H1B Visa 2015 Receipt Numbers and Processing Updates : May 7, 2014

There’s still hope to get receipt numbers from H1B Visa 2015 lottery.

I will be publishing H1B Visa 2015 Receipt Numbers and Updates, News  in this page day by day (sometimes multiple times per day).

Tracking H1B Visa 2015 Receipt Numbers and Updates

May 7, 2014

When you guys were giving up hope, on H1B Visa 2015 receipt numbers, here’s come a refreshing update straight from USCIS

USCIS said they may be issuing Premium Processing H-1 receipts till 21 May and non PP till 30 May or so. via Twitter @immigrationcom

May 2, 2014

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Official news :USCIS announced today that data entry of all FY15 H-1B cap petitions has been completed. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the lottery. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering, and computer programming.

April 28, 2014

USCIS Started approving H1b applications. First comment was in approval came today.

April 23, 2014

Update from Attorney : AD/Regular processing snail mail receipt was post marked April 10, 2014. Receipt was received last week. This changes the who processing math we had so far.

April 22, 2014

  • Premium Processing – Advanced Degree – Notification complete or almost complete (email notification)
  • Premium Processing – General Cap – Notification complete or almost complete (email notification)
  • Regular Processing – Advanced Degree – Receipt coming via snail mail
  • Regular Processing – General Cap – No Updates

Above is my observation based on receipt notices updates posted by readers.

April 21, 2014

  • People reporting receipt numbers for Advanced degree – Regular processing via snail mail ( no email ).
  • No updates Non Advanced Degree – regular processing.

April 17,2014

  • USCIS alert that on 4/28/14 it will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the FY2015 cap, including H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher.

April 16, 2014

  • USCIS is notifying Premium Processing Petitions selected in lottery
  • Both Advanced Degree and Regular Cap Applications have received updates.
  • I haven’t seen non premium processing notifications yet.

April 11, 2014

April 10, 2014

April 7, 2014:

April 5, 2014 : 

  • I searched around for latest updates and none found.
  • Bye Bye Vancouver. We are driving to Seattle in next 30 minutes.
  • Went to university of British Columbia yesterday. Campus was Beautiful.

April 4, 2014 :

  • No updates from USCIS on H1B Cap Count Numbers.
  • Second petition can be filed if affected by delivery, but it should reach USCIS by Monday. (AILA).
  • Updated from Vancouver, Canada

April 3, 2014 :

Following updates is from AILA.

USIS informed AILA that due to the reported courier delivery problems with FY2015 H-1B petitions, USCIS will accept a second H-1B petition in certain limited circumstances. Specifically, for cap-subject petitions that were timely filed, if, upon inquiry, the carrier indicates that there may be a delivery delay or the package has been damaged, the petitioner may file a second H-1B petition with:

  • A new fee;
  • An explanation as to why the second petition is being filed, with supporting evidence (such as the notice from the carrier); and
  • A request to withdraw the first H-1B cap petition.

USCIS will return the withdrawn petitions with the fee, even if they have already been receipted.

Petitions that do not include the above-referenced items will be treated as duplicate petitions and will be denied or revoked, and USCIS will not refund the filing fees. Please also note that if the FY2015 cap is met within the first five business days of April, USCIS will reject all petitions received after April 7, 2014, including duplicate H-1B petitions filed in accordance with these instructions.

April 2, 2014

  • There is no update from USCIS.
  • Overnight Delivery companies reported to have delivered large volumes of applications.
  • Some H1B applications packages could have been damaged or delivered but not scanned. (AILA)

April 1, 2014

  • No Updates from USCIS

Immigration Attorney’s should have mailed the H-1B Visa package on  Monday (March 31, 2014) to California and Vermont USCIS service centers.

FedEx and UPS should have carried thousand’s ( over 100,000) H1B Visa applications to respective USCIS service centers for delivery today.

It’s not easy to process so many applications by USCIS in a single day. Typically private contractors are hired to handle huge volumes of H1B visa applications on month of April.

USCIS will give an update about

  • Number of General H1B Application Received
  • Number of Advanced Degree Applications received
  • When Quota was reached
  • When H-1B Visa lottery will be conducted

Last Year – Regular Processing

Last year, USCIS sent notices for Regular Processing only in June 2013. That’s 3 months wait time to even know if H1B petitions was selected in the lottery.

If you need an earlier update, then convert the application to Premium Processing.

Sometime early next week. Till then we will be in dark.

I’m sure if you have applied for H1B Visa, your hearts will be pounding to know the results of H-1B Visa lottery results.

Following the links below for related articles in this series

  1. [Video] What Happens Next After H1B Visa Lottery?
  2. USCIS Received 172,500 H-1B Visa Applications
  3. H1B 2015 Cap Reached
  4. H1B Visa 2015 Daily Updates (from April 1, 2014)
  5. H1B Visa 2015 Predictions

4,682 Comments

  1. Abhi on May 20, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    Hi,

    I have received a confirmation from my employer that my petition has been accepted in the lottery, but they have not shared the receipt number.

    What could be the reason for not sharing receipt number with us, if the employer has received it?

    • Carlos on May 20, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      Abhi,

      Do you know how your employer knew that you were selected in the lottery?

    • Carlos on May 20, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      Abhi,

      How did you employer knew that you were selected in the lottery?

  2. H1BStatus on May 15, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Hi Raghu

    I got receipt no starts with EAC .. It mean i got selected in lottery or just an application no provided by USCIS.

  3. Sowmya on February 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    I got selected in 2015 H1 B cap. I got RFE twice and 2nd RFE was received on Dec 5th and the status on the website showing that, case under review and you should get the decision by 3rd Feb. But on the website still today status is same.when I called today to employer he told me that, there are less employees in USCIS so the processing is getting delayed. I am not sure whats happening. Can you please tell me, did you find any of this type of cases in past. ? what is the chances of approving my visa?

  4. Red on January 17, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    I got my h1b approved on Oct 2nd 2014 and my petitioner received the same on Oct 13th 2014. I asked my US sponsor regarding stamping. My sponsor told that till new year it is a holidays season, so there wont be any jobs, so there is no point of coming to US then, so i waited all along. I talked to them in Jan 1st week, they told me to forward my CV so that they will search for a client who needs an employee with my profile which might take a week. Its been 2 weeks. Is this normal or is he delaying my stamping which is scaring me?? Well this is a different scenario from the guys who go onsite. Any views on this guys??? Does delay in going to the interview effect my stamping approval chances???

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 17, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      Yet another issue faced by folks who applied for H-1B without knowing what to expect if you deal with consultant. It’s expected, keep asking them.

      • H1B on January 20, 2015 at 8:06 AM

        Raghuram Sir,

        Are there any chances that Employer is expecting money to send docs in this situation?

        At the time of filing petition, Petitioner is required to submit Client letter and other required doc otherwise petition won’t be approved. So if petitioner has already submitted client letter, it implies that Client is already available. So why employer has to find new job or client?

      • Red on January 21, 2015 at 1:48 PM

        i had the same question as the other friend had. If my h1 has got approved, at that time my petitioner would have showed the client details to USCIS for which i got approval right?? I can take the same documentation and i can go for stamping na?? then why is he arranging for new client?? Plz explain Raghu

        • Raghuram Sukumar on January 21, 2015 at 2:10 PM

          Answer tot his is lot more complicated 🙂

          This is a good question to answer in H1B visa 101 Course. I will be answering this in the members section.

  5. Madhavan Padmanaban on January 6, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Hi;

    My Work Permit Petition got Approved during Oct ’14 and when I appeared for Consulate Stamping Interview, during Dec’14, the Consulate Officer had issued 221 G and asked me to submit the Document Via Email.

    When I approached my Employer, he had sent the Responses and the Required Document as an attachment, size of the attachment is around 100MB.

    Though I knew that sending 100mb file in a single mail is not possible, just thought of checking, whether is it fine to send them in 3 or 4 email parts. or is there any ways and means to send them in single email to the Visa Consulate Office.

  6. G Vijay Kumar on January 6, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    I’m Vijay previously i had filed my petition for H1 B visa
    and i had got my I-797c form and also I-129 during the year April’2008.
    I
    wanted to know from you whether my H1 B petition is still valid or not.
    If valid can it be transferred to some other company or my previous company would be
    able to provide me documents for attending the interview.

  7. G Vijay Kumar on January 4, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    I’m Vijay previously i had filed my petition for H1 B visa
    and i had got my I-797c form and also I-129 during the year April’2008.
    I
    wanted to know from you whether my H1 B petition is still valid or not.
    If valid can it be transferred to some other company or my previous company would be
    able to provide me documents for attending the interview.

  8. G Vijay Kumar on January 4, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Hi Raghu

  9. Karthik Veturi on December 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Hi Raghuram,

    My Case Status in USCIS website is Response To USCIS Request For Evidence Was Received and You should receive a decision or case update by October 13, 2014 but till now I did not get any update. My company is also saying to wait for some more time. Can you suggest me what should I do. Is this thing is normal, I mean the prolong time frame. or should I ask my company to raise a ticket.

  10. H1-B Stamping on November 28, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Hi Raghuram Sir,

    For H1-B stamping, Please let me know if Transcripts are required for
    the MCA degree (Masters of Computer Application) if MCA done from
    university in INDIA. I have only marksheets for each semester but no
    transcripts as university did not provide any. Please reply.

    Thanks!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 1, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Mark Sheets should be sufficient.

      • H1-B Stamping on December 2, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        Thanks Raghuram Sir.

  11. Raghuram Sukumar on November 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Can you share your time line of the whole process with dates?

    Applied –
    Type – General/Masters
    Processing – Regular/Premium
    Receipt Received On –
    Approved On –
    RFE Receive On
    Rejection Received On –

    Thanks.

    • Arjun Srinivass on December 1, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Applied – April 1st 2014
      Type – General/Masters – General
      Processing – Regular/Premium – Regular
      Receipt Received On – May 9th 2014
      Approved On – 28th October 2014
      RFE Receive On – 6th August 2014
      Rejection Received On – NA

      • Raghuram Sukumar on December 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Thanks Arjun.

    • Joydeep on December 2, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Applied – April 1st 2014
      Type – General/Masters – General
      Processing – Regular/Premium – Regular
      Receipt Received On – May 5th 2014
      Approved On – 21st October 2014
      RFE Receive On – 15th May 2014
      Rejection Received On – NA

    • Red on December 3, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      Applied – 1st April 2014
      Type – General/Masters – General
      Processing – Regular/Premium – Regular
      Receipt Received On – 30th April 2014
      Approved On – 2nd Oct 2014
      RFE Receive On – 7th July 2014
      Rejection Received On – NA

  12. Raghuram Sukumar on November 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Is anyone still waiting for H1B visa approval?

  13. H1-B on November 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    What could be the better or appropriate answer to the question:

    1. Why do you want to go to USA or work in USA?

    2. why not other countries like UK/Europe

    • Red on November 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      my version would be….US has a wide exposure for IT…..many kinds of projects…can face many challenges there….that would be very vital for me to improve my tech skills….all the best….

      • H1-B on November 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        @Red – Thanks so much

  14. Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on November 18, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Hi All;

    My Work Permit got approved on 16th October, 2014. I am yet to receive the Approval Notice from my Sponsor. Yesterday while I was browsing through the website of USCIS and noticed that, they had mentioned a comment as If the approval notice was not received on or before 15th November, a Duplicate Copy of the Approval Notice can be requested.

    My Question:

    (1) How long will it take to get the Approval Notice, if the Petition is processed under Regular from Vermont Processing Center.

    (2) To whom will the USCIS will send the Approval Notice – To myself or To my Sponsor

    (3) Is it ok to raise a Request in the website for Duplicate Copy? As it is currently 18th November.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Approval Notice will be sent to your attorney. Only they can request for duplicate notice.

    • Red on November 20, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      USCIS will send the approval notice to the attorneys. My h1 got approved on Oct 2nd in the USCIS website and i got the approval notice from the my attorney on Oct 13th. You have to talk to both your attorney and sponsor. I guess they should have it by now.

      • Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on November 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Hi Red;

        While I was browsing through the USCIS Website, they had mentioned that – Approval Notice had been sent, if it is not received by 15th November 2014, they had asked to raise a duplicate copy request.

        I am hoping that my Sponsor / Attorney would have already got the approval notice. As the HR Spoc from my Sponsor is on a Week Vacation, She would be back in Office by Next week.

        I am praying to god to get the Approval Notice before the End of Nov 2014.

  15. Utkarsh on November 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Hi,

    Finally the day has arrived to share the good news.
    Yes, my H1B visa got approved yesterday in Chennai consulate.

    OFC (Day#1)

    This was like a cake walk. They will just scan your DS-160 and passport and put a barcode sticker on it. Also they will take the finger prints.

    Question asked: Why are you traveling to US?

    Consulate (Day#2)

    Documents verification
    Question asked

    Who is your client
    How much money you make there
    Whats your highest qualification

    Thats it and then comes the golden word “Your visa is approved” 🙂

    All the best guys who are waiting.

    For details of my petition movement please read my earlier post.

    FYI: Mine was stuck in RFE for 2 months because of clint letter/MSA/SOW

    Thank you Raghu for this wonderful blog which let others know the status and process going on.

    Thanks!!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Congrats Utkarsh. You need to come back to share your travel experience and help future H1b applicants.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Congrats Utkarsh. You need to come back to share your travel experience and help future H1b applicants.

    • Red on November 17, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      thats osm bro….congrats…waiting for my day…:)

  16. viswa on November 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Thanks for the reply Raghu. I’ll talk to my employer on the same..

  17. viswa on October 25, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    Hi Raghu,
    My case status still displaying as Initial Review “On April 10, 2014, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case…….” My receipt number is WAC141xxxxxxx. I know no one can say anything what can happen later or by when I can expect the result, but just want to know, is there any one like me who has not received any response so far and waiting waiting waiting……

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 5, 2014 at 6:10 AM

      For faster reply, convert to Premium Processing. Sorry, that’s only answer anyone can give you.

  18. Anandh on October 23, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Hi All;

    My Work Permit had got Approved on Oct 16th, 2014 – I got to know about this through USCIS website alerts on 22nd Oct 2014. The Petition was filed under Regular Processing in Vermont Center.

    Please find below my Timelines:

    Applied for H1B through Sponsor – March 15th, 2014
    Documents submitted to USCIS, Vermont Center – 30th March 2014
    Documents received by Front Desk at USCIS, Vermont Center – 01st April, 2014
    Got Selected in Lottery on 10th April 2014
    Received Receipt Number from Sponsor – 25th April 2014
    Status changed to RFE – 9th July 2014 (Deadline for RFE Documents Submission – 4th Oct 2014)
    RFE Document submitted to USCIS – 30th September 2014
    Status changed to RFE Review – 30th September 2014
    Work Permit Petition Approved on – 16th October 2014.
    Received mail alert from USCIS website on 22nd October 2014.

    THANKS to the Almighty for making this happen and also to all of my Friends and Family Members, who supported me in trying out this exercise.

    • ahil on November 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      hi anandh, how do receive the mail alert. I could see the status through website. did you had your visa interview.

  19. Joydeep on October 18, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    Please let me know if there is anyone here whose status is more than 60 days showing as RFE response Review. Thanks.

  20. RFE to Denail on October 4, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    After more than 8 months starting from feb LCA/H1B application filing date to till date, finaly got denial notification on Oct 3rd (after we submitted the RFE response) . My employer still waiting for the denial letter. I talked to my employer and he asked me to wait till we get to know the reason and he is ready to to file a motion to reopen. So can you please help me to understand this:

    1. What exactly MTR is and what can be the reason generally they said?
    2. How long it will take to obtain decision on MTR?
    3. Possibility on approval for MTR.

    Please reply to me…

    • Denial on October 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Hi Raghu,
      I hv same questions, can you please reply to these.

      Thanks

    • RFE to Denial on October 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Hi Raghu,

      Can you please reply to this?

      • Raghuram Sukumar on October 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        I replied to one other comment. No one can answer this. Its totally depended on USCIS.

        • RFE to Denial on October 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

          I can not see those comment. can you please copy and paste that here or send me link of that comment.

          Thanks

  21. Red on October 3, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    All the guys who are done with visa interview. Plz post your experience and what were the questions that they were asking so that it will be helpful for the people like me. One more question, I have been told that in US consulates like Hyderabad, interviews are tough and few of the h1s get denied for the same, so people prefer chennai or delhi consulates. How far is this true?? Plz some one throw light on this.Thanks

  22. Red on October 3, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    Finally my Case got Approved on Oct 2nd 🙂

    My Experience

    – My case got picked in the lottery and got the receipt on 30th April

    – Status changed to RFE on 7th July

    – RFE documents submitted and status changed to RFE review on 25th Sep

    – Post decision activity (Approved) on 2nd Oct

    Good luck to all the applicants waiting for the decision. Hope all of you make it. Thanks a ton to Raghu for this wonderful website, whenever i was down i used to come here and check the updates and would feel satisfied that there are many others in my position. It was like a stress buster to me. Kudos to you.

    • Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on October 3, 2014 at 3:12 AM

      Hi Red;

      Could you please let me know, whether your Petition was processed under Regular or Premium.

      Mine was processed under Regular in Vermont Center and My Current Status is in RFE Review (since 30th September 2014). By looking at your timeline, i assume that Mine should be approved by mid of Oct 2014.

      • Red on October 3, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        Hi Madhavan, mine was done under regular processing in California centre. I guess yours might be done max by Oct 3rd week or may be later. All the best

  23. Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on September 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Hi All;

    My Case was turned to RFE during July 15th and when I approached the Employer and Attorney, they asked me to Prepare the Project Schedule / Project Itinerary for SAP FICO Functional Consultant and send it to them along with the Experience Certificates.

    Which I had sent to the Employer during 1st Week of August. When I asked the employer about the cut off date for submission of the RFE Documents, they told that it is on 04th October.

    The USCIS also requested for Client Letter, for which the Company said they would take care of the same. The Client had sent the RFE Documents, to USCIS in VT Center, through FedEx Priority Overnight by Yesterday (29th Sept) and it had Reached USCIS at VT Center by Today (30th Sept 2014). The Client is located in Secacus, NJ.

    Please let me know, when can I expect any update on my Petition.

    • Utkarsh on October 1, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      This depends case to case. Next step is RFE Response Review. And then Post Decision Activity. Overall this might take 1-2 months time. But as said, this depends case to case. Where I have seen it is on RFERR status for 4 months.

      Mine was cleared in a month after the employer responded to the RFE

      • Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on October 2, 2014 at 6:43 AM

        Hi

        My Case had got changed to RFERR (RFE Response Review) on 30th Sept, 2014 – after my Sponsor had submitted the Document on the same date.

        As per the Sponsor’s Comments he said that this might take another one more month in getting the response on RFERR. Hope it should be cleared before the end of Oct 14.

  24. still waiting on September 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Just got message from my employer that my case is approved, Good-luck for guys waiting for the approval

  25. Archana on September 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Hi Raghuram,

    My H1B was approved but I need to go for stamping bcoz I don’t have valid I94 after sep9th.Now my H4 was approved..Can I reopen the case again to avoid stamping?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      I’m not clear on what you are aksing. Your attorney should have given suggestion right?

  26. Utkarsh on September 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Hi,

    Thought of posting my experience so far which could be useful for someone.

    1. Got picked up in the lottery
    2. Mine is RP in Vermont center

    3. Got RFE on June-12-2014. Asking for SOW/MSA/Client letter
    4. My client did not provide client letter. So my employer submitted below docs
    a. MSA & SOW
    b. Org hierarchy
    c. Letter from HR
    d. Letter from onsite manager (stating my work will be supervised by the employer manager not by the client manager)
    e. Letter from the employer stating the payment module, hire fire policy
    5. Status moved to RFE Response Review on 5-Sept-2014
    6. Status moved to Post Decision Activity on 22-Sept-2014

    Now within next two weeks I will be going for my stamping to Chennai US consulate.

    Wish luck to folks who are waiting for the RFE to move to next level

    Thanks,

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Thanks a lot. This is useful.

    • still waiting on September 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Thank you for the update, Good luck!!

    • Arjun Srinivass on September 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Hi Utkarsh.. are you working for wipro?

      • Utkarsh on September 25, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        @Arjun: nope. cant reveal the employer name in this forum

      • Utkarsh on September 25, 2014 at 7:22 AM

        @Arjun: Nope. Mindtree

    • Red on September 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      All the best bro….Hope i make it too…..

    • WaitingForDocs on September 29, 2014 at 5:45 AM

      Hi Utkarsh,
      Don’t you need your approved petition docs to proceed with the stamping process ?

      • Utkarsh on October 1, 2014 at 3:43 AM

        I need those. And the same will be taken care by the immigration team of my employer

      • Utkarsh on October 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        This is going to take 4 weeks to get the I797 + other approval from national visa center. Post that I can fill DS-160 and schedule interview. I have been told by the employer that to get the petition approval this will take 2-4 weeks.

  27. Red on September 18, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Hi raghu…Plz check the website…Sometimes it is not showing the typed comment so had to type 2 times….there is no delete option…..and even this updates link opens some times and its doesnot open sometimes…

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Commenting system is thrid party system. sometimes, it takes time for the server to process it.

  28. Red on September 18, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    My case status is still in RFE. My petitioner and lawyer are not responding properly. Its 3rd week of september. I am worried. Any one else in the same boat as me? Is this normal or am I getting hyper???

    • Juna on September 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Attorneys do take time. I felt my attorney as the laziest person. Even when my petition got approved though online status didn’t changed he informed me after 1.5 days. It took 1.5 days for online status also to change to decision from Acceptance.
      My status changed after 1.5 months from RFE to RFE RR. That too because i changed it to premium processing. Vermont center has increased their processing time as well. No just wait.

    • still waiting on September 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Yes i am also in the same boat.. No update or reply from My employer.

  29. Red on September 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    My status is still in RFE. My lawyers and petitioners are not responding to my emails. I am not sure whether they have submitted the docs for RFE or not. Now its third week of september. Are any of you guys in the same boat as me. Is this normal or am i getting hyper??

  30. Juna on September 8, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    We filed for my husband H1b and got thru lottery.
    RFE received: 6th June 2014
    RFE responded: 1st August 2014 (Date when Attorney sent it to USCIS)
    Status remains in RFE for more than a month now and haven’t even changed to RFE RR.

    Requested our attorney to change the Regular to Premium processing on 5th September.
    Can anyone help how much days it takes to convert the processing from regular to premium.
    Also, will there be any email indicating 15 calendar days time frame started ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 9, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Regular to Premium is as son as they receive the money.

      • Juna on September 9, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Hi Raghuram- Thanks for your reply. Also, Is it normal for status to stay in RFE even when attorney has sent the response long back (more than a month back)?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on September 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

          Case Status system is not a rigid system. Folks received approval and it would still Initial Review.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Why are you posting the same question under different names in the same post?

      • Juna on September 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Because when I entered the question very first time as a Guest, it didn’t got displayed for almost 15 mins which is why I register myself and again entered the question. But later i checked both questions getting displayed. Seems some problem with the site.

    • Juna on September 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Hi All,

      Thanks for your reply. My petition is approved on 16th.

  31. Juna on September 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    We filed for my husband’s H1b and got thru lottery.
    RFE received: 6th June 2014
    RFE responded: 1st August 2014 (Date when Attorney sent it to USCIS)
    Status remains in RFE for more than a month now and haven’t even changed to RFE RR.

    Requested our attorney to change the Regular to Premium processing on 5th September.
    Can anyone help how much days it takes to convert the processing from regular to premium.
    Also, will there be any email indicating 15 calendar days time frame started ?

  32. Vijay on September 3, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    Hi ,

    I need your help regarding my designation.
    In I-797B and LCA, the designation mentioned as “Computer Programmer” and in employer offer letter and client contract it is mentioned as “Programmer Analyst”.

    So, what should I tell to VO when they asked me about my designation?

    Please suggest.

    • Red on September 4, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      I guess the VO is not much of a tech guy….just tell him that you are a programmer. I dont think he is gonna drill into that. Gudluck

  33. H1 applicant on August 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Hi,

    I have applied for H1B visa this year. Initially, I got an RFE for SOW,
    client letter. After the attorney has
    submitted the Response the case moved to RFE Response review. Today I see that
    the case has again moved to RFE state. Could you please help me to understand this and what are the chances of approval. Thanks.

  34. Shamy on August 24, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Hi All,

    My receipt # EAC141465****, I noticed that there was no change on my case status(On April 10, 2014, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case) as i have seen so many cases there is some change on case status(RFE or decision or post decition) ……. I am worried .

  35. Red on August 21, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    As I mentioned earlier, there was an RFE on my case on 7th July and my petitioner and lawyer are looking into the matter. My doubt is, will all the h1b seekers get the approval/denial before oct 1st as the h1b period starts from oct 1st or else…..does it get delayed too(after oct 1st) ??? like in the case of RFEs….plz let me know…thanks

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      No necessarily. It can take longer than Oct 1.

    • Amigo on August 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Hi,
      There are possibilities it can get delayed beyond Oct 1st. Some people got thier approval in Oct,Nov,Dec and Jan also. So it depends on each case. But normally, once you have responded for the RFE, you have to wait for 60 calendar days. If you don’t get any status update and your employer can call USCIS to check the progress. Good Luck.

  36. RNA on August 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    My H1 processed for this year , was stuck at RFE.
    my employer sent response on Aug7th, i saw status changed on Aug9th.

    on Aug18 status is Initial review and aug 20th status is post decision activity.

    Does this mean It is approved or is there any thing else?

    Reason being got doubt is people say it takes 60 to 90 days to get update after RFE response.

    • Utkarsh on August 21, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      approved.. I am on the same boat and waiting for my application to move forward. Still this shows RFE. Can u pls share the application number masking the last 5 digit

  37. Madhavan A Padmanaban on August 20, 2014 at 4:20 AM

    Hi All;

    My Case was turned to RFE during July 15th and when I approached the Employer and Attorney, they asked me to Prepare the Project Schedule / Project Itinerary for SAP FICO Functional Consultant and send it to them along with the Experience Certificates.

    Which I had sent to the Employer during 1st Week of August. When I asked the employer about the cut off date for submission of the RFE Documents, they told that it is on 04th October (As it is falling on Saturday, I persume that it should be sent to USCIS by 3rd October).

    The USCIS also requested for Client Letter, for which the Company said they would take care of the same.

    Please let me know, when can I expect any update on my Petition.

    • Red on August 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      h1b starts from 1st oct right?? so how come they gave time till 3rd oct???

      • Madhavan A Padmanaban on August 21, 2014 at 1:49 AM

        Dont Know. This is what the Information that I had got from my Employer.

      • Amigo on August 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        RFE response time is 90 days. So his employer got time till Oct 3rd.

    • Amigo on August 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Once your RFE is responded by your employer, USCIS might update the case as soon as they receive the response. Sometimes they won’t update at all. The processing time can be anywhere from 5 days to 60 days after the response. So you have to wait. If it crosses 60 days and still there is no update on your application, your employer can call and ask USCIS about the progress. Good Luck.

  38. Madhavan A Padmanaban on August 20, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Hi All;

    My Case was turned to RFE during July 15th and when I approached the Employer and Attorney, they asked me to Prepare the Project Schedule / Project Itinerary for SAP FICO Functional Consultant and send it to them along with the Experience Certificates.

    Which I had sent to the Employer during 1st Week of August. When I asked the employer about the cut off date for submission of the RFE Documents, they told that it is on 04th October (As it is falling on Saturday, I persume that it should be sent to USCIS by 3rd October).

    The USCIS also requested for Client Letter, for which the Company said they would take care of the same.

    Please let me know, when can I expect any update on my Petition.

  39. SJ on August 19, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Hello Raghu,
    My H4 to H1B was denied on Aug 8th once after we submitted the RFE response. Still waiting on the denial letter. My employer has advised me to wait till we get to know the reason and he is planning to file a motion to reopen as he has some new evidence now. Meanwhile I have an job offer back in India which I should accept before Nov 2014 and they are also ready to file H1B for 2016. My questions are:

    1. How long do we have to wait for obtaining a decision on MTR?
    2. Will there be any issues if I travel back to my home country while the MTR is pending?
    2. Should I travel back to India and accept the job offer which could serve as a backup plan?
    3. Suppose If my MTR is approved, can I travel back to US on H4 and then apply for a COS for H4 to H1B? (or) Should I stamp my H1B before returning to US?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      SJ – you should ask these questions with an Immigration Attorney. Talk to Attorney Murali Bashyam.

    • Non-ad on August 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Hi,
      Sorry for that. Could you please share your receipt no. masking the last 5digits? Did you get the denial reason and share what was your RFE about? It might help others. Thanks

  40. sow on August 16, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Hello, I got the RFE on July 23rd and till now I didnt the mail from the USCIS regarding the RFE documents need to be submitted..and on August 13th status has been to changed to “On August 13, 2014, the post office returned the notice we last sent you on this case I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER as undeliverable. This may have serious effects on processing this case.” The employer has not changed the address. My employer has called to office and asked them to resend once…
    Is this going to effect on my visa processing case…. I am worried .

    • Red on August 20, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      It might effect, so stay in touch constantly with your employer till he gets the notice.

    • Red on August 20, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      It might effect. Be in constant touch with your employer till they get the notice.

  41. H1b Reqd on August 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    To All:

    1) What is RFE (Request for Evidence):
    Request for Evidence (RFE) is a letter or notice USCIS adjudication
    officer uses to request additional information for pending applications.

    2) Why and when does USCIS issue RFE’s?
    Generally, an application or petition falls into 3 categories:
    (1) record is complete and case is approvable;
    (2) is not approvable based on evidence of clear ineligibility;
    (3) its evidence raises underlying questions or does not fully establish eligibility.

    When there is a particular piece or pieces of necessary evidence
    missing, or there are questions regarding the evidence submitted, the USCIS officer will issue an RFE so that eligibility determination can be made.

    3) What should I do if I receive an RFE from USCIS?
    You should read it carefully and determine what kind of evidence or
    document is requested. Some RFE’s are more complex than the others; if you receive a complex RFE and do not think you understand what is needed or how to respond, you should retain a competent immigration attorney to address the issues raised in the RFE. Note that only petitioner and/or attorney on the case receive RFE’s on employment-based petitions.

    4) How much time does USCIS allow to file a response? Can I just ignore it?

    Depending on the complexity of the RFE, it may range from 30 days to 84 days, whatever the USCIS officer indicates on the letter. It is
    imperative you file the response by the deadline. Late response will
    not be allowed. If you ignore the RFE, USCIS will make a decision based on the submitted evidence, which generally will be unfavorable.

    5) After I file the response, how long does it take for the USCIS to render a decision?

    It varies from a few days to more than 60 days. After 60 days if you
    have heard from the USCIS you may file call the National Customer
    Service Center to file a Service Request.

    6) What is the difference between an RFE and NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny)?

    In an RFE, USCIS is simply seeking clarification on submitted
    evidence or requesting missing documents in order to make a decision;
    whereas in an NOID, initial evidence is predominantly present, and the officer is not convinced the evidence establishes eligibility.

    • Amigo on August 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Its really easy to cut and copy this information from path2usadotcom but if you don’t know what you are posting, don’t plagiarize. RFE time is 90 days irrespective of the case. They made it standard 90 days for all cases after July 2011 as USCIS published an interim memo about this. Google rfe response time and you will see the USCIS official interim memo about this in the search result.

  42. H1b Reqd on August 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    Do you have any idea about how much time USCIS gives for RFE reply from employer/attorney?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      I think 60 days. Date will be mentioned in the RFE.

      • H1b Reqd on August 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Can you please confirm with somebody near your because mine status changed to RFE on 26 June.
        My employer is litle rigid and he is saying they are arranging the documents and they will update me once they are done with that.

        Its almost 50 days has gone after RFE and as per you only 10 days are left and if this is the case then its worry for me.
        Humble Request- Please get the exact information dear, if possible.
        Thanks

        • Utkarsh on August 14, 2014 at 2:29 AM

          Hi H1b Reqd,

          In the RFE letter, the USCIS mention the response due date to submit the asked documents. Example: for me the RFE was issued on June 12 and the response due date is on Sept 7th.

          So USCIS gives enough time for submitting the asked documents. But yes, if the documents are not submitted on/before the due date mentioned, they will cancel the petition.

          Also in the RFE letter, they mention it will take 14 days to 60 days to work on the RFE petition.

          Hope I cleared your doubts.

    • Amigo on August 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      RFE time is 90 days irrespective of the case. They made it standard 90 days for all cases after July 2011 as USCIS published an interim memo about this. Google rfe response time and you will see the USCIS official interim memo about this in the search result. So you got RFE on 26th June, you got time till 24th Sep. Don’t force your employer as it is not important how quick they respond it is important how well and appropriator their response is. Good Luck.

  43. Red on July 30, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    I got RFE on my h1b on 7th July, My lawyers and petitioner have told me that they are working on it, but when i ask my petitioner what was the query about, they are not giving a proper response . How can I get that information??

    • Anandh on July 30, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Same Here

    • Angelica on August 7, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Same here

  44. Anandha on July 30, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Hi All;

    My Work Permit Receipt # is EAC1414150183. It had been filed as Regular Processing at Vermont Center and got selected in the Lottery on 10th April.

    While I was browsing through the USCIS website on Yesterday, I noticed that the Status had got changed to RFE.

    Further I dont know what is the Additional Documents required by USCIS? When I inquired, with my Sponsor he said he is yet to receive the details from the Attorney on what is the additional document required and when I approached the Attorney they conveyed that there was an RFE Notice sent against my Receipt and that they had received it during 18th July.

    As Oct 2014, is nearly 2 Months away from Now, I am concerned on whether how much more time will it take to get my Work Permit Approved. Is there any Time frame for USCIS on approving the Work Permit.

    Please Clarify.

    • Red on July 30, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      I have the same doubt….I am on the same boat as u r

    • Angelica on August 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Same question here

      • Raghuram Sukumar on August 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        It’s common for employers to not give the details of RFE . They will ask employee, if RFE required info that you have. RFE’s can be from company financials to client letters.

  45. prakash on July 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    My Case status is in Initial review as of 07/29 .Received date April 10th but my Employer says he got RFE 10 days back .Did any one of you faced this situation ?

  46. prakash on July 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    My Case status is till now in initial review but my employer said he got the RFE letter 10 days back .is the USCIS case status site is down for this long ?

  47. mani on July 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Hi All,
    I have got the approval notice. Do I need to go to the same consulate for visa stamping mentioned in the notice or can I go to any other city also?

    • reddy on July 22, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      RP or PP??

  48. reddy on July 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Any non-AD/RP Approvals 2day??

  49. SKS on July 18, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    My Petition was approved was Yesterday.. Thanks Raghu for your Forum. It helped a lot..

  50. PTL on July 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    My petition was approved yesterday! Thanks for all the helpful information on this website. Good luck to you all 🙂

    Non-AD/RP/VT

    • prakash on July 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      What is the Series or the receipt # . Mine is EAC14146*****

      • PTL on July 19, 2014 at 4:34 AM

        Mine is EAC1414054xxx. It took about three and a half months to get approved! Good luck!

        • prakash on July 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

          Thanks PTL.& Congrats

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Congrats. Stay tuned for H1B Visa interview experiences.

  51. Big D on July 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    Its already Mid July and my employer says he hasn’t heard any thing on my case yet. No rejection nor approval. Its confusing and a lot of decisions are waiting on this. Could you please tell me if this is normal or am I overreacting? Am I supposed to hear anything by now? Is there anyone else in the same boat?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      If you follow what’s happening in this thread you should know the answer by now.

      • Mohan on July 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        That’s not the answer people expect from u Raghu.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on July 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

          If someone is applying for H1B, they are expected to have some degree of understanding about the process. If someone doesn’t want to spend time to learn what to expect or what’s going on with USCIS even after 3.5 months since this H1b season started , I can’t reply to a question that has been answered multiple times in this comments thread or in several other video interviews and blog posts.

          • Ashok on July 17, 2014 at 2:28 PM

            Dear Mr Raghu

            What degree of understanding you think the OP doesn’t have? What he asked was a simple question and it is obvious he is asking because he doesn’t know it. If it is already answered, post a link so that the OP can understand.Just because you are knowledgeable on something, doesn’t mean everyone else would be. If you are too frustrated and don’t want to respond, just don’t. That’s much better than posting some crap like this.



          • Angelica on August 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

            Excellent reply Ashok. This process is not easy for any of us… insted of that crap.. we need help and support… if Mr Raghu hates to do this, then why create a page like this???? it does not made any sense….



          • Raghuram Sukumar on August 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

            He could have searched in the blog with same keywords. Total article in the blog about H1B is over 1000. Most basic questions are answered in just this thread. Plus several video interviews explaining what to expect from the lottery. If the person had scrolled few more comments in this thread would be sufficient to find the answer. I bet there are over 500 comments in this blog post with answer with exact same question.

            I did my best to answer several 100’s of questions just in the thread. If the question is new, tough to find answers, then most times, I have responded. Few could have slipped. Unfortunately some folks want answers handed over to them.



  52. RFE: Need info on July 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    1) Have you ever heard Rejection after RFE ?
    2) is it possible for someone to get rejection after RFE status?
    3) What are the %age of getting rejection on RFE?
    4) What could be the reason for rejection after RFE?

    Thanks.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      I can answer only one question – Yes, H1B can be rejected after RFE. There’s no official rejection rate published. My guess about 15% of selected H1B applications.

    • Angelica on July 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Any answer, Raghu?? I have same questions please!!! thanks!

  53. Mohan on July 14, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Hello Ragu,

    Every one I know have received there rejection packages or acceptence.
    But still I never got my package back.
    Do you think my employer is bluffing?

  54. mani on July 11, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    h1b petition approved today. Non AD/RP, CA service center

    • Angelica on July 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      CONGRATS!!! did u got RFE before the approval? how long does it took your complete process? thanks!

      • mani on July 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        i didnt get any RFE, it directly changed to approved. it took almost three months for me.

        • Angelica on July 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

          so, u started the process in May??? I thought all the ppl start after April 10. Congrats! I am in RFE status 🙁 so impatient 🙁

          • mani on July 14, 2014 at 9:07 PM

            My process alao started on April 10.



  55. Bharath Reddy on July 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    @Reedy123

    Got RFE on Jun 17th but we received RFE letter after one week and they asked us to submit the supporting documents by Sep12th.

    Call USCIS helpline number.

  56. Reedy123 on July 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Hi,

    My case status changed to RFE on June 19th. Till now attorney did not receive the RFE letter . Usually how long it takes to receive the hard copy of RFE? Any one is in the same boat like me?

    • Utkarsh on July 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      I am on the same boat as you are. My application status got changed to RFE on June 12 and I got informed by my employer on June 24 on the supporting docs asked by the USCIS. And the deadline for submitting the asked documents is on Sept 30.

    • MM on July 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      For my RFE, it took about 3 weeks to receive the RFE hard copy. Mine was premium processing.

      • Reddy123 on July 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Hi MM,

        what was your RFE about?

    • Angelica on July 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      for me it took week and a half. they dont email the RFE they send a hard copy to the lawyer. I called USCIS and they did not give any information, they said the only give information to the employer :S

  57. Red on July 9, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    My receipt number belong to 144 series…On Monday(7th July) my Status has changed from Initial Review to Request for Evidence??? What is the success percentage of h1b after getting a RFE

    • Utkarsh on July 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      I am on the same boat. The RFE is raised to produce more supporting documents to process further. IN my RFE case, they have asked for below docs

      1. MSA/SOW
      2. Client Letter
      3. Letter from my manager stating my roles and responsibilities

      Once submitted, they will review it again for further processing.

      • Angelica on July 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        how long does it takes after u re submit all the RFE documents? I am on the RFE status and my lawyer just said that USCIS requested docuemts from my company not from me… they did not said anything else to me 🙁

        • Utkarsh on July 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

          I am yet to submit all the docs. Trying to get cleint letter. Deadline given by USCIS is 30 Sept 2014 to submit the docs

      • Ak on August 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        utkarsh – even i got same rfe…. can plz help on the 1 and 3 documents?…. please mail reply on [email protected]

  58. mani on July 9, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    one of my friend got the receipt yesterday!

    • Interested on July 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Me waiting for lottery results still..
      Just wondering if there are chances still?

      Has the attorney informed him now or the receipt has come just now?

  59. Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on July 9, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Hi Raghu;

    My Name is Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan, I got selected in the Lottery on 10th April 2014. My Receipt Number is EAC1414150183. It was filed in Vermont Processing Center in the Regular Processing Category.

    I checked out the status of my Receipt in the USCIS.ORG, it says INITIAL REVIEW. I Validated it just now (9th July @11:25 AM IST).

    Could you please let me know, what is the least possible date for getting an update on the Status of the Review that is being conducted by the USCIS.

    Is it wise enough to convert the processing into a Premium Process Now by paying an additional amount of USD 1500.00

    Please Clarify.

    • Non-ad on July 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Hi,
      Are you not following any of the blog post or comments? Not only Raghu, nobody can answer when the status will change. You have to wait patiently as like many others case are similar to you. You never know yours might be approved and the status will change soon. Don’t go for premium processing now as from your post I can see you are from India, you can’t start working anyway from Oct 1st. So wait for some more time as in some cases, converting to PP might lead to RFE. So wait for a month and you might get an answer.

      • Raghuram Sukumar on July 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Thank You. It’s not possible for me to answer to every comment when folks don’t want to read and spend time to learn the process.

    • Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on July 9, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Hi All;

      A Quick Update on my Receipt, The Status shows as RFE (Request for Evidence).

      Raghu, Please guide me how to proceed further

      Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan

      • Non-ad on July 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Again take some time to read the blog posts else don’t be lazy enough to just post questions. If there are no answers, you can ask. But there are answers out there. You don’t need to do anything for RFE right now. Your employer’s attorney will get the hard copy of the RFE which will have the details about RFE. It takes 1-2 weeks for them to get the hard copy. If the RFE is about some docs from you, the employer will ask the docs from you else if it is related just to the employer, they will take care. Just keep checking with the employer about the RFE details. Once they respond it, again it takes its time and you never know. You might get approval in 15days to 2 months. Good Luck

  60. Bang on July 7, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    Hi Raghuram,
    Need your help in understanding the process.

    I have received the “Receipt Number” on 3rd July from the attorney, whats next?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 7, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      Everything is explained in the H1B Topic blog posts. Read through them and get back to me.

    • Mohit on July 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      You got your receipt number on July 3??? Could you please provide more details like your receipt number and did your Employer provide any info as to why so late?

      • Bang on September 3, 2014 at 5:59 AM

        Hi Mohit,
        I do not have any idea on why so late and all.. Even from then, i am seeing the case status and its not ‘Post Decision Activity’. But still now i didn’t hear anything from my employer about the documents and the updates. Any suggestions

  61. Rakesh Agarwal on July 7, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    Hi,
    I have not heard anything till now from my attory,nor got any rejection package,pls suggest.

  62. Utkarsh on July 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    Need your suggestion on below concern.

    My application was picked up in the lottery but the status shows as RFE and they are asking for docs like

    1. SOW
    2. MSA
    3. Client letter + many more

    I could manage to get all docs except end client letter. and client is reluctant to give letter and email also stating as per company policy they can’t provide client letter.

    Can you please advise what is the alternative of end client letter to move it forward.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Your attorney is the best person to handle this. Typically the email saying we don’t give end -client letter is accepted by USCIS.

      • Utkasrh on July 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Thank you for your response.

        1) Will it work if I produce the recent email communication showing I am working in the project + org hierarchy.

        2) Will it work if I get an email from my colleague of same project where client manager is reluctant to send an email?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on July 6, 2014 at 7:51 PM

          These are serious legal issues pertaining to your case. Only your attorney can advise what to do.

  63. Raghuram Sukumar on July 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Link for H1B Visa Plan B Course Preview. Let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial Course.

  64. ST on July 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Got H1 approval today. AD/VT/RP – EAC141xxxxxx
    Thanks you everyone. Thanks Raghu 🙂

    • Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on July 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Hi ST,

      Could you please let us know your complete Receipt Number. Mine is a Non AD / VC / RP.

      My Receipt # is EAC14141501XX. The Status as per USCIS website is still in INITIAL REVIEW.

      • ST on July 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        Hi,
        My receipt # is EAC141385xxxx. It was in INITIAL REVIEW since April first week.

        • Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on July 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

          Hi ST; Thanks for providing the Details. Mine was under Initial Review since Last Week. I got the Receipt from my Employer on 25th April, 2014.

          Hope I should get the Result of the Review on or before the End of July 2014.

          • ST on July 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

            Be patient, it can take more time as well. Hopefully you will receive it soon 🙂
            All the best!



          • Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on July 4, 2014 at 10:11 PM

            Thanks for the Support ST. Could it take time till next year’s Lottery.

            Its my Dream to come and work in THE UNITED STATES.

            I would feel lucky, if my Petition gets approved before end of July 2014.



    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 2, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      Congrats.

    • vk on July 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      @ST.. can u reveal next 3 number after 141.. i m waiting too for 3 months. EAC141375***

  65. Detailed experience letter on July 1, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    I heard that USCIS expects Detailed Experience letter to approve H1-B petition otherwise it issues RFE if we submit experience letter which only describes designation, start date & end date. Could you please confirm? Generally company doesn’t give detailed experience letter.

    Please reply!

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 2, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      Haven’t seen anyone reporting such RFE yet. But, USCIS can ask all those questions if required and make it difficult to get approval.

      • Detailed experience letter on July 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        Thanks Raghu. Appreciate your help

      • Detailed experience letter on July 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        Thanks Raghu. Appreciate your help.

    • Utkarsh on July 2, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      Hi,

      I have got RFE asking for client letter. and latest MSA and SOW

  66. Funtime on July 1, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Raghu, we will be happy if you wake-up again and answer our questions.

  67. Mohit on June 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    I believe you would answer this query, please do. I have heard from lot of people that there are chances of people getting H1b approved or RFE without having any signs of receipt generation notification/ lottery results or check being encashed. Is there any truth in this?Should we be thinking in this angle at all?

    • Rahul on July 1, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      Good one Mohit … I am on the same boat or situation as of today … Look forward for a positive response from Raghu on this … Cheers !

      • Raghuram Sukumar on July 2, 2014 at 7:24 AM

        Chances are close to NIL. Unless there is a miracle waiting to happen.

        • Rahul on July 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM

          Thanks !

      • Rahul on July 4, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        Got an email from my employer/attorney … Its a “REJECT” … Guess less hopes on cases like us !

  68. IT_Consultant on June 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Finally our company has announced the H1B results, out of 42 people 16 are selected that too all are High level operational management level guys bad luck still ride on IT guys

    • reddy on June 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      You mean selected in the lottery or approved??

      • IT_Consultant on July 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM

        Both Reddy, Selected and approved

  69. Mohan on June 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Any one waiting for return package????

    • Rahul on June 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Yep Mohan .. Still waiting on it !! I am on regular process + cap subject ! Any hopes or is it just snail mail time wait for applications like us ?

    • vv on July 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      non AD

      pp

      still waiting

  70. Reddy on June 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    When can I expect the result of h1b status? Mine is non-AD/RP…picked in the lottery

  71. Sandy on June 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Hi Raghu, any new update from immigration girl . For my case I have still not heard anything from my employer ( huge MNC ) in India.

  72. Vijaykumar.asap on June 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Hi Raghu,
    Received a H1B petition approval however can I get clarity on H1B interview like how soon I can start attend the H1B visa interview .

    My LCA Employment start date : 24/01/2014

    My case recipient : WAC141445XXXX / Non-AD /RP

  73. Harish on June 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    I got email from my employer today early morning that my application was not picked in lottery 🙁 !! Its an end for 3 months long pain .. Thanks Raghu for all your efforts and keep going 🙂

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Sorry Harish. Try next year. Keep visiting the blog 🙂

  74. sakhu on June 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    i got my rejection package … hard luck this year … Non AD /PP

  75. hope on June 25, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    I have got the following email yesterday night from the lawyer that filed the H1B petition on behalf of my employer.

    “I apologize for the delay in response as your employer is in the process of handling your case at this time and I am awaiting their guidance. Please reach out to your recruiter regarding the status of your case.”

    does this imply that my case was selected?

    thanks a lot!

  76. MSFT on June 25, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    I have a question.

    yesterday I got the following email from the lawyer that filed my petition.

    “I apologize for the delay in response as your employer is in the process of handling your case at this time and I am awaiting their guidance. Please reach out to your recruiter regarding the status of your case”

    does this mean that my petition was selected in the lottery?

    thanks a lot!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      why are you posting the same comment in 2 different names?

      • Hope on June 26, 2014 at 4:33 AM

        I posted first comment, it didn’t show up, then I posted it again. no hard feelings

  77. sakhu on June 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Can anyone please give me information on how do we get to know if my employer has filed an application for H1B ? we havent heard anything from USCIS whether its selected in lottery or not. Is there a possibility to call USCIS to ask if they have recieved an application for me for H1B?

  78. Thinking on June 24, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Can anyone tell me how to identify if my application is regular or premium.. My status is post decision activity on May 23… and still same.. and employer says i have to go visa stamping in july last week

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 24, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Ask employer to give the receipt for paying premium fees.

    • Karthik on June 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Oh Man. No need to worry about whether is it reg or premium. Your petition is approved. Congrats.
      If you are in India, you need to get visa stamping and you can travel to US starts from 1st Oct.

    • Srikanth on June 25, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      I heared that, we can attend the Visa Interview Only after Aug 1’st.Is it true.

      • Joydeep on June 26, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        On or after July 3rd u can attend interviews fr stamping. 90 days or less should be the diff between stamping and employmnt start.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on June 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

          90 Days is only for Students. I’m not aware of such rules for H1B.

  79. Bond_Bhai on June 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I got my H1 petition go thru the 2014 Lottery successfully. The case status shows “Initial Review” with “On May 14, 2014, your Alien Registration Number was changed relating to your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. ”

    It has been this way from the date – May 14th. Any idea how long it takes for it change? What should i be expecting next? Any help/suggestions guys?

    Thanks!
    BB

  80. vamsi on June 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I got an email from my employer that my package and cheque is returned but the notice of action says, “you mentioned wrong employment start date. if you think it is an error, please re-submit the case with all the previous documentation”. My employer said they are going to correct it and submitting the amendment forms through over night shipping and they confirmed with USCIS by calling them. my employer is hoping that it was selected in the lottery. The interesting point is the notice of action dated as May 14th but i received it on June 19th. Actually, I lost hopes long time back but suddenly the email popped up in my inbox on June 19th. So if you didn’t receive a notice, and no package returned , this could also be a possibility like it happened to me. I waiting for the acknowledgement of the resubmitted case. I will keep you posted.

  81. srini on June 23, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    my application is returned on last friday. employer informed me today. game is over for this year.

  82. Karthik on June 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Is there any issues with thread updates?.

  83. Om on June 20, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    What about regular h1b.

  84. sravz on June 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    It seems most of regular petitions are getting approvals this week….waiting for mine – non-AD/RP….ANY PREDICTIONS???

  85. Prasanna Shankar on June 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I still have not heard anything back from USCIS, neither a receipt nor the package (reject). Not sure if there are few others with the same situation.

    • raju on June 23, 2014 at 4:30 AM

      Yes, I’m.

    • vamsi on June 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      I was on same page till june 19th. I got an email from my employer that my package and cheque is returned but the notice of action says, “you mentioned wrong employment start date. if you think it is an error, please re-submit the case with all the previous documentation”. My employer said they are going to correct it and submitting the amendment forms through over night shipping and they confirmed with USCIS by calling them. my employer is hoping that it was selected in the lottery. The interesting point is the notice of action dated as May 14th but i received it on June 19th. Actually, I lost hopes long time back but suddenly the email popped up in my inbox on June 19th. So if you didn’t receive a notice, and no package returned , this could also be a possibility like it happened to me. I waiting for the acknowledgement of the resubmitted case. I will keep you posted.

    • Prasanna Shankar on June 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      @disqus_fvLePgaTb1:disqus – Great ! Good for you. I got my package back saying “Missing LCA” as the rejection reason. My lawyer says he did include the LCA with the package and gave us a copy of the whole package that he sent. He has returned the package to USCIS again with a cover letter saying we did include the LCA and the rejection reason is wrong. I am not sure if USCIS is going to reconsider my case. We are just taking a shot at it ! Its a weird case for me.

      • Prasanna Shankar on June 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        btw my application is AD PP !!

  86. VJ on June 20, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    Hi Guys,
    WAC141445xxxx / Non-Ad/RP Case status is moved Post-decision activity..big relief and finally I got my peace of mind back too.

    Thank you Raghu !

  87. Sandy on June 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Hi, i believe my petition got approved because of the below message under ‘Post Decission Activity’ window, please confirm
    “On June 19, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice”

    • prakash on June 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Its Non – AD/ RP / Vermont center .. whats the series ?
      EAC1414****

      • Sandy on June 23, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        It’s Non-AD/RP/CA and series is WAC14143*****
        Do you know the next steps in my case?

  88. Deepa on June 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Hi I have not got my receipt number yet…I was picked up in lottery and it was notified on 5th may .Just wanted to know if thr is a delay from USCIS or issue with my application

  89. Urgent on June 19, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Raghu how do i identify that my case is regular or premium.. my employer says they r changing from regular to premium… what hey do what is the procedure… canyou please tell… my status went into post decision activity on May 23… just want to know…please tell

  90. Shankar on June 18, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    How we know that whether my name is selected in lottery or
    not. please let me know any body will provide this info.

    • vito on June 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Hello Shankar,
      Your lawyer or your company HR should have information. Nobody else will be able to provide this informaiton for you.

  91. Jaihanuman on June 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Finally, thank god… H1 approved …
    Non ad, premium process, WAC1413****,
    Receipt number received on April 17… Till June 10 status showed “acceptance”, June 11 status changed to initial review, June 18 status changed to “decision”
    Note: there is no rule that premium process status shows only “post activity decision” for approved cases. I am writing this as note Bcoz , I have read previously in this forum that premium process approved cases shows only “post activity decision ” .
    I came to know that I got RFE… Status didn’t changed to “RFE ” though. Only after uscis received my Response to RFE, status moved to “initial review” on June 11.
    Thanks to all of you …
    Thanks to raghu
    And all the best.

    • Ang on June 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Hello!! My status is initial review.. when it supposed to change? its no just 2 months for doing the initial review?
      thanks!

      • Jai hanuman on June 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Yeah … Sometimes uscis doesn’t update it on their website … For some it may be RFE when it is in initial review. I have seen such cases as well. I am just giving you an idea , I actually don’t know the period when it is going to change… Don’t worry all the best. It’s easy to tell but hard to wait… I have faced it…

  92. Red on June 18, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    any 144 series Non AD/RP approvals??? its been in intial review since long time….tensed….:(

    • Ang on June 19, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      I think initial review takes 2 weeks, is not it? we supposed to get answer before end of June … I think!

  93. reddy on June 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Any approvals non-AD/RP??

    • hib Wait on June 18, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      EAC141485**** approved on 17th June, 2014

      • Ananadhapadmanaban Madhavan on June 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Hi H1b Wait,

        Could you please let me know the First Two XX as Mine is also in the same series EAC14141501XX

      • reddy on June 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Thank u…

        • reddy on June 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

          Mine is 14142xxxxxx….are they doing the processing based on the serial number????

          • Approved on June 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM

            Mine is 14142XXXXXXXX……got approved on 18th June….



          • Approved on June 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

            Vermont center



  94. Abhimanyu on June 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Finally, received the status update from my Employer-“Rejected in lottery”. Game Over ! 🙁

  95. Pooja on June 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Got my H1 package back.

    • whyus on June 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Finally at least you have a closure..

      • Pooja on June 18, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Don’t worry, sooner or later you will know. I was AD/PP/CA. Not decided on plan B yet. When does your OPT expire? Is this your last chance?

        • whyus on June 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

          Ya only reason I was concerned was because of my travel.But after consultation with attorney, thats not a problem. No, I have 2 more chances with OPT ext..

          • vito on June 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

            whyus ..just curious Did lawyer say that you can travel with COS pending ?? that might triggera consular approval correct ??



          • whyus on June 24, 2014 at 5:56 AM

            As answered by many attorneys as well, travelling when (and if ) your h1 with cos application in under process will cause the COS part of your application being abandoned (not H1 itself). So, your H1 will still be approved. The only thing you have to do is go out of US before your OPT expires (and after October 1st) to get H1 stamping to come into H1 status. This can be done by going to Canada if you have a US masters.



    • desi_struck_in_love_with_us on June 20, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Pooja, did you receive any notice mentioning “not selected in random selection” along with package. please confirm

      • Pooja on June 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        I haven’t. I emailed the paralegal the day I received the notification asking for a rejection notice (electronic copy) but haven’t heard back from them.

  96. MK on June 17, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Hi, I did not get any updates from my employer regarding the
    lottery selection, how to track to get the status of lottery whether I have got
    selected or rejected?, please provide your answer or share the related
    blog/discussion links

  97. MK on June 17, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Hi, I did not any updates from my employer regarding the lottery
    selection, how to track to get the status of lottery whether I have got
    selected or rejected?

  98. MK on June 17, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Hi, I did not get any updates from my employer regarding the lottery
    selection, how to track to get the status of lottery selection, whether I have got selected or rejected?

  99. Vk on June 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    hi raghu.

    AD/RP/VT.. EAC14137*****

    i got my receipt dated apr 17th on apr22.
    more than 2 months, still my status is “initial receipt”. i am little concerned as i see lot other numbers getting approve.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Your case is not same as other person’s case. Stop comparing with adjust or random receipt numbers. It can take upto 4 months.

  100. Vito on June 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Guys,
    Here is the scenario
    Person X is on OPT-STEM extension with validity up to next year. H-1B is approved..Can he/ She travel to India in August 2014 (before oct-1) and re-enter on F-1. What is jeopardizing H-1B status.???

    Please help.

    • whyus on June 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Hey Vito, I don’t know if you have already read the materials. But after the 2005 USCIS clarifications, if your H1B is approved and you have another visa (OPT) then you are free to go to India and come back on the same visa (F1). Your H1 will not kick in until 10 days before Oct 1. So, you are fine travelling in other visa status but not H1. (But it’s better not to get H1 stamping when visiting in Aug because, consulate officer may cancel F1 while stamping H1. Instead, come back in F1 and go to India again after October to get H1 stamping). Murthy’s has clearly described this case.

      • vito on June 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        Thank you very much whyus. for getting back.. I did read about this online but I just wanted to make sure and also i read something about jeopardizing H-1B status if I traveled before the start date but I guess that might something before 2005…
        Thank you again though…

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      You, you can after H1b approval. what did you attorney say?

  101. Prashant Nayak on June 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Hi Raghuram — Today my employer called me and informed me that , I am NOT selected in the lottery process. Bad luck. But I wanted one infmation from you. My status was updated withe receipt number VRN150500XXX. What does VRN means/stands for?. Just for curiosity . Thanks in advance.

    • sakhu on June 16, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      was urs RP or PP ?

  102. Non AD/RP/EAC on June 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    My status is still under “initial review”. I have read in some other site that it takes from 2 to 6 months to adjudicate under Regular processing. In case if it takes more than 6 month, what are the chances to get acceptance? were there any cases where people got acceptance even after 6 or 9 month?

    • wac141445XXXXX/non-ad/rp on June 16, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      Same here buddy!
      Mine was also WAC141445xxxx under Non-AD/RP till now it’s initial review stage only however next to my numbers status are changed to other step (almost 70% numbers are changed ) but they haven’t done for anything to my case number..

      May be we need some expert opinion here.

      Hi Raghu ..Don’t fail to reply us.

      Cheers,VJ

  103. Rayalaseema Reddy on June 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Dear All;

    Though it is understandable that the Work Permit Period will start only from Oct 1st, 2014 – Is there is any Time Frame before which we can get the Selected Petitions approved by the USCIS.

  104. whyus on June 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Hi, I am AD/PP. My attorney tells they heard nothing back from USCIS. I am on F1 OPT (valid till next year) and am planning to travel to India this month. Now. I am not sure if it’s safe? I am seeing a person who got his H1 directly approved without receipt couple of days back.. I am confused..

    • vito on June 13, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      For some reason my post has not been posted.. I guess it had a link in it that is why…I have removed the link..

      until you receive the return package ,, you do not know if you have selected or not. I am not an expert just sharing my opnion, since your H-1B was filed with a particular Alien number when you exit the country USCIS ‘MAY’ perceive you as abandoning the peition

      just google abadonment of petition( I was not able to post the link)

      Again not trying to scare you. If this a family emergency or a function which you need to attend then you can go and should go. Now in case you do receive your rejection package then no issues and you can re-enter on valid f-1 visa, valid opt card and I-20 signature.

      if H-1b gets approved i believe the same opinion holds. Do get with your attorney and share what he say

      • whyus on June 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Thanks for the information. But my reasoning is, if at all they took up my case for processing, I should have long heard the result as it is Premium processing. So, only possibility now is it should directly come as h1b approved or come as rejected ? I don’t know if something PP is still under process for accepted ones.. Any thoughts on this? Thanks again

        • vito on June 16, 2014 at 8:40 AM

          Well the truth is none and none of us know how the USCIS actually functions did ny one expect the approval to come through without receipting first… Ye sI agree since it is PP you should have heard earlier but you should have also received the return package by now which you did not.. so we do not know exactly know what is happening..
          you might want to wait see till the end of the week may be to figure things out for sure..

          • whyus on June 16, 2014 at 4:36 PM

            Thanks again for the reply Vito. Have asked the attorney again if they are receiving the rejected application submitted along with mine. Strange enough luck is not favoring me to even send a rejection mail. I have scheduled my travel this week and am so confused..



    • vito on June 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      My previous posts were not posted.. I am not sure why??

  105. Pooja on June 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Haven’t heard anything yet. AD/PP/CA.

    • whyus on June 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Hi Pooja, what does your attorney say? I thought it was certain we got rejected.. but some guys are telling otherwise..

      • Pooja on June 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        @whyus:disqus: She told me that the packages have been trickling in since two weeks now, but she hasn’t seen my package yet. She told me that she’s never noticed a direct approval w/o any prior notice/receipt. She just can’t tell me officially that I’m rejected because there’s no news about my package.

        • whyus on June 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

          Especially being PP, I guess we can be certain of the rejection.. (I thought so and even made travel plans) but post from a guy below surprised me. At this point, I am just hoping to hear anything back from USCIS – rejection is fine too..

          • Pooja on June 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

            Same here, just need an official update. But at this point PP or RP doesn’t really matter. Yes, the guy has posted the news of getting approval directly, but I need atleast 4 more to post the same to believe that this could happen to me. I’m emailing the paralegal now to verify if the check got cleared. Yes, I agree, at this point, rejection is fine too.



          • kk on June 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

            I am same like you, Non AD/PP. my attorney said “it looks like you will not get H1B number”. he used word ‘looks like’ because as you mentioned, they cant use official firm language as nothing has been informed by USCIS. But I left hope as now at this time all PPs are in waiting list and chances are very very very less. if somebody rejected, then only possible.. better to go for plan B. we can always stop on plan B when we will be selected. Those ear of only one prosperous country of US gone now. Opportunities are every where in the Globalization era. Couple of my friends and relatives living in Canada. I have not heard any negative views from them about living in Canada.



  106. AD/RP/VT on June 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I got an update form my attorney that they got my petition back. AD/RP/VT

    Hard luck. I am the only one amongst my friends and colleagues who didn’t get selected in lottery 🙁

  107. Ranjith Vushakola on June 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Just got an update from my attorney about my returned packet…… Thank you…..

    • sakhu on June 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      is it PP or RP?

      • Ranjith Vushakola on June 13, 2014 at 4:55 AM

        RP

    • Tiger on June 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      I also just received my return package. 🙂

  108. Arun on June 12, 2014 at 5:14 AM

    Hi,

    My H1b was not selected in the lottery; I dont have OPT STEM Extension; I am unaware of colleges which offer CPT from the first day…

    I would be grateful if anyone can list colleges near Michigan which offer CPT from first semester

    • sakhu on June 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Michigan Technological University

  109. Anandhapadmanaban Madhavan on June 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Hi All;

    Its Good to Hear, that some of the Receipts are getting Approved atlast. Mine is EAC14141501xx, I got the Receipt Details from my Employer on 25th April.

    Can anyone tell me, when can I expect this to be approved. It is a RP / Non AD / Processed at Vermont.

    • PippynDobby on June 12, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      Mine is EAC141405xxxx (non-AD/RP/VT) and still is under initial review. It’s been a while since I’ve received my receipt notice, but the status hasn’t changed. Hopefully I will hear something back before the month ends! Good luck to you!

    • Utkarsh on June 12, 2014 at 6:16 AM

      Same with me. My EAC#EAC1414550XXX. This was shared by my project manager on May-20. Till today the status is under “Initial Review”. But one of my friend (not sure about his EAC#) got the status as “Post Decision Activity” and his processing has been commenced including dependent for H4

      • Rayalaseema Reddy on June 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Could you Please let us know, what is your Friends Receipt Number

    • Utkarsh on June 13, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      My case status is changed to RFE today 🙁

  110. gup on June 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Received rejection notice today… 🙁 in a way I am happy to have atleast some conclusion…

    Good luck to all !
    See you all next year

  111. priya on June 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    any hope for us ppl who are still waiting for receipt?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      I say 99.9% chances of receiving package back. Unless your employer already received it and haven’t passed the info to you.

      • srini on June 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Hi Raghu
        If packet is not yet returned do we have still hopes for getting receipts?

        • Tiger on June 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM

          I checked with attorney and until yesterday evening no updates yet from USCIS. I am RD/RP.

  112. Raghuram Sukumar on June 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Here’s how to transfer H1B visa before H1b start date in October.

    http://192.138.19.181/h1b-transfer-before-start-date/

  113. srini on June 11, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Any one received receipts in this week?

  114. GotReceipt on June 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I got an RFE. Raghu what are the chances of approval in case of RFE based on your experience. Receipt WAC14141*****

    • vk on June 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      r u in RD/AD? can u pls tel

      • GotReceipt on June 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        RD/RP

  115. Shekhar on June 10, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Guys Don’t loose hopes those who have not received receipt yet. I was one of those who was waiting till today for receipt number. Just before some time my HR told me that your H1B is approved, I never received receipt number till date. I am RP/AD EAC14137#####.

    On May 30, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER.

    Even my attorney and HR never received receipt, and now its done.
    So i would say until and unless you do not get your packet back wait for it. 🙂

    • hope on June 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Hope that will happen to me tomorrow

    • Hoping to get Receipt everymin on June 11, 2014 at 3:18 AM

      Congrats Shekhar!
      Could you please let us know how your HR received this information (via email)? I believe there should be some date for your receipt, so could you please check and let us know the same?
      thanks for your help.

      • Shekhar on June 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        Yes date was receipt date was 17th of April but neither my Attorney nor my HR received any receipt from USCIS. So we were thinking that petition has not been selected in the lottery.

        • H1B_Waiting on June 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

          1. Did you happen to check if your cheque was encashed earlier?
          2. How did your attorney/HR come to know of your status now, vide email/mail?
          3. And congrats for you getting picked in the lottery, you seem to be one lucky guy!!!! Hope u make good use of this opportunity…

          • Shekhar on June 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

            Its true that encashment of cheque does means you are selected in the lottery but there are cases who are picked up in the lottery but their cheque isnt encashed. Mine was encashed on 3rd June. where my h1b got approved on 30th of May.

            About status, Attorney received mail from USCIS about h1b approval. Packet is not yet received.

            And yes I am lucky as i have seen people having tough time. Yuupp definitely ..proud to be part of innovation team of a company pioneer in #Cloud #Flash#storage.
            Thanks for your wishes. Good luck.

            PS -I am trying to get more information from Attorney and USCIS why i never received any receipt or cheque encashment updates or DSO SEVIS updates. If i get any i will post here which can be helpful to someone who was floating in same boat like me.



    • sakhu on June 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      my lawyer also informed me the same as i havent heard anything back , no lottery result nor have i recieved the rejection package yet. I dont know what exactly to expECT.

      • padma on July 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Hi..may I know what happened to your case? I didn’t get any updates until now in my case.

        • sakhu on July 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

          i got my package bak in 4th week of june

          • padma on July 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

            thanks for the reply..am waiting for my package..



    • CTS_GUY on June 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Yes. It is quite true. I am from CTS and one of my friend got the receipt 3-4 days back only. Immigration team does not hide anything and inform candidates as soon as they receives the notice. It was Non AD/REG case, no idea about processing center. Current status is in RFE .

  116. Vij on June 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    NON AD/RP EAC14144XXXXX got approved on 9th June. Thanks to Raghu for such a great forum. All the best to all who are waiting for approval.

  117. F1 visa required on June 10, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    I am on h4 and want to start work on f1 or anything, can anybody tell me how to get college admission which can allow me to work.

    Raghu, couple of days ago, I have posted this in new forum but I am unable to see my post there.

    Please help me in this. How can h4 guy work in USA, getting f1 or study work visa , anything like that 🙂

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      Did you post at happyschools.com/forums/?

      • F1 visa required on June 11, 2014 at 6:25 AM

        Yes…

  118. anony on June 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Did your employer/lawyer receive it today? Or had they received it a long time ago and decided to inform you now?

  119. DK on June 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Hi,

    My H1b was not selected in the lottery; I am on OPT STEM Extension and have about 4 months left; I am unaware of colleges which offer CPT from the first day…

    I would be grateful if anyone can list a few colleges which offer CPT from the first day… My only aim is to keep my current job going.

    • me_stars on June 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Goldey-Beacom College, DE
      Lamar University, TX (?)
      University of Texas, TX
      Sullivan University, KY
      University of Florida, FL
      South Florida University, FL

      I found this info from comments in this blog, you’ll have to scroll all the way down to find them. i wish there was a way to sort / filter the comments to find things easily. i don’t have details on these universities, you’ll have to do your own research. FYI, i am in the same situation as you. i just haven’t heard back about my petition yet. at this point, i’m pretty sure it was not selected.

      • DK on June 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        Thanks a lot. I will touch base with the Goldey-Beacom College tom; its the closest to my place of work and I see that it has weekend classes… Thank you…

  120. Ashok on June 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    I got a mail from my employer, that i got selected through H1B.
    He sent me the receipt number too. So glad.. I literally lost all my hopes and was not even thinking about it

    • Non-ad on June 9, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Congrats. Could you please share the first 8 digits of the receipt no.?

      • Ashok on June 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        WAC14140

        • anony on June 9, 2014 at 6:36 PM

          Did your employer/lawyer receive it today? Or had they received it a long time ago and decided to inform you now..

          • Receipt on June 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

            this is old receipt dated 1oth april



  121. Harish on June 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Today i got the mail from attorney that my H1 was returned stating “not selected in the random process”. But my DSO college official has provided me a receipt number a month back stating my SEVIS has been updated.

    Can anyone faced a similar issue before..Greatly appreciate any help..

    • SAC JRF on June 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Ask the attorney for the scanned copy of the notice from USCIS that says your H1-B case was not selected in the lottery process. If they provide you the notice then you have to trust the attorney and accept the fact that your case was not selected.

      • Harish on June 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        My attorney has provided me the scanned copy of the rejection and similarly my college official has also provided me the screen shot of my SEVIS page which has the receipt number.

        • SAC JRF on June 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

          If your attorney provided you with the scanned copy of the notice from USCIS that says not selected in the lottery then you have go with the attorney’s word because the attorney gets H1-B approval/rejection notice, not DSO.
          Try entering the receipt number that DSO gave you into USCIS website and see what you get; I suspect it will say the case not found.

  122. kaos on June 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Received my package back. Just got an email from the attorney this morning. Went through the rejection notice and it says “USCIS received your petition during this time-frame however it was not among those randomly selected for processing.” Surprised by the fact that a random computer generated process decides fate.Thanks Raghu for this forum and all the guys posting their updates. Signing off.

  123. SAC JRF on June 9, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Finally a closure from attorney – “We have received confirmation
    that the H-1B filed on your behalf was not accepted for
    processing under the Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B quota.”
    Currently, I am on OPT-STEM extension which expires on October, 14th, 2014. My H1-B case was filed under Advanced degree with Premium Processing.

  124. coolgoks on June 9, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Non AD / RP, WAC14143XXXXX approved on Jun 3

  125. coolgoks on June 9, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Non AD / RP, WAC14143XXXXX approved on Jun 3.

    • GotReceipt on June 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Congrats, mine Non AD / RP, WAC14141XXXXX is still in Initial Review stage. How it’s possible?

  126. Sergey on June 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    WAC14143xxxxx changed to RFE

  127. Vinay on June 7, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    WAC14143XXXXX approved.

    • Tester on June 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Good 2 hear and.Congrats
      Yours NON-AD or AD /RP ?????

      • Sergey on June 9, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        Non AD / RP

      • Vinay on June 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        AD / RP

    • GotReceipt on June 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Congrats, mine Non AD / RP, WAC14141XXXXX is still in Initial Review stage. How it’s possible?

  128. Mainframes on June 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Hi, as i have not received the receipt# till today , i accepted the fact that my case has not been selected for H1 – B this year, now i would like to know my options. I am currently on I -94, is it possible to file a fresh L1-B from US itself, or i need to go back to India and then only can apply for Fresh L1-B through the current employer ? Any suggestions ???

    • AUimmi on June 8, 2014 at 6:29 AM

      your case is complex it will better if you to take a expert opinion instead of us.

    • kk on June 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      I am on L1B too and now visa for only 6 months. You said fresh L1B that means I assume you have used total 5 years duration. if not then it will be an extension of 2 years. In that case, I think you can apply for L1B extension from here as the extension is basically for getting new I-94 for another 2 years but no need to stamp visa if you are in USA. But if you go outside US before expire of current I-94, then you have to file for L1B extension + visa stamp from India. LIFE IS HARD EVEN IF WE ARE IN AMERICA.

      • Mainframes on June 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Thanks KK, can i ask my employer to file the L1-B extension even though i am currently on I-94, as i was told that extension cannot be filed on I-94 and ext on L1-B must be file atleast a day before L1-B VISA expiry date. Is this not true ?

  129. LooserLooser on June 7, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Guys,
    Any H1B Approval letter on WAC 143 0R 144 series receipt numbers under Non-AD/RP.

    Finger crossed 🙂

    • AUimmi on June 8, 2014 at 6:27 AM

      Need to wait at least another 15 to 20 days or else till July 2014.

  130. DK on June 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    AD/RP – Got an email from my lawyer – “File returned; not selected in the lottery”.

  131. Ak on June 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Hey Raghu bro!!

    my receipt is wac14143*****

    i just checked today that the person who is two no. less and who is two
    no. more than my no., have been approved yesterday. and many more near my number have been approved or given RFE.

    What does this mean? When will i get my approval. My status is still showing “Inital review”

    How are they approving… is it random or based on company or name?

    is Approval process still not decoded till now by you or any expert 🙂

    • AUimmi on June 8, 2014 at 6:36 AM

      It’s serial Random Selection process includes background check feedback and other formulas in it, don’t worry and too early to pay attention but according me , you will need wait another 15 days to hear a response from them.next update for WAC 143 & 144 Series on June 16th 2014.

  132. kaos on June 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I just emailed my attorney regarding any update on my petition. In her own words “I received two rejected H-1B packages for other clients yesterday. I anticipate that within the next week, I will receive all rejections.” Such is life. I believe its over 🙁 All the best and congrats to the one who are selected..!!

  133. RK on June 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Non-AD/PP Packet received today

  134. Abdul on June 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    AD/RP/VT

    Package returned, not selected in the lottery.

    • Mohan on June 6, 2014 at 4:12 AM

      Are they providing any rejection receipt?

  135. RHS on June 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    My package returned today. Didn’t get selected in the lottery. 🙁

  136. miirshad on June 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Non-AD/PP Packet received today.. 🙁
    Good luck to all those who got selected..
    thanks to happyschools.com for your help.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Tough luck. It’s brutal world we live in. Are you based in USA?

      • Quest on June 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        This blog has been truly helpful during these tough times. Raghu, are there any colleges providing CPT from day one in the Bay Area (apart from ITU)?

      • miirshad on June 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Yes..

    • sakhu on June 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      i am sure even i will get my package back soon Non AD /PP

  137. VK on June 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    my receipt # has been on “INITIAL RECEIPT” FOR 1.5 MONTHS

    EAC141375****

    Have ppl started getting “approval”? should i panic now of getting RFE bcoz of delay?

    AD/RP/VT

    • vk on June 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Typo..

      “INITIAL REVIEW”

    • Boris on June 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      MINE WAS INITIAL REVIEW FOR SIMILAR AMOUNT OF TIME AND NOW “REQUEST FOR EVIDENCE”.

  138. utk on June 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Finally got rejection letter yesterday. (not selected in lottery) PP/AD california.

  139. srini on June 5, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Hi Guys
    Any one received receipts in this week?

  140. kishore on June 5, 2014 at 4:35 AM

    EAC14140XXXXX got approved …..regular non AD

    • Anandhapadmanaban M on June 5, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      When did you got your Receipt

      • kishore on June 6, 2014 at 4:23 AM

        june 4th

        • kishore on June 6, 2014 at 4:25 AM

          sorrry..receipt was received on april 10nth as per uscis …got approved on june 4th…

      • kishore on June 6, 2014 at 4:42 AM

        receipt was recieved on april 10nth….approval on june 4th…

    • srini on June 12, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      if u dont mind could u paste next two digits please?
      EAC14140??XXX

  141. Narayana on June 4, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Hi, i am still waiting for lottery result. don’t know the status as of now.
    Still there is a hope for positive result??????????

    • VENKATA on June 5, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      I don’t think so.

  142. Narayana on June 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Hi, i am still waiting for lottery result. don’t know the status as of now.
    Still there is a hope for passitive result…

    • sakhu on June 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      No more hopes , its time for plan B. U shud get the rejection package now soon, all rejection packages have started to reach the attorney all lottery results are already anounced

  143. Aishwarya on June 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    I’m currently on H4 visa. Got thru H1B lottery this year Non AD/Regular processing, 4 year engg degree in Biotechnology) I received a RFE(saw online) yesterday but yet to get it in mail.What kind of RFE can I expect?Thanks
    Aishwarya

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      It can be simple to complex 11 page RFE. Send me a the copy when you get it. Thanks.

    • Aishwarya on June 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Thanks for your response. I will send the RFE once I get it. Can I also know if this is a situation that people in the past has gone through succesfully or a tough one to go through !non IT engg grads in IT esp one’s like me 🙁

      • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Depends on RFE, employer’s response.

        • Joydeep on June 5, 2014 at 4:23 AM

          I can guess right Raghu! Education and experience evaluation in details would be reqd like my case.

      • Receipt on June 6, 2014 at 7:13 AM

        NON IT are getting my one more friend from biotech RFE!u can get in touch with her

        • Aishwarya on June 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

          How shall I contact her ?

    • Viswanathan on June 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM

      Hi Aishwarya, Whats the Current Status of Your H1B??

      • Aishwarya on June 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        RFE requested -educational credential evaluation. You have same situation?

    • Viswanathan on July 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      How much of Work experience do you HAve??

      • Aishwarya on July 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        3 years

    • Aishwarya on August 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Approved 🙂

  144. pradeep on June 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    my h1b details
    approval oct 2007-
    stamped aug 2008
    expiry oct 2010
    Will I be cap exempt can I apply for h1b now?

    • pradeep on June 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Not sure if I asked in the right forum but pls advise me

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Post your question in the H1B section under Forums.

  145. Shekhar on June 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Some guy named Mohan below asked for this receipt number “Wac1417151048”. If its H1B application or not. (I am not sure if its H1B extension or something else)

    When i checked case status belonging to that receipt number i found this.”On June 3, 2014, 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. “

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      I-129 is H1b but this will can be transfer, extension or Cam-Exempt H1B.

  146. Receipt on June 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Many RP non AD got approval/ post decision 141 and 147 series yesterday.

    • Harry on June 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Hi,

      Mine is EAC14147XXXXX and it is still in Initial review. Dis you mean all 147 series got decision yesterday?

      • Receipt on June 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        u shld get soon..Dont worry mine 141 havent got yet but in my series most of them got

        • vk on June 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

          mine..EAC141375**** got apr 14th as selected lottery. can u tell you next 3 #s. after 141? is it at initial review still as mine?

          • Receipt on June 6, 2014 at 4:03 AM

            They are not doing in order of receipts many friend 147 141 RP got approval mine 140 hence its random.So we have to wait!



          • vk on June 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

            Tnx for d info. hope we get soon



        • vk on June 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

          mine is EAC14137*** is your same in same range? waiting me too

    • Thank God on June 5, 2014 at 3:58 AM

      Hi,
      Mine is EAC14147XXXXX and witth gods grace got it approved yesterday .. now how do we get appointment for visa stamping interview .. normally how long from here will take for that interview ?

      • Receipt on June 5, 2014 at 6:10 AM

        U have to get they 1 797 form from ur employeer and book visa slot in usa consulate u need to book 1 month prior since it will be booked soo u can get ur stamping by july mid.

  147. LA on June 4, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    AD/RP: The attorney do not have any update of my petition. We are still waiting for good/bad news. Does any of you know a School, that provides CPT from the every first day in Florida? Now I am outside US, but I really want to relocate to there, and I would like to figure out some plan b. Thanks in advance of all help.

    • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      University of Florida

      • LA on June 4, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Thanks Sakhu. Do you know another one specially in South Florida?

        • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

          south florida university offers CPT. Do u have a masters degree from USA? what is ur visa status?

          • LA on June 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

            I am out of US, but I am planning to start a masters.



          • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

            if u dont have a masters now , and u are out of US then u need to apply for F1 visa then CPT is granted after 1st semester only if you have chosen a field which requires CPT from sem 1. Every college has its own rules and regulations of giving CPT for a particluar field . i wud suggest you speak with the admission officer and get more info before making any decisions.



      • LA on June 4, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Another doubt. Even that I am outside US right now, Am I able to ask for CPT from day 1?

        • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

          do u have an offer already? it shud be related to ur field of studies

          • LA on June 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM

            No, I dont. I am out of US, but I am planning to start a masters and try to find some work with CPT authorization.



          • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

            do u already have a US degree?



  148. Mohan on June 4, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Can any one please tell me is Wac1417151048 a h1b application or not.

    • mani on June 4, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      yes it is

      • Shekhar on June 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        If this is H1B receipt then this is strange, Check this status.

        “On June 3, 2014, 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.”

        • Tiger on June 4, 2014 at 3:35 PM

          Something is going on in USCIS still. Even God doesnt know.

          • kaos on June 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

            It can be a cap exempted petition..



    • Mohan on June 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Raghu can u please check this and reply so that many of them can have a hope.

      • Joydeep on June 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        This one can be extension or cap exempt or transfer of H1B visa…… not a new H1B Under Cap.

      • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        I-129 application is for H-1B.

  149. Harry on June 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Hi,

    I got a receipt EAC14147XXXXX with notice date as Apr 29th and the status says initial review. Please advice when the status generally change.

    • Guest on June 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Did you get the receipt for the first time today?

      • Harry on June 3, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Yes.

    • sush on June 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      when did u receive ur receipt number?

      • Harry on June 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        I got the reciept today from the company who had filed for me. I am not sure when they received. As per receipt the notice date is Apr 29th and received date 10th Apr.

  150. Guest on June 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Hi, my status is:Request for Evidence. could anyone please tell me what kind of evidence they might want? thank you very much!

    • mani on June 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      check with your employer.

    • sow on June 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      what is your receipt starts with?

  151. Boris on June 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    status: Request for Evidence. Could anyone please tell me what kind of evidence they might want? thank you very much!

  152. Sankara K on June 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Any one from Tech Mahindra ?

  153. B logical on June 3, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Hi,

    Please post if anyone filed through Atlanta base employer name: Corpsystems!

  154. B logical on June 3, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Hi,

    Anyone who filed through employer name : Corpsystems!

  155. vinit on June 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    My employer received back my H1 rejected package. Reason: Not selected in Lottery.
    AD-PP-CA

  156. Richi on June 2, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    AD/RP/CA : Got the rejection letter today from the attorney. On Opt extension and looking for an alternative. Hard to find a School that provides CPT from the every first day in St Louis Area .

    • sakhu on June 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Sullivan university provides CPT they have admissions for this summer session starting June 2014. They are in louisville KY.

      You can contact
      Vinay Patel, M.A.
      International Admissions Officer
      Sullivan University
      Admissions Office
      3101 Bardstown Rd
      Louisville, KY 40205
      [email protected]
      Phone: (502) 413-8537
      Fax: (502) 456-0040

      • RHS on June 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        I am on OPT Ext and didn’t got selected in lottery. Any schools near Charlotte, NC that provide CPT from first day.

        • sakhu on June 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

          Try for
          Goldey-Beacom College it is closer and they give CPT from day 1 how ever students must live and work near Washington and new york area
          This is what i recieved when i inquired about CPT with Goldey beacom college.
          CPT can be approved for full time employment once the Change of Status has been approved, but not before that. When CPT is approved, permission to work is posted to Page 3 of the I-20 and the student is enrolled in a one-credit-hour CPT internship class, a net cost of $773. This has a one-year duration, and can be renewed the following year. Students must live and work within the Washington DC to New York City area.

          • me_stars on June 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

            This information is really helpful. thanks Sakhu!
            Do you know of colleges in NJ, NY, Boston area that allow CPT from the first sem? thanks so much!



          • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

            Goldey beacom in Delaware they allow u to work in NY and Washington DC. You dont have to attend college every day it will be once a month i guess. You can email the
            Admissions Representative and ask any questions you have, she will email you all the details.
            [email protected]



          • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

            FYI – I spent like 3 hours talking to that person you you will be emailing from GBC last week.



          • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

            sorry i didnt understand ?



          • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

            I spent last week in NAFSA conference for Educators. I spent few hours talking about CPT, OPT with the person who actually handles applications, I-20, admission for international students in GB college.



          • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

            and what did they say?



          • HopesAlive on June 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

            Hello Sakhu,
            Do you know any colleges in Michigan which can offer CPT from day 1?



          • sakhu on June 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

            i am not sure if its from Day 1 but u can inquire
            Michigan Technological University



          • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

            this is what i recieved when i inquired with GBC for CPT currently i am on L2 and if i change to F1
            (If your COS is approved before the session starts, the earliest CPT can legally begin is the Monday after your first class. If your CPT is approved in the middle of a session, you are welcome to apply as soon as you submit your approval notice to your academic advisor.)



          • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM

            If you are on L2, you can apply for EAD and apply for jobs right? Why are you looking for colleges?



          • sakhu on June 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM

            yes i already have EAD card and i am working since 10 months on EAD, how ever my status will change to H4 IN OCT becuase i didnt get thru in lottery this year hence this is my plan B



          • Raghuram Sukumar on June 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

            Ok. that makes sense.



          • sakhu on June 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

            i have a question, currently i am on L2 i can start my first sem on L2 and request for COS which takes say 3 months , college is ready to give me CPT after i complete first sem . this is possible even if i am on L2 in first sem and then change to F1 from second sem and while on CPT? My college is asking me to do first do COS and then only i can start my first sem on F1 which is actually not correct because as per USCIS on L2 i can study full time



          • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

            You’re welcome!



          • RHS on June 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

            Thanks for your reply.



      • Richi on June 3, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Thank you so much for the Help. But my place is around 260 miles away from Louisville. Most colleges provides CPT for the companies located in radius of 150-200 miles. This one exceeds that. Is it a good idea to talk to Mr. Patel about the first day CPT.

        • sakhu on June 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

          yes it does not matter where you work. i have a friend in st louis who travels once a month to louisville she is in same college doing MBA and on CPT working in st louis. And as you already have a degree from USA u will get CPT from day 1 its the same with my friend who is attending same college

      • pzz on June 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Sakhu do you know any university in Texas that offers CPT from Day 1? Any information would be really appreciated

        • sakhu on June 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

          Lamar University
          Univ of Texas El Paso

      • Question on June 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Thanks, Sakhu. Do you know of any colleges providing CPT from day one in the Bay Area (apart from ITU)?

        • sakhu on June 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

          California state university… u can inquire i am not sure if they give CPT from day 1. Its most unlikely. Colleges give CPT from second sem or after third sem min. Sullivan givens CPT from second SEM .And only if u have a US master degree and if ur course qualifies for CPT then u can get from day 1

  157. Anandhapadmanaban M on June 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Hi All;

    I got my H1B Receipt from my employer on 25th April. My Receipt Number is EAC14141501XX. Received Date as per the Receipt is 10th April 2014 and the Notice Date as per the Receipt is 22nd April 2014. I had filed my Petition under Regular Category in Vermont Processing Center.

    The Current Status as per USCIS Website is INITIAL REVIEW.

    Please let me know, when can I expect the result of this Initial Review.

    • Guest on June 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      it can take between 2 – 4 months ( from April 10th )

    • Joydeep on June 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Plz keep patience friend. You will get to know soon.

  158. Yogendra on June 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Even I haven’t received anything back yet. I think, we should wait for one more week as package return process is still in progress.

  159. Yogi on June 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    I applied my H1 in premium and i did not get my return package yet, is there any chance to get selected?

  160. RK on June 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    has anyone got updates for AD/RP WAC14137 series? mine is still in initial review

  161. Sankara K on June 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    My employer has not yet shared the lottery results with anyone.
    Is there any other way that we can track for the results ?

    Guess there are no options until the sponsor reviles the information. am I correct ?

    • pzz on June 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      i’m in same boat. Haven’t heard anything yet about the lottery result!!

      • Sankara K on June 3, 2014 at 5:38 AM

        Which Organization ?

        • Janey Alam on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 AM

          Same here…..Haven’t heard anything yet about the lottery result!! Filed Under Premium Processing…

        • srini on June 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM

          check your manager in techmahindra for your h1 status

          • Sankara K on June 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

            I checked with my Manager but he too said that there are no updates from Immigration team.

            Have you received the receipt & when did u receive it ?

            Please help me out. They are not disclosing any information..



    • Sankara K on June 3, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Can anyone suggest if we can track the receipt number via passport details are so ?

      • Bharath on June 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        No, your employer has to share your receipt details with you. After that, you can track your status on the website of USCIS.

      • NoResult-AD/RP on June 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        If you are on F-1 Visa then you can ask your DSO about any changes on your Sevis Record. If you are selected it will show Pending H1B Status.

  162. Vinoth Kumar on June 2, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    IS any one got receipt number recently .
    Do we need to wait till June end or it is closed .( rejected )

    • Faceoff on June 2, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      my friend got on May 20 th May.

      Non-ad/RP/WAC14144xxxxX

  163. sow on June 2, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    does anyone know when we can expect the results for EAC14148 series?

    • Faceoff on June 2, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Relax Buddy, 144 and 145 Series are last 🙂

    • Sourav on June 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Approval is case to case basis. I know someone (Non AD/RP) in 14147 series getting approved last week. While there are people from earlier series yet to be decided on. Keep calm and enjoy your lottery selection.

    • Bharath on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      There are some people I know (with series 148) who got their receipts recently. Courier services take unduly long at times to deliver your receipt to your employer. Please keep checking with your employer at the same time!

  164. GotReceipt on June 1, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    How to know receipt number provided by company is yours as in status checking uscis website don’t give give any information about you.

    • VJ on June 2, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      Ask your employer to send the scanned copy of the receipt. It should have your name along with the receipt number.

  165. Anu on May 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Just a test messgae. as i am not seeing any update on this blog for quite long time

  166. abcd on May 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    My case status is in post decision activity and it says on May 6th the petition I129 was processed and sent to address on file. It does not say approved or rejected. What does this mean? Does anyone else’s status say this?

    • GotReceipt on May 31, 2014 at 5:59 AM

      My case is in initial review state only. Don’t worry. Btw your receipt number starts with what WAC or EAC?

    • Joydeep on May 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Good for you…. Congrats!!

  167. abcd on May 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Hi…My case status is in post decision activity..it says on May 6th your I129 petition was processed and sent to the address on file..It does not say approved or rejected..What does this mean? Does someone else’s status say this?

  168. shivraj on May 30, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    I have got receipt number today from my emplaoyer Non-AD/RP WAC14141XXXXXX. Its in initial review state. So do i need to any thing now to get to Post decision Activity state

    • Joydeep on May 30, 2014 at 4:25 AM

      Who is the employer?
      Nothing go off to sleep.

      • shivraj on May 30, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        I can’t share employer name but its a small/mid size company

        • yashi on May 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

          Hi, Did your employer told you anything about when your cheque was encashed?

          • GotReceipts on May 31, 2014 at 5:47 AM

            No they don’t give such information. They have given receipt number only.



          • GotReceipt on May 31, 2014 at 5:56 AM

            How much time It could generally takes for application to be in Initial Review state



        • yashi on May 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

          Hi, Can you please tell that is your employer told u anything about your cheque getting cleared?

    • srini on May 30, 2014 at 4:29 AM

      what is receipt number. i think wac1414XX is long back generated number. kindly check and let me know

      • shivraj on May 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        How to check whether it’s long back generated number

        • Joydeep on May 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

          141 determines number of days starting from 1st October 2013….obviously working days!! 141 means either 21st April or 22nd April was the notice date of your receipt.

    • Receipt on May 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      141 is old its generated in april 11 only 141 means 141 day from october 1 soo u shld get approval by june 10 wait for status change once ur status approved u get a form and go for stamping congrats ur 90% work is done

      • Anandhapadmanaban M on June 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Hi;

        My Receipt Number is EAC14141501XX, I got the receipt from my Employer on 25th April, 2014.

        Please let me know, when can I expect update on my Receipt. The Current Status as per USCIS Website is INITIAL REVIEW

  169. sssaka on May 29, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I work for an IT company and we filed a pretty large number of H1B petitions. Got receipts less than 1/2 of our filings — no new receipts in the past 2 weeks. All the remaining petitions are still unresolved — presumably they will returned due to lottery but we haven’t gotten ANY of those rejected packages yet. Very frustrating. I don’t think anyone has gotten rejected packages yet have they? In the past week we began to get RFEs as well as approvals on the petitions that were successfully filed under the lottery.

    • sunny on May 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      yes, even for my company it is same result. I am one of unlucky one.

    • Joydeep on May 30, 2014 at 4:30 AM

      Packages are being returned slowly.
      You nd to wait for the same.

  170. Guest2211 on May 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Hey Everyone ,

    H-1 returns of cases that were NOT selected in lottery will start end-May to beginning-June.I read it on Twitter account of immigration com . Why didn’t Raghu Post it here , i think this is an important news as far as H1 waiting candidates are concerned . Raghu too is getting bored now we understand

    • srini on May 30, 2014 at 4:12 AM

      can you please post it message completely in Twitter message account

      • Guest on May 30, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Hey srini ,

        Attached is the message .

        • srini on June 2, 2014 at 7:53 AM

          so we hope we can expect receipts also this time.

    • Joydeep on May 30, 2014 at 4:34 AM

      Nopes Raghu is busy attending NAFSA….He will be back on Sunday.

      • Raghuram Sukumar on June 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        I’m back. Hope you guys had a chance to see the photos and videos from the blog.

        Caught-up with sleep and ready to write/comment here again.

        So, what did I miss here in last week?

        • Anandhapadmanaban M on June 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

          Hi Raghu;

          I got my H1B Receipt from my employer on 25th April. My Receipt Number is EAC14141501XX. Received Date as per the Receipt is 10th April 2014 and the Notice Date as per the Receipt is 22nd April 2014. I had filed my Petition under Regular Category in Vermont Processing Center.

          The Current Status as per USCIS Website is INITIAL REVIEW.

          Please let me know, when can I expect the result of this Initial Review.

        • Joydeep on June 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

          Which blog raghu?

          • Raghuram Sukumar on June 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

            New blog posts are always posted on home page.

            You need to subscribe via RSS to get new updates.



          • Joydeep on June 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

            Raghu,
            Mailed you on happyschools id regarding RFE of my petition. Should i send you the notice?need your help urgently.



          • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM

            Saw your email. Will reply to it later today.



          • Joydeep on June 5, 2014 at 4:33 AM

            Thanks. I believe you hv recvd the rfe notice sent in a seperate mail. Please let me know.



          • Joydeep on June 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

            Got chance to look at the rfe notice?



    • Joydeep on May 30, 2014 at 4:37 AM

      Btw the return packages had already began to be sent …… the process is slow now. End may it might just pick up.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      I was in conference at NAFSA in San Diego. I have updated where I was and what I was doing via live blogging ( videos and photos). Will check what’s going on in H1B world today.

      • srinivas121 on June 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Raghu. my employer still says they havent received any status on our receipt. can we still hope to receive a receipt notification or should we wait for rejection notice.

  171. Non-Ad/Rp on May 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Iam feeling bad to day i got my return packet

    • Joydeep on May 30, 2014 at 4:33 AM

      Very sorry for that…… but look out fr other optuons.

  172. srini on May 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Any one got receipts in recently ? . if it is received pls provided receipt number

  173. kris on May 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    One of my friend who got through H1B lottery this year now is
    shifting to kuwait and doesn’t need or lets say not interested in H1B
    and is quitting the company.

    I didn’t get through H1B lottery this year and the same company has applied for both us via Fragomen.

    Can the petition be transferred to me ? Before the petitions are sent back ? can anything be done?

    • NO on May 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      NO

  174. Vito on May 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    AD/RP Still waiting and Frustrated.. On EXtension right now.. Is it advisable to travel to India right now…

    • kaos on May 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Me too in the same boat. 🙁 When is your OPT expiring??

      • vito on May 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        I have about a year left kaos….How about yourself and alternate plans ??

        • vito on May 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM

          Any inputs on the travel issue ??

          • kaos on May 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM

            Mine is ending on 1st June This Sunday. Haven’t heard anything about my h1b case. I am enrolling for school for MBA. This system just sucks.:(. Regarding Travel, i don’t think you will have problems unless you carry all the information as in employment letter, pay stub, i-20’s.



          • vito on May 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

            Kaos man I cannot agree with you more…this whole process is frustrating..
            Are you looking at options where you can work while you are studying as well like CPT or something else.??
            Some ppl i know are looking at community colleges which let you work with a CPT from first semester.
            Thanks for the reply htough…



          • me_stars on May 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

            vito, can u plz share names of the community colleges you are referring to?
            thanks.
            also, i don’t know about india, but i’m from nepal and it is not advisable to travel unless you have a good reason to enter the US again. For example, if you already have an I-20 issued for your masters, you could travel back & forth without any issues, however, if you are currently on OPT which is expiring soon, it is doubtful that they would let you enter US. its best to consult an attorney.



          • vito on May 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM

            I will have to get back to you on some of the names of the colleges.. I am not sure..So thanks for the heads up .. I will get with an attorney



          • rhs on May 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

            I haven’t heard anything yet too, AD/RP. Did you get chance to get the college names, VITO?



          • kaos on May 28, 2014 at 5:15 PM

            You have a year left so it won’t be a problem. Carry all your i-20s, employment letter, paystubs. Don’t understand that my prev comment was deleted or it didn’t got through 😀



          • vito on May 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

            I don;t see my comment either.. this is wierd. that was a whole big rant i had written up there..



  175. Approved on May 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    People are getting approval notices.
    Can anybody explain what are the next steps involved after approval.

    Thanks

  176. Harish on May 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    I am AD/RP . I haven’t received the receipt from my attorney till now .But my college DSO official has informed me that my SEVIS status has been updated to pending and provided me a receipt(EAC14136*****).I couldn’t find the status of it online(No case found).What does this mean??pls let me know..

    • kaos on May 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Hi Harish,
      When did your college DSO inform you about the SEVIS update???

      • Harish on May 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        almost 20 – 30 days back..precisely April 23rd.She also checked few of my friends and all of them who are in pending status have got either receipts or approvals by now..

    • Guest on May 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Should not be worried at all.

      If your SEVIS status has been updated with the receipt number, then you are selected. I had a same situation although I had received the copy of receipt from my attorney. I could not track down my case on the web-site until the day it got approved.

      So I would not be worried.

      • Harish on May 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Thanks

      • Harish on May 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Hi ..My attorney just informed me that the check has not been cashed till now..:(

        • Guest on May 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

          I would not be worried about too much, I expect the check should be cached anytime soon.

          If your SEVIS status has been updated along with receipt number, you should be good to go.

  177. TCS Assosiate on May 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I am an associate of TCS. When I inquired the status of my petition, visa processing team said they are awaiting lottery status, what does this mean lottery long back most people got receipts. Any thoughts? or my petition did not went through this lottery process.

    • vamsi on May 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      I am also on the same page ( I am Not from TCs though). At this point of time, it is highly unlikely we get a receipt number than a return package.

    • Guest on May 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Most likely it means, they have not received the receipt indicating you have been selected in the lottery. Also since they have not received the return package, they officially can not state you have been not selected lottery yet. You still have a slim hope.

  178. Mohan on May 27, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Are receipt numbers still coming out.
    Raghu as per you please let us know the last receipt number.
    We also have EAC141167999 for I129 h1b application just accepted on 23rd may.
    There are many more accepted on and around 20 may.
    So can we expect them to release soon.

    • Sam on May 27, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      Hope fully they might

      • srini on May 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        Hi Mohan
        Pls share complete receipt number which u have find out in case history

  179. Anandhapadmanaban M on May 27, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    Hello World;

    Hearing News from People, whose Petition had been filed in California (WAC) getting Approved congrats to them.

    Is there any one, whose Petition had been filed in Vermont (EAC) got Approved. Please let us know your Receipt Number (EAC – 14 – 141XXXX)

    • Abi on May 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      EAC-14-147-xxxxx got approved on 12th May..

      • Rayalaseema Reddy on May 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

        I guess yours was processed under Premium Category. Please let me know. Mine was processed under Regular Ctegory

        • Abi on May 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM

          Mine was Non-AD/ Regular Processing

          • Rayalaseema Reddy on May 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

            Could you please let me know the First Two Numbers of the Last 5 Digits of your Receipt Number.

            Mine is EAC – 14 – 141 – 50XXX (Non – AD / Regular Processing)



    • fff on May 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      EAC14147-XXXXX got approved on 5th may

      • Rayalaseema Reddy on May 28, 2014 at 7:24 AM

        I guess yours was processed under Premium Category

  180. YK on May 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    any hopes for AD / RP ?????????

    • Emptymind on May 27, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      u need to wait one more week or else until return package u received anyway Gud luck

  181. Govind on May 26, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    My receipt WAC14144XXXXX, NON-AD/RP
    Any one got approval on 144 series

    • PeterAdora on May 27, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      Hello Mr. Govind,
      Hope you are having a good sleep now a days !
      Yours Non-AD/RP and moreover 144 series I think you need to wait for some more days / at least June 16th 2014 in additionally, this time most of my friends / relatives received a RFE request for few small information documents also under both RP/PP request I request you to check your all documents once again .If you feel any semester marks memo or marketing/ sales experience or reliving letters are missing in your H1B packet please arrange the documents on ASAP instead of their request on your case number.
      According my experience and observation on H1B getting approval on first time itself < 40 % after RFE status is < 65% .

      All the best 🙂

      Cheers,
      Peter Adora

      • Anandhapadmanaban M on May 27, 2014 at 6:44 AM

        Hi Peter;

        My Receipt # is EAC141415XXXX (RP / Non AD / Outside US). I had received the Intimation from my Employer on 25th April 2014.

        Please let me know, when can I expect result for mine.

        • Peter Adora on May 27, 2014 at 8:36 AM

          Hi Anand,
          Sorry I’m not aware of EAC end,

          Cheers,
          Peter Adora

          • Anandhapadmanaban M on May 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM

            Thanks for the Info Peter.

            Pray to the Almighty for getting a Quicker Approval for my Work Petition



      • Joydeep on May 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Hi Peter,

        Could you please let me know how mych time it would take for RFE notice to reach attorney or employer?

      • Thank God on May 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        What do u mean by 40% ?? Inorder to get selected in lottery for non Ad /RP we had only around 40% chance , now out of this 40 we have again only 40% chance to get approved straight without RFE ? Does that mean the overall chance to get approved without any trouble is just 16% ?? Thats too slim ..

  182. Shri on May 26, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    @happyschools:disqus It would be helpful if you share your thought on how approval process will be and war is current status? because 20 days back i received mail from my employer saying my petition got picked up in lottery and it is in approval stage , but till today no updated . I am following your blog as well as USCIS twitter …!!

  183. Thank God on May 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    hi raghu, i have received my receipt on may 7th , Right now i’m in india .. what are the next processing formalities ? i dont really get the part where visa is approved .. then what about visa stamping interview ? how do we get notified its date ?

  184. Thank God on May 25, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Hi raghu , I have received my receipt around may 7th . Right now i’m in India . what are the formalities ahead? learned my visa will get approved only after visa interview .. how long will it normally takes to get interview date ? how am i gonna get notified ? is it through my employer or does USCIS email us directly ?

  185. Approved on May 24, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Got approved today.. Non-AD/RP

    • mani on May 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      ur receipt number is likeXXX-14139— or XXX14140—?

    • h1b non-ad/rp/ on May 25, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      congrats! can you confirm the first 7 digits of your receipt number pls?

      • Approved on May 25, 2014 at 4:50 AM

        Its WAC14141xxxxx

    • Thank God on May 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      R u in US or Outside US ?

      • Approved on May 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Am in INDIA

  186. DO or DIE on May 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    It seems Two people got the pckage back, its better to know the status atleast early instead of waiting then get disappointed later, this is better.

  187. Guest on May 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Need Suggestion…

    IN USCIS portal, my receipt status changed directly from Initial Review to
    Post Decision Activity.

    The description is like “On May 22, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER…. ”

    So, is it confirmed that my application is approved?

    Thanks.

    • Guest on May 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Yes

    • Keep-Quite!!!! on May 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      No, That means u will be rejected , in ur visa interview 🙂

    • Joydeep on May 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Congrats!

  188. crinela on May 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Got my receipt notice number today: WAC-14-144.

    There was a screw up at the lawyer’s office and they didn’t notify me I was selected until now… although they had the receipt for 3 weeks!!

    Maybe you should ping your lawyers to check they haven’t forgotten about your case 🙂 like it happened to me.

    Good luck to all still waiting!

    • Joydeep on May 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Congrats. Bettr late than never.

  189. Petition_approved on May 24, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Petition approved on 5/22.
    RP, Non-Ad.
    Got receipt number on 4/24.
    WAC141395xxxx
    Good luck to all.

    • Joydeep on May 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Congrats! Thanks.

    • Thank God on May 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      R u in US or outside US ?

      • Petition_approved on May 26, 2014 at 6:02 AM

        I am in India

  190. Rana on May 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I have received application packet back today. What a start to long weekend 🙁

    • Rana on May 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      AD/RP/Vermont

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Hard luck. That’s the second update today about people reporting returned package.

  191. VENKATA on May 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Right now y wife is on L1 visa and my self on L2. We have validatiy till March 7th.

    We both applied for H1B this. My wife application got selected in the lottery.

    If the H1B approved for my wife, if we want to continue on L status till March 7 2015.

    What is the process for it?

    • Firezone on May 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Its better get H4 then stay at home 🙂

    • Guest on May 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      On 1st Oct your wife will be automatically convert to H1-B and has to work with H1-B employer and no longer work with L1 employer. You have to file COS (Change of Status) from your L2 to H4 otherwise you may be without status from Oct 1. To prevent and continue on L1, L2. Your wife need to travel outside US and re-enter US before Oct 1. The easiest way is get Canadian visa. Visit Niagra fall, get out of US and make a U turn and re-enter. You will be back on your L1 and can stay with your L1 even after Oct 1.

  192. VENKATA on May 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Still any chances for NON AD regular processing…mine is no update

  193. Sandhya on May 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Hi,

    FYI , I got my Petition Package back today. I guess , my employer received it yesterday and informed it to me today . Whoever gets their packet back , do not worry be happy 🙂 . God might have some other plan in store for you .

    Thanks,
    Sandhya

    • Waiting.... on May 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      PP or RP?

      • Sandhya on May 23, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        AD/RP

    • Navya on May 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Do you fall under NON AD regular processing ?

      • Sandhya on May 23, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Mine was AD/RP

    • Bharath on May 23, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Great spirit Sandhya 🙂 All the very best!

  194. pzz on May 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Still any Hope for getting selected in AD/RP?

    • Navya on May 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      You have chances till you get back your packages.

      • pzz on May 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Thanks!!

  195. Guest on May 23, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Guys, I think there is some link wher we can update our receipt numbers with the status to track every body’s status.. any idea.

  196. srini on May 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    last receipt number from VT on 19th May EAC1416650001. There is no new number is generated after that.

    • Navya on May 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Please do not post whatever you find on USCIS website by trial and error method. There would be people like me who would be looking for important information, posted by blog viewers. This receipt # you posted is not even related to H1b.

      • MM on May 24, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        Still there are many PP receipts generated on 19th may.

  197. Khurshed Akanda on May 23, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    i have an application for hb1 visa actually i dont know about my application update.

    • sri on May 23, 2014 at 5:54 AM

      here all in the same page. There is no newpage of application.

    • Creator on May 23, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      Hi KA. are you doing modeling here. LOL

  198. Guest on May 23, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    Basic question … Is it possible to get the personal details like name, etc.. with receipt number. My question is how can i know the receipt number shared is mine..

    • Anandhapadmanaban M on May 23, 2014 at 4:55 AM

      If you look into the Scanned Copy of the Receipt, it will say about your Name and who had Filed the Petition for you.

      I had got Mine from my Employer, who shared the Scanned Copy to me by 25th April

    • Guest on May 23, 2014 at 5:39 AM

      u may ask a copy of ur receipt from ur emplyer/attorney. The receipt has ur name

  199. Anandhapadmanaban M on May 23, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    Hi All;

    I had got selected in the Lottery and On 25th April I received Mail Notification from my Employer on the Same. My Receipt Number is EAC – 14 – 141 – 5XXXX. Received Date as per the Receipt is 10th April, 2014 and the Notice Date as per the Receipt is 22nd April 2014. My Petition had been Filed under Non AD / Regular Processing at the Vermont Service Center.

    A Brief about my Background: I already have B1 Visa and had travelled to US Couple to Times and also travelled to Canada, Poland and Nigeria.

    I am eager to work in USA from 1st Oct 2014. Currently My Petition Status shows as INITIAL REVIEW in the USCIS Website. Kindly let me know, How long it will take to get to know whether my Petition had been Approved.

    • Bharath on May 23, 2014 at 5:46 AM

      It takes about 2-3 months from the Notice date (22nd April in your case)

      • Thank God on May 25, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        There will b Visa interview before final approval rt ?

        • Joydeep on May 26, 2014 at 2:07 AM

          No once visa is approved you r ready for stsmping. Right your visa would be under initial review status. If all docs etc r as per their expectations ur visa will get approvd. U will be left with stamping.

  200. user on May 23, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    I have received the packet back, regular processing

    • sri on May 23, 2014 at 5:53 AM

      when you have received? AD/Non AD?

    • Anandhapadmanaban M on May 23, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      Is why Work Petition got Approved?

  201. Akshay on May 23, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Guys, anybody got “REJECTION” notification?

  202. shivraj on May 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Why USCIS does not disclose whether application get selected in lottery or not and publish on website with application no. Such that people get life rather thinking all the time whether they are in or out? Are USCIS people dumb, having great technologies living in ancient age

    • NoReceipt on May 23, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      I totally agree with you Shivraj

    • munna on May 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      In Green Card Lottery conducted by USCIS, the system is simple that one can enter their application number, name, date of birth and instantly find out whether they are selected for Green Card Lottery or not. I dont know why they cannot implement such system here for H-1B visa Lottery.

  203. Waiting Game on May 22, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Could I be right in assuming that all receipts have been given out to fill the cap, and USCIS are not sending back packages yet because they are now considering refusals from the selected application and the number of refused applications will soon be replaced with other waiting applicants? …sort of like a waiting list phase

  204. vv on May 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    I think the consensus is that no answer == NO.

    since nobody received an explicit negative yet, this is what a negative appears to look like. nothing.

    unless i am mistaken.

    is there a single instance for PP with a negative electronic reply (or postal?)

    • Noidea on May 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      It could be …. the rules might have changes not to send a return package or something, not sure till USCIS announce anything or atleast someone to receive return package.

      • lottery losers on May 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        not seems to be – as per the video . No hopes

  205. Disappointed on May 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Today Morning when I was sleeping I got a from my company. I was happy and I thought that it will be a good news but they informed that , they didnt get anything from USCIS once they get , will update me 🙂

  206. srinivasa on May 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Hi Raghu
    if we have applied from two companies at single time. if both the receipts are selected in the lottery. can we get/demand return payment for one filling fee?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      It’s interesting how you asked the question “demand”.

      Filing fee is returned only if application is not selected in the lottery.

    • fr600 on May 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      If you’re asking for yourself, I hope you get refused for abusing the system.

    • vk on May 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      thre are high chnaces both will be rejected/ RFE . happened to my pal last year.

      • Joydeep on May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        RFE isn’t rejection. They usually go thru. Moreover,the case is legal and you get rejected due to lack of proper proofs. RFE gets thru if u come up with proper docs etc.

  207. issuing of recpts is completd? on May 22, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    As per comunication issuing of all premium receipts are completed in yesterday.

    • kk on May 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      How you can say this..? did you see this from any authorized organization or person…?

  208. Waiting on May 22, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Hi Raghu, first thanks for all the updates and answering the questions. You’re doing a great job!

    My employer is a large software company based in Seattle. They applied for H1B with Premium Processing. However, they haven’t received any reply from USCIS yet so they are unable to confirm success or failure. Now that it’s taken so long, is it fair to assume that the application has been rejected? If not, then how long would you expect them to take? Cheers!

  209. sam on May 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Any AD/PP guys out there who have not received receipt numbers or any communication (return package) from USCIS … lets see how many of us are still there

    • guest on May 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      +1 AD/PP/VT no receipt or return package 🙁

    • vito on May 21, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      +1

      • vito on May 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        AD/RP though

    • Sonali on May 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      +1

    • vv on May 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      PP, nonAD. no word yet. (lawyer presumes it means a negative answer is on the way)

    • Rakesh Agarwal on May 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      +1 Non-AD/PP

  210. Diya on May 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I haven’t still got the receipt number 🙁 And mine was AD/PP do you think I can still have some hope?

    • sakhu on May 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      i dont think we have any hopes specially for PP … its time for plan B i guess … i have lost hopes because its been really long and PP shud have recieved a yes before regular and since we havent that means we have not made it and we will soon get our rejection package.

    • vamsi on May 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Mine is also same and i have started my plan B – OPT extension. But didn’t write off my hopes completely.

    • utk on May 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Same here, i have no plan B left…. so basically feels like game over

  211. F1 visa required on May 21, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    Currently, I am on h4 and I want to get F1 visa, could you please tell me how to get F1 visa.

    1) Do I need to go to any school/Unversity? ( I have done B.tech in Computers).

    2) Can I work on F1 visa, if yes then how much hours per week and how much salary I can get.

    3) what is the minimum fees of study

    4) How much time to get F1 visa – from joining the school to get the visa.

    Please reply to me or send me link where I can get full information about this.

    Thanks.
    God bless you all.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      This is not the right thread to ask about F1 visa. Post your question in the forum.

  212. Guest on May 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Finally, my employer (Accenture) has communicated that I have been selected in the lottery but they have not shared receipt number yet. So Accenture has started communicating to their employee about lottery. They might have come to know lot earlier but were not disclosing till the date. Never understood logic behind hiding the stuff.

    • Rosh on May 22, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Did they communicate on May 19th or later ?

  213. Joydeep on May 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Emmily Newmann as rightly pointed out innumerable number of people are getting RFEs for having done their engineering in a branch apart from Computer science and want to work in US in IT or softwares…..quite a bizarre situation!!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 21, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      When folks are filing multiple applications, USCIS’s tool is RFE to filter out some applications.

      • Joydeep on May 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        But why do people with single application get an RFE? BUT RFE is almost routine or common. This year difference is that people are suffering RFE for a new reason. Its nt that people with multiple appls r facing it.

      • Joydeep on May 22, 2014 at 6:21 AM

        But why do people with single application get an RFE? BUT RFE is almost routine or common. This year difference is that people are suffering RFE for a new reason. Its nt that people with multiple appls r facing it.
        Could you plz elaborate?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on May 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

          Anyone can get RFE.

          • Joydeep on May 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

            Ok. But how does giving RFE helps thr applicatn processng of USCIS? Those RFEs will be replied and eventually they go thru.



    • Guest on May 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      I disagree, there are different type of engineering.

      For example, Computer / Software / telecommunication engineering major covers all of software development class although computer engineering also covers hardware portion of it.

      Technically all those majors should be qualified to apply for software jobs in IT.

  214. Waiting on May 21, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Raghuram Sukumar

    Upon randomly searching for receipt numbers in the USCIS, I came across some receipts with the following message:

    “On May 15, 2014, 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.”

    The status is “Initial Review”. The receipt number is EAC141615*

    Does this mean they issued the receipt on the 15th of May or was it issued much earlier?

    • vv on May 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      what do you mean? how can you search their site?

    • Joydeep on May 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Raghu, does this mean that this is H1B for cap exempt or renewal?
      Please let us know.

      • Joydeep on May 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Moreover receipts for H1B 2015 were last entered on 2nd of May 2014.

    • Venu on May 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Dude it has been discussed n number of times about this. Why can’t you go through the blog for answers? It means USCIS generates receipts everyday for different cases which includes cap-exempt h1 like H1 transfer. That May 15th receipt may be a H1 transfer. All new H1 receipts will have Apr 10th as received date because that was the day lottery was conducted. So before posting such questions, read the blog. Raghu has already answers for such questions.

  215. Varu on May 21, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Anyone filed through Vquest (raj).
    Please reply

    • aashit on May 21, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Varu,

      I have applied through vquest and got a negative response. Can you send a test email to my id [email protected]….I will add you to email thread where in there are people like us who got negative response from vquest

  216. Unlucky on May 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Sometimes I feel jealous whenever if anyone say my H1B approved like that ,since we ddint hear anything back. Is it anything wrong with me for this jealous.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 20, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      That’s human tendency. That’s how we are wired to think.

    • Hard Luck on May 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      I would rather say it was wrong if you weren’t jealous. Cos this selection isn’t even based on skills a stupid lottery to decide for your fate. Due to lack of immigration reforms Obama has gutted the IT industry not only in US but all around the world. I work for a New york based client I hardly see any skilled or Hardworking workers on the client side apart from few exceptions. I bet if the efforts of people of Indian origin were to be taken out US economy would come crashing to a rock bottom.

      • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        I doubt that as they still hold the knowledge but yes they will be impacted badly if the so called Indians are taken out of IT. They have a mixed bag of feelings about giving out knowledge to Indians.

      • Boris on May 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Well, it’s so hard to evaluate “skills”. why do you think the big corporations spent so much money on human resources? I guess if USCIS select H1B by skill, the application fees would be 10-15K each.

        • Hard Luck on May 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM

          As a matter of fact they do segregate application based on different fields of occupations, doctor, engineer etc. They will never make it public. YOU BET.

          • Raghuram Sukumar on May 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

            Canada, NZ and Australia evaluate applications by skill.



          • Hard Luck on May 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

            Don’t think Americans would be lagging behind here.



          • munna on May 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

            In USA, the main criteria is cheap labor and profit for corporations. Skill or training comes afterwards. This whole process also is based on that.



          • Boris on May 21, 2014 at 6:33 PM

            I am guessing these countries evaluate application by occupation and certificate. I don’t think the government of these countries have the ability or budget to evaluate skill.



          • Raghuram Sukumar on May 21, 2014 at 6:47 PM

            Each and every application is reviewed based on points. If required applicants have to attend in person interview.



          • Boris on May 21, 2014 at 7:12 PM

            then the application fee must be huge. their government won’t be paying it anyway. I don’t think the US government is going to pay this amount of fees either. after all, we are talking millions of dollars.



  217. Curious on May 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Today I reached my case manager thru email and am feeling sad , seems every1 around is frustrated , I asked her if she has received any update on my H1 , she replied badly that if you have not received reciept number from us then we have no update as if for now. On top of that she replied that they don’t have update as USCIS is still sending receipts and they have not stopped sending receipts but neither they have sent any package back. So I am really confused and dont know what’s happening in USCIS :(( :((

  218. Red on May 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    excellent video buddy….very informative…..

  219. kaos on May 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    Can i access the webinar for Plan B??. I missed it last week. Let me know.

    Thanks

  220. on sairam on May 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    How long would it take to get approval my RP. Receivd date April 10th. Now it was showing status initial review. Please help me.

    • Anandhapadmanaban M on May 20, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Mine as well. I had received mail from my Employer on 25th April, with the Received Date as April 10th (AS per the Receipt).

      My Receipt Number is EAC – 14 – 141 – 5XXXX. Please let me know, when can expect approval of mine. It was Processed as RP / Non AD / Vermont / I am in India

      • Bharath on May 21, 2014 at 4:04 AM

        The date that matters is the “Notice Date ” and not the “Received Date”…as mentioned above, about 2 – 3 months from the Notice Date is when you can expect a decision (Yes/No/RFE)…I know a few folks who already got the outcome..this only means their applications were somehow opened first…no specific priority as such…plain random…

    • Bharath on May 21, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      The average processing time is 2 months…give or take a month…

  221. Anandhapadmanaban M on May 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    My Receipt Number is EAC – 14 – 141 – 5XXXX. Please let me know, when can expect approval of mine. It was Processed as RP / Non AD / Vermont / I am in India

    • Receipt on May 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      u shld get by june july!

  222. utk on May 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I had applied under PP, under Advanced degree. I still haven’t received any information from my Lawyer on receipts, or denials or RFE’s or whether, USCIS just dumped the application in the shredder? any others who are in the same boat as me?

    • vamsi on May 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Same here.. AD/PP/ No receipt/no return package

      • Vito on May 21, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        AD/RP no reply yet

    • vv on May 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      PP, regular cap.

      nothing so far. (probably denied and waiting for the returned package)

    • happens on May 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      +1. I knew a few people like us as well.

    • sakhu on May 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      me too no reply … attorney also does not have an answer . I am PP non AD

      • R on May 21, 2014 at 5:05 AM

        Mee too friend PP/Non AD still waiting with hope as im left with no options

        • utk on May 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

          Same here

    • pradeep koneru on May 21, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      me too

      • utk on May 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        Sorry to hear so many are in the same position as me. I hope all of us get through..

    • yashi on May 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      me too…non AD/Regular. No reply yet…

  223. hope on May 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    seems like the receipts flow started again .. but again .. is it only mnc’s receiving ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 20, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      We have to figure out the receipt mailing date. Is it posted in May by USCIS or employer delay. Applicants in USA get updates directly from attorney ( most if them) but MNCs in India will have to get it from HR.

      • Karthik on May 21, 2014 at 3:05 AM

        Hi Raghuram, MNCs in India also get updates from attorney directly(Mainly Fragomen)

  224. Capgemini_Bangalore on May 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Hey Guys,

    I have
    received receipt number (WAC14-144-xxxxx) and employer sent me a form I-797
    Notice of action document (Case type I129), Do u think this my H1B approval or
    else after review they will approval my petition and communicate in a separate
    email to my employer.

    • MSFT on May 20, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      is it premium processing or regular?

      • Capgemini_Bangalore on May 20, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        Regular > WAC> NON-AD

        • MSFT on May 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

          Joydeep, pardon me asking, but are you answering on his or her behalf? how would you know the case? 😀

          • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

            Sharing my experiences only MSFT…. !



        • MSFT on May 20, 2014 at 8:50 AM

          never mind, the forum is being ugly :D…
          good luck and all the best

    • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      I believe ur employer have sent this quite late to you. They might have received it long ago. Ur selected in lottery. It is under initial review I guess.

      • Capgemini_bangalore on May 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        Thank you for the update.

        Yes, even my thoughts also similar like you anyhow I’m
        waiting for next steps of H1B approval

        • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 8:55 AM

          Do not worry you will get the approval. WC.

    • Doubt on May 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Hi Capgemini_Bangalore,
      Did any of your colleagues got the receipts earlier i.e. around May1st week / before ?
      or your Company just started sending receipts which they got earlier??

      • Capgemini_Bangalore on May 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        They are communicating to employee since April 24th on daily basis initially and now weekly basis they are doing the same.

        Numbers wise I don’t know

        • Doubt on May 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

          Thanks for your reply…

    • When on May 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Hi ,
      When you have received it yesterday or today?

  225. luli on May 20, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Received my approval today! 20 days after getting the receipt!

    • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      great…congrats!!! quite quick…..Do u fall under Regular?

  226. srinivasarao on May 20, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    i am still waiting reply from employer. i did not received any news till now yet. In h1b receipts are entered in 17th date also so we have to wait few more days.

  227. Vichu on May 20, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    Hi RSK. Still no word from my Employer reg the status of my H1B. It non AD/RP. Should i keep waiting?? Any imputs.. Thanks in Advance

  228. InfosysGuy on May 20, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    I have received acknolodgement yesterday(19-may). Non AD/Reg
    Hope you also get soon.

    • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 6:30 AM

      WHat is the receipt number? Apart from the last 4 digits could you please let us know the same?

      • InfosysGuy on May 20, 2014 at 7:01 AM

        EAC-14-143-XXXXX

      • Anandhapadmanaban M on May 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        My Receipt Number is EAC – 14 – 141 – 5XXXX. Please let me know, when can expect approval of mine

        • Curious on May 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM

          before October 1st ! That’s the only surest thing people can reply for your question !

    • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Hi, What is the receipt number? Please elt us know apart from the last 4 digits…..what is the notice date?

    • FromInfosys on May 20, 2014 at 6:52 AM

      Congrats dude 🙂 me too from Infosys and still waiting for update on my case. This is becoming very frustrating now for me 🙁 please share any info you know on the visa updates in infosys. Thanks in advance.

  229. ac on May 20, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    My petition has been approved, status say – Approval notice sent on 17th May(Surprisingly Saturday)

    WAC141405xxxxx;

    Notice Date – 21st Apr;

    RQ /RP i.e. non AD/nonPP

    • Hard Luck on May 20, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Brilliant. That means there is still hope. Thanks a lot for sharing!

      • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 2:23 AM

        He got the approval. His visa status changed from initial review to approved.

        • Hard Luck on May 20, 2014 at 2:29 AM

          Oh k!

    • Anandhapadmanaban M on May 20, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      Congrats. Hope My Petition which was processed in EAC would get approved before end of Jun 2014.

      Request the Forum to Pray for me

  230. Raghuram Sukumar on May 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM
    • Joydeep on May 20, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Very good one Raghu.
      Raghu could you plz let me know why i have stopped receiving updates regarding this blog thru emails?

  231. Just-Wish on May 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I wanted to say ”I got the receipt number today”’ like that last few weeks, But unlucky, anyone other than me wanted to say the same?

    • Hard Luck on May 20, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      Let’s us just forget about H1B for a moment and think about Kangana Ranaut. Eases a lot of pressure and slowly makes you forget your pain like a wine.

  232. SamR on May 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    This is Sam. One of the employer applied me a H1B VISA in April 2014.Still I didn’t get any update regarding lottery whether my application is picked or not from USCIS.
    Please let me know still is there any chances to hear good news..?

    Waiting for your reply, thanks in advance

    • LOL on May 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

    • No one Knows on May 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      No one has answer other than USCIS, hope this week we will get some news from USCIS. Lets see.

  233. Little-hope on May 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    ImmigrationGirl***Update 5/19/14, I sound like a broken record, but no new receipts and no rejections as of 12:00 pm today***

  234. GK on May 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I got a status update that I was not picked up in the lottery

    • Little-hope on May 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Sad to know ,how u got? package returned?

    • happens on May 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      How did you get it?

    • Navya on May 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Which category do you fall under ? AD, Non- AD, PP or regular processing ?

    • Non-ad/rp on May 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Pls tel me u got return packet. How could u know abt this

  235. Little-hope on May 19, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    ImmigrationGirl:May 19, 2014

    “I think there is still a chance based on our experience in previous years”

    • sakhu on May 19, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      for regular or PP

  236. Anonymous on May 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Hi,

    On May 5th I had received an email from my employer that “your application has been selected in lottery”. But till now I have not received the receipt number. Please advise should I wait further?

    • sakhu on May 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      right now USCIS is concentrating more on approvals after lottery it seems, u have recieved the receipt thats how ur employer knows u are selected in lottery and now u have to wait fr the final approval. All the best

      • Anonymous on May 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Thanks…does USCIS send the receipt notice once picked in lottery? or how the employer knows that the case has been picked? Or does that based on the check clearance?

        • sakhu on May 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

          USCIS send a receipt once u are picked up in the lottery and then the check is cashed , it may happen that check is cashed before hand and then ur lawyer recieved the reciept.

    • noupdate on May 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Your company name?

  237. Jai nampally saibaba on May 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Hi friends,

    How long would it take to move from initial review to decision. Please let me know. I am nod AD/RP/WAC.

  238. hmmm on May 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    It seems USCIS is concentrating on approvals than sending the return package…”””Emily Neumann‏@immigrationgirl May 16
    Excited to see over 70 approvals of H-1B petitions filed in the April lottery! “”

    • Noidea on May 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      I am really fed up with this process.

      • VENKATA on May 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        hmm…yes right…noupdate from them yet

    • MSFT on May 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      the problem that those people are just assuming and making conclusions based on their own perception

      • kk on May 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        and that perceptions still works on the basis of their old belief of “USA is everything, we don’t care”, patriotism, and we all are “Aliens”.

  239. Anyidea? on May 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I have seen few members mentioned they got the package back like that, is it true? since most of them telling no return package as of now.

  240. Miracle on May 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    We all are waiting to hear YES or NO, how do you feel if you hear like ” there is a lottery again whoever got rejected to get a Green Card’.

    • hmmmm on May 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      If it happen then we all have another great chance but thats impossible 🙂

    • Hard Luck on May 19, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Haha!! Made my day.

  241. Hard Luck on May 19, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Hi if anyone could please clarify on this I enquired about my petition status around a week ago and the employer told me they “were still expecting receipts”..Does it mean that the Cheque has been en-cashed but the receipts hasn’t been generated? Which one comes former? receipt or encashing of the cheque? Or do they come simultaneously?

    • Soft Luck on May 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Well first receipt has to come and both are mutually exclusive steps and also one strictly follows the other ,that is IF receipt generated THEN DO en-cash cheque.

      • Hard Luck on May 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Oh okay!! What about you Soft Luck? Any update from the employer?

        • Soft Luck on May 19, 2014 at 9:51 AM

          nopes :((

          • Hard Luck on May 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

            I sincerely hope you get selected and your luck remains soft and not hard like mine.



          • Soft Luck on May 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

            Thanks dude 🙂



  242. Anandhapadmanaban M on May 19, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    @ Raghuram Sukumar

    Is there any one, whose Receipt
    had been processed under Regular / Non AD / Outside US and got selected in the
    Lotter, whose Work Permit Petition had got Approved.

    Mine was Processed under Regular /
    Non AD / Outside US in Vermont Center.

    I got the Receipt Number from My
    employer on 25th April, 2014. Received Date mentioned in the Receipt is 10th
    April, 2014 and Notice Date is 22nd April, 2014.

    My Receipt Number Reads as EAC –
    141 – 415 – XXXX

    I have the Below Questions:

    1. Though I understand that for
    the Regular Processing, the Time for taking Action based on the Initial Review
    would be around 2 to 4 Months. Please let me know, From when will this Time
    Period will be calculated.

    2. I heard that If the Receipt is
    selected in the Lottery, then there is a 99% Chances of the Petition getting
    Approved for Face to Face Interview at the Indian Consulate. Is this True?

    3. I wanna
    work with my New Employer from October 1, 2014 – Hope this would happen?

  243. Anandhapadmanaban M on May 19, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Hi Folks;

    Is there any one, whose Receipt had been processed under Regular / Non AD / Outside US and got selected in the Lotter, whose Work Permit Petition had got Approved.

    Mine was Processed under Regular / Non AD / Outside US in Vermont Center.

    I got the Receipt Number from My employer on 25th April, 2014. Received Date mentioned in the Receipt is 10th April, 2014 and Notice Date is 22nd April, 2014.

    My Receipt Number Reads as EAC – 141 – 415 – XXXX

    I have the Below Questions:

    1. Though I understand that for the Regular Processing, the Time for taking Action based on the Initial Review would be around 2 to 4 Months. Please let me know, From when will this Time Period will be calculated.

    2. I heard that If the Receipt is selected in the Lottery, then there is a 99% Chances of the Petition getting Approved for Face to Face Interview at the Indian Consulate. Is this True?

    3. I wanna work with my New Employer from October 1, 2014 – Hope this would happen?

    • Joydeep on May 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Congrats!! Much quicker this time….! People getting receipts, getting their approval etc are all happening at the same time now.
      I believe from 1 st October 2014, you are entitled to work for your employer not before that. Your petition is already approved by the probability of 99% I am not sure whether it holds or not.

      • Arjun Srinivass on May 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        Congrats…!! Mine Non AD/ Regular/ Outside US…!! Got through lottery selection and recd. email from my employer on 9th May 2014…!! I am not sure if the application is selected through lottery gives 99% assurance on petition getting approved, but there are rare chances you getting rejected…!! However, there is very good possibility that you get RFE and also if your employer falls under BEP category there are good chance of approval. This is what i am aware of….!! Thanks

        • Rayalaseema Reddy on May 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

          Hi Arjun;

          Could you please let us know what is that BEP Category is all about.

          Also let us know, how long it will take for the Initial Review to get completed

  244. Syntel H1b on May 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Has anyone received receipts from ODC today at Syntel? A friend of mine got his receipt on Friday May 16 at 5 PM. Went chatting with ODC they said they are still getting 10-15 receipts packets daily. no return packets yet.

  245. Vishal on May 19, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Hi All,
    Today i received email from my employer that some of my company employee received lottery status as selected but for me it is still “Awaiting” and since results are coming in batches, i will be inform later on June end.
    Please confirm me that lottery results are really coming in batches or not.

    • mani on May 19, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      u r from which company?

    • Rosh on May 20, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      r u from accenture ?

  246. Rosh on May 19, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Hi,
    I have not recieved any update from USCIS till now. Neither approved nor rejected. What would this mean ?

  247. Ranjith Vushakola on May 19, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    Hi Raghu, I keep checking this forum to keep me updated
    regarding H1 B 2015 status.

    I have applied for Regular, I have checked with my employer
    regarding my H1 B status and they are still waiting for response back from
    USCIS. My Question, is there any hope where I can still believe my petition got selected?

  248. Hard Luck on May 19, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    No more updates being posted. Why such a lull?

    Not even rejection packets are coming. :-s

    • its over!!! on May 19, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      its over!!!

      • Hard Luck on May 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        People are still getting receipts though it’s a little too hopeful now but not over.

  249. Nik on May 19, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    I have not yet got my receipt no….few things I would like to point:
    1. You say if not received til yet…its game over….but one of my colleague got the receipt in Aug last year (with even less applications received)
    2. My company attorney told me that they get both approval (receipt) and rejection notices from uscis and they communicate the same to employees immediately…but I have got none from them yet
    3. I personally believe getting receipt in May or Jul-Aug will not make much difference(except for STRESS) as the validity will start from Oct only

    having said above things and reading ur post what should be assumed, should I keep hopes till I get either updates (+ve or -ve) or should I go ahead with plan B …… please let me know

    • Nik on May 19, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      read ur reply saying “we can expect receipts for no PP till 30th May or so” later…..please let me know if we do get any intimation for not being selected in lottery

  250. Ramesh Shah on May 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Hi Raghu, As i am AD/PP/VT applicant, and as I have not got any update from employer/attorney regarding check cash or SEVIS update from DSO, can I assume I am not selected and try for job change? I am currently on OPT extension with 1 year left. My packet has not been received yet by my company, so can I try to change job, I have one offer in hand, I am planning to have start date from June 1st week. Is it safe to do so? if I change my job, then my employer would ask USCIS for H1B Withdrawal right? But if it is not picked up, can they still withdraw? I will be giving them 2 weeks notice on this Monday/tuesday for leaving job based on your advice. Please advise what to do, I am not hopeful about H1 and I have got good job which I really dont want to lose. Thanks.

    • Ramesh Shah on May 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Once I tell them that I will be leaving job, then I will also have to tell them in case if my application gets picked up and they get receipt no. and if I have left the company, I will have to request them to withdraw it , right? Because technically legally, I cant change job with H1B processing undergoing. so before I get into trouble, I would have to ask them to withdraw, is that correct? So I can safely work on OPT.

      • opt2h1b on May 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        Legally you can use OPT and leave the company as long as you are not bound to any contract. But you need to ensure that even if they don’t withdraw, your H1B don’t get approved and go unnoticed by you. Otherwise, you will lose your OPT status after Oct 1. You need to check the status closely as long as employer hasn’t withdrawn and do a transfer if its approved immediately.

        I am in similar position. I received my case number. I requested for premium processing and employer seemed to be less interested asking for justifications. I got an offer from another company. I accepted the offer and joining on June 1.

        I decided to not ask them to withdraw or retain, because if i remind them it could go either ways. Its a gamble, hoping to get H1b this year or next year and also hoping HR15 to pass before April 1 2015. I keep checking for the status everyday and just leave the rest to itself. The way I see it, I at least doing a favor to people who are on waitlist, if the petition is withdrawn. It may sound bad for people who didn’t selected in the lottery. NOM!

        It would be great if Raghu can throw some light on this topic. Does case status gets updated, if employer withdrew the H1b petition? How long does it take for USCIS to put a stop on the processing? Thank you for your help

        • Raghuram Sukumar on May 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM

          Why are you taking this risk? You shouldn’t be putting trust on USCIS processing delay. You should know how difficult to get H1 with lottery. I would stay put with my current employer till H1B start date and give no room for them to consider withdrawing.

    • Hard Luck on May 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      I am also curious as in my company one guy who got selected in the lottery just resigned from his position. What happens in such a case?

      Company withdraws the petition perhaps. In 99% cases? Would like to know more opinions on this!

  251. Mohan on May 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    I wanted few information.Always the check is encashed and only then the receipt number is received is it? there can be scanarios where people get their receipt numbers without their check being encashed right?

  252. Bored for Waiting.... on May 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    How active was this forum few weeks back, only few unlucky people with hope watching and commenting without knowing the future. Waiting is really killing , just we need answer YES or NO. This is really sucks. When USCIS sent most of the receipt, they can announce or send the package back. Without any answer really killing anything like that.

  253. pratyay on May 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Any body got their package back yet ?

  254. raj on May 18, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    some of my friends received receipt recently

    • Nafas on May 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      When ? Date please

    • Firezone on May 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Are you Vqust Raj 🙂 to make this Joke

    • Sonali on May 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Please share the dates. Also whether they were in Premium Processing or Regular?

    • VENKATA on May 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      One of my friend received receipt on wednesday(14th May). its under non premium quota

  255. James 19 on May 18, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    My check got cleared on 5th May, but still I have not received
    receipt number. Your valuable suggestions are welcome for below
    questions.

    1. If check cleared then am I going to get receipt number surely?

    2. What will be the rejection ratio although check cleared?

    3. Usually how long time it takes to get receipt number after check cleared?

    4. Anybody else in same basket?

    5. Till how long time USCIS sends receipts?

    Thanks.

    • Curious on May 18, 2014 at 4:13 AM

      1. Yes
      2. if all information is accurate and well supported by docs then passed
      3. no idea , depends when uscis has dispatched it
      4. people here are travelling on same boat not basket 😉 LOL , just kiddin as most of the people are commenting they are on same boat which one I dnt know :)) any ways there are many people who got there cheque cleared but still waiting
      5. Till they internally decide that they are done for fy15 and now lets put a period , last year RP got to know till June also

      • James 19 on May 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Thanks for the reply and clarifying my doubts.

    • [email protected] on May 18, 2014 at 6:34 AM

      Hey !
      My check also got cleared on May 8th but no receipt number yet.

  256. Sam on May 17, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Anyway to obtain a copy of the webinar for Plan B?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Yes. You will receive an email to create an account to access the video.

      • kaos on May 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        I registered for the webinar last week. But was unable to make it. I have already paid the registration fees. Is there any way that i can view it. Thanks

  257. VENKATA on May 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Hi I have applied H1B this year. My lawyer did’t get any update on my status. Are there any hopes for receipt number? Its already May 17

    • Curious on May 18, 2014 at 3:14 AM

      If it is PP then no chance left !!!

      • VENKATA on May 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Thanks for your reply. Mine is NON PP.

        • Curious on May 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

          Ok if it is Non AD and RP then still chances are there until package is returned

  258. CTS-onsite on May 17, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Hi Raghu, on may 7th you have posted as USCIS said they may be issuing Premium Processing H-1 receipts till 21 May and non PP till 30 May or so. via Twitter @immigrationcom, means still RP has a chance right. if no, please update. thanks, RP

  259. hope on May 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    I think the comments loading problem was fixed . so far its gud.

    • Sandeep on May 17, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Issue is still there and it’s irritating !!

      • Raghuram Sukumar on May 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        I submitted the support request. Waiting to hear the updates.

        • Hard Luck on May 19, 2014 at 12:50 AM

          Loading perfectly now.

      • Raghuram Sukumar on May 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Hang in there. I’m working to get this page load without issues. I have made few changes. Check if things are better.

        • Curious on May 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

          now it opened fine !!

      • pop on May 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Adding the site to the pop-up blocker exceptions list helped me.

    • guest on May 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      it is not fixed yet !! need to refresh 100 times to load comments !

  260. Raghuram Sukumar on May 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    One of the topics that I will be discussing today is how to Self-Sponsor your H-1B Visa. Want to know more? Register now. Webinar starts in 75 Minutes. http://bit.ly/1hIu7Co

    • Self_sponsor_details_required on May 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Hi Raghu,

      I missed this webinar as I am in india and did not know about this.
      Can you brief the details how can we do h1b self sponsor?
      Really appriciate your efforts :).

      Thanks,
      God bless you n urs family

      • Raghuram Sukumar on May 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Webinar replay will be available as a course that you can buy.

  261. guest on May 16, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Oh gosh !!! have to refresh the page sooooo many times to load comments !! 🙁

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      I have been trying to get it fixed. Made some changes to settings. See if the comments and the page loads without any issues.

      • guest on May 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        thank you raghu !! it works !!

    • MA on May 17, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      I missed it too. Can you share more details please?

  262. S.kumar on May 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    ImmigrationGirl: ***Update 5/15/14, as of 11:00 this morning, no new receipts came in the mail today and also no rejections yet.*** This is the last update, no update today.

    • Curious on May 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      buddy any fresh update till 05/17 🙁 🙁

      • S.kumar on May 18, 2014 at 4:15 AM

        No update after that

      • S.kumar on May 18, 2014 at 4:57 AM

        No other update after 05/15.

    • Curious on May 18, 2014 at 3:34 AM

      any fresh update till 05/17 🙁

  263. Venu on May 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Immigration dot com via twitter.

    • Sandeep on May 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      means didnt get u ????

      • Venu on May 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        It means Regular processing ppl should wait for 60 days from Apr 1st and should follow up. Chances are there for RP till May end for receipts to come in. But very slim chances for PP.

    • guest on May 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      ???

    • happens on May 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      What does that even mean?

    • Curious on May 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Hi Raghu plz can you explain the message , not very clear !!! :((

      • Raghuram Sukumar on May 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Simple Match : Applicants should wait if there is no return package ( for non-premium).

        • Rakesh Agarwal on May 16, 2014 at 6:16 PM

          what about PP guys who still waiting??

    • S.kumar on May 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      From this my understanding is :- Called USCIS to know the premium application status, Got the answer ‘ if no receipt as of now that means not selected in the lottery”. Called to know the status of RP application status, got the answer ‘From tomorrow(April 1 + 30 days) onwards can email to USCIS to know the status of the application.

  264. Varu on May 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Anyone from vquest inc ( raj ) ?
    Please reply.

    • Badluck on May 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Have you applied through that? Do trust them? I have seen bad comments abt them in immhelp forum.

    • No Receipt on May 16, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      How much paid? why you trust them?

    • No Hope on May 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Do you think he has files H1b for you? I dont think so. Anyone got receipt from them? I dont think so. Not sure u will get money back.

  265. Raghuram Sukumar on May 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Completed interview on H1B Visa latest updates with Attorney Emily. Video will be coming in a day.

    • guest on May 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      please upload the video raghu !!

    • Sandeep on May 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      can u please upload it Raghu !!

    • Curious on May 17, 2014 at 6:12 AM

      still awaiting your video !!!!

    • Curious on May 18, 2014 at 3:15 AM

      where is the video ??? Raghu

    • joydeep on May 18, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Raghu i hv stopped recving updates frm this blog thru mail. Do u know the reason?
      Moreover is the video available?

    • Soft Luck on May 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Raghu can you please upload the video !!!

  266. Sonali on May 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    In what time period is the application expected to be returned if not selected in lottery for Premium Processing?

    • Venu on May 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Anytime from now till July.

      • Sonali on May 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        Even for PP? Any idea why they take so long?

        • Venu on May 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM

          Yeah even for PP. Because they are now focusing on the selected applications. So their priority is approving and they take their time to send back the applications.

          • Sonali on May 16, 2014 at 12:43 PM

            Thanks a lot



          • Sonali on May 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM

            Is there any hope of receiving H1b receipts now?



          • Sonali on May 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

            Is there any hope for H1B receipts at this point?



  267. Sandeep on May 16, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Hi Raghu , couple of queries ,any idea what is the buffer % like Wait List guys ! How this buffer is selected I mean is lottery run for 95000 people in total and then first they review 65000 and 20000 and then if any case rejected or refused they start taking from buffer !!
    Also any idea generally what is the rejection/refusal % from the people who are selected in Lottery !!! If any one else has some idea they can respond too !!

    • Venu on May 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Nobody knows the % if they have a wait list and also not sure if they will have this wait list year. Not every year they have wait list. And sometimes, they won’t fill 85,000 even if there are rejections/refusals.

  268. hope on May 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Anyone from tekwissen receiving receipts?

  269. fyi445 on May 15, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Looks like they have started approving for RP, my status shows Approved last week. That was fast for RP, I thought they will take time until July/August for RP

    • optimistic on May 15, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      how lucky , approved too…and I am waiting for receipt to come ..

      • Unlucky on May 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        me too in same boat, I am really Jealous also, how lucky they are, They are God’s child , I think I am not.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Congrats.

    • mani on May 16, 2014 at 3:36 AM

      Can u please share the series to which ur receipt number belongs?

    • Niket on May 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      They started approving RP/AD in April itself. Mine got approved in last week of April. My 7 friends RP/AD too.

      • Venu on May 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        I think he is talking about Non-AD/RP. Because I saw ppl got approved for Non-AD too. That is so quick for Non-AD/RP.

        • Niket on May 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM

          I do not know how they differentiate it but after all its RP which takes usually lot of time. No matter AD/NONAD

  270. Raghuram Sukumar on May 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comments here have come to almost stand still. Folks who received receipt numbers are waiting for approval and others without updates are still not sure about their status. As you can see from some comments, attorney’s are not expecting receipt numbers any further.

    • dy on May 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      that’s true. They don’t

    • StillGeneratingReceipts on May 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Hey Raghu,

      I just checked that USICS still generating PP and RP receipts, I randomly checked for WAC14-158 and EAC14-156.

      WAC1415850002

      EAC1415650001

      Can you verify , is there still hope?

      Also,I called my attorney and they said wait and said application not rejected I did not understand whether I in wait-list or he asked me to wait. I can not ask again same thing.

      • sakhu on May 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        my attorney informed me the same, she said there is a reason why PP have not recieved receipt nor a rejection package. She has asked me to wait to as it may be in waiting list. And there is still 10 % chance very little thou

        • hope on May 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

          what is a waiting list?

          • sakhu on May 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

            clearly even i am not sure about this, this is what my attorney informed and most of the time they dont know what they are talking about. USCIS can do anything which no one is clear



        • Sandeep on May 16, 2014 at 7:07 AM

          what’s the reason ??

        • guest on May 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM

          wait listed people’s check got encashed in advance ? or only if they selected ?

          • sakhu on May 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM

            my check is not encashed …. this is what my attorney informed me. They dont have any clear undestanding too.



          • sakhu on May 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

            i am not sure really, my check is not encashed yet. There is no transparency in the complete process.



      • Raghuram Sukumar on May 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Ofcourse, USCIS will be generating receipts daily. For WAC1415850002 the receipt date is May 13. It can be H-1B transfer, Extension or cap-exempt H1B.

    • Hard Luck on May 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      It might also be due to the fact that there are way too many comments in this thread around 4K and the thread isn’t loading for many.

      • Raghuram Sukumar on May 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        This commenting system has pros and cons. I have seen loading issues. Pop-up blocker is preventing it from loading for few. Hope it will continue to work. Have seen disqus handle several thousands of comments in other sites.

        • Venu on May 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

          May be you can change to something else please? I have to refresh 10times to load the comments. I have seen in other forum which has 13k + comments loading with ease. Really appreciate your work. Just a feedback about the commenting system. If you fix it, I think loads of comments will come in.

  271. Sandeep on May 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Hi , anyone here from companies in Bangalore like Infy , TCS , Cognizant etc , how is the status , I mean are receipts still coming or stopped ?? Anyone , someone …What is % of people getting receipts ???

    • Abhimanyu Garg on May 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Hi, I am from infy and till now only 40-50% people have recieved their receipt numbers. The receipt numbers are still coming but very very less in numbers. Mostly the status are being updated on friday. The case leads have asked us to wait for 2 more weeks as the updates are coming batch wise. Not sure though ! I am also waiting for my case.

      • Sandeep on May 16, 2014 at 3:58 AM

        Thanks man for sharing this but it’s a pain to wait ! Same here , around 50% of people in my project have received it and still everyone is confused what actually is going on as one of my colleague got petition approval also , we all are NonAD/ RP , so confusion , confusion !!

  272. Hard Luck on May 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I think considering the number of rejections in the lottery which is directly proportional to the number of petitions filed around 1,72,000 the US Immigration deptt. will be sending out rejection packets very late even in June end or July start, honestly they wouldn’t really be bothered about sending rejection packets quicklly as going forward with processing of those selected is high on priority rather than informing the unfortunate ones. Guess how much time 80,000 -90,000 rejections would take to be informed when 85,000 selections have taken over a month and still going in small numbers right now.

    • Waiting Game on May 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      That’s a very good point! However I hope we won’t have to wait that long to know our fate, I’m hoping that USCIS will announce when all receipt numbers have been issued to selected applicants. The waiting time is becoming unbearable and since the likelihood at this stage is rejection I would prefer to have that clarified sooner and Plan B can be put in place.

      • Hard Luck on May 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Exactly, those who got their packets returned already or in coming 2
        weeks are actually luckier than those hapless chaps getting in June end :
        /

  273. sri on May 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    my comments are also deleted in yesterday

  274. Curious on May 15, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    Hi Raghu,
    I notice that you have deleted one of my comments I posted it just to have some lite moment as everyone was getting too serious. I know everyone is serious and even I am waiting myself , but it doesn’t mean that here you are running ICU(intensive care unit) for H1 queries, every1 need to have a moment of fun and by the way u forgot to delete entire thread which followed my comment … :))

  275. guest on May 15, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    my check is encashed now. does it mean i am selected?

    • guest on May 15, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      i am AD/RP . plz reply..

      • vito on May 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Whoa.. AD/RP guys who are waiting.. Should we start hoping again or resign to our fates ???

        • kaos on May 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM

          We can hope but at the same time have alternate plans as well. 🙂

    • hope on May 15, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      encashed now ..means today? does that mean they r still processing ?

      • guest on May 15, 2014 at 2:49 AM

        yesterday

        • hope on May 15, 2014 at 2:55 AM

          this gives lil hope 🙂 .. mostly u will be receiving receipt shortly.

  276. Venu on May 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    One of my friend was informed that check on his name was encashed on Apr 22nd and his attorney got his receipt only on May 12th. It took 12 working days. So wait for your receipt if you were informed that your check was encashed. This wait is killing. Goodluck to everyone. Keep your hopes.

  277. miirshad on May 14, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Iam not giving up my hope that iam going to get my package !!

  278. S.kumar on May 14, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Immigrationgirl:”***Update 5/14/14 ,still no new receipts and no rejections as of 5:20 pm today***”

    • Sandeep on May 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      any new update ?

  279. dy on May 14, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Fragomen just now: “We have not received any rejections yet. At this time, we are no longer receiving receipts for H1B Cap. Unfortunately, the information we provide is the most up to date information we have.”

    • MSFT on May 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      hmmm

      • dy on May 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        pretty much over. Don’t hope

        • MSFT on May 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

          I am still optimistic 🙂

          • dy on May 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

            what gives you basis for optimism?



          • MSFT on May 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

            faith, that everything happens for a reason. so whatever that’s gonna happen, it will be the right thing



          • dy on May 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

            the way I read it is: “receipts are over”



          • MSFT on May 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

            the way I read it: “life isnt over yet” there are still receipts to come 🙂 there are still people on the waiting list, etc



          • dy on May 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

            half glass full



          • kaos on May 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

            I second that MSFT. Lets keep hope until we receive packages or obama passes the reform 😀



          • MSFT on May 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

            thats the spirit! aye aye captain! an “ice berg” right ahead 😛



          • kaos on May 14, 2014 at 5:06 PM

            Last week I was trying to contact the white house through their website just to inform them about the disappointment and anxiety people like us who are facing, and after completing my message when i clicked on the submit button, i found that i exceeded the no of characters in the text-area. I knew it wouldn’t have reached him but just a try 😀



          • dy on May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

            just redo it with lesser number of characters



          • kaos on May 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

            Yup I made it short and simple the next time



          • dy on May 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

            the petition we created just got 6000 votes as opposed to 100 000 required



          • kaos on May 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

            Yeah that’s right.. Nothing we can do :(. I have signed it long back..



          • dy on May 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

            depressing



          • sakhu on May 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

            i am not aware of the petition?



          • dy on May 14, 2014 at 5:43 PM

            It was a petition about allowing AD applicants for H1b to stay. the petition has expired today with only 6,000 votes as opposed to 100k required



          • AV on May 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

            I have started working on Plan B already but even I kind of get a feeling that people will get receipts till May end or early June….



          • dy on May 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

            well she said “receipts are over”



        • kaos on May 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

          You can hope until your package comes back as i am hoping 🙂

    • Pooja on May 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Exact same words from my lawyer today! No receipts, no
      return packages, only approvals!

    • dy on May 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      Me: “Thanks for the update. So you are not expecting any more receipts further on but only rejections?”. Fragomen: “At this time, yes.”

  280. SplendTek on May 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Hi,
    Any updates from SplendTek? Someone posted their check got encashed. Did you receive the receipt number update? I heard from my friend who got approved through them last year that they inform us as soon as they receive the receipt. Please post if you got any updates.

    • sps on May 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      I got informed cheq got encashed after that no news from them. Waiting to hear some news.

      • kaos on May 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        ohh thats gr8 when did you knew about that??

        • sps on May 15, 2014 at 8:55 PM

          I got to know on May 7th

  281. usgrad on May 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Here is the information obtained from Immigrationgirl. The sample size is about 600. She is not my attorney and I came to know about her recently.

    – The numbers seems right for the AD category. My attorney said that it was about 90% success last year and he predicted about 80% this year. I too believed that it would be about 80% success for AD (FY2015).

    – We all know that the success rate for non-AD would be about 40%.

    – I think those who applied directly through company/company attorney would have received receipts by this time. There is no hope now. We just need to wait for returned package (just like hitting a final nail in the coffin)

    – Those who applied through MNC could wait for few more days. I heard that MNC’s generally delay communicating the information to the employees.

    BTW: I am assuming that the number of AD applications were 25,000-35,000. Hence, 20% unluckiest means 5000-7000. I am one of those unluckiest ones (5000-7000) who applied under AD/PP/VT category and haven’t received a receipt yet. Philosophically speaking, to be really unlucky, one is sufficient to be kicked out. Here we are talking about 5000-7000. Right now, I am actively working on Plan B (other visa), C (other job) and D (going home).

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    Source: Immigrationgirl

    ****Update 5/13/14, here is where we stand today: no new receipts, no rejections. The percentage of our selected cases are as follows:

    Vermont, Premium, Masters cap: 80% of cases were selected

    California, Premium, Masters cap: 86% of cases were selected

    Vermont, Regular, Masters cap: 75% of cases were selected

    California, Regular, Masters cap: 75% of cases were selected

    Vermont, Premium, Bachelors cap: 38% of cases were selected

    California, Premium, Bachelors cap: 33% of cases were selected

    Vermont, Regular, Bachelors cap: 48% of cases were selected

    California, Regular, Bachelors: 33% of cases were selected

    The discrepancy between Premium and Regular receipts for masters cap cases may indicate that more regular processing receipts could be on the way. Fingers crossed!

    • vv on May 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      for the Bachelor’s cap, lets assume that each one of the 4 had (PP/CA etc) had 100 entries.
      the STD for 40% is sqrt(n*p*(1-p)) ~= 5.

      all cases fall well within 40% +- 2* STD.
      could you ask here, how many she had in each category to begin with.
      (to check the assumptions. ) e.g. if there were more regular processing than PP this may indeed indicate that california is slower to process.

      what would fit in better with the data is an acceptance rate of 35% for the regular cap and a majority of PP

      • vv on May 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        i meant “could you ask HER …”

    • vito on May 14, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Wow this is really crushing…:(

    • kaos on May 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      If this is true, then next year there would be increase in the ad category for sure unless the government pass the immigration reform.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 14, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Quick Update : I spoke with Attorney Emily and she agreed to do a video interview. I’m in the process of scheduling a video a video interview. Hope this will help you guys. Give a Like to this comment, if you are looking forward for the interview.

    • Jimmy on May 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      What us MNC?

  282. AD/RP/VT on May 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Just wondering if any of the AD/RP or AD/PP got a their package back. Please comment

    • vito on May 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Not yet. atleast not me yet. but .. I know from a freind that he received the return package on may 22 last year.. So i am guessing we can anticipate the same trend perhaps this year as well.

      • vito on May 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        So I am thinking the by the end of this month we should know most certainly as to what will happen…

        • Curious on May 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

          correction buddy , not what will happen but in fact we should know certainly what has happened 🙂

          • vito on May 14, 2014 at 3:15 PM

            I stand Corrected..



    • kaos on May 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Havent received it as of now.. Started working on plan B.

  283. Non-Ad/RP on May 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    any1 got receipt from unicorn technologies Ga for Non-Ad/RP

  284. entry is completed? on May 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    i have seen few receipts are generated on last week also.
    This is meaning less entry is completed all the petitions.
    Guys we can wait few more days for receipts

    • sri on May 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      few receipts are generated on yesterday date also including premium this is rediculas

  285. Curious on May 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Aaj mere pas paisa hain , gaadi hain , bangla hain , haan or maa bhi hain , tumahare pass kya hain , mere pas , mere paas H1 hain … :)))

    • AD/RP/CA on May 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      If you can’t post in English, what you will do having H1?? This forum is used by different language people. So stop posting in your language so that it helps others to understand and helps them in someway. Thanks

      • Curiuos on May 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Dude here is the translation but not worth it , it’s a famous dialogue from a Bollywood movie , added some twist , don’t worry , Indian friends will know it for sure :)))) , sorry if it bothered you !

        • Curious on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

          sorry correction* no translation required

      • Curious on May 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Don’t angry me ! LOL

      • guest on May 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Dont read it if you cant !! It was just a joke !! why are you reacting like this ?

  286. Curious on May 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Itna “Sannata” kyun hain Bhai !! Aye Bhai , mere Bhai !!

  287. Ques To Raghu on May 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Hi Raghu,
    I don’t know if this is a valid question or not but still interested to know. Does age has to do anything with the H1 visa selection ? I know question may be vague but why I am asking is in my project almost everyone less than 30 have got receipts but 3-4 people including myself are more than 30 in fact 32+ and none of us have got it till now , so just this question popped up !!!!! ……

  288. SevenHills_Bangalore on May 14, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    Folks, clear my doubts please
    1) I got a call & email from my employer saying that my check got cleared on 08th May 2014 however no receipt number yet..Still I ‘m waiting for it. My brain got doubt like ” after getting check clearance also USCIS don’t send receipt number, this situation happened to any one in the past history( I’m praying I won’t be one of them) , this is question is making me more irritation then happiness , some one answer my query please ?
    2) after we get H1B approval letter , do you think still he/ she need to attend the interview around in US immigration office or else still any other formalities will their to clear.
    I wish my petition flow like this
    1. Petition submit >2.Check clearance >3. Receipt number > 4.Initial review >5. H1B Approval > 6.Happy end
    3) I have been in NZ more than 24 months and currently also in NZ since 4 months , do you think I need to carry police clearance report .

    • MSFT on May 14, 2014 at 4:29 AM

      depending if a legit company applied for your, or you paid a some consultant to apply for you. in the second case, they are probably scamming you, in the first case, no need to worry.