be great to get some responses.

        • Jack on September 24, 2010 at 10:22 AM

          Congratulations … Its good to know that people from June are getting approval notice now .. Seems like things are beginning to move as Oct 1st is approaching …

        • NZ on September 25, 2010 at 3:36 PM

          @ Rish

          My receipt date is May 20th CSC, still waiting.

          • perla on September 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

            So glad I found this blog – It's been just over 4 months am losing it!

            H-1B (3-Yr Extension)

            Applied Date: 5/25/2010
            Quota: Master's
            Processing: Regular
            Center: California
            Approval Date: N/A

            Any thoughts?



  194. Vikram Singh on September 23, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Hi All,

    Is there any way to check that the receipt number I got is associated with me.

    I have the receipt number and when I check the status is just shows as 'Initial Review'.

    How to confirm that receipt number is my application. I mean, I want to check my details like Name, DOB or other details.

    Thanks

    • henry on September 24, 2010 at 5:14 AM

      Vikram, the only way to do that would be to request the actual receipt from your employer or lawyer. They do not post this information online.

  195. Ely on September 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Hi, My application is still under review (May 18,2010). Can I continue to work after Oct, 1 if the status remains the same? OPT expired and currently under Gap-cap. Thank you in advance for your comments

    • Jack on September 23, 2010 at 8:25 PM

      Check with school's International students office. They are best judge for this situation. Look for STEM OPT extension, but before applying for STEM extension, talk with the lawyer or law firm who filed your petition. Certain complication can come up if you apply for OPT stem extension, when your H1B is in process. Another option is to switch to Premium processing, that would result in a decision on your petition in 2 weeks …

  196. KP on September 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    My company filed my fresh H1b visa on 25 Aug 10.

    1. Would the ack number have come by now?

    2. When would the approved petion come usually at this time of the year?

    Usually they file the petion at Vermont.

    • henry on September 23, 2010 at 11:12 AM

      KP yes the case number should come within a few days after it reaches the office. This year it's unpredictable, i filed my petition in June 18 and it is still in initial review so i have switched to premium processing. If your in a hurry i suggest you upgrade too instead of waiting, a lot of people are still in line before you.

      • Vikram Singh on September 23, 2010 at 9:34 PM

        Hi Henry,

        Can individual change it to premium processing or I have to go through employer. And what is the process of changing application to premium processing.

        Thanks

        • henry on September 24, 2010 at 5:20 AM

          Vikram an individual cannot file this on their own, they have to go through the employer or if your employer has signed G-28 giving your lawyer Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative they can file it for you without having to go through the employer, either way the individual cannot do this on their own. Any other questions you may have should be answered here http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5

      • KP on September 25, 2010 at 10:31 PM

        I have heard that petitions get approved fast during Oct. I believe this is all speculation. Can anyone who has seen the trend before answer this?

  197. Kathir on September 23, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    Hi,

    I got RFE and i had sent the required documents to USCIS.Now the status of my petition in USCIS website says

    “On August 30, 2010, we mailed you a denial decision notice for this case I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. The notice explains why the denial decision was made and the options that may be available to you…………….”

    My employer hasn’t got the denial notice yet.What could be the reason for rejection?Is there any hope left or i need to apply for visa afresh next year?

    • henry on September 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM

      Kathir you should talk to you lawyer about why you got denied when the notice comes again. Your still eligible to apply again this year since the quota is still open, maybe you can try again after talking to your lawyer.

    • MsWong on September 23, 2010 at 12:43 PM

      Yes, there is hope. You can appeal for the case and USCIS will reopen the case and probably ask more evidence to support your application, and you have to pay more as well for both the immigration and your lawyer. I was rejected last year, and decided not to pursue for an appeal as it was already November at that time. I just let it go and reapplied this year.

    • Jack on September 23, 2010 at 6:01 PM

      @Kathir,

      Technically speaking, you can appeal against the decision of USCIS. The notice which they have sent you should describe options for further course of action. Or else you can find another employer and file a new H1B since the quota is still open.

      Keeping apart the reason described in the notice, please read the Neufeld memo and check whether your employer business model matches the examples mentioned there. Most of the H1B rejections in 2009 was due to employer being unable to provide evidence on Employer – Employee relationship.

      – Jack

    • TJ on September 29, 2010 at 6:31 AM

      @Kathir,

      What was your RFE about??

      I just got a RFE and would like to know what would it possibly be.

      Thanks

  198. Ritesh on September 23, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    I checked the USCIS website for few receipt nos. just greater that or less than mine. I see all of them are approved and status are "Post DecisionActivity".

    Can any body advise why mine has status still "Initial Review".
    It was filed on 17th May 2010 at Vermont. How long I have to wait?? Really losing patience!!!

  199. vogeyi on September 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    good day!!!

    anyone who's applied in texas center?

    • henry on September 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM

      Vogeyi you cannot apply to Texas. Check this chart out http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5….

      If you have i suggest you get ready to file again to either Vermont or California center depending on the chart listed on that link.

    • Jack on September 23, 2010 at 6:02 PM

      Texas Service Center does come up in the list of centers, but its not listed for H1B applications. As Henry has mentioned you have to send the application to California / Vermont service center.

      • vogeyi on September 23, 2010 at 8:16 PM

        @ henry and jack,

        i don't know what to say now…. i am so confused, deranged and down. i havent been informed of anything yet. anyways, thanks guys! all the best!

        • Jack on September 24, 2010 at 10:23 AM

          How did you get the idea that your application has been sent to Texas service center ???

          • vogeyi on September 26, 2010 at 6:13 AM

            @jack, my employer is based in texas.



  200. megha on September 22, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Application date: 21-May-2010

    Approval date: 21-Sept-2010

    Center: California

    • NZ on September 22, 2010 at 3:07 PM

      Congrats Megha. Was it a new application or extension?

      • IK on September 22, 2010 at 5:15 PM

        Congrats Megha!!
        Mine is also the same date (california center) as yours, but still in Intital Review.
        Did you check it online or you got it in mail..Can you please tell if it was regular quota?

        • megha on September 23, 2010 at 6:04 AM

          Hi

          Thank you all, mine was a new application and got an email and when checked online was showing a status of post decision activities as well.

          Good luck must be on the way for you also.

          • megha on September 23, 2010 at 6:05 AM

            It was a regular



          • IK on September 23, 2010 at 1:12 PM

            Thanks Megha..!!



  201. vermont on September 21, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    H1B

    Applied Date: May 03 2010

    Quota: Masters

    Processing: Regular

    Center: Vermont

    Approval Date: Sept 09 2010

    Hi Guys,

    It has been a long wait for me to get my approval. It took a little more that 4 months to get my approval. So people who are waiting please be confident. USCIS has been very slow in open everyone case this time… If you have waited for more than 3 months then upgrading to premium would be a waste.

    All the best for all who are awaiting for approvals.

  202. vogeyi on September 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    hey guys,

    i have been applied h1b visa for 2011 by a consultancy based in texas. my agent said they had it applied in april. everytime i ask she would answer that still waiting for approval notice. question: would it really take this long? it was applied under regular processing of the regulap cap.

    the thought of it is killing me. anyone who can talk to me about this please?

    • NZ on September 22, 2010 at 3:11 PM

      It could be possible Vogeyi. As you can see, there are many April petitions that are still waiting especially if they were filed in Vermont Centre. Processing times this year are very very slow.

      • Jack on September 23, 2010 at 8:22 PM

        Agree with NZ. Look into the H1B tracker spreadsheet, a lot of people from April application with CSC & VSC are still waiting …. So wait patiently, you should get a result soon.

        – Jack

      • vogeyi on September 23, 2010 at 8:24 PM

        thanks NZ! i am keeping my fingers crossed. i presume my employer applied it at texas center, henry shared a link and it seems that texas isnt working on h1b's. this is so painful.

        you are all so helpful. thank you!

  203. IK on September 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Hi All,

    Thanks for the updates..This blog is really helpful.

    Can anyone tell me how to check the updated date and if the approval comes before Oct 1 only?

    Received date- May 20, 2010

    California service center, Regular Quota

    I am already in US since last 2 years (on dependent visa)

    My case is under Initial review and it is just showing –

    "On May 20, 2010, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case. Please follow any instructions on this notice. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you."

    This wait is so frustrating..Please help!

    • IK on September 27, 2010 at 12:56 PM

      Hi Everyone,

      I received an RFE for my case today. πŸ™

      Can someone tell me if there is still a chance of getting approval once I send the required docs. I dont have the notice with me yet, also how long it takes to hear back from them normally for the whole process after the required docs are submitted.

      Please let me know. Another wait now πŸ™

  204. Kaballs on September 20, 2010 at 5:07 AM

    Can anyone help me on this, my lawyer told my employer that everything has been taken cared of, my received date was April 13, 2010 and notice date April 16, 2010 i kept on checking the site and got this message "we suspended the filing for this I129 due to insufficient funds, not until august 31 i got this new message when i checked my status..

    "On May 18, 2010, we received your corrected payment of the filing fee on this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. The case is being processed at our CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTER location. We will notify you by mail when we make a decision or if we need something from you. If you move while this case is pending, please use our Change of Address online tool to update your case with your new address or contact our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283."

    Does anyone know how long will it take, approximately, when they received it May 18, 2010. Sorry guys, but the waiting time is really driving me nuts. thanks!

  205. J0y on September 19, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Centre:- CSC
    Qouta:- Regular Premium
    Applied:- 20/Sep/10
    Receipt:- NA
    Approval :- NA

    • Jack on September 20, 2010 at 11:20 AM

      @ HSB / @ Admin

      Has the spreadsheet been locked ???? I am unable to update the spreadsheet with status. Please add the following changes to my entry

      1. Jack – Switched from Regular to Premium processing as on Sep 17th 2010.

      2. Tonmoy M – Switched from Regular to Premium processing on Sep 15th 2010, H1B petition approved on Sep 17th 2010.

      Thanks,

      Jack

      • HSB on September 21, 2010 at 8:22 AM

        Click on Edit this Doc at end of the page. Its not locked.

        • Osiris R on September 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM

          Hello HSB, for some reason Im not able to enter any information on the spreadsheed. It may be locked…

  206. Raja on September 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Hi –

    My receipt date was 8th June 2010 @ Vermont, still in IR.

    Can anyone let me know how to check the updated date? I was trying to check the updated date on my case, some how, I do not know how to do that? Please help me.

    Raja.

    • Raja on September 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM

      I think I can able to check if I signup with USCIS for my case status ….

      Thanks,
      Raja.

  207. Subho on September 18, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Hi ,

    I have submitted an application for fresh H1.B . My recipt date is 22nd June. However i did not get any update till now. The status is still in IR . πŸ™

    Could anyone please let me know that if my case is approved how long it will take for stamping?? i need to fly to U.S in November.

    It's urgent.I found this bog very informative .Hope to get an answer quickly.

    Subho

    • Rohit Rana on September 21, 2010 at 7:17 AM

      Hi Subho,

      It generally takes 2 – 2.5 months for getting an approval.

      Mine was approved on 6th june ( filed on 14th Apr ) but still my status in USCIS is IR only. Sometimes the status does not get change in the site.

      Dont worry, be patient, till november it should get stamped.

      Thanks

  208. Subho on September 18, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Hi ,

    I have submitted an application for fresh H1.B . My recipt date is 22nd June. However i did not get any update till now. The status is still in IR . πŸ™

    Could anyone please let me know that if my case is approved how long it will take for stamping?? i need to fly to U.S in November.

    It's urgent.I found this bog very informative .Hope to get an answer.

    Subho

  209. Osiris R on September 17, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Hello everyone, Im pleased to tell you that my pattition was aproved on Sep. 15th. 2010.

    Reciept date June 10th. 2010, regular quota.

    I hope everyone could get a happy end on this trip.

    Best regard…

    Osiris R.

    • NZ on September 18, 2010 at 11:26 PM

      Which center VSC or CSC?

    • NZ on September 19, 2010 at 12:27 AM

      Which center was your application filed CSC or VSC?

      • Osiris R on September 20, 2010 at 5:56 AM

        Hello NZ, I don't know which center, my lawer submitted for me; never told me center name….

        Best regard….

  210. Sesh on September 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Hi All,

    My H1B receipt date is on 06-May-2010 and its in California center, and status is still in Initial Review,

    recently the last updated date on my case has changed to 09/09/2010, but still in Initial Review only.

    I heard that we can call to USCIS to get the status update. Any one has any experience in calling to USCIS about status update.

    Please help me.

    • Franky6toes on September 20, 2010 at 9:59 AM

      Hi Sesh,

      I got the same change in last updated date to 09/19/2010, but still in Initial Review. Did you get any other updates?

    • APD on September 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

      Hi,

      Mine also was filed on 6th May at CSC. The status shows still as Initial review.

      The last updated date is 9/2/09. I have requested my employer to check with USCIS. Look like my attorney called up uscis and they told him that we will get to know the result with in 15 days… not sure if the attorney really called up uscis or not.

      • Sesh on September 24, 2010 at 8:18 AM

        No.

        It is still in initial review, i think most of the applications which are received on 06 May are still in initial review status. Hope we all get the positive response.

        God Bless America.

  211. Rish on September 17, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    My receipt date at VSC was May 18th, my application is still under 'Initial Review'. This wait is too long.

  212. Rohit Rana on September 16, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Hi,

    Finally i got my approval for H1 B visa.

    I received the confirmation of approval and validity of the visa yesterday from my company.

    Visa Filed on 7th Apr.

    Approved on 14th June.

    But my status in USCIS website stills shows "Initial Review" πŸ™‚

    So all u guys worried about "Inital Review" status in USCIS website, dnt worry.

    Be patient and u will get ur approval soon.

    thanks

    • Vikram Singh on September 17, 2010 at 12:45 AM

      Thats good Rohit. Congrats

      Your company filed H1 or through some consultant. I am looking for one let me know if you know someone. Mail me [email protected]

      • rohit rana on September 17, 2010 at 8:24 AM

        Hey Vikram,

        No idea bro about the process within the company, those are all internal things .

      • pavan on October 6, 2010 at 3:49 AM

        HI All,,,,Gudmng…i want to apply for H1..So can anyone pls post hw to approach or consultancy names,Its very imp fr me so pls help in this

        Pavan,Hyderabad

    • NZ on September 17, 2010 at 6:50 AM

      Your visa was approved in June and you found out in September?

      • rohit rana on September 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM

        yeah, because it was applied thru my company and generally companies take this much time to report bck the approval status

    • Jazzy on September 17, 2010 at 7:07 AM

      same with me,

      I got my approval but it is still initial review on the website..

      Visa filed – 12th april

      approved – 11th June.

      • Ashu on September 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

        Congratulations for your approval.

        Apart from status there is also a last updated date which you can see in your USCIS online account. Did you guys ever checked that and was it showing latest updated date?

        That will tell us where to look for, online status or last updated date.

        Please reply so we all know what to do next πŸ™‚

        • Jazzy on September 18, 2010 at 1:14 AM

          Ashu,

          The last updated date on the website is still 14th April for me, but my company has got the approval notice on my application, so this is kinda weird that the website is not updated in my case.

          Rohit dude,

          What is the last updated date in your case on the website?

  213. kaballs on September 16, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Mine is received date May 18, 2010. still on acceptance stage!!

  214. Ashu on September 16, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Hey,

    Anybody from California center, regular processing and receipt date in June got approval yet?
    Mine is still in IR πŸ™
    (my receipt date is June 10th)

  215. Nirav on September 15, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    Status : Approved

    Rec. Date: 12 May 2010

    Master – Regular – WAC

    Approved Date online – 14 Sep 2010

    Waiting for mailed Copy

    • Jack on September 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM

      Congratulations .. Finally someone from California Service Center, posting a H1B approval !!

    • kumar on September 16, 2010 at 12:42 AM

      Hi Nirva,

      My receipt date is also May 12th filed in CSC. May I know what is you computer date XXX in the receipt number(WAC-xx-XXX). Mine is 155.

      Regards,

      • Nirav on September 16, 2010 at 8:25 AM

        Its 101

  216. Sam on September 14, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Anyone having a receipt date of 26th April getting approval…My receipt date is 26th April at CSC..it is still under "Intial Review"..it has been too long!!

    • Ryu on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

      Hi Sam,

      My receipt date is April 22nd at Vermont… Still shows as "Initial Review". Be patient mate, our answers will come. Anyway that doesn't change the fact that "Initial Review" are the 2 words I hate most πŸ˜€ (at this moment)

  217. Edi on September 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Mine is approved πŸ™‚

    on 13th of sepetember @VCS

    RD was 19th of April

  218. Ankur on September 14, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    This wait is really getting on nerves …….is anyone sure that we will get the approval this year …….

  219. Sandy on September 14, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    My recipt on may 28 California center is it that I might get a hearing in a week or it will take time and if after oct 1 if I will get then am I allowed to work after oct 1st as my opt expires on sep 27 th and I applied for cap-gap too please experts reply

  220. Franky6toes on September 14, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    Hi,

    Is there some kind of order for the visas? I have been waiting since May 4th, it is honestly tempting to pay 1000$ and switch to premium. Is it worth it?

    Regards,

    Franky6toes

    • Jack on September 17, 2010 at 1:55 PM

      It might be .. I pinged my lawyer and he offered that its possible !

      • Jack on September 20, 2010 at 11:17 AM

        @Frankytoes

        My friend Tonmoy have been waiting for almost 2 months and he approached my employer to switch to Premium processing. Last week he applied for Premium processing and application was approved 2 days … Date of Approval : Sep 17th 2010.

  221. Mauli on September 13, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Hi All, finally H1 is approved after a long wait

    Receipt date: 05/19/2010

    Approval date: 09/13/2010

    Center: California

    Quota: Regular

    But still able to relax and enjoy. I am tensed cause of:

    Filled H1B extension for my husband and H4 extension for myself togather on May 26. Also filed fresh H1B application for myself on May 19. Today I received approval for her H1B application with I-94 attached.

    Questions:

    1. If we receive the H4 extension approval now, will I be back on H4 status or still remain on new H1B status?

    2. Do my husband need to talk to his attorney/employer to send a letter to USCIS to withdraw my H4 extension application?

    3. Do my employer or attorney have to send a letter to USCIS, stating that my husband's attorney is withdrawing my H4 application?

    4. Will USCIS act as soon as they receive the letter for H4 withdrawal and not approve it or they might miss it and go ahead and approve H4 application?

    5. What if H4 extension is approved? Is there any way to continue on H1 even if H4 approved?

    I would appreciate your response, please reply. HSB need your advice.

    Thanks in advance.

    Mauli

    • Sesh on September 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM

      Hi Mouli,

      I am also in the same situation, but my case is still in Initial Review, I applied H4 extension last week. please post your input if you got any updates.

  222. Ad on September 13, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Hi,

    My reciept date is 26th July and still IR and May i expect the decision before 30th Oct- or it gets later then that and if my approval gets late like in Nov or Dec then is there any impact on Visa Stamping.

    Thanks

  223. Rosie on September 12, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Hi to all and congratulation !!! to all that have had success in H1B visa my name is Rosie I am trying to help a close friend for H1B visa it is urgent been doing a lot of reading and research since March, 2010 and looking for help. I have applied for sponsorship to many companies but so far no luck. I am new at this so I guess I need help my main question is should I get a lawyer now or do I wait for approval of sponsorship from a company ??? I live in USA if any one knows a good lawyer and is willing to share information with me will be most grateful. Also what is premium process ??? Have other question and doubts but will leave for later. Regards and thank you !!!

    • Jack on September 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM

      @Rosie

      I understand you are looking for immediate information on H1B application. First of all read the H1B process from uscis.gov website. From your post i feel your understanding isn't quite right. To apply for H1B, it should be done by a company offering the job. So your friend's focus should be in finding a job with a company willing to sponsor H1B.

      Getting a lawyer at this point won't help. Only when you get a job and have a proper employment offer letter, you can approach a lawyer of your choice. But in most cases companies prepare the H1B petition on their own or have a contract with a particular law firm to prepare the petition. So getting a lawyer on your own mightn't even be needed.

      To expedite your H1B processing, your sponsor can pay $1000 additional fee. This is premium processing, where in a case is adjudicated in 2 – 3 weeks time from the date of application.

      You should also research about "Employer – Employee relationship" article defined by Neufield memo. It gives you an outline on what kind of employment is acceptable for H1B candidates. This is a very important factor in getting a H1B approval for this year. I heard that some lawyers have filed a suit against the memo, but i am sure any decision on that suit wouldn't be applicable to H1B candidates of 2011.

      You may be in need of information or quick reply, but posting the same message multiple times doesn't look good. I for one follow almost all the posts in this thread. So when you post the same message multiple times, it annoys me. Don't take this in the wrong sense. You have your questions, post it and i am sure someone would answer it. Just be a little patient and wait for it. In the meantime read through the posts in this thread, it will answer a lot of questions and you will also learn a lot of new things from what other members have done.

      Good luck !

      – Jack

      • Rosie on September 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM

        Thank you so much Jack for you time most grateful ! My bad for multiple messages.

  224. Nani on September 12, 2010 at 4:59 AM

    Hiii Folks…………

    My H1 B petition is approved…

    Receipt date – May 26th.

    Approved date – Sep 9th.

    Can anyone suggest whether i can go for Stamping immediately or shal i wait for 1 or 2 months.

    Because US is passing very strict rules now a days about the outsourcing it seems..

    Is there any impact for us at the time of stamping..!!

    Please suggest…. Waiting for ur suggestions.. πŸ™‚

    • Rosie on September 12, 2010 at 12:57 PM

      Hi nani I need help with H1B visa can you help me ??

      Have some question and doubts and I would be very grateful for any time or help that you can offer me.

      Thank you regards.

      Note: This information I need is for a very close friend that I have and want to help him not for me I live in USA.

    • Jack on September 12, 2010 at 3:09 PM

      @ Nani

      What is the start date mentioned on your Approval notice ? Whether you get your stamping or not, your H1B visa starts on that particular date. If you are looking for immediate travel to US, i would suggest get the stamping done as soon as possible.

      – Jack

  225. Vikram Singh on September 10, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Hi All,

    My application was received by USICS on 14th June 2010 and last update is 16th June.

    After that no communication,no update from USICS side. Its with Vermont centre (General Caategory).

    Any idea how long I have to wait.

    Also can someone give me any other company name who can file H1B. I am trying to move to US on a urgent basis.

    • Arindam on September 12, 2010 at 1:01 AM

      Guys mine was submitted on 17th May. Got that approved on 10th Sept. SO all of you who are waiting just wait some more time.

      Can some one tell me what happens next?

      • Jack on September 12, 2010 at 3:13 PM

        I agree with Arindam. Vikram wait patiently till it gets approved. You can find another employer to file a H1B petition, but that wouldn't speed up anything. You will still have to wait the same amount of time, to get a decision on your H1B, unless its premium processing.

      • Aks on September 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM

        Hi Arindam,

        Did you apply at Vermont or California service center?

        Regular or Masters?

        Thanks,

        Aks

    • Rosie on September 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

      Hi Vikram Singh I have a list of H1B companies, I would be happy to share with you the list also I need some information can you help me with some question and answers. This info I need is not for me it's for a friend I live in USA.

      Thank you regards.

      • Vikram Singh on September 12, 2010 at 6:56 PM

        Hi Rosie, what kind of questions you have. I will be happy to answer those ( if I know the answers).

        • Rosie on September 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM

          Thank you Vikram Singh I got the answers

  226. SP on September 10, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Hi,

    My H1B got approved on September 9th. Reciept dated on May21st, Regular, Vermont Service Center.

    Thanks All for sharing the details.

    Regards,

    SP

    • Aaron on September 11, 2010 at 12:37 AM

      Thank you for info and congratulation !!!

    • NZ on September 11, 2010 at 6:46 PM

      Congrats SP. Please update on the spreadsheet.

    • Rosie on September 12, 2010 at 1:14 PM

      Hi SP congratulation ! I need some help with question and answers can you help me pls reply. Also what is Vermont Service Center ? and what is spreadsheet ?

      Thank you the information I need is for a dear friend I have not for me.

      Thanks and regards.

    • Jack on September 12, 2010 at 3:13 PM

      Congratulations man … Good to know that USCIS isn't sleeping πŸ™‚

  227. Jal on September 10, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Hi Everyone,

    So nice to see lot of people get approved on their h1b. I have a question which i believe most of you know the answer. I don't know this is right section to post but if you can please answer for me.

    My company applied for my H1b and i got the receipt on July 8th 2010 but my Opt has expired on end of august. But i can stay 60 more days legally. I saw sometimes approval take closer to 4 months in this year. So in that case lets say i get the answer on November, will i be able to stay in USA legally even though my status ends on End of October.

    I saw lots of posts. Some say i can stay legally till i get my notice. Some say i can work even i am in 60 days period since i applied for H1b. Is anyone knows any answer for this.

    Thanks

    • Arjun on September 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

      Hi Jal,

      I was on the same fix. Here is my understanding on this for you (Assuming that you either used up your 17 months extension or are not eligible).

      Since you have already applied for H1 and received the Receipt, you will fall in the Cap- Gap category. Cap Gap (please research more about this) is an option for OPT candidates to extend their legal work status until a decision is made on your H1B application. Normally Cap-Gap is issued till September 30th since they expect the decision to be make on your H1 case by then. If you dont hear from USCIS by then, you will have to ask for extension based on your pending status.

      For Cap Gap, you will have to send a copy of H1B application receipt to your college who will issue an updated I-20, extending your status.

      BUT, here is what I am not sure about. Since you have already expired your legal status by the end of August, I am not sure if this will be a smooth ride for you. You must have done all this before that. Please check with the International office in your university.

      Arjun Nambiar

      • Jal on September 10, 2010 at 8:43 AM

        Hi Arjun,

        Thanks for your reply. I finished my 12 months OPT and i am not fall into STEM category even though i have a MIS degree. I have till 15th October i called my international officer and he said he can't do anything. Because that guy is kind strange DSO.

        My employer said that he checked with his attorney and it is fine with my status till i get an answer. But when i look online i find different answers for this. That is why i am bit worry in this case.

        Another option from my manager is, that aid we can try premium process but he is not sure he can do it now because we already use the regular process. he is checking with his attorney and hopefully we get a good answer

        Thanks Jal

        • Arjun Nambiar on September 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM

          Jal,

          Of-course your DSO can and must help you. Just let them know that you want to opt for Cap-Gap extension. Ask him to refer the section 9 0f the latest SEVP- OPT policy guidelines. (You can find this document online from the USCIS site and mark the section). This extension is not only for the STEM streams.. its for every one..

          If you dont update your I-20, dude, you are out of status.. period.

          Regarding the premium processing, You can change to that ANY TIME.. Just fill up the I-907 and pay them the check for $1000/-. They will happily accept it with much appreciation and commit for a 2 weeks window for a decision. No issues at all..

          Regards

          Arjun

          • Jal on September 13, 2010 at 10:03 AM

            Arjun,

            Thanks for your information. Yeah my employer going to fill PP today through online. Hop i will hear something good soon.

            Thanks again



    • Rosie on September 12, 2010 at 2:05 PM

      Hi Jal your best shot is to call USCIS I have this number 1-800-375-5283 hope it will help. You say you company applied for H1B visa for you are you currently in USA? I am helping a friend of my very close for H1B visas it is urgent I have applied for so many companies but not luck can you give me advise I have so many questions if you can help me will be grateful

      Thanks regards and good luck !

      • Jal on September 13, 2010 at 10:04 AM

        Hi rosie,

        Yeah i am in USA. What kind on information you want to know ?

        thanks

        jal

  228. Sandeep Dhaiya on September 9, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Hi All ,

    I found this blog is very informative , My Company has initiated H1B cap for me .

    when I inquire them they say it is with USCIS . it has been more than 2 months since this has filed

    please help

    • Jack on September 9, 2010 at 6:16 PM

      @Sandeep

      Try to find out if they have a Receipt No for your case. Every H1B application when received by USCIS is acknowledged with receipt notice. The notice has a case number which can be used to track your case status. Try to get it from your company. You can track the status @ egov.uscis.gov

      Jack

  229. harry on September 8, 2010 at 7:16 AM

    Can anyone please let me know how much avg time its taking for recipt of hard copy of approval notice. Mine approved on 19th Aug but no hard copy received yet.

    Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz reply with ur experiences.

    • Arjun on September 8, 2010 at 11:26 AM

      Well.. Thats a good question.. ! Generally they say it takes about 14 days.. Thats the time it takes for the approval to reach your employer's immigration attorneys.. Then they will send it to your employer, who will take the sections that they need to keep with them and send out the section relevant to you.. So..It could take 3-4 weeks conservatively. If you are in India.. You can do your own estimate.

      Arjun

    • Nita05 on September 8, 2010 at 12:10 PM

      @ Arjun, already received your hard copy? or still waiting?

      @ Harry, I am waiting for hard copy from last friday, I have the same question, I am in Venezuela and I need to be in USA before October. I found this below:

      "E.A. May 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM

      (…)

      – Vermont Center/new/regular processing

      – approval date 05/17/2010

      – approval letter received 05/26/2010

      (…)"

      "PS August 16, 2010 at 3:24 PM

      (…)

      Approval notice through email (to and from Attorney) on 27th July

      Status message update from USCIS on 29th July

      Written approval notice received by Attorney on 2 Aug

      (…)"

      • Arjun on September 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

        @Nita,

        I checked my profile with the lawyers just now. They updated it with a scanned copy of the Approval notice..!!, it seems they just received it, It would take another week for me to receive my portion of that through mail it seems (may be routed through my employer office).

        You may want to ask your lawyer or your employer to send it to you through express courier to Venezuela.

        Arjun

        • HSB on September 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

          Congrats Arjun and others.

        • NZ on September 8, 2010 at 7:36 PM

          Congrats Arjun. Could you please update your status on the log? I can't locate your filing date.

          • Arjun Nambiar on September 8, 2010 at 8:50 PM

            Thank you all..! All the best for every one still waiting for the good news… I am pretty sure that it would be good news coz we haven't heard of any bad one yet..! So you will get your patience paid off well..

            @NZ

            I think you are referring to the 'Arjun' entry who was under premium processing. I am the second entry..way at the top..

            Arjun Nambiar



        • Nita05 on September 9, 2010 at 6:22 AM

          Thanks Arjun, In order to be in USA for the dates I planned, should meet a tight schedule. The attorney should receive a hard copy before Monday, September 13, for me to get in the mail (Fedex Priority mail) on September 14, go to my appointment on 15 and get my passport by 22, to travel as planned on september 23 … ufff I am already tired.. Do you think is this possible?

          • Arjun Nambiar on September 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

            Nita,

            It seems you are running a tight schedule here..I am assuming that your attorneys can send the letter directly to you.. generally they send it to your employer. Even in that case your attorney has to get the letter on 10th. Then only you will be able to go for the 15th VISA. coz 11th and 12th being week end, even if (on Saturday) the mail will be delivered ,their office wont be working. Next working day is 13th. Even if they send it by 13th afternoon (14th day break in India), the fastest delivery it self wont be done at the earliest by 15th. Even that would be cutting it tight..

            And why are you leaving 7 days for passport delivery. You can go and pick the passport up from the consulate the next day if you want. At least that was the case with Chennai consulate last time I checked. So I would recommend you to post pone the interview by a few days if the attorneys don't get the letter by this week end.

            Arjun



          • Nita05 on September 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM

            Hi Arjun, well, the good news are that my attorney already receive the hard copy πŸ˜€ . I am in Venezuela, so, he will send me the papers monday morning by FedEx International Priority Mail and I will be receiving the documents tuesday morning. The reason why I am leaving 7 days for passport delivery is because in the consulate in Venezuela they do not give the passport direct to you, they send it for national mail and it take 3 to 5 working days. So, going stamping my visa on 15, i will be receiving my passport by late on 22 and traveling on 23 as planned πŸ˜€ I am so Happy



          • Arjun Nambiar on September 11, 2010 at 9:51 PM

            Hey Nita.. Congratulations.. My whole comments earlier where based on the assumption that you were from India.. My bad.. Your screen name sounded like and Indian name to me.. Any how. I am glad that everything is going according to plan for you.. Best wishes for your visa interview and your future endeavors.

            Arjun



          • Nita05 on September 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM

            Thanks Arjun, Everything is running ok. I have 10 days to get my moving done :D. The best for u too.



  230. Franky6toes on September 8, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    I did perform the exercise Nita05 did, by checking 100 odd cases (higth of curiosity) that also had started on the 147 day at the California Service Center. There are 14 odd cases that are still on initial review like mine (from May 4, 2010). But there are tons of approvals as well. Kind of confused.. Is there no way, that we can figure a pattern?

    • Aaron on September 8, 2010 at 7:09 AM

      Just wait a few more days…. will be ok.

  231. Arjun Nambiar on September 6, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    What happened to the Tracking Sheet..?It has gone Blank..!!

    HSB.. Please look in to it..

    • HSB on September 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

      Arjun – Someone intentionally deleted all the data, but google keeps track of all the versions with change log. I have reverted to latest version. Thanks for the update.
      This is what happens when you give edit control to everyone. I'm wearing my thinking cap to find a different approach (provide a way to enter data and edit your data only)

      • Arjun on September 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM

        I thought so… It is 'open for all' right now.. But I think it would be difficult for you to allow each person.. one by one.. And the new comers will have to wait till you grant them permission and all..

        I had inputted 3 entries including mine from the cases I know of with accurate information. And also made some embellishments to the format in order to differentiate key information. This wont be possible once you restrict entry to one's own details. I would recommend, rather than making any one editing this doc as "anonymous User". You could make it mandatory for any one to login and their profile be recorded while editing. This would make it Free for edits but accountable.

        I know you would take the appropriate action.

        Arjun

        • Arjun on September 7, 2010 at 11:12 AM

          It seems its not as simple as I thought.. I even checked out the Microsoft Office online.. Its either every one or you give the list of people..

          Arjun

        • HSB on September 7, 2010 at 12:50 PM

          Google doesn't have that option to sign-in to edit ( and still keep it open). I found another option using Google Forms to enter the data and only users who submit their value can edit their entry, but it will be hard to manage all the existing data.

          • Jack on September 7, 2010 at 1:25 PM

            Create another spreadsheet. Lets call it Sheet2. Allow users to enter data only in Sheet2. Sheet1 is created and edited only by admin. The admin can update the Sheet1 on a daily basis by copying all entries for the day πŸ™‚



          • HSB on September 7, 2010 at 2:49 PM

            Jack – I wish that idea can work. It's hard to edit the data everyday.



  232. Franky6toes on September 6, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    us is still on Initial review.. Wait son Wait is all I hear..

  233. Franky6toes on September 6, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Hi,

    My application was recieved on May 4, 2010 at California Service Center (assuming) as the tracker sta

  234. Rohit Rana on September 5, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Hi,
    My H1 B visa got initated in march 2010, since the time i have got my receipt number, my status on USCIS site is ‘Inital Review’ only.
    My fellow collegues whose visa got initiated mith me, their status has been changed to ‘Post decision activiyt’ 3 weeks back.
    Can anyone guide me on the delay on my visa.

    Thanks

    • Arjun Nambiar on September 5, 2010 at 10:15 AM

      Rohit,

      Be patient.. I hope you have a tracking number for your case and you are frequently checking it. I would suggest you to start a profile in the USCIS tracking site so that you will know when ever they update your file..

      There seems to be no logical reason for the delay.. The only thing you can do is to ask your attorneys to contact USCIS and ask for update.

      Hope it works out for you soon.

      Arjun

      • Jazzy on September 6, 2010 at 4:58 AM

        Hi Arjun,

        My last updated date has not been changed since april 14th, does it mean that USCIS didnot get a chance to look into it anytime after this date?

        • Arjun Nambiar on September 6, 2010 at 7:51 AM

          Well Jazzy.. My case was exactly the same.. I mean the last updated date was 14th April then all on a sudden it went to post decision activity.. So nothing can be construed from that date too…

          • Jazzy on September 6, 2010 at 9:22 AM

            Thanks Arjun, my case is pending since then, receipt date -12th april – initial review, Vermont center. It is almost near to 5 months now, not sure how much more time i need to wait :(. I cant see anybody for this date waiting for approval.



          • Edi on September 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM

            Iam the same as u Jazzy,

            hard darysss



          • Jazzy on September 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM

            looks like nobody got any approvals in last 4 days, if yes, please update all of us…..

            Thanks in advance



          • Jazzy on September 8, 2010 at 10:55 AM

            Hey Edi,

            Dont worry dude..

            Some decision has to happen pretty soon, Oct is approaching nearby..

            Let us wait and watch for some more time…



        • Ashu on September 9, 2010 at 12:37 PM

          My last update date hasn't changed from June 14th till date. Not sure how long I will have to wait. But since ppl who filed in Apr are still waiting then I can't complain. Mine was filed in June with receipt date as June 10th, status is still IR.

          • Jazzy on September 12, 2010 at 9:21 AM

            Its been 5 months today and cant see any update on the website on my application..What the hell has happened this time…



          • Sam on September 14, 2010 at 9:59 AM

            I am in the same boat,with a receipt date of June 9th and the status stay so boringly at Initial Review! fingers crossed!!



  235. Nita05 on September 3, 2010 at 3:57 AM

    :D:D:D:D Hiiiiiiiii this waiting is over, I'd receive this tonight: On September 2, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice.

    Anybody knows how many time took after get Post Decision Activity and get your H1 Stamping?

    • Pindi on September 3, 2010 at 6:48 AM

      You are excited we can see that from your approval date as 08/02/2010 which is 09/02/2010 πŸ™‚ BTW, Congrats…

    • RY on September 3, 2010 at 8:30 AM

      Congrats…:))BTW, make it 09/2/10 as told below…:)….You need to fix visa interview at your nearest US consulate and go with the H1B documents to get it stamped. Timing depends on the visa interview date you get…the early you get the documents in hand and also date for interview the better….:)

      • Nita05 on September 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

        thanks, I already fix it.

        I am so excited, I hope the papers come soon πŸ™‚

        • Renuka on September 3, 2010 at 8:52 AM

          Congrats Nita………………..

          finally your wait has come to an end.

          This waiting is really painful.

          Even I'm also waiting for my approval. I have applied in the mid of

          april in california center.

          • Nita05 on September 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

            wow! Are you in Initial Review? :S



          • APD on September 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM

            @Renuka – is your application still under IR? Pls check the last updated date.. Looks like they started processing May Applications.. .

            My case was field on 6 May, it is still under IR. But I noticed the "Last updated date on my case as 9/2/10. So I am hoping they started looking into my case, but no idea when it will be approved. I looked into few fourms and understood that there are few ppl got their approval with in few days of last updated date.. but some of them got the approval only after a month.



          • Renuka on September 4, 2010 at 6:01 AM

            Now My Status is RFE from july 30th



          • Renuka on September 4, 2010 at 6:10 AM

            Hi APD,

            How you are checking the updated dates of your application. I mean how come you came to know about your application has been opened by uscis people.

            I'm checking my status updates in http://www.uscis.gov website. Through this website, We just know the final results like Initial Review, RFE, Decision , Post Decision, etc…………….

            But we dont know like when they touched our application, and how long it took for them to process and all………

            Thanks.



          • SD on September 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM

            APD and others,

            Could you please tell me how can we check the last update date on USCIS website?

            Thanks-

            SD



          • Arjun Nambiar on September 6, 2010 at 8:02 AM

            SD,

            In USCIS tracking site, you will find a link to "sign in to my account". Go there and click "Register" then as a Customer. Create your profile by giving your tracking number and other information. On login you will find your tracking number listed in which one column will be "Last Updated Date".

            Hope this helped.

            Arjun



        • NZ on September 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM

          Congrats Nita. Go and enjoy your weekend.

  236. Nita05 on September 2, 2010 at 6:27 AM

    I did Check 400 cases in the USCIS link. Cases received in the same office that mine (VSC = EAC) and the same day (April 1st = 10-145). Of the 400 cases, only 14 have received no response. This is 3.5%. I still do not understand what happens. My lawyer does not know. It look like they saw the case, overlooked and continue with others.

    • Ashu on September 9, 2010 at 12:12 PM

      Hi Nita,

      I would like to know how you checked cases other than yours. My receipt date is June 10th and still my app status is IR on the website. Please advice.

      Thanks.

      • Nita05 on September 9, 2010 at 2:39 PM

        Ashu, Go to the USCIS Dashboard, your receipt number must be XXX-XX-XXX-XXXXX First three letters represent the Service Center, mine is EAC (Vermont Service Center) the next two numbers represent the year, mine is 10 (2010), three next represents the computer workday (001 is October 1st) mine is 145 (April, 30) And finally the last five numbers represents the case number. So, the first 8 numbers/letters are the same for people who applied the same day in the same Service Center . I did check the numbers before and after mine.

        • Jack on September 9, 2010 at 6:17 PM

          Wow that is a detailed analysis ! My date is July 13th and the computer workday is 955.

        • Ashu on September 9, 2010 at 6:52 PM

          Thanks Nita05. It was really helpful

  237. Prasad on September 1, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Nita, my RD was April 12 and I got the approval on April 27.I think you'll have to wait for some more time.May be 2/3 rd week of this month, you should have updates.Good luck.

    • Nita05 on September 2, 2010 at 5:46 AM

      I really hope so. Thanks for your good wishes. I need it before Oct, 1st. Anyone knows how many time took after get Post Decision Activity and get your H1 Stamping?

  238. Prasad on September 1, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Hi Nita,

    Thanks for the reminding me.I have updated the spreadsheet.

  239. Arjun on September 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Finally.. Some action..!!! Hip hip.. Hurraaaaayyyy…

    Centre:- VSC

    Qouta:- Master's

    Applied:- 04/01/10

    Reciept:- 04/01/10

    Approval :- 08/31/10

    Time taken for approval:- 144 days

    RFE:- None

    Cheer up guys.. They have dusted out my applications.. !! So you all must hear something soon…

    • Ram on September 1, 2010 at 3:47 PM

      Congrats…I think you got record for the no of waiting days…:))…Nita…don't worry…you also should hear something soon…

    • NZ on September 1, 2010 at 4:07 PM

      Congratulations Arjun…….what a wait, but all's well that ends well. How long did you get the approval for?

    • Arjun Nambiar on September 1, 2010 at 9:13 PM

      Thanks Ram & NZ.. Yeah.. Its been a long wait.. My OPT was out on 30th of August and these guys approved my H1 the next day. I got the text and mail today only and the case status was changed no 1st sept afternoon.. It said that the approval note was sent on 31st August itself.

      @NZ.. I have no idea about the approval period, coz I haven't seen the approval letter yet. I am just going by the Tracking update.. It must be for 3 years.. I guess.. I am working for a US company and since its not a client, I guess the approval must be for the stipulated maximum of 3 years. I dont know why you asked this specifically.. I thought it was the norm for all H1Bs..

      • NZ on September 2, 2010 at 7:32 PM

        Hi Arjun, Was wondering about the approval because I read in some other forums that even though they requested 3 years approval, they only got for 0ne year.

        • Arjun Nambiar on September 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM

          NZ,

          Well.. I am expecting my lawyers to receive the letter some time this week. They will post a scan to my online profile immediately. So, when I see that, I will let you know..

          Regards

          Arjun

        • Arjun on September 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM

          NZ,

          I just saw my lawyer close my case with a scanned version of the approval notice they received from USCIS. The approval is for the period 10/01/2010— 08/31/2013. Which means about 3 years.. so I am good, I believe..

          All the best

          Arjun

    • Nita05 on September 2, 2010 at 5:57 AM

      Congrats πŸ™‚ I can feel your happiness and that makes me a little more optimistic πŸ™‚

  240. Nita05 on September 1, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I think I am the only one in the Tracker spreadsheet, (Regular, no Master quota, VSC) who aplied in APRIL and is still waiting……. This waiting is paintfull.

  241. Nita05 on September 1, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Still waiting RD April, 30 VSC. What is happening? I do not understand this System, I am really worried.

    • NZ on September 1, 2010 at 4:12 PM

      Nita05, You'll hear from them this week or next week. At least VSC petitions are moving. CSC on the other hand hasn't moved forward.

    • Edi on September 7, 2010 at 10:32 AM

      hi Nita

      my RD is 19th of april and my status is RFE,still waiting for their decision.

      at VSC

  242. Prasad on August 31, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Hi NZ,

    My center was VSC.

    • NZ on September 1, 2010 at 1:16 AM

      How lucky you are, you can enjoy while the rest of us have to wait………………..Thanks for answering my query anyway.

  243. Jack on August 31, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Has anyone noticed the Case status page of USCIS ? For H1B –

    California Service Center – 2 months

    Vermont Service Center – 2.7 months

    National Average – 11 months

    I think this explains the delay, people who applied to VSC should expect a reply in 10-11 weeks while CSC is about 8 weeks.

    • NZ on September 1, 2010 at 1:14 AM

      Jack my case has been pending with CSC for 3.5 months now and no reply. I don't think any of these timelines are followed. In fact most of the recent approvals are from VSC.

      • Krishna on September 1, 2010 at 7:26 AM

        I agree, my Visa receipt date is april 14th with the California centre, and its stuck at "initial review", I just dont know what to to do, this wait is killing

      • APD on September 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM

        NZ – What is your receipt date?

        My receipt date is 6 May 2010. CSC, still under IR. Its almost 4 months:(

      • APD on September 1, 2010 at 5:07 PM

        NZ – What is your receipt date?

        My receipt date is 6 May 2010. CSC, still under IR. Its almost 4 months:(

        • NZ on September 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

          APD my receipt date is May 20, 2010.

          • Krishna on September 2, 2010 at 6:27 AM

            My receipt date is Apr 14th, its over 4.5 months now, still stuck in Initial review.

            My H1b was filed by my employer, a top MNC in india.

            This is so worrying truely, anybody has any thoughts on what might be going on ?



          • Jack on September 6, 2010 at 8:15 PM

            Don't worry man. I think USCIS people have become very lazy πŸ™‚ As long as your application isn't filed by any consulting company you should be fine. Most of the people in this thread have waited and got approvals. I haven't heard of anyone being rejected till now. So that is a consolation in a way …



          • Edi on September 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM

            Hi Jack,

            could u plz explain the consulting company?



          • Krishna on September 15, 2010 at 7:32 AM

            Thanks really :), still the status is stuck at "Initial Review" , just looking at that string in the USCIS website in itself is so tiring…..



          • krishna on September 20, 2010 at 7:06 AM

            Hi People,

            My Visa has gotten approved, i received this info within my organization's application, USCIS sent the approval to my employer, however USCIS website still shows as "initial review', so obviosly the website is not updated.

            My visa was filed on apr 1st and receipt date is apr 14th, so its clearly close to 6 months, and still the website is not updated. So people who are worried about your visa info not updated in the website, there is a high chance that your employer/consultancy/attorney would have received the approval. πŸ™‚



        • Jollybee on September 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM

          Hi ,

          @APD – -Any updates on your case ?

          My receipt date is 13th May 2010,

          Now USCIS says ,the last Updated date 8/Sep/2010.

          I dont know when to expect any change in the status?

          Tks

          JB

          • Jack on September 8, 2010 at 8:40 PM

            @Edi

            I am referring the same set of companies which can't satisfy Employer-Employee relationship – Consulting companies who operate on pure staffing basis and don't have their own development/test/product engineering operations in US. This would exclude IT giants like TCS, Wipro, Infosys etc.

            I have a couple of friends working for a consulting company based out of Santa Clara. They applied for H1B and the moment they got RFE, they decided to withdraw the application. My friends have sometime because of STEM extension, so they are continuing with their current contract and trying to find a proper full time employment.

            @Jollybee

            Add me to your list. Receipt date – 13th July 2010 / California Service Center.. Status Initial Review .. Last updated date : Sept 8th 2010. I checked for 4 or 5 numbers around mine and all their status update date is Sep 8th 2010. From some of the posts i have read in other forums, you should expect a decision within the next 4 weeks. Optimistic would be within a week, pesimistic would be in 4 weeks time .. Good luck man !



    • Pindi on September 1, 2010 at 5:51 AM

      CSC – Min 4 Months

      VSC – Min 3 Months

      This is what i see.

      • NZ on September 1, 2010 at 4:16 PM

        Is it true that extension and transfer cases are being processed faster than new petitions. I was looking at trackitt website and seems like new cases are taking longer. Any thoughts ……………………….

      • NZ on September 1, 2010 at 4:17 PM

        Pindi, how did you come to this conclusion?

        • Pindi on September 2, 2010 at 6:08 AM

          Facts NZ, Got those by hitting few random numbers in the tracking site for the WAC# πŸ˜‰

          Its going to be october in 4 weeks and the CSC has not even processed the April cases fully, and mine is in the first week of June, based on Arjun's Time taken is 144 days then mine will be processed in the month of Nov and lets say If I am LUCKY and got approved, then I can get my stamping in the end of Nov or Begin of Dec, and at the end of Dec people will go for vacation and they will be back in the first week of Jan, So after 8 f'ing months i will land there and that too if everything is normal, On the other side if market going bad and crashes before i land there then i will be deported back at the POE.

          Damn these ppl are screwing my career.

          Hey Frendz, do you think its worth it?

          • Jack on September 8, 2010 at 8:48 PM

            @Pindi –

            I disagree with your views. USCIS has every right to take time till 1st of October to decide on your applications. Having said that, last year there was some delay in approvals for people applied in June/July – No status change till Oct 1st. First week of October almost all of the people who applied in June/July/Aug. Some of my friends were in these categories and the ones who applied in June got the approval along with guys who applied in August. Seems a little unfair, but hey 1st week of Oct they sent out all the approval notice πŸ™‚ I am assuming, the same would be the behavior this year. They are probably taking their own time till Oct, from Oct whatever delay they have in their processing, will also delay your start date. So may be they will pick up speed and wrap up all applications by then …



  244. NEERAJ on August 31, 2010 at 3:04 AM

    Mine was filed on 1st June,2010 under RP at CSC still showing IR.

    Thanks,

    NM

    • Jack on August 31, 2010 at 6:04 PM

      Same boat mate … July 13th – Master's – Regular – CSC.

      – Jack

  245. Prasad on August 31, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    Friends,

    I got my approval on August 27.Receipt date was 12th April.Wish good luck to those waiting.

    -Prasad

    • Edith on August 31, 2010 at 8:22 AM

      Hi,

      Congratulations for your approval !!

      Mine was approved too at the Vermont Service Center, receipt date April 9th,

      Master's/regular

      August 30th 2010

      I saw the update on the Uscis website and I received an email on Monday afternoon.

      Good luck to everybody still waiting, be patient, your turn will come !

    • Edith on August 31, 2010 at 8:26 AM

      Hi everybody,

      I got my approval too at the Vermont service Center, receipt date April 9th,

      Master's/regular

      Post decision Activity August 30th 2010

      Update was on the Uscis website this morning and I received an email yesterday afternoon.

      Good luck to everybody still waiting, be patient, your turn will come !

      • Renuka on August 31, 2010 at 10:32 AM

        Hi Edith,

        Congrats……………

        When is ur RFE submitted to uscis.

        and After how many days you got approval.

        can you tell me clearly, so that I can follow up my employer too.

        because my case is in RFE right now.

        • Jack on August 31, 2010 at 6:03 PM

          Renuka / Edith,

          What is reason for your RFE ?

          – Jack

          • Renuka on August 31, 2010 at 7:13 PM

            Hi Jack,

            I dont know exactly . but My employer just told me that "he was working on the documentation" that need to be submitted to the uscis.

            Congrats to all those whose H1 got approved.



        • Edith on September 1, 2010 at 1:58 PM

          Hi Renuka/Jack,

          I did not get any RFE.

          My case status was updated from Initial review (since April 14) to post decision activity on August 30 /Vermont.

          • Nita05 on September 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM

            Hi Edith, I am in Post Decision Activity too. But I am still waiting for the visa stamping. What about you? I do not know how much time this is going to take.



    • NZ on August 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM

      Congrats Prasad. What was your centre CSC or VSC?

    • Nita05 on September 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM

      Prasad I think you should update your status in the H1B Visa 2011 Processing Time Tracker spreadhseet.

  246. Mansi on August 30, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Hi Everyone,

    Just received my H1B approval today visa sms. It was approved today on the 30th of aug. My details New-masters, VSC, 14th april. Hang in there ..the approvals are slowly picking up the pace. Best of luck to all who are waiting.. have the patience.

    • Arjun on August 30, 2010 at 10:08 AM

      Congratulations Mansi… You have been really patient.. So are you OK to travel now..?

      Enjoy the H1 life and have fun.. All the best for the future..

      (No.. I haven't heard anything on my application yet..)

      • Mansi on August 30, 2010 at 3:27 PM

        I guess I m ok to travel as long as I have the actual copy of H1B approval waiting for my lawyer to recieve that in mail and then its good. I hope u hear something soon Arjun. Best of luck to u and others waiting.. just a few more days ppl.

        @APD yes the website shows post decision activity.

      • NZ on August 31, 2010 at 4:03 PM

        Arjun, Edith's case got approved, same date as yours. You should be getting some good news soon.

    • APD on August 30, 2010 at 12:29 PM

      Congrats Manasi. Does USCIS site also shows ur application is approved? Or Only you received the sms…

      • RY on August 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

        Mine too just got updated to post decision today….Its approved finally…Thank God!!…We also had called last week when they told they are working on April petitions….So, i'm sure all april people will get good news soon, hopefully this week itself….

        • Renuka on August 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

          Congrats to Manasi and RY……….

    • NZ on August 30, 2010 at 4:25 PM

      What a relief it must be for you. So it took almost 4.5 months for you.

      • RY on August 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

        For me it took 4 months…My receipt date was 28th April….i registered at website for case updates today morning after seeing mansi's comment. I saw a last update date of 8/30 in the site. I thought it is the update i made there and was waiting to check tomorrow for the last update date again to confirm..But, after 2-3 hours, i got sms and an email as well and site also got updated to Post Decision activity….

        • ML on August 31, 2010 at 5:04 AM

          Hello RY,

          Congrats,Can You please explain how to register at the site for the case update.Do we need to give the phone number or just e-mail id.

          please reply ASAP.I am also waiting to register.

          • RY on August 31, 2010 at 5:40 AM

            Hi ML,

            You need to first click "sign up for case updates" and register by giving email, phone etc. You can give both and also create a user id and password. Then, sign into your account as customer giving User ID and PW. Inside, click on "Add a case to your Portfolio" and add your EAC#. You can see it listed in a table. Just Select it and click "Mobile Alert On". You will get a confirmation message. Do again with "Email Alert On". Hope this helps.



          • Jack on August 31, 2010 at 5:54 PM

            I think i will skip registration. I anyways check the status twice a day πŸ™‚



    • Rahul Sharma on August 31, 2010 at 7:05 AM

      Hii Mansi ,

      Congrates Mansi for your H1B approval…

      Myself Rahul Sharma from India and I want to pursue my Masters in Computer Science from US next year in Fall 2011 September , rite now I am doing a job to get 1 year of Experience in India as I am B.E. Computer this year pass out…

      So there has been a lot of thing being said here so I want to ask you how is the Job market in Computer /IT sector doing rite now in US…and I want to work there after my MS so what about H1B visa…how tough or easy it is…

      Please clear the air and do reply…If you want to tell me anything esle then also please…

      Regards ,

      Rahul

  247. suraj on August 29, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    What is the problem if we directly call up the USCIS customer care instead of going thru lawyers?

    • NZ on August 29, 2010 at 1:27 AM

      Customer service reps don't give out info to beneficiary, only to petitioner

      • Jack on August 31, 2010 at 5:53 PM

        My lawyer advised against calling up USCIS, he says talking to a case agent would adversely affect your H1B application. Anyone buying this ?

  248. MJ on August 28, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Hi,

    I got my approval yesterday from the VSC center regular processing , receipt date 12 th April. I had contacted my lawyer who in turn contacted USCIS , they told her I would get an answer by aug 26th and true to their word my approval came on aug 26th. Those of you who are waiting should ask you lawyers to contact USCIS,.

    • Arjun Nambiar on August 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM

      When did your lawyer contact USCIS.. My lawyer contacted them in early July. They were informed that they will receive a formal letter in 3-4 weeks. Then after 4 weeks they got a letter stating that a decision would be made in 60 days.. That means about 90 days from the initial inquiry. how was your case..?

      • MJ on August 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM

        My Lawyer contacted them once in late july and then in middle auagust, the second time USCIS gave the date of august 26th.

  249. Mansi on August 27, 2010 at 5:33 AM

    This wait is goin on forever…. remind me y is my application not processed.. receipt 14th april, new- masters quota VSC… wats goin on?

    • suraj on August 27, 2010 at 8:03 AM

      How do i know the center of my application filing? My case begins with EAC

      • Arjun on August 27, 2010 at 8:35 AM

        SRC – Texas Service Center (formerly Southern Regional Center),

        LIN – Nebraska Service Center (named after Lincoln, NE),

        WAC – California Service Center (formerly Western Adjudication Center) and

        EAC – Vermont Service Center (formerly Eastern Adjudication Center).

        H1B applications are accepted only @ Vermont and California.

        Arjun

    • RY on August 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM

      VSC seems very randomn in processing….See the chart…few May petition folks have got results on 8/25 and 8/26…..it is total confusion…!!

      • NZ on August 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

        Sure does seem like its all random. There are two applications approved on 8/26 one filed on April 12 and other on May 11

    • NZ on August 27, 2010 at 11:48 PM

      Mansi the April applications are slowly getting processed. Just hang in there…..I know how difficult this wait is.

  250. NZ on August 26, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Why is it taking so long this year for processing visas this year

  251. lacksme on August 26, 2010 at 4:03 AM

    My employer is in the progress of filing H1B in premium mode for me by next week. I am expected to travel by first week of oct. Is it possible in just 5 weeks? I have 5 years of experience with the same employer and i have ug degree in CS.

  252. Venkat on August 25, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Great Page – saved me a job tracking the numbers.

  253. ccccc on August 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Because those other steps don't apply to H1B application

  254. Nita05 on August 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    like 3 weeks ago I just have 4 steps in my case status (1.Acceptance, 2.Initial Review, 3.Decision and 4.Post-Decision Activity. I am in the second step). It used to have like 7 or 8. Anybody know why now are 4 and not 7 steps?

  255. Ruthika on August 24, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Hi..today i checked my H1b status. I could see its in

    Post Decision Activity

    On August 23, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    For approved applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include USCIS sending notification of the approved application/petition to the National Visa Center or the Department of State. For denied applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include the processing of an appeal and/or motions to reopen or reconsider and revocations.

    Does it mean its approved..?

    • RY on August 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM

      Congrats!!..Your's is done finally:)…Thanks for posting..My wait continues & i just wish it doesn't get left out like those april guys still waiting with receipt dates before us..

  256. Prasad on August 24, 2010 at 5:52 AM

    I filed H1b on April 12th and my status is still in initial review.

  257. Ad on August 24, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Hi,

    My reciept date is 26th-July-10, VSC, Regular, when to expect the decision, kindly share.

    Thanks

  258. Nita05 on August 23, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    This waiting is driving me crazy. Anybody did this the last year (2009)? How much time we should wait for responses?, I been waiting 4 months in regular process (since April, 30)

    • Ram on August 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM

      No…last year it didn't even take 2 months to process….Around 40,000 petitions were filed in April and all results came by June end….This is surely sick and painful…:-((

      • Nita05 on August 24, 2010 at 6:13 AM

        wow like you said… this is painful. I already bought my travel ticket to september 24 πŸ™ . I thinking in change the flight date.

  259. HSB on August 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Hello All – Checkout the spreadsheet for H1B Visa 2011 Processing Time tracker. You can follow the link above and enter your details. It will be easy to track in single spreadhsheet.

    • Arjun Nambiar on August 21, 2010 at 10:44 PM

      HSB,

      Nice Idea to have that spread sheet.. Nice improvements.. I have one complaint though.. Can you switch the comment order back to show the latest comments on top..? Now its a pain to scroll all the way down to see an update.. This is difficult especially when you are checking the site using mobile browser.

      Thanks.. Keep up the good work

      Arjun

      • HSB on August 22, 2010 at 4:18 AM

        Arjun – I'm running a competition based on comment numbers. It will go on till Aug 25. I will switch it back after that.

  260. Mansi on August 21, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Anybody who got H1b approval at Vermont centre in this last week???

    • Edi on August 24, 2010 at 10:24 AM

      Hi Mansi

      I have been waiting for about 4.5 month for it's approval at VC but my case status is stiil REQUEST FOR EVIDENCE since 6th of august

      i don't know what to expect next!!!

      • Renuka on August 27, 2010 at 2:42 PM

        Hi Edi,

        what is your RFE. Even I got RFE on july 30th at california center.

        • Edi on August 29, 2010 at 3:47 AM

          Hi Renuka

          I only know that USCIS asked for more evidence from the company.

          USCIS has received it since 6th of august and may status says,I will get answer from USCIS within the next 60 days after 6th of august.

          I am worried if cases with RFE get denial.

          • Renuka on August 30, 2010 at 5:49 AM

            Hi Edith,

            Hope for the best.

            and wait for approval. Even I'm doing the same thing. keep updating me abt your status. Till now my employer didnt answer for my RFE.

            Till now do you know anyone whose application got rejected for this year



          • Edi on September 4, 2010 at 10:10 AM

            up to tth of sepetember,I haven't heard of any rejection.

            I only check this site for comments.



  261. sachit dwivedi on August 20, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    any approvals for jun 17th vermont center applications?

    • Ankur on August 21, 2010 at 1:33 AM

      mine is on 15 june vermont center ….not received the approval yet let me know if u hear something

  262. Ankur on August 19, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Hiiiiiiiiiii….. Anyone with the receipt date in June got the approval……….. pls let me know and any one who got the approval received the stamping from India pls let me know too ……Thanxz a loooooooooooot

    • pinkle on August 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM

      I have receipt date 15 april at CA center and still waiting..

      • Edi on August 24, 2010 at 10:25 AM

        mine is 19th of april and still waiting

  263. Prasad on August 19, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Prakash, check with your employer for the details.

  264. Prakash on August 18, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Hi,

    I am Nepalese citizen working in Top India's software company since last 4 years in Bangalore. My company had initiated H1B visa for me in 2011 and it has been approved by USCIS. Can I go for stamping at Chennai consulate? Do I require additional documents for visa Stamping? Any help related to this will be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Prakash

  265. kalnad on August 18, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    I am from India and applied for my H1B. My receipt date was april 22nd. VSC and masters quota regular processing. whe i went online and checked the status this morning, it still said INITIAL REVIEW. got fed up and called my lawyer and she made an enquiry with USCIS. Guess what……my application was approved on August 12th and today is August 18th. The website hasn't been updated. So i guess u guys, if applied in april, should ask your lawyer to give them a call and find out ur application status.

    • Nita05 on August 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM

      Congratulations Kalnad! But apparently I have a lazy lawyer, every time I call his office to ask about the case, the receptionist just say "We just call and we are going to wait three more weeks to call again" πŸ™

  266. Nita05 on August 18, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    I have a question: Will all the ‘initial review’ cases have a decision before Oct 1St? Anyone knows??? this is really important to me to know. My app was submitted on April 30th at the Vermont Center. And my Status still shows “initial review”. I am really worried.

    • Ram on August 18, 2010 at 2:31 PM

      This is the case for many people, not just you….If April guys are still waiting, not sure how the May/June/July people are going to manage if they have to start Oct 1st…I donno if USCIS is waiting to earn more money by increasing the premium processing this way, as number of applicants are less this time….It is terrible stress for people waiting….We should have a mechanism to complain or voice against this….but are really helpless…

      • Nita05 on August 19, 2010 at 10:42 AM

        Thank Ram, excuse my english, I am from Venezuela and I still here waiting for the approval, my problem is that in my country I need to do several paperwork before moving out, so I already bought the travel ticket to the end of September to start all paperwork in Venezuela, my concern is if I will have the answer before Oct, 1st, or if the USCIS can do it after. I been searching online and there is no information about the USCIS deadline for responses.

        • Ankur on August 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

          When is urs receipt date Nita…..

          • Nita05 on August 22, 2010 at 10:38 AM

            April 30, Ankur. Still Waiting. I am really thinking in switch to premium.



          • Ankur on August 22, 2010 at 10:44 AM

            WELL TATS RIGHT U SHOULD GO AHEAD…..I DONT KNOW WHEN I WILL GET THE APPROVAL MY RECEIPT DATE IS JUNE 15



  267. AE on August 17, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Hi Diyos Ko. Maawa po Kayo sa akin..,

    What position did you applied for? and what was the reason for RFE?

    laso what is your receipt date and RFE notice date?

  268. Diyos Ko. Maawa po K on August 17, 2010 at 2:55 AM

    i got an RFE. if i could submit all (complete) the documents

    requested by the USCIS as additional evidence before the

    deadline, is there an assurance that the petition will be

    approved?

  269. Ruthika on August 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Hi..anyone on H4 got their H1B petition approved ..? Kindly reply.

    • RY on August 16, 2010 at 3:18 PM

      No still waiting..April 28th VSC…H4 to H1….It is high time already…Please post when you or anyone else in same situation get to hear something….

      • Ruthika on August 16, 2010 at 6:44 PM

        Hi RY….yes its long tym..even mine same date n center:) Lets hope we will get to know soon…!

  270. Yadu on August 13, 2010 at 4:00 AM

    Can anyone explain how to switch from regular to premium processing?

    Any approvals for Masters quota from Vermont Services??

    My application date April 14th..

    receipt date is April 15th.. Masters quota..

    still in initial review..

    • Mansi on August 13, 2010 at 8:50 AM

      Hi Yadu,

      Just inform ur lawyer u want to switch to premium. I guess there is an additional form that you need to fill out additional $1000 check thats about it. I would suggest contact ur lawyer they would be able to handle it.

      • Yadu on August 16, 2010 at 4:38 AM

        Thanks Mansi.. Did you switch to premium processing?

        • Mansi on August 16, 2010 at 8:09 AM

          Nope I havent… I m just waiting for now.. πŸ™ πŸ™

  271. Adnan on August 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Hi,

    Kindly share, is there any big difference b/w Decision and Post decision Boxes while checking the online status bc my case follows in only decision box i-e

    On August 5, 2010, this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was approved and we sent you an e-mail notice. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    • PS on August 13, 2010 at 11:58 AM

      Nope. My status still shows the DECISION but I have already received hard copy of the approval notice from USCIS week ago.

      • Adnan on August 14, 2010 at 12:31 AM

        Thanks PS,

        Dear Can u please share the time duration of recieveing approval to Attorney after decision, its 2 week, 1 week or more than that,bc its one week passes, my attorney did not update about recieving of approval physically.

        Thanks

        • Hi Adnan on August 16, 2010 at 11:21 AM

          Hi Adnan,

          Here's what happened in brief,

          Sent the petition package to USCIS on 18th July (Switched from regular to premium processing)

          Receipt through email (no hard copy) on 19th July

          Approval notice through email (to and from Attorney) on 27th July

          Status message update from USCIS on 29th July

          Written approval notice received by Attorney on 2 Aug

          I hope it helps,

          PS

          • PS on August 16, 2010 at 11:24 AM

            Hi Adnan,

            Here’s what happened in brief,

            Sent the petition package to USCIS on 18th July (Switched from regular to premium processing)

            Receipt through email (no hard copy) on 19th July

            Approval notice through email (to and from Attorney) on 27th July

            Status message update from USCIS on 29th July

            Written approval notice received by Attorney on 2 Aug

            I hope it helps,

            PS



        • PS on August 16, 2010 at 11:26 AM

          I replied to somewhere else initially and I can not delete it so replying you one more time,

          Here’s what happened in brief,

          Sent the petition package to USCIS on 18th July (Switched from regular to premium processing)

          Receipt through email (no hard copy) on 19th July

          Approval notice through email (to and from Attorney) on 27th July

          Status message update from USCIS on 29th July

          Written approval notice received by Attorney on 2 Aug

          I hope it helps,

          PS

  272. A K Gupta on August 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    My petition got approved on 29th May,2008 for Hib visa and I could not go for stamping in India due to my working in UK from 2008 to 2010. Now after two years can my visa be stamped in India sicne I have come back. Please advise.

    A K Gupta

  273. kas on August 11, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    My Case Status turned to post-decision activity.

    saying

    On August 10, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    Filed on April 28th- Masters- regular- vermont. Hope you all will get happy news soon.

  274. APD on August 11, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Hi,

    Anyone received approval on your H1 filed on 6 May 10 at california center ( Regular)?

    Pls update

  275. ROBERT on August 11, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Currently i am in USA with L1 visa for employer A.I am trying to get my H1B through employer B.If i get my H1B,shall i need to go stamping or can i work withH1B(without stamping).How long can i work in USA with H1B visa without stamping?My current I94,L1 B visa will expire September 2011.I need more advice.please help me.

    • VC on August 11, 2010 at 4:05 PM

      You can work on H1 without stamping..but if you go out of country, should come back on H1 only after stamping

      • ROBERT on August 11, 2010 at 5:48 PM

        How long can i work without visa stamping?. Till the visa expired?(If i am inside US only)

    • Arjun Nambiar on August 11, 2010 at 5:11 PM

      Robert,

      Here is what you should be doing.. You should have applied your H1 with adjustment of status ie Your legal status will be transfered from L1 to H1 from October 2010 if your H1 gets approved. If you apply with adjustment of status, when you get your H1 papers, you will get a new I-94 at the bottom right hand corner updating your status.

      A visa is only an entry document. Your immigration status is defined by your I-94 or other relevant status document like EAD. For your case, once you get your H1 approval document with adjustment of status, your L1 will expire by Sept-10 and your H1 status will begin from October-10. You will have to quit working with your Employer A and move to Employer B. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO WORK IN USA FOR THE WHOLE PERIOD OF 3+3 YEARS WITH OUT STAMPING A VISA, GIVEN YOU NEVER LEAVE USA DURING THIS PERIOD , (You are also required to have the same passport be valid for this entire period, but I am not sure if this is a mandatory clause, there has to be some work around for this too, but in general this is advised). But once you leave US, to get back in to United States, you will have to have a valid visa stamped on your passport. Now a days you can stamp your visa only from your country of residence ( No more Mexico/Canada option).

      Take this advise only as a guidance, get your official legal opinion from the immigration lawyers who filed the H1 for you.

      • ROBERT on August 12, 2010 at 9:47 AM

        Thanks Arjun

  276. ML on August 10, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Hello,

    I am currently working in L1 visa and I have applied for H1B visa this year in june,which is in initial review tillnow.But now I am going back to my home country next month,b'cos my project is going to end.If I come back in another L1 visa after few months,can I transfer to H1b visa after coming here or do I need my h1b stamped before coming to US.
    Pls help me . I need more advise on this.

    • skp on August 10, 2010 at 7:38 PM

      Hi ML,

      I need some help in filing an H1B for myself. I have been looking up for companies who can file one for me. Can you pls share the company who has filed for you. This help is greatly appreciated.

      Thanks in advance.

  277. Arjun on August 10, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    I want to share this information with you…
    Don't Rely on the USCIS tracking site alone to judge the status of your petition. That site is not updated in time for all the cases.

    My colleague, who's petition was filed on the same day as that of mine (Aug 09th Receipt date) got an update from our Lawyer. ( They have a profile for us online and keep track of all the documents, and upload scans of all the communications with USCIS). His petition was approved on 29th of July and our lawyer already recieved the the approval letter mailed by USCIS on 5th Aug. But, his USCIS tracking still shows "Initial Review"…

    Any how, its completely another thing that there is no update on my case yet.. But this is a good news, things are moving.. I was in a hurry to know the status because my 1 year OPT will be over by this month end, and If I get the H1 approval I wont have to spend the extra $340/- for 19 month extension. I got tiered of waiting and sent those papers last week.. USCIS happily accepted my check on the same day they received my papers and sent me the receipt number.. They were quick to act on that..

    Any how, I think I gave all you guys who are waiting to hear news from USCIS and are solely depending on the Tracking site, wake up and give your lawyer a call…

    All right.. Have fun..!!

    • Mansi on August 10, 2010 at 1:05 PM

      Arjun,
      So u went for OPT extension?? thats good.. its better to do it b4 hand. I have called my lawyer every 10 days or so… I m sure she ll give me a call but I am going to keep in touch every week just to make sure. When does ur lawyer feel u shud be hearing something? any theories to share?

      • Arjun on August 10, 2010 at 2:05 PM

        Its funny you asked.. I was about to write an update…

        Here is what happened.. When I asked my lawyer to contact USCIS, they in fact called them up like I asked. But USCIS told them that the current status is "Review" and they will give through a formal letter in 3-4 weeks time..

        Well, today I got an update on my profile with the law firm. They received the letter from USCIS and it states that my "petition is currently under review and we will make a decision in 60 days.." Daa….!!!

        Thanks for Nothing USCIS..!!

        Any how, how is your situation Mansi..? Did you go for a premium processing, atlast..? In your case it is a grand.. and probably your company will cover it.. So I suggest you go ahead.. enough waiting.. What say..?

        • Mansi on August 10, 2010 at 8:57 PM

          Arjun,

          wow there r so helpful na.. we exactly know how they dealing wid our application…seriously man..wats happening since last the last 4 months.

          I want to drop the premium idea.. I m pretty sure I ll be the one paying.. yes I know it ll be easier to get over wid if I do premium.. but I cant just make up my mind to put that much for it. My lawyer doesnt have updates.. and I am wondering when r they goin to start reviewing the 14th application..

          According to the table there r only 300 h1 application in both categories made in the week of 14th. assuming 50% went to california there shudnt be much for vermont but that doesnt seem to add up when i check case number wise on the uscis website.

          Random is the only word that comes to my mind…….

          • Arjun Nambiar on August 11, 2010 at 5:19 PM

            Mansi,

            Yeah… At least now, I am sure that I will hear from USCIS before October 2010 when my H1 is actually scheduled to start (Big Deal..!) any how in your case, I believe if you want to go home and be back in your OPT period it shouldn't be a problem at all.. You just need to have a letter from your company stating that you currently hold a job with them, and believe me now a days it is easier if you state that you are in Training than on H1 to get through the immigration ! But, yeah I understand your mind set of getting your visa stamped if you are going to India any ways.. Right..

            If you don't have an emergency at home which absolutely requires your presence ( Like your own marriage or something πŸ˜‰ ) I think its not worth spending that thousand buck from your own pocket..

            Have fun

            Arjun



          • HSB on August 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM

            Arjun – you cannot travel while COS is in progress.



          • Arjun Nambiar on August 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM

            Oh.. Really.. Thanks HSB… I didnt know that… Sorry Mansi.. I guess you will have to wait for a decision…



          • Mansi on August 11, 2010 at 7:50 PM

            Arjun and HSB,

            Yeah my lawyer told me I could not leave while H1B is applied for and if I havent received my approval.. although another person said 45 days b4 opt expires i cud travel and be back. In any case my lawyer was a total no for that option. So I decided not to take a risk. In short approval is my only way out.

            Wat do think abt my theory of 150 applications for vermont in the week of 14th april?? whereas the case numbers reflects something toally different? any explaination for that??



  278. Mansi on August 10, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Hi,Any theories when will 14th april be processed at Vermont.. this wait seems so endless.

    • Edi on August 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM

      I am the same as u
      it was a relief to see some one like me

    • Arjun Nambiar on August 11, 2010 at 9:00 PM

      Mansi,

      USCIS Vermont processing seems totally at random to me. See, me and my colleague, applied on the same day, has the same receipt date. His receipt number is same with me for all except the last 3 digits, We both applied with almost the same profile and of course, same company, same lawyer etc.. When I found that both of our petitions were not processed ( till end of July) I theorized, may be they are processing based on the company or the lawyer profile.. But well, when he got his approval dated 27th July and I got the 60 day wait notice dated 31st July, all my theories vaporized.. Now it all looks like a lottery to me…!!!

      Arjun

      • Mansi on August 12, 2010 at 9:48 AM

        Arjun.

        this process is now really getting to me… Y cant it be systematic… like a display that says we r processing new applications dated blah, extension dated blah, transfers dated blah… u know.. for all of us waiting… I m seeing ppl in 20th-29th april getting approvals.. i hope they havent forgetten my application. πŸ™

  279. osama on August 9, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    I got approved and recieved my approval by mail. What is the next step? i am currently in USA and trying to visit my family next month, how do i recieve the visa stamp?

    • HSB on August 9, 2010 at 1:19 PM

      You will have to get ready for H1 Stamping. Your attorney will give the documents and on top of that you have to prepare other supporting documents. Search under H1B Category for documents required for h1b stamping.

      • osama on August 11, 2010 at 6:09 PM

        i cant find the h1b requierment for stamping. Can someone please help. i am leaving USA Sep 6 and my H1B starts Oct 1, what should i do as soon as i get home? and what documents do i need to request from my work?

        thank you

  280. osama on August 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    ok this is what i got;

    Post Decision Activity

    On August 4, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    i understand that i did get approved however, are they mailling my visa, or do i need to send them my passport, or do i need to leave USA and get the stamp from my hometown?

    thank you

  281. Yadu on August 9, 2010 at 3:37 AM

    Any approvals for Masters quota from Vermont Services??

    My application date April 14th..

    receipt date is April 15th.. Masters quota..

    still in initial review.. πŸ™

    • kas on August 10, 2010 at 4:16 AM

      None Speaks about the Approval for Masters quota.

      Receipt date is April 28th.- Masters Quota.

      Me too waiting for more than 3 months.:(

      • MP on August 10, 2010 at 11:07 AM

        Mine is masters VCS 26th April…Initial Review still….getting 3.5 months

        • MP on August 10, 2010 at 12:48 PM

          Good news for me…I just got approval notice from my lawyer, even though USCIS still shows Initial review for me. So, check yours too….the site may show it after sometime only…

          • Arjun on August 10, 2010 at 2:08 PM

            Congrats MP…

            Didn't I tell you.. This is what happening now a days.. Just imagine.. They sent out the approval and the lawyer recieved it.. Normally that means about 3-4 days.. The site is not updated for this entire period.. I would say that the tracking site is unreliable, at this point..

            Any how, Congrats to MP once again..



    • Edi on August 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

      19th of april at Vermont Services, Master
      The same as u guys

  282. Adnan on August 7, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Today I checked my status and written in DECISION BOX:

    On August 5, 2010, this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was approved and we sent you an e-mail notice. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    During this step the formal decision (approved/denied) is written and the decision notice is mailed and/or emailed to the applicant/petitioner. You can use our current processing time to gauge when you can expect to receive a final decision.

    Please suggest what does it mean,

    • Arjun Nambiar on August 7, 2010 at 9:50 PM

      My dear Adnan,

      What does this mean.. Whats there to wonder about.. Your application have been approved and a notification has been sent to your employer/lawyer.. How clearer can this statement be.. So enjoy.. no worries.. I would also suggest you go through the whole blog.. it will answer a lot of your doubts..

      Chill

      Arjun

      • Adnan on August 8, 2010 at 10:06 PM

        Dear Arjun,

        Many thanks for clearing my doubts, my app filed on 23-April-10, Regular Processig & Vermont centre.

    • kas on August 8, 2010 at 8:45 PM

      Adnan,

      Congrats..

      Could you please tell your receipt date and centre in which u filed?

      • Adnan on August 9, 2010 at 3:35 AM

        Hi,

        Before allocating reciept they sent me RFE and we submitted required docs and finally EAC# recieved on 3-August-10 and on 5th august-10 my status has been changed from acceptance to Decision without going into "intial review", I have benn hired for engineering field,

  283. Diyos Ko. Maawa po K on August 5, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    i checked my status online, and here it says…

    On August 5, 2010, your document I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was processed and mailed to the address on record. If you have not received it within 30 days of August 5, 2010, contact customer service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move while your case is pending, please call our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.

    what does this means?

    • Ruthika on August 6, 2010 at 6:58 AM

      It means u got your H1..Congratz, can u tell me which center and receipt date?

    • Mansi on August 6, 2010 at 4:19 PM

      Hi Diyos Ko. Maawa po Kayo sa akin..

      Wat is ur receipt date and which center???

      • Diyos Ko. Maawa po K on August 7, 2010 at 2:18 AM

        @ Ruthika: really? i really hope this is really an approval.. i am so tensed right now… man/sir, how sure are you that this really is an approval? Lord God, please give me this grace I have been asking from You… Thank YOu LOrd…

        @ MAnsi: april 7 receipt date california centre…

      • Arjun Nambiar on August 7, 2010 at 9:47 PM

        Did you notice..? Thats a little odd statement.. your petition was "Processed and mailed".. Normally they say, it is approved and mailed.. So I am not sure about this one if you ask me.. Please check again..

    • Vinay on August 9, 2010 at 8:45 PM

      Hi Divos,

      I too got the same message today and was wondering if you got any thing by post/mail or any other info.

      I am also very tensed, would appreciate any info you can provide.

      Thanks

      vinay

      • Diyos Ko. Maawa po K on August 10, 2010 at 4:25 AM

        @ vinay: i contacted my lawyer about it… he said we'll just wait on whatever will it be… hopefully it's already our notice of approval… God willing… just pray… let's keep on praying…

    • Vinay on August 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM

      Hi,

      My attorney got an approval letter today. Mine was in premium processing.

      Just want to let you know that, you would also get the approval.

      Thanks,

      Vinay

      • Diyos Ko. Maawa po K on August 13, 2010 at 12:57 AM

        congratulations vinay… i just hope and and continue praying that my petition will also be approved…

  284. Osama on August 4, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    i just got approved.. April 26, at vermont office.. Approved Aug 4th! normal and undergrad degree

  285. sanju on August 4, 2010 at 3:58 AM

    Hi,

    my employer has filed petition for H-1B on aug 4th 2010. Could anybody say how long it takes to get approval from USCIS. Will it be over by oct 1st 2010.

    Regards

    sanju

  286. kumar on August 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    HI

    I am one among them who was worrying about h1b initial review with receipt date on April12, Masters, Vermont service center got approval today. Bottom line is that if you are a masters degree holder and paying the taxes properly with proper documentation you have to get it. so, folks on global h1b they should not worry, already they have the job in india and planning to enter USA. Future Immigration gets better and better for qualified people who get degrees from united stated contribute to the major US financial success.H1b is mean't for highly qualified people with American Degree holders, not for guy from down the road directly from India. so, mansi finally I would suggest you to wait for one week and go for premium process as early as possible. All the success and best of luck.

    • Andy on August 3, 2010 at 5:52 PM

      Hi Kumar,

      Can u please tell me what is the date on your approval notice, and on what date the actual status changed??

      Thanks in advance…

      • kumar on August 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM

        today morning my status was changed to post decision activity (aug3),and they have mailed my approval notice today.

      • Nita05 on September 1, 2010 at 12:27 PM

        Hey Andy, are you still waiting? are you in masters quota?

    • Mansi on August 3, 2010 at 6:10 PM

      Kumar,
      Congratulations to you. thats for a sure a big relief. Yes I am waiting… hopefully will receive approval notice within 10 days. Hopefully everything will fall into place soon.

    • EA on August 4, 2010 at 9:01 AM

      Hi Kumar,

      This is good news ! congratulations !

      I agree 100 % with what you say…..

      Can you indicate the last 5 numbers of your case, for example mine is 52930/ master's/regular/ receipt date April 9th, so I can see where they are stucked ?

      I went on the Uscis website and changed the last numbers before and after mine and the one approved on Aug. 03 is 52920 with a receipt date of April 9 at the Vermont center….

      Your informations can help all of us……

      Thank you and good luck

  287. Andy on August 3, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    hey guys,

    Good 2 hear that ppl getting approvals.

    I am eagerly waiting for mine.

    Receipt Date: April 15th.

    Status: Initial Review.

    Vermont Service Center.

    Hope to see some good news soon !!

    All the best 2 all of u guys, who are waiting…

  288. gandhi on August 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Hello All,

    I have receipt date May 12. When can I expect result. It is regular processing California Center.

    Is it possible to convert regular to premium processing any body???????????

    Any body from May!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  289. harry on August 3, 2010 at 5:31 AM

    A quick observation for California service center. For all the 8th April receipts 99% of them seem to be approved. i.e for receipt numbers starting with WAC10129*****.

    And seems that they are now processing 9th April receipts. 10th and 11th being holidays then they will turn to 12th April receipts. Mine in in "Initial Review" dated 12th April so should be expecting something this or next week.

    Anyone in the same April12th boat.

    • APD on August 21, 2010 at 9:44 AM

      Did you get your approval? My receipt date is 6th May.. Still waiting for my approval πŸ™

  290. Atiq on August 2, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Hey ppl my h1 got approved today, receipt date of April 15th 2010 and notice date as of July 28th 2010 so keep your hopes up they are reviewing April 15th receipt dates of regular processing for non masters approval and from the Vermont center so good luck!

    • Mansi on August 2, 2010 at 7:01 PM

      Atiq,

      Congrats… thats good news. My receipt date is 14th April at Vermont… hoping to get an approval notice real soon.

    • Ruthika on August 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

      hey congratz Atiq…Mine is on 28th April receipt date and same Vermont centre..hope to hear mine soon.

  291. Sandeep on August 1, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Hi All,

    I went for a visa interview in Delhi and got 221g Green form requesting to

    provide some additional documents and I did submit the docs but finally after some weeks got a letter from US Embassy stating your has been refused under 221g according to INA. On July 29th got an automated email from USCIS.gov saying "On July 29, 2010, a USCIS office received this case from the State Department with a request that we review it.". Can anyone please let me know if you are been in a similar case.

    Thanks,

    Sandeep

    • harry on August 1, 2010 at 10:25 PM

      Hi Sandeep.

      Was it a fresh H1B or an extension.

      Was it with a direct employer or with some vendor.

      And what docs they requested?

  292. darm on July 30, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    Hello,

    My employer had filed for my h1 on April1, 2010. Today i checked the receipt number in my company system & then checked in USCIS website. I see the below message, what does this means? Is it approved or denied or decision pending?

    Post Decision Activity

    On July 12, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    For approved applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include USCIS sending notification of the approved application/petition to the National Visa Center or the Department of State. For denied applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include the processing of an appeal and/or motions to reopen or reconsider and revocations

    • kumar on July 30, 2010 at 3:34 PM

      hey congrats ur application is appproved, read properly they mailed notice saying that approved. which service center did u apply for

      • darm on July 30, 2010 at 9:56 PM

        Hi,

        Thanks for the reply. I have no idea which center was applied, as company did on my behalf.

        Thanks

        • kumar on July 31, 2010 at 4:06 PM

          please can you tell me you receipt starts with EAC or WAC or LIN or some thing else.

  293. E.A. on July 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    to HSB

    Something strange happened on the Uscis case status search page, one week ago it has 7 steps (acceptance/initial review/RFE/testing-interview/decision/post decision….)

    now it shows only 4 steps : acceptance/initial review/decision/post decision….

    A lot of applicants still in initial review at the Vermont center, noticed it too, any idea about what it means ?

    • Atiq on July 29, 2010 at 5:28 AM

      Hey,

      I noticed the same thing too applied on April 1st, receipt date of the 14th Vermont centre still waiting for a response! I dont know if that means that they are working on our case at the moment and that no further evidence is required??

      No clue enlighten us with some updates if anybody hears anything

      • EA. on August 4, 2010 at 9:06 AM

        Hi everybody,

        I checked the Uscis website this morning and in the news section, they explained that they were doing some updates on their website to improve it ! this is why it was not accurate anymore….

        This is very nice from them but I think it would be nice if they inform the public before and not after, we immigrants are their customers after all….

        Good luck to everybody still waiting…

    • kumar on July 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

      hi

      why u r worried about the website , its just a webiste sometimes it does have a bucks. Most important is application status highlighted

    • PS on August 2, 2010 at 11:17 AM

      It has happened to me too just a day before I got the decision from USCIS. Actually, my lawyer emailed me that my H1 got approved but when I checked the website, it was still showing me the initial review status. A day after that, it showed me 4 options as you mentioned. And a day after that, it showed me Decision, which I already knew.

      PS

      • MK on August 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

        Was it california center? the receipt date? Non premium?

  294. kumar on July 27, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Hi

    My receipt date was April 2010, but it still shows initial review. Iam just curious how many of them are in my court waiting for approval. Recently I requested for service request hope that works, it all seems that day by day I become frustrated to get approval, bcz my stem OPT extension is about to expire in march 2011. Please kindly any suggestion, I heard the people getting approval for the receipt date on April 1st, April 3rd and premium processing but not for April 12 ……………………end of august may looking for premium.

    • Mansi Shah on July 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

      Hi Kumar,

      My receipt date is 14th April 2010, case status shows intial review. I have applied at Vermont Centre under Masters Quota using regular processing. U feel 14th april cases will go on till end of August??? I am thinking about premium as well at this point.

      • PS on August 2, 2010 at 11:40 AM

        Hi Mansi,

        I was in the same boat few days back and USCIS was taking to much time to get me a decision on my petition. It was necessary for me to have decision by the end of July and hence I switched to premium processing on 19th July. Withing 8 days, I got approval notice from USCIS. I do not know what those guys are doing with regular processing but its really frustrating to wait for such a long time. Originally, I applied in regular processing (masters cap) at VSC with the receipt date of 19th April.

        Thanks,

        PS

        • Mansi on August 2, 2010 at 7:06 PM

          Hi PS,

          Well alteast u have ur approval now so thats good. I was considering premium as well as I want to make a trip to India mid august… its just crazy waiting for the approval.. but I have decided that I might wait a bit more.. But thank u for sharing ur experience.. lots of ppl told me y u want to go premium now.. I was like coz this is taking so long.. but since I have a bit more time and things r starting to progress I have decided to wait. wish me luck.

  295. srinivas on July 23, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    Hi,

    my employer has filed petition for H-1B on 22nd june 2010. Could anybody say how long it takes to get approval from USCIS.

    Regards
    Srinivas

  296. SH on July 21, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Same is the case with me, received receip on April 14th, Calafornia Center, but case status still shows up at Intial Review, wonder why?

    • Pooja on July 26, 2010 at 1:50 AM

      exactly same case for me. same receipt date and same centre and the same status:(

      • Varun on July 26, 2010 at 6:41 AM

        same date, same status but filed at Vermont Center. frustrating wait continues! πŸ™

        • kas on July 26, 2010 at 7:58 PM

          Receipt received on april28th – vermont . still initial review. after reading all your comments, i was little relaxed myself, knowing people who received on april 14th are still in initial review.

  297. Yadu on July 21, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    Hey guys,

    My employer applied H1b for me on April 10th and I got the receipt on April 15th. I haven't got any word on the approval yet. The status is still in Initial Review. Please advise.

    • pinkle on July 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

      Mine is same,got receipt on 15th April.It is applied at California center.The status is still Initial Review.

    • Andy on August 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM

      hey Yadu,

      Mine is the same case as u.
      Receipt date is April 15th.
      Still on Initial Review.
      Please let me know if anything updated with your case…

  298. Mansi on July 19, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Hi,

    My employer applied for my H1B on 8th april 2010 and we received the notice on the 14th of April 2010. I applied to the Vermont centre. I am worried as I need to make a trp out of country and I am wondering by when to expect a decision.

    • Arjun on July 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM

      Mansi,

      Thank god.. to know that there is some one like me still waiting on the decision from the stupid Vermont center who applied before me.. πŸ™‚ Dont worry.. Be happy.. What else can I say.. My application (masters) was received on 9th April and the notice was sent on 14th itself. I am sure we will hear from them this week at least…(fingers crossed)..

      Wishing you all the best..

      Arjun

      • Mansi on July 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

        Hi Arjun,

        Oh awesome.. yeah I applied for masters cap as well. but since I m planning out of country trip.. I m debating whether to go for premium..seems like my lawyer or USCIS cant help me wid that doubt … I guess I m waiting for this week… hoping somethin clicks… good luck to u too.

        • Arjun on July 20, 2010 at 2:30 PM

          Yeah.. Travel should be a concern.. This is what I did, I tried calling up USCIS and tried to get more info on that.. But, they told me that since I am the beneficiary, I am not entitled to ask USCIS directly about the status. They told me to ask my lawers to call them.. So, I emailed that info to the lawers. Those pin heads wrote a formal letter to USCIS asking about the reason for delay and replied me that they will get a formal letter from USCIS with in 3-4 weeks time.. What the Hell..!! It was as simple as picking up the telephone and punching a few key.. Any how, it seems the Lawyer are lawyer who likes to document everything..

          So here is the thing, Either your Employer or their Lawyers can contact USCIS directly and ask further info about your application. If your lawyer wants to take the snail's route, ask your Employer (Petitioner- who signed your application ) to call USCIS.. Since you are concerned about your travel, they would be more compassionate..!

          Hope this helps.. All the best ..

          Regards

          Arjun

          • Mansi on July 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

            Hey,

            I read the suggestion from one of the posts and called USCIS and got my lawyers to call them too. My Lawyer claims they got the same answer- 2 months. Do let me know what reply your lawyer gets… I feel it should be out atleast by first week of Aug if not earlier .. I checked a lot of numbers up and down to see if they were getting processed ..seems like 140 or something before atleast 60% of the H! ppl have heard from USCIS.. evidence/ approval.. but ya there r some one in 7/8 who havent received a reply. But yes I cant wait till aug if I have to get premium done.. I m just praying everyday for the news now.



          • Arjun on July 21, 2010 at 7:20 AM

            It seems another bird has joined our flock.. Look at Yadu's post just above yours.. Hmm..You are on 8th Me on 9th Yadu on 10th… Good going..

            Well, I think I already told you, My lawyers sent a formal letter to USCIS and is expecting a reply in 3-4 weeks.. I too hope that everything should be cleared out by 1st week of August.

            Regarding premium processing, I think now its a little too late for spending that $1000/-. Even if you do that now, they are bound to reply in 3 weeks time..So do you really think that there is going to be any benefit?

            You said about 60% got some kind of response from USCIS, but when I checked it was more like 80-90% with a very few still in review.. But I didn't check 100s of them.. God.. You must be really desperate.. πŸ˜‰

            Any how, Lets hope that things would go fast for all of us ASAP. Have a great time.. and keep us posted..

            Arjun



          • Mansi Shah on July 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

            Hey,

            Ya checked the posts above and realised lots are awaiting response. I wonder are all the ppl in regular still waiting at vermont centre… anybody who has applied 1st april and still waiting? I am so desperate coz my India trip is on line but if by 1st week of august they declare then I can wait… just cant seem to decide.. if there is a progress in the speed and ppl say they getting approvals then it ll be reassuring. Snce the whole thing is so random its scary to wait. What if I dont get to know till 15th august then I m in big trouble… my visit is pending since a long time… anyways hoping for a miracle soon .



          • Arjun Nambiar on July 27, 2010 at 8:33 PM

            Hey Mansi,

            Any updates…? Did you finally go for premium..? Nothing new from my side.. Still the same old.. same old..

            Regards

            Arjun



          • Mansi Shah on July 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

            Hi Arjun,

            Nope no changes in case status. Spoke to my lawyer hoping she knew whats goin on.. but she said they havent received anything for April cases. I am thinking about premium for 1st august now… I checked last yrs blogs and processing times .. ppl have made like a chain and it goes on till sept end… that totally scared me coz it didnt reach quota last yr either by april-may although the applications may have been more last yr than this yr which means this yr too it can go on for sometime.. hopefully it wont be that way this yr.. but considering chances.



  299. SRI on July 19, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Hello,

    My recent update on H1B is as follows.

    " Post-Decision Activity :

    On June 9, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    For approved applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include USCIS sending notification of the approved application/petition to the National Visa Center or the Department of State. For denied applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include the processing of an appeal and/or motions to reopen or reconsider and revocations. "

    From this I understood that my H1B is approved. But can anybody please let me know what will be the steps after this.

    as there is another status after this whuich says "Document production or Oath Ceremony" . will this be reached only after i attend the interview at U.S consulate.

    Thanks in advance,

    Sri…

    • Pooja on July 26, 2010 at 1:57 AM

      Hi Sri,

      congrats… cn u pls tell the Date and the centre where u applied your petition.

      Thanks

      Pooja

  300. Sowmya on July 15, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Hi All,

    I approached a consultancy and they are asking me to pay 5000$ to file my h1b.I am an SAP professional with good experience.Does it really cost that much?

    Any suggestions would help

    • KM on July 18, 2010 at 12:31 AM

      Most consultancies seem to be charging somewhere around 2000 to 2500 USD. Some charge a bit more saying that it covers the lawyers' fees. Do a good check, and try to negotiate with ur consultant. There are quite a lot of fake ones around as well. 5000$ is way t0000 much.
      All the Best !

  301. Marissa on July 15, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Hello guys!

    I was file December 23 and was approved for HIB visa last february 9, 2010. However, until now, I haven't got my notice of approval.

    Do you know any reasons for my case?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  302. John on July 15, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Hi All,

    My employer is a 3rd party employer for an MNC, they have filed an H1B for me but have got RFE and have to provide evidence on emp-Emp relation.

    I just wanted to know if any H1b for 3rd/4th party employer has been approved??

    Please advise….

    • Abhishek on July 25, 2010 at 1:19 PM

      Mate…one question for you…when did u applied this visa on which u got RFE mentioning Empr-Emp relationship…? Has there been any progress on this since the time u received this..?

  303. P.S. on July 14, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Hello everyone,

    My company applied for new H1B at VSC in regular processing (masters) and it was received on 16th April '10 and sent us the notice on 19th April '10. So far it still shows the initial review and I am curious to know how much more time I need to wait to get the decision. I am also thinking to switch to premium processing but I wish to wait for a week more before spending another $1000. I know many of you are on the same boat but this waiting kills me ….

    Thanks,

    PS

    • Arjun on July 16, 2010 at 5:37 AM

      Hey PS,

      Me too in the same boat ! I tried calling up USCIS, they said that they wont divulge any updates to me since I am the beneficiary. Then I asked my lawyers to check up. They are yet to respond to my request.

      May be you can do the same. Ask your Lawyer to check the status before going for the $1000/- action

      Regards

      Arjun

      • PS on July 16, 2010 at 11:07 AM

        Yes Arjun, my lawyer told me to do the same. He told me that USCIS is not obliged to give you decision withing 2 months (which they say!!) but we can make them give us decision in 15 days in premium processing. Let's see what happens …. I ll keep you posted …

  304. John on July 13, 2010 at 4:15 AM

    Hi All,

    My employer is a 3rd party employer for an MNC, they have filed an H1B for me but have got RFE and have to provide evidence on emp-Emp relation.

    I just wanted to know if any H1b for 3rd/4th party employer has been approved??

    Please advise….

  305. Rohit on July 10, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    Hi,

    Anyone got RFE on h1b 2011?

    I work for a large Indian IT company which has got good record for h1b approval. I got a mail from immigration desk of the company that USCIS has sent RFE in my case. They want more deatils on the project and job description. Many people are getting RFEs for L1 and most of the cases are rejected leter on.

    My client invite letter is of Nov, 2009. Was it because it is old I got an RFE? The letter mentions the project to be valid for 2 yrs.Moreover the letter is not given on my name, but on Company's name. As per the info I have, individual letter is given only in case on business visa.

    Could anyone please help me how to approach replying the RFE .

    Thanks,

    • Harry on July 11, 2010 at 10:17 AM

      Hi Rohit..Your RFE is on L1 or H1. Any more info like California or Vermont. and When the RFE was recieved and when the visa was filed?

      • Rohit on July 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM

        It is on H1. Not so sure abt the processing centre. It was received last week whereas it was filed in 1st week of apl under normal processing. anyone facing similar issue?

        • Harry on July 13, 2010 at 7:54 AM

          Why you don't have the receipt number.

  306. A K Gupta on July 9, 2010 at 3:09 AM

    Would be HSB authorities would let me that how much time the EAC which stands approved on 28th May,2008 shall stand valid for stamping of visa since my employer has not yet given me any green signal for sending me the documents for visa. They have informed me through mail that they are in touch with the clients for project and will inform for visa shortly as the talks are still going on by them with the clients. HSB pl guide me.

    with regards,

    A K Gupta

  307. Rohit Rana on July 7, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    where are u guys seeing this status ' Inital review'?

    In my company i am seeing the status as 'Petition couriered to USCIS'.

    My H1 was initiated in april.

    Kindly guide.

    • Praveen on July 7, 2010 at 11:16 PM

      Can anyone suggest how long it takes for Petition to get approved (in terms of months).

      Plz plz plzzz Mine was filed on May 2nd. Kindly suggest ASAP.

    • Arjun on July 8, 2010 at 7:39 AM

      Hi Rohit,

      Once your petition is received at USCIS and accepted for processing, they will send a notice I-797C to the requester (in H1B case, to the attorney representing your Company). This receipt will have a receipt number which you can use at http://www.uscis.gov to track the progress on your application. Generally USCIS sends this receipt with in a week or two. If not, your attorney should followup with USCIS.

      I believe USCIS customer care (800) 375 – 5283 also gives you an option to check the status of your application even if you dont have a receipt number. You could try that too..

      Wish you the very best.

      Regards

      Arjun

  308. Ram on July 7, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    hi friends,

    My H1B petetion got filled on May-7th .I didnt recieved any receipt number still. what can i conclude from this .Is it under proceesing ????.After getting a receipt number how long it will take to get approval approximately.

    please share

    Thanks,

    Ram.

  309. Jay on July 7, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Hi,

    Any update on H1 B approval who applied on 1st april at CSC under masters quota?

    Mine is still under initial review.

    Thanks

  310. Sanchit on July 5, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Hi,

    Plz let me know if there is any approved H1B applied for the employee by a consultant i.e. 3rd party like in IT companies?

  311. Narender on July 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Hi Guys,

    My company lawyer filied my H-1 b petition in April 1 st in regular cap and I recived the recipt on April 13 th and on June 04th they requested for more evidence. In that RFE the documents they asked were mostly irrelvent like engineering license which I don't need for my job and my masters degree which I don't have to submit as my pettition was filed in regular cap and one year pay stubs. Anyhow I submitted everthing except the license as it was not necessary for my job based on the state of law but lawyer explained the reason why it was not needed for my case. So any one can help me what exatcly gona happen on my case . Any sugggestions please!!!!

    Thanks

    Narender

  312. Rahul on July 5, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    Hi

    My H1B visa was applied on 6-Apr for Stamford, Connecticut. However, its still in the intial phase.

    When can I expect it to be approved?

  313. Sanchit on July 3, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Hi,

    I am planning to apply for H1B this year. My consutlant is a irect vendor of an IT giant in US. My question is how do 3rd party show emp-emp relation when the resource is gonna be working at the client's site as happens in IT normally.

    Also, pls let me know if there is anyone here whos H1 was applied by a consultant, i.e. 3rd party or even 4th party??

    I have also heard about the lawsuit against USCIS on their Memo files on 8th June, anyone knows what to expect of the trial as in when can we expect the result and what result probably.

    • HSB on July 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM

      Its not your job to deal with how to handle employer-employee relationship. Leave it to your employer and their attorneys.

      • Sanchit on July 3, 2010 at 10:58 PM

        They say they had aplied for H1 for some other guy earlier n have got an RFE from USCIS and they have decided to wait for the result of the trial against USCIS's New Memo.

        Also I wanted to know if there are people with approved H1 for whom it was applied by a consultant i.e. 3rd party?

  314. Ashu on July 2, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Hi,

    my H1B got filed in June last week, does any one has any idea that how long will it take to get approved? will the approval go beyond October since it has been applied late? how about lottery? is it going to happen this time?

    please help!!

    Ashu

    • Sri on July 7, 2010 at 5:50 AM

      Hi Ashu,

      It takes 2 months of time for processing your application starting from the receipt of your application, if you filed in regular processing, otherwise(Premium) it will take 15 days to process your request. So I am guessing that you should get your approval/denial before October this year.

      I think this time there will be no lottery and you no need to worry about the lottery as still quota is not filled.

      Sri.

  315. Arjun on July 2, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    Hey All,

    I am also in the same boat like many in this site.. Still initial under initial review. Applied on April 9th (Vermont). Receipt sent on 14th.

    Would it be a true if we assume that USCIS will not reject any one with out giving them a chance to produce further evidence. So, if you are still in the Initial Review state, you are likely to get accepted..?

    Arjun

  316. rachel on June 30, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Hi,

    guys can you provide me any consultant reference who will file my visa for this year 2010-2011.

    • A K Gupta on July 1, 2010 at 3:55 AM

      It is difficult to serach for consultant for filing h1b visa petition with USCIS . Most of the consultant some times asks for fee for filing petition whereas H1b peition is filed by the employer and generally as you know pay all the fee for filing. Do not search for consultations who asks for fee rather you should search for employer and find job in US on dice.com. The cap for FY 2011 has not yet filled and USCIS shall receive petiions till such magic numer of 65000 is reached before October,2010.

      A K Gupta

    • Karthik D on July 12, 2010 at 9:57 AM

      Hi we can file for ur h1b. You can contact me at my email address would provide u more details.

      • A K Gupta on July 13, 2010 at 4:02 AM

        dear

        what is your email address. let me know so that i may contact u for my H1b visa.

        A K Gupta

  317. Madhu on June 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Hey its been 3 months and my visa status is still in initial review..is there anyone applied on H4..? And got approved..pls share

    • GS on July 15, 2010 at 8:52 PM

      Same case with me too…..Initial review for April 2010 petition. Not sure what is going to happen….

      • RY on August 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

        May i know your receipt dates in April? Did you get the results?

  318. Tarun on June 24, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Hey All,

    My petition has been approved on 24th of June 2010,My employer has filled new H1B petition on 7th of April 2010 with a receaved notice dated on 9th April 2010 under regular process at Vermont,So the guys whose status is still "Initial Review" will be hearing a good news soon,Best of Luck for all of you.

    Regards,

    Tarun

    • A on June 29, 2010 at 6:05 AM

      Hey Tarun,

      My employer filed visa application on April 2nd. USCIS received date was April 12th. the status still shows initial review.

      I had a question for you. What was your application status before your visa was approved? Did it always show initial review?

      regards,

      A

      • Tarun on June 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM

        Hi A,

        Even my status is also Intially showed as "Initial Review" from the date of Receipt of my H1B petition allmost 80 days of waiting ,After which my status has been directly changed from "Intitial Review" to "Post-Decision Activity" i.e nothing but an approval of the H1B Petition,So plz dont be worry you will also going to hear a good news soon.

        Regards,

        Tarun

        • A on June 30, 2010 at 9:34 AM

          Thanks Tarun.

  319. jaanu on June 24, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Hi,

    I am a CPA and I am searching for H1 B Sponsoring companies in Denver, CO.

    If somebody knows any info plz let me know. Any help wud b appreciated.

    Thanq.

  320. Yogesh on June 22, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Petition has been approved.

    Date of filing: April 1st

    Regular processing..California Center…..General Quota

    All the best for all whom waiting for it…..Everyone will hear good news very soon

    Thanks,

    Yogesh

  321. Tanmay Patel on June 21, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Hi to all,

    My self Tanmay Patel and I have done M.V Sc (Masters in veterinary Microbiology). I ahd also Three years of rich experience in Pharma copany in Biotechnology field. Can any one give me consultant address regarding finding the employer for h1b visa.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Tanmay

  322. Tarun on June 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Hi All,

    My employer has filled H1B petition on 7th April with a receaved notice date on 9th April 2010,But till now the status of my H1B is showing as "Intial Review" which is going to complete 3 months in the next 2 weeks,So can i know how long i need to wait to know the result as i have been loosing my patience by seeing the same status from past 75 days onwards.So can you please let me know is there anyone on the same situation like me.

    Regards,

    Tarun

    • Prasad on June 22, 2010 at 5:06 AM

      Hi Tarun:

      On this same blog we came across few cases who got approval. USCIS has started working and every one's approval is in pipeline. Good Luck

      • Tarun on June 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

        Hi Prasad,

        Your exactly correct,USCIS has started approving the petitions slowly whose status is "Initial Review",So the people whose status is still showing as "Initial Review" no need worry.

        Regards,

        Tarun

    • Justin on June 25, 2010 at 1:01 AM

      hi tarun to compare your status with mine. please allow me to present it this way

      Notice of Receipt received : March 11

      Initial Review Status : March 12

      Request for Evidence (RFE) : May 04

      Acknowledgement of RFE submission : June 4

      Approved H1b Petition : June 7

      as mentioned by Prasad, USCIS has started working and every one's approval is moving along. Good luck

      • Maha on June 25, 2010 at 10:50 AM

        Hello Justin,

        Can I know what RFE you got in your case & what are all the documents u have submitted for that.Will you please share with us.

        Thanks

      • Tarun on June 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM

        Hi Justin,

        Please find the below details of my H1B as required by you.

        Notice of Receipt received : 09th April 2010

        Initial Review Status : 12th April 2010

        Request for Evidence (RFE) : Not Applicable(No RFE)

        Acknowledgement of RFE submission : Not Applicable(No RFE)

        Approved H1b Petition : 24th June 2010

        Regards,

        Tarun

  323. NEERAJ on June 17, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    hi, what is standard time to get receipt no. under regular processing .

  324. R... on June 16, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    GOT MY APPROVAL!!!……..

    Category: Regular, Master's quota- WAC centre
    Date of receipt : 09th April, 2010
    Date of Approval: 14th June, 2010

    It says…Approved I-129 mailed out on 14th June. As ppl have already mentioned in the forum, the status online changed from initial review to Post-decision activity overnight. Don't fret, Everyone's approvals are in the pipeline, Good luck to all of you.

    • E.A. on June 16, 2010 at 8:47 AM

      Hi,

      Congratulations for your approval !

      Thank you for sharing this information with all of us waiting for an approval, it gives us hope and as you wrote : "everyone's approvals are in the pipeline".

      Good luck,

    • Maha on June 18, 2010 at 7:05 AM

      Hello R….,

      Congrats.Thanks for sharing this news.This gives us a lot of hope.Did u get any RFE. Can u share this with us.Thanks

      • R... on June 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

        Hey Maha,

        No, I didn't come across any RFE request. After getting a receipt number, it was just a test of patience waiting for the approval. Like I've said before, it's just a matter of changing status overnight…nothing to worry about, it will come soon.

        • Hari on June 24, 2010 at 6:59 AM

          congrats friend.

          I am still waiting.

  325. param on June 16, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    can any one give me consultant address regarding finding the employer for h1b visa

    • Tanmay on June 21, 2010 at 12:46 AM

      Hi, Param,

      Please tell me the consultant's address if you get it.

      Any way may I know which field belongs to you?

      Regards,

      Tanmay

  326. sravs on June 11, 2010 at 5:55 AM

    Hi friends,

    Is anyone got H1 apporoval on H4 visa till now.

  327. Ninad Labhe on June 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    I got my H1B visa application approved in last week of May.

    • E.A. on June 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM

      Hi Ninad,

      Congratulations for your approval !!

      Can you give us more informations about your case ? regular or premium and California or Vermont center ?

      When did you apply ?

      thank you,

  328. Ankit on May 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Hey guys,
    Is there anyone who has got an approval for the H1B visa?

    Or anyone who knows when can we see approvals or rejections to start for the visa?

    • E.A. on May 27, 2010 at 9:14 AM

      Hi,

      I just saw that somebody got his approval in the mail yesterday.

      – Vermont Center/new/regular processing

      – date applied 04/01/2010

      – receipt date 04/14/2010

      – approval date 05/17/2010

      – approval letter received 05/26/2010

      – processing time 47 days

      So we can conclude that the Vermont Center has already started working on the applications in the regular processing queue.

      Be patient, I am sure many other approvals will follow for the next coming weeks.

      • John on May 27, 2010 at 12:33 PM

        Hi, I have a job in MNC in US but need an employer to file an H1 for me. I have got couple of employers but they say that I would have to bear all H1B expenses.

        As per my knowledge, the employer should be the one bearing all the expenses.

        Also can someone let me know what documents would be needed from the MNC company.

        Thanks..

        • HSB on May 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM

          MNC should file your H1B.

    • Andy on May 27, 2010 at 4:01 PM

      Not sure if you read other posts and the comments below on H1B visa cap counts. But many people have received H1B visa approvals. My H1-B visa was approved on April 23. I had applied at VSC under Masters quota on April 1st with regular (non-PP) processing. Receipt date was April 7th, I think. Some others received approvals on April 16!

      If you haven't received the receipt number after sending your docs long back, contact your employer/attorney. If you have the receipt number and status is under review, well, that's what is the case: it is under review – it's pointless to speculate anything. Just wait for their response. I understand you might be impatient; but that's really all you can do at this point! Stay positive.

    • Sridhar on June 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

      california center got it last friday – regular processing…april9th receipt recvd.

  329. Ondrej on May 26, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    Hello Everyone!

    My H1B petition went out of the door on May 24th for regular processing, and I am hoping to get the receipt within the next ten days. Has anyone been approved already for the regular processing? I wonder if it will take less than advertised 2-4 months.

    Thank you.

    • Kim on June 1, 2010 at 8:39 AM

      My receipt date was also May 24th and my lawyer received my reciept on Friday 28th and forwarded me a copy.

      • Ondrej on June 11, 2010 at 12:41 PM

        Hey Kim,

        Have you heard any news yet? I wonder what the avg. processing time is this year.

  330. E.A. on May 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Hi everybody,
    So far a lot of visa numbers are still available.
    If you did not apply for h1b it is still time to do it, chances are great to obtain it….
    Those who applied early in April under regular processing will soon know (2 months processing time at both California and Vermont Service Centers).
    If you have a genuine employer, a receipt number, checks encashed, there is good chance to get an approval.
    So, cross your fingers and good luck to everybody.

    • vamshi krishna on June 17, 2010 at 9:44 AM

      Hi E.