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Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 857 Comments

Welcome to H1B Visa 2017 Updates and Latest News Page. What you will find on this page:

First Time H1B Visa Applicant?

I strongly recommend you read and watch the contents  following two resources

H1B Visa 2017 Updates

I will be updating this section real-time as more updates come along.

  1. March 16, 2016:USCIS Publishes Guidelines
  2. April 1 to 7, 2016: H1B Visa Application Accepted
  3. April 7, 2016: H1B Cap Reached. Official Update from USCIS.
  4. April 12, 2016: First Receipt Number Reported. 236,000 Total Applications.
  5. April 20, 2016: Regular Processing Receipt Reported
  6. April 20, 2016: Pre-Paid Mailers Suspended for 2 weeks. Alert.
  7. April 22, 2016: Premium Processing to Begin on May 12, 2016
  8. May 2, 2016 – Data Entry is Complete.
  9. May 16, 2016 – Premium Processing Starts
  10. May 10, 2016 – First Premium Processing Approval Reported
  11. May 12, 2016: Premium Processing Begins
  12. June 13, 2016: First H1B Return package reported.
  13. June 14, 2016: USCIS confirmed return of all packages
  14. Aug 4, 2016: Regular Processing Approval (Reported by User)
  15. Sep 20, 2016: Regular Processing Still Pending (Reported by Users)
  16. Jan 6, 2017: Few reports of Pending RFE

May 2, 2016

USCIS announced that H1B Visa Data Entry is Complete. Here’s the video analysis of what happens next.

April 14, 2016

Question Answered: I received a notification that I am chosen for the h1b and received a notification from my employer. I’m currently in India, leaving on 27th to US. My question here is that can I complete my interview and stamping before I leave? Thanks. Varun


April 13, 2016:

Question Answered: Attorney sent my application through FedEx (overnight) shipping on 6th April at 4:20 pm PST but there is a problem in the delivery. And also I want to know they accepted my application at Vermont Service Center, if they rejected my application they need to send my application return. but till know, I did not get any response from USCIS. So I want to know is there any chance for acceptance?

April 12, 2016:

h1b visa applications 236000

  • Total H1B Visa Application Count – 236,000 (as Attorney Murali Predicted)
  • I guessed 250,00 to 275,000
  • Advanced Degree Cap Count – Not Published by USCIS
  • Lottery is completed for General Cap
  • Lottery is completed for Advanced Degree Cap
  • Premium Processing will start no later than May 16, 2016
  • USCIS continues to accept Cap-Exempt H1B Applications

April 7, 2016

h1b visa 2017 cap reached

  • USCIS received more than 85,000 H1B Visa applications
  • General Cap and Advanced Cap Lottery Confirmed
  • Dates for Lottery or Cap Count is not yet available
  • Premium Processing would start no later than May 16, 2016
  • Stay tuned for official update on Total applications in next few days

H1B Visa 2017 – Expected Timeline

Following is a bird’s eye view of this year’s process and expected timeline

  1. April 1 to 7: Application Accepted by USCIS
  2. April 8 to June:  USCIS mails Receipt numbers
  3. May to October:
    1. Approvals for Premium Processing
    2. Packages Returned
    3. RFE’s
    4. Approvals for Regular Processing
    5. Denials
    6. Withdraw

For detailed analysis, watch the video learn what to expect week by week from April to October and worst case scenario analysis with a list of unexpected items that happened to previous years applicants.

 Common Questions from H1B Visa Applicants

  1. When will Iknow the lottery is done?
  2. When will USCIS announce H1B Visa 2017 total cap count?
  3. How will I know my H1b petition is selected in the lottery or not?
  4. Who will send me news about my H1b application – Employer, Attorney or HR?
  5. Is there a way to know my consultant really applied for my H1B Visa?
  6. What happens after I get selected in the lottery?
  7. USCIS case status sits says my receipt number is not found.
  8. My employer is not responding to my emails about receipt number, what to do?

I can add several more questions to this list. I totally get what you would be going through this year’s H1B visa process. People tend to get sleepless nights and shocked when they actually see the lengthy timeline of this whole process.

Most of the above questions are answered in this H1B Visa 2017 Lottery Guide and you can go into the season with right expectations and mindset.

 

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  • H1B Cap – Advanced or Regular
  • Processing – Regular or Premium
  • Service Center – VSC or CSC or NA
  • Applied from – USA, India, etc.

You can then continue to add comments when new events happens for your H1B Visa 2017 petition. Like, receipt number received, approval received, RFE received, etc.

 

Comments

  1. hi My H1B was got selected and RFE was raised. Supporting docs were produced by Jan 6 2017, till now status is Docs are received. let me know when it will move to next status

  2. On my I797c petition , mentioning wrong country of birth.
    My query is this , it this affect my H1B visa stamping.
    On I 129 form correct country mention.

  3. Hi Raghu,

    This is Ramesh, i got h1b approval on 2016 and i planned to visit india next month on feb 4th and feb15 is my visa slot for h1b stamping and this is my first h1b, am confused is this is the good time to visit india for stamping as am hearing lot of rejections for h1b candidates and everybody is scaring me not to visit india at this time and am visiting for my sister marriage and for h1b stamping.
    Please suggest me.

    Thanks
    Rakesh

  4. Hi raghu this is swetha can you please help me on this?
    my H1 got picked on 2016 and got approval and i planned to visit india next month for visa stamping and booked my ticket to india,but here my question is, is this is the good time to visit india as am hearing more about h1b rejections and immigration problems for h1b candidates.

    Could you please suggest me on my situation.

  5. My H1B case status is changed to

    ‘Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed

    On Jan XX, 2017, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACXXXXXXXXXX. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by Jan XX , 2017, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    Could this be RFE ? Please help me out understanding the meaning.

    Please note ,‘Case Was Received’ was earlier case status .

    Thanks
    Soumesh

    1. Hi soumesh,

      Can you please let me know what was the RFE about? actually was it even an rfe?

      thank you,
      Meena

  6. Hello,

    My application selected on April,2016.
    RFE response received by USCIS on September,2016.
    If I do Premium Processing, chances of Denial are more ???
    I don’t know, what to do?
    Please Guide me.

  7. Hi Raghu,

    My application selected on April,2016.
    RFE response received by USCIS on September, 2016.
    If we do premium processing now, chances of getting denial are more ?
    Please respond.

  8. Tis review is about EBS Minds and iEratech. Fraud companies.
    I have lodged a complaint with uscis and Department of Labor in USA so that in future companies like EBSMINDS (http://www.ebsminds.com/) and iERATECH does not flourish in USA . The culprits are Manmohan Akkavaram, Brijesh Vyas and Raghu MUTUKULA. All these 3 people are responsible for taking the money from me (USD 4000) for processing the H1B Visa. After they took the mopney , they have not moved my Visa further and refused to send me for H1B Visa stamping even thought the visa was picked in lottery and Approved. I hope they are investigated by USCIS and DOL and procescuted. I am ready to be a whisteblower and provide evidence in any court of law. Please contact me in India at +91 709319 8849

    EBSMinds also goes by the name of ebs-minds IT inc, so beware of this fraud company

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

  10. Case Approved

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

    Thank god.

  11. Hi,

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

  12. Hello,

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

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

    Thanks,
    Setty

  13. Hi Raghu ,

    I got RFE for the second time. I see mixed response on other websites. I don’t know reason yet for second RFE. What does your experience say ? Are my chances dim for H1 petition approval ?

  14. Hi Raghu,

    Appreciate if you can help.

    My recently approved petition is valid for one year (till Oct 2017). Stamping is not yet done but I believe stamp will only be valid till Oct 2017 only. If I stay in US exactly till that date and return to my country, after that can I immediately apply for a cap-exempt petition (because i haven’t utilized my whole 6 years) for my new project/client or is there has to be a waiting period (Because I returned to my country) before I can do so?

    Thanks in advance.

  15. Ebs-Minds It Inc, Work Visa Petitions from myvisajobs.com
    This review is about EBS Minds and iEratech. Fraud companies.
    I have lodged a complaint with uscis and Department of Labor in USA so that in future companies like EBSMINDS (http://www.ebsminds.com/ & Ebs-minds It Inc) and iERATECH does not flourish in USA . The culprits are Man Mohan Akavaram, Brijesh Vyas and Raghu MUTUKULA. All these 3 people are responsible for taking the money from me (USD 4000) for processing the H1B Visa. After they took the money , they have not moved my Visa further and refused to send me for H1B Visa stamping even thought the visa was picked in lottery and Approved. I hope they are investigated by USCIS and DOL and procescuted. I am ready to be a whisteblower and provide evidence in any court of law. Please contact me in India at +91 709319 8849

    EBSMinds also goes by the name of ebs-minds IT inc, so beware of this fraud company

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

    1. 2 Companies that is banned by uscis and Department of Labor in USA is EBS MINDS (ebsminds) and iEratech. Both these companies charge around USD 4000 for processing H1B Visa and when not picked in lottery or RFE comes up, they refuse to refund even partially the Visa charges they have colleced, leaving the applicants in a lurch. I personally lodged a complaint and glad to see that Manmohan Akkavaram, Brijesh Vyas and Raghu MUTUKULA will be procecuted by the US Government. Thanks to all your website for hosting this review and 100s of other applicants who have compalint against companies like this.

      See below of other such companies with Debarment period: 4/4/2015 to 4/3/2019:

      Advanced Professional Marketing, Inc
      Ebs minds
      Anthony Information Technology Inc
      iEratech
      Global Telecom Corp
      Gunderson Sweetwater
      NYVA Soft Inc
      Orian Engineers Inc
      Northern California Universal Enterprise Corporation (NCUE)
      Prithvi Information Solution International, LLC
      RMJM Group Inc
      Scopus Consulting Group Inc
      Sirsai Inc
      Space Age Inc
      Tekseed Solutions
      Xcel Solutions Corp
      Riedstra Dairy Ltd

    2. Hello Raghu,

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

      Thanks
      Setty

  17. Hello Raghu,

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

    On November 21, 2016, we began reviewing your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EACXXXXXXXX. We mailed you a notice informing you of the action we intend to take on your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice by December 5, 2016, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    any idea on this please.

    Thanks
    Vishnu

    1. Hi Vishnu

      My case status is “Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed” After Submitting Supporting Documents, How long does it take to get a response?

      Thanks
      Soumesh

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

  19. Hi Raghuram Sukumar,

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

    Regards,
    Ronith

    1. Hello Raghu,

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

      Thanks
      Setty

  20. Hi Raghuram,

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

    Regards,
    Ronith

  21. Hi Raghu,

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

    Your reply will be a great help for me.

    1. Author

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

    2. Hi Raghu,

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

      Your reply will be a great help for me.

      Thanks,
      Sayyaed

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

  23. my case status is still at case received and its worrying me now, any idea how long they take to process all H1B petitions.

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

    1. Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Goodwill

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

  30. Hi,

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

    Thanks,
    Kalyan

    1. Hi,

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

      Any Idea when can I expect a status change.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Raja

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

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

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

    5. Hi,

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

      Thanks
      Anup

      1. No update on my 2016 H1B Application. Just know that it got selected in the lottery process, but no update after that.

  31. Hi,
    My consultant filled my h1b visa this year but he says he did not received any thing from uscis. He didn’t receive my package back or nor the notice about rejection. I am not sure if he is saying true. Kindly suggest !

  32. My Petition was got picked up in lottery, But still I haven’t received any approval conformation. Can anyone specify the time span so that I can wait for approval. Also employer is not sharing the file number with me so I am not able to check my status.

    1. I still have the same issue. Just waiting from very long time. I read in few sites that it would take 2-6 months.

  33. How can I check whether my application is selected or not. My employer is hell bent on not providing the receipt number or any other information.
    Please suggest what are other way to know my status

  34. On May 18, 2016, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number XXXXXXX, to another USCIS office. That office now has jurisdiction over your case. We sent you a notice that explains why we moved your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your notice by June 17, 2016, please go to http://www.uscis.gov/e-request to request a copy of the notice. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    No update since than. Did anyone else also have similar problem or its just me 🙁

    1. Hi Anu,
      Same is with my case ,i have received the same status update as n May 18th and it says the case is transferred to new jurisdiction and would get further update on or before june17th but till now i have not received any updates.

      🙁 please let me konw any updates on time span when can i get it.is the status normal or anything has t be worried about?

    2. Same here Anu. No update is received yet. As per my discussion with our company’s visa team it could even take 1 year in worst case scenario… There is no timeline for quota cases.

  35. Companies that is banned by uscis and Department of Labor in USA is EBS MINDS (ebsminds) and iEratech. Both these companies charge around USD 4000 for processing H1B Visa and when not picked in lottery or RFE comes up, they refuse to refund even partially the Visa charges they have colleced, leaving the applicants in a lurch. I personally lodged a complaint and glad to see that Manmohan Akkavaram, Brijesh Vyas and Raghu MUTUKULA will be procecuted by the US Government. Thanks to all your website for hosting this review and 100s of other applicants who have compalint against companies like this.

    See below of other such companies with Debarment period: 4/4/2015 to 4/3/2019:

    Advanced Professional Marketing, Inc
    Ebs minds
    Anthony Information Technology Inc
    iEratech
    Global Telecom Corp
    Gunderson Sweetwater
    NYVA Soft Inc
    Orian Engineers Inc
    Northern California Universal Enterprise Corporation (NCUE)
    Prithvi Information Solution International, LLC
    RMJM Group Inc
    Scopus Consulting Group Inc
    Sirsai Inc
    Space Age Inc
    Tekseed Solutions
    Xcel Solutions Corp
    Riedstra Dairy Ltd

  36. Hi,

    Has anybody received approval or RFE notice under EAC1614XXXXXX in Regular processing ? I haven’t received any updates and it is making me feel worried now.

    1. The Approval/RFE results are not coming in a serial fashion. I belong to the same series as yours. So numbers ending from 001 to 100 have all 3 below results showing up randomly.

      1. Case Was Approved.
      2. RFE was mailed.
      3. Case was Received.

      I just think that soon all the results for case received status will be OUT. So keep checking the status everyday and also follow up with your employer/Attorney.

      Cheers…

      1. I’m in the same boat too…I’m WAC16137XXXXX

        Case Was Received
        On April 11, 2016, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC16137XXXXX, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 11, 2016, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

        Unsure what I should do next; i’m currently doing my 2nd masters – so I’m def worried

        1. Hi, even my case was received on April 11 but from Vermont service center. As of now no updates.

    2. Hi,

      I received approval on August 4 for EAC16140***** in regular processing from Vermont Center.

    3. Hi Nidhi, Same as you. No update just its says case is transferred and receipt notice is sent since may 2016.

    4. My Receipt number has the same pattern and am also waiting for approval. The USCIS website just says that case is received and no further updates thereafter.

    5. My case is the same & starts with the same you mentioned EAC1614XXXXX. Just wait and hope for best.

    6. I have got same situation. They have received my case since 16th September, but not updates!

  37. Hello Everyone,

    My Petition was got picked up in lottery, But still I haven’t received any approval conformation. Can anyone specify the time span so that I can wait for approval.
    I’m bit worried.

    Thanks in Advance.

  38. Hi All,

    Those RFE ones are completed or still the process for sending others for RFE re going on.

  39. Hi,

    My consultancy told me that my cheque got encashed but still they haven’t received the receipt number and they are saying that they are receiving the H1B approvals for others So they might get direct approval copy .Is it a valid case ? Could you please tell me if anyone come across this situation.

  40. Hi,

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

    Thanks,
    Kalyan

  41. Hi,

    My H1 got picked in the lottery this year and it is still under processing. But, my work location has changed from what was mentioned in the application. Since, my petition is still under processing and if my case is still pending after September 30, and if it gets approved sometime after October 1st, when should i file the amendment, will i be considered in compliance on the day of the H approval, what kind of issue would it create ?
    Your response is highly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    1. I had the same issue. I first got my Visa stamped and applied for amendment. When you submit your amendment you receive a case number within 2 weeks. You can travel after you receive that number. If you start amendment before your visa stamp it might take long time for things to happen. Better get it stamped 1st and apply for amendment later.

  42. Hi,

    Anyone received approval notice from Vermont Service Centre? For Vermont Service Centre notice number starts with EACxxxxxxxxx.

  43. Hi Raghu,

    Could you please advise me here?

    My I-129 (H1B Non-AD RP) approved 2 days back and yet to receive approved notice.

    Actually I do have 10 years multiple Business visa but haven’t traveled to USA so far, now my current (other) working employer asking me to travel to US and Mexico for 2-3 months.

    I will be stay in USA for 2 days only and 2-3 months in Mexico during this trip.
    I will be having all paper evidences as proof of trip details to show Immigration guy.

    Is it fine if I travel now? or any other issues raise either in POE or during H1B visa stamping at my home country?

    Kindly explain me consequences and share your thoughts ASAP.

    Thanks
    Sri

    1. Author

      I think you will be fine, but I don’t advise on Immigration affecting status, so you should talk to an attorney.

  44. Hi Raghu,

    This is my consecutive 3rd year applying H1B but no luck. Do you think there is any gap in my application or if we update the rejection information in next year … Do we get any chance?

    My understanding Most of the petition picked in the lottery they are Holding Master Degree….

    Please share your input.

  45. Hi,

    Is anybody received approval or RFE notice under EAC16142XXXXX in Regular processing ?

    1. Hey Karthik,

      Have you received approval or RFE. I am also under the regular processing status is still case of transferred.

    2. Hi ,

      Today i have received RFE notice under EAC1614XXXX in Regular processing. Please guide me for next step.

      is there any chances for me to get approve?

  46. My employer has filled H1B for me for FY 2017. My H1B hasn’t picked up in lottery but my packet didn’t return either. Suddenly, On 13th July My employer told me that my check has been cashed but till now my attorney haven’t got any receipt or email and neither I. My employer said, Attorney has filled query regarding my issue. I asked in College regarding my status but they said, They are not seeing any H1B pending on my SEVIS. What do you think about it ? What are my chances ? Would you please tell me how to see case number from check ?

  47. Hi Raghu,

    As of now my employer hasn’t received neither receipt number nor rejection letter, is it over or should i wait more?

    Thanks.
    -Kaka

  48. Hi Raghuram,

    My employer has filled H1B for me for FY 2017. My H1B hasn’t picked up in lottery but my packet didn’t return either. Suddenly, My employer told me on 13th July that my check has been cashed but still now my attorney haven’t got any receipt or email and neither I. My employer said, Attorney has filled query regarding my issue. I asked in College regarding my status but they said, They are not seeing any H1B pending on my SEVIS. What do you think about it ? What are my chances ?

  49. My employer has filled H1B for me for FY 2017. My H1B hasn’t picked up in lottery but my packet didn’t return either. Suddenly, My employer told me that my check has been cashed but still now my attorney haven’t got any receipt or email and neither I. My employer said, Attorney has filled query regarding my issue. I asked in College regarding my status but they said, They are not seeing any H1B pending on my SEVIS. What do you think about it ? What are my chances ?

    1. Author

      Wait for receipt notice. Check will have the receipt notice in the deposit slip in the bank.

  50. Hi Raghu,

    I got selected in lottery process and received receipt number in may but the status is still showing “Case Was Received” on USCIS website.

    can you pls let me know how much time does it take to approve and wat would be the actual process.. this would be a great help.. thanks much..

    1. Author

      It can take long time buddy. I have seen cases approvals in Feb/MArch of next year. But, most of the approvals should come around Sep/Oct.

      1. Thank you for your answer Raghu. This eased my tension.. Even I got selected in lottery but still haven’t receive approval. 🙂

  51. Hi Raghu,
    I received H1B approval notice last week and consulate is mentioned on the notice as London as I was working there since 1 year when my employer filed H1B but now I moved back in July to India as my project got completed.
    Is it ok if I attend my visa stamping here in Chennai or should my employer file I-824.

  52. Hi Emily,

    My H1-B Visa got approved this year and I also received the hard copy of it. I had applied for Stem Extension and after my H1 was approved I contacted my university regarding my STEM application. They told me that USCIS automatically withdraw my STEM application. But today when I check the status it was changed to “Request for Initial Evidence…..”. What does that mean now? What should I do now?

  53. Hi Raghu,
    my lawyer haven’t received rejection letter yet for my application of H1B FY2017. Do I have still have any chance?

  54. Hi,

    Do you know how applications were applied using the advanced degree cap this year?

    Thanks,

    V

  55. Suresh
    Hi Raghu,

    Currently i am in US now with B1 Visa. I came here before 2 months in the month of May 2016. In the meantime i got H1 B and it was petitioned. I will be going for H1B Stamping in the month of Oct or Nov 2016. my employer is asking me to stay in B1 Visa for 4.5 months till Oct 2016 1st week.

    1. If i am staying for 4.5 months with B1 Visa, is there any problem during the H1 B stamping in Consular.
    2. if so what kind of problem will be there
    3. if i got H1 B stamped with out any problem and travelling to US with H1B, will be there any problem in immigration. if so what i need to do.

    1. Author

      I can’t answer questions about B1 vs H1b. You should ask an attorney.

  56. Hi,

    My employer told me that:::: “You are one of the 20 candidates for who we have not received any news from USCIS, We do not know if your application has been picked in the lottery or not. We have not received neither receipt not the package back”

    I already know now chances are almost nil but sill I wait?

      1. Me too in same situation. Is there any waiting list?? I read in some sites.

    1. Me too in same situation 🙁 🙁

      Is that the applications are waitlisted?

      Day by day becomes very irritating 🙁 🙁

    2. HI Kapil..

      I too get similar response from my employer. May i know who is your employer.

  57. I looking for your help, I got selected in lottery process and received receipt number in may but the status is still showing “Case Was Received” on USCIS website.

    Could you please help me to understand how much time USCIS would take to approve my case?

    USCIS website showing below message: “On April 11, 2016, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC********, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 11, 2016, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address. “

  58. Hi,

    My petition has got picked in lottery in NonAD/Regular processing.

    Is anybody received approval or RFE notice under NonAD/Regular processing ?

    Thanks.

  59. Hi Raghu,

    I looking for your help, I got selected in lottery process and received receipt number in may but the status is still showing “Case Was Received” on USCIS website.

    Could you please help me to understand how much time USCIS would take to approve my case?

    USCIS website showing below message:

    “On April 11, 2016, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC********, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 11, 2016, please call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address. “

    1. Hi Deepak,

      Did you get any approval or RFE notice,even my status is the same with the same date(April 11,2016)

  60. Hi ,

    I have a case like am engineering graduate which should be complete in from 2007 to 2011. but due to arrears i got passed out in 2013. but i was working in IT from 2012 to dill date, changed job company thrice.

    Here my question ?

    My case got picked in lottery, so there would be any issues with my education and work experience to get case approved.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Raghu,

      Glad to talk with you.. Actualy i got a notification from my employer stating that ” My H-1B petition got picked up”, but still i din get any updates from attorney. Please let me know why this delay is happening..

      1. Author

        Only your employer can answer this question. All petitions have been returned. They should have the receipt number by now.

  61. Hi Raghu
    case status : RFE(Masters quota)

    need your advise, while preparing the client letter , the client is not willing to sign the letter for The duration of this project is ongoing and expected to exceed three years, can you suggest me a better phase
    we can leave the duriation of the project is ongoing and the benificiary will work 40 hours a week. (May be the project will extend until end of October 2016)
    please respond immediately, need your advise.

    1. Author

      Vijay – I’m just a mere reporter of H1B information, not someone who can provide help when client is not signing the letter. Sorry!

  62. Hurray …. got my return reject receipt! (VRNxxx)
    Now I can be sure, at least my employer applied an H1 for me :):)
    Was dated Jun 29 and got it yesterday!

  63. Name :Vijay
    Case status: RFE received(Masters Quota)/regular processing
    receipt :WAC1614xxxxxx

    Hi Raghu

    presently received an RFE for my case, asked for client letter.In preparation of client document , the client is not comfortable stating that the engagement will last for 3 years, as the SOW ‘S of the project will extend on periodical basis.So it would be better to state that the project is ongoing and gets extended periodically or it is sufficient to say the project is ongoing and The Beneficiary will work a 40 hour week.

    can you suggest me a better phase in my client letter.

    1. Author

      That’s your employer and attorney’s job. That’s why Attorney’s are paid money 🙂

  64. Hi Raghu,

    I received I797C from my employer which has wrong DOB. My Month field has wrong value. Can someone please suggest me how should I get it changed and what will be the impact of this?

    I called and told my employer about it by he said it is okay and there is nothing to worry about? I am not sure if his explanation is correct and it will not create any issues during Visa stamping.

    please suggest me what should I do now ?

    Thanks a lot in advance!!

  65. Hi Emily,

    My H1B picked up and I had a RFE. I had 17 months stem opt extension

    My question was:

    1. After submitting RFE for my H1B and if it got denied (Not withdrawn) before October 1st can I use my stem opt to continue my work?
    2. If it get denied after October 1st can I still use my Stem opt extension to continue my work?

    If I can continue my work after H1B denial do I need to get any approval from my school DSO?

    Please help me out!!

  66. Any updates on H1B Regular processing approvals…Did any one got approvals..not sure if USCICS started approving regular processing.

    I guess H1 B process is late.

  67. Do we get a new case number after the case is transferred to a new jurisdiction??

  68. My employer informed me on 5th May that my application was selected in lottery. Since then i have not heard back anything from my employer. They dont even share the case# with us. I have no idea what is going on. 🙁 Raghu any word of wisdom?

  69. Any one got any update on Regular Processing non -masters quota..

  70. Hi,

    H1B1 Regular Master Cap – I am yet to receive any confirmation regarding my status. Is their any realistic chance of my name getting picked in the lottery.

    Thanks for your reply.

    1. I am on the same boat …regular processing …still not update at all!

    2. No chance,

      You have to ask your consultancy… is it picked or not… if it is picked u wil get receipt

  71. Hello,

    When I checked online status of Receipt number which starts with EAC161485******, its showing case was received.

    Could You Please let me know when can i expect status changed to Approved.

    Thanks & Regards
    chaitanya

    1. If its Regular it takes more than 6months..
      if it is premium it takes one month time..
      these two happend only if not get RFE..
      if u get RFE the time increases

    2. It generally takes 2 to 3 months from the day USCIS receives your case. you may expect your approval/denial status between Aug 28 and Sep 28 1016.

  72. Hi Raghu,

    Can you please help me on my expired H1B visa.

    My H1B petition was approved in 2006 and visa got stamped too, which got expired in 2008. Due to some reasons, I never

    travelled to US i.e., all 6 years of time is not utilized.
    I am not sure whether the Employer still exists or not and also not sure whether he revoked it or not.
    Now my doubt is

    1. If i want to use those 6 years, is there a way to use them OR
    2. Do i need to apply for fresh H1B with cap OR
    3. Am I eligible to apply with cap exception, if so, will you sponsor new H1B for me.

    Please clarify. Thanks.

    Thanks,
    Ram.

  73. Hello Raghu,

    I have question regarding the name change in my Passport. I got picked up in H1B 2017 lottery but yet to get approval. My name in my passport is “FIRSTNAME LASTNAME” and in all other documents(Employment / Education) I have “FIRSTNAME MIDDLENAME LASTNAME “. But my petition was filed with name as per passport.

    I would like to put an end to this dependency by renewing my passport. what would be good time of such passport name renewal (Before H1 Approval / After H1 Approval / After travelling to US ) so that I don’t need to face too many questions and processes best too.
    Additionally if I am changing my name in passport , do I need include the amendment ( name change) in my H1 petetion too ? If yes , what are the documents I need to deal with ? Whats the process and let me know if there some cost associated with name update after change in personal particulars in passport.

    Hopefully I have been able to describe my case. Waiting for your answer.

    Regards
    Tanmoy

  74. Hello.

    Please answer this.

    I was on F1 Visa. My H1-B is approved and I am going to India this November.

    1. Do I need to go to the OFC again for finger prints before my VISA interview?

    2. If yes, Can I schedule OFC appointment and interview appointment same day?

    Thank you.

  75. h1b regular processing 2017–not received any updates yet ..! no rejection documents either

  76. Is there any hope now for my application being picked ? Till now there is no update from my Employer. I got a mail saying my initiation is neither acknowledged nor rejected.

  77. My consultancy saying ,till now they have not received my cheque and documents back from USCIS, and they are not sure my application picked in lottery or not. Everytimethey are saying wait for another week. So, pls advise,

    1. Hello,

      I have unstamped and approved H1B visa of 2008 (Was approved on July 17, 2008). I have receipt number of the same, but NO I797 document as that was filed by my employer. Can I get Cap exemption based on this visa? Anyone knows

      Thank you

    2. HAHA…
      Nobody dear…. it takes some time to approve.. more than 3to6 months

    1. please give me the list of the agencies who help me to apply for H-1B

  78. Hello Raghu,
    I guess this is not the right page to post this. But I don’t know the other page to post, since I am following this page for long time. My question is My CPT starts on June 24 2016. I am planning to travel to India in Aug 7 2016 and return on Aug 28 and , Do I get any issues at port of entry when I am returning to US. Can you suggest me what precautions to be taken to make port of entry easy. Thanks in advance.

    1. Author

      Post this to attorney Murali. But. Traveling in CPT shouldn’t be an issue.

  79. My cheque was cashed in May this year but i havent received the Receipt number yet. Unfortunately we are unable to see the number on the back side of the check(Numbers were unclear).

    Can i still have the strong chance of getting the receipt number? Do i need to wait some time?

    Please clear my doubt if any body has the solution. Appreciate your help.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Raghu,

      I have received form I-797C ( i.e. page2 of 2 ) from my employer which contains Receipt number, Case Type, Received Date, Notice Date, Petitioner and Beneficiary details.

      When I checked online status of Receipt number which starts with EAC********, its showing case was received.

      Could You Please let me know what does it mean ?.
      Is my petition pickup in the lottery or do I need to wait ?.

      Thanks & Regards
      vishnu

    2. Hi

      Even my cheque cashed but did not got any receipt number.

      Now we have any chance ?

  80. Any updates on H1B Regular processing approvals…Did any one got approvals..not sure if USCICS started approving regular processing.

  81. Hii

    I did apply h1 b from 2 separate agencies and both petitions got picked.. Can anyone explain what will happen next.. Is this is an issue or problematic situation.. What should i do next.. Its RP and have not received approval on any.. Please explain what should i do next..

    1. Anaa,
      You can choose any of this the company, its legal only.
      But when did you come to know both of your applications are picked ? Date ?

      1. Definitely both will be rejected. These kind of people are spoiling others opportunity.

    2. It can also get declined because of duplicate filings. Unless both are very distinct jobs from one another

  82. Did any one receive approved status on RP? When will the regular processing start for FY2017?

  83. My employer has filled my H1B with one of the premium Consultant in US under regular processing

    My Consultant ,Attorney or Employer have not received any update so far – What does that mean my attorney tells us there is no rejection Yet

    What should i assume ?

    1. I am also waiting, i know its 99.99% over still this month we can wait i suppose.

  84. Good day! I was notified by mu employer last april 27 that i got picked in the lottery. How long is the usual waiting time for the approval?
    Thank you for the response.

  85. Hi Raghu,
    I am also in similar situation, my cheque en-cashed in April, but not yet received receipt notice. I got following receipt number from back side of the cheque.
    WAC161XXXXXXX
    When I checked through online status,it is saying that “On April 11, 2016, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Numbe XXXXX,and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice”.
    What does it mean , do you have any idea ?Still I can keep hopes on it.

  86. Hi Raghu,

    My petition got picked in lottery and waiting for the approval.
    My Passport will expire in August 2017. I am not in India now, working in Mexico.

    Please suggest me when should i renew my passport.

    will it affect my Visa Approval or Stamping ?

  87. Hi,
    Any one please explain about the following scenario.
    Went to USA in Jan 2012 on L1B visa. Stayed in USA until October 2015. (3 years 9 months) visa expired on April 2014 but stayed long because of valid I-94. Applied to L1B visa extension in Aug 2015. but got RFE . So travelled back to India in October 2015. The company has withdrawn L1B extension petition. H1B Did not get picked up in lottery in 2015and 2016 quotas . But after coming to India luckily got visa picked up for 2017. My question is (we came back India on October 2015) if we get our h1b visa approved how long we get our visa I mean how much visa period we get in our case. Please anyone tell me in detail.

  88. is there any difference between “H-1B Consular CAP” vs H-1B Regular CAP?

  89. My status says “Petition accepted in the lottery. Receipt notice received. Awaiting adjudication.” How long it should take for the adjudication process. I got this update on 25th Apr 2016.

  90. Hi Rahi,
    I don’t know if you have given answer for below question for anyone else. I am in below situation –
    I have passport in which my last name is blank and same I have submitted to my employer while filing h1b. Now it gets picked in lottery.
    I have read on site that if you have FNU in your vusa, there will be lots of problem in US. So now I am planning to reissue my passport in India with first and last name. Will it be a problem as I have submitted my old passport reference while filing? Can I take visa interview schedule and stamping on my new passport?

    Thanks

    1. Author

      You can go for visa with your new passport with first and last name.

      1. My Employer confirmed that Cheque Cashed but have not received any receipt.

        I need to wait for some more time ? or My application rejected ?

        1. your application not picked…
          you have to file the case again in next year

  91. Raghuram,
    My case number starts with “EAC16148xxxxx” which shows “Case transferred to another new office”, when I replace the first character alone from E to W as like “WAC16148xxxxx”, I can see the status as “Case Approved”. Whether both are my case are its different cases.

    Since I’m new, I’m seeking your experience in this.

    1. Mine also same. Case was transferred. Does your status changes to approved or it still showing same?? Mine is same still transferred message.

  92. My employer informed that cheque is cashed but no receipt number yet. Are there any chances to getting receipt number yet?

    1. Hi Sonu,

      Same issue for me also. Did you get any information on how to get the receipt number?

      Thanks,
      Rahul

    2. hi anyone applied h1 b through logic planet and got and recipt this year
      and anyone h1 b got approved through logic planet
      last year.
      thanks

  93. With a PhD degree and regular processing, there were only 40 days gap between the case received notice date (4/11/16) and approved date (5/18/16), via the California service center (WAC). Seems like there weren’t many applicants (or winners) on the west coast.

  94. Hi,

    I have heard from an US consultancy that this time there’s a delay in the process. Example: they have submitted about 100 applications and received only one receipt number.

    second question, They also told me that even though USCIS claim that premium processing takes about a month. But in reality most of the time they fail to stick to the timeline. Is it true? It is possible?

    I think my case was submitted at Vermont center initially, Non-AD, not sure about processing mode (Premium/Regular) but my company didn’t receive any receipt number neither package has been returned. My manager is asking how long to wait, knowing that I am not selected in the lottery? What should I tell her?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Author

      Tell your chances ar 99.9% not selected in the lottery.

  95. Friends anyone got a response or confirmation lately, I know its pretty much game over but still seeing if there is any glimmer of hope as my employer has still not updated cases for lot of people.

    I might sound stupid, but are there any stats published anywhere or is there a way to know how many people altogether have received receipt notification that there case was picked in lottery?

  96. I still dint get any mail from my company/Agency site,Still showing H1B petition filed to USCIS. Is there any chance for me to get the result Positive.

    1. Hi, i

      From where you can see ” H1B petition filed to USCIS” ,

      From where to check , I asked my employerer but they said no update

  97. Did anyone got their package returned? (Lottery not picked)
    When to expect it?

    1. No Bhavani, i am also waiting for the same.Any one got the details.Please update

  98. Hi Raghu,

    Please respond, my H1B got picked in lottery and I am waiting for the approval, I did it through some consultancy outside, mine is NONAD/RP.
    Now the manager in my present company told me that they are gonna process L1B for me for an opportunity in the company. I can’t reveal about my H1 to them as I did it from outside.
    Please suggest me whether filing L1B also while H1B is in process will impact my H1B in any manner or they are two different things.

    Please respond, I should convey the message to them ASAP.

    1. Author

      You should talk to Attorney Murali via email. I don’t know what will happen when there is two petitions in process at the same time.

  99. Hi, My employer applied H1B VISA for me but till now I didn’t get any updates either selected or rejected. my application center is Texas. Many of my colleges got the receipt from USCIS but mainly that was from California center. Please let me know is there any list which yet to be come in june or everything over by now.

    Thanks

  100. Hi Raghu,
    My company applied for H1B this year, and till now I did not get any receipt on my case. I need to travel to canada in july 2016. Assuming that I’m not picked, and my sevis is also in F-1 status, will there be any problem while coming back ? Or what should I have to check before visiting canada ?

    Please let me know
    Thanks

    1. Author

      Chances of getting receipt now = less than 99.8%
      Regarding travel consult your employers attorney.

  101. I received H1 approval notice email from my empolyer.

    Actually i have valid B1/B2 visa which will expired in 2017 but i didnt able to travel USA due to my personal issues should it will impact my H1 case.

  102. Game is not over yet untill our package is return.. we hope our best.. All the best to every one..

  103. Hi All,

    As per my employer there may be very less chances in getting application picked now, The game is already over it seems.

    Still keep on hopes 10 % chances are there. I am also waiting for the same.

    I get to know that If any one withdraws their application, or any frauds , duplication for these kind of scenarios they will conduct lottery pickup to fill the gaps.

    Regards,

    Visa seeker…

  104. Hi

    My RP H1 lottery feedback is still awaited from the employer.They say that results are awaited until End June.Is this true?

    1. Even i am waiting for my H1B Lottery result…

      Did any one got receipt this week (or) last week ?

    2. Hi

      Me too awaiting the lottery result. Can anybody tell us When USCIS start sending the petitions Back to Employer.

  105. Hi Sukumar,

    From when can we expect approvals or RFE for regular petitions?
    any date range from past experience.

    Thanks
    Sanjay

    1. Hi Sanjay,

      My RP/AD H1 application approved on 16th May.
      California Center

      Thanks
      Parth

      1. Hello Parth,
        Congrats for the approval of your H1B,
        If you don’t mind please share details like Received date , Notice date, Receipt number 3 digit after WAC16XXX.
        Are you sure about Regular processing not premium.

    1. One can be at max 6 yrs in H status within US- in either H4 or H1. Visa validity depends on the project, if the project is for only 1 year or 3 years depends on the documentation submitted by the employer

      1. What if H4 get H1 on 4th year of stay.. they can work under H1 for another 2 years only.. Or they get new 6 years under H1?

          1. Thanks Reghu for the quick reply.
            So in this case 4 year will be lapsed? Is there anyway we could reset the time by staying outside US for an year and then extending under same Cap with out going though the lottery.
            I hope, time I stayed outside US (vacations – almost 1 yr) is not considered against 6 years.

          2. Reghu,
            You might be wrong in this . time spend in H4 will not count against H1.

            as per decoupling law USCIS, clarifying that any time spent in H-4 status will not count against the six-year maximum period of admission applicable to H-1B aliens. Thus, an alien who was previously an H-4 dependent and subsequently becomes an H-1B principal will be entitled to the maximum period of stay applicable to the classification.

          3. Author

            I thought she said 4 years on H1 then changed to H4 and getting H1 again will give only 2 more years.

          4. Hi Raghu,
            Sorry for all the confusion… I never had H1 previously and all my stay in US was on H4 (4 yrs including 1 yr vacation). Now if I get H1, that is for another 6 yrs or Only 2 year…
            as per QandA looks like it is will be 6..Could you please clarify.

  106. Hey,

    My employer applied through regular processing and we only received a letter saying that they had received our application. Is there a chance of still receiving a letter saying that I was picked in the lottery or all hope is gone?
    Thank you.

  107. Hi Raghu or anyone who is aware !

    I am working for one of the biggest IT conpany in India and have received h1 receipt this year.
    But unfortunately my project is now ending in December , can this impact h1 approval in any way(s) ?
    Though my employer remains the same and I am continuing with my current employer only.
    Please anyone do reply if you are aware of this kind of scenario or let me know if my question is not clear and some more detail is required ?

    1. Author

      If you get RFE, then your employer have to deal with that.

      1. Thank you Raghu for replying back ! But please let me know in this case , if rfe comes then normally what reply do employers give as this could be a genuine situation ! I mean till Dec end still the project is there !
        Please do reply , I got H1 receipt after 4th attempt and am anxious 🙁 . I hope you will understand my curiosity and try to reply with some possibilities and options !!

      2. Author

        I can’t answer every question and lottery guide has the answers and it’s only $6.

  108. Hey,

    I have applied my application through regular processing. When can i even get a response of the whether my application is accepted or rejected?

      1. Hi Raghuram,

        I see in various forums that people are still getting receipts. So, for some people (may be very less ~ 5% – but hope is still there).

        Since you are confidently saying ‘Its Over’ – Just curious – have you received any additional update / information … If so, can you share the same

        1. Author

          People getting receipts are from employer who delaying informing their employees. Don’t wait from USCIS.

          1. You’re absolutely right.. I got a message from my HR saying my application got picked on Apr 20th. That is as soon as they received the confirmation. USCIS had completed everything by first week of May.

      2. U mean Game over? all receipts from USCIS has been sent to employers? But my Employer says they have noot received any updates, still we have chances..

      3. If it over, when will I get rejection receipt and what will be the ETA for it ? How long it will take to refund the money ?

  109. Hi,

    I am currently on OPT which ends June 5, 2016. My company applied for my H1B but the lawyer says he has not heard anything till now- no receipt number or acceptance/rejection. Questions – a) Are receipts sent only for accepted cases? b) Can I work till my company receives a notice or do I stop as per my EAD deadline?

    Thanks!
    Resh

    1. Resh, Yes you can still work. Mine expired on May 17th and I haven’t heard anything from USCIS but I’m still working. My lawyers said I can continue working as long as they don’t receive my retuned application. After June 5, you automatically fall on the cap gap extension. The only issue I have is that I’m unable to renew my driver’s license which expired on the same day…My school refused to print a new I-20 for me for the gap extension because I don’t have a receipt from the uscis. Other than that, I’m still working.

  110. Hi

    I have done my masters in Computer Science.I have done my B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering in India.I am presently doing my CPT in Telecommunication field.I may get full time on this field itself during my OPT.Will it have any effect on my OPT or H1B?

    Thanks

  111. Hi Any body applied H1B Visa from Peta Systems Inc. ? I applied visa from this employer i dint receive any confirmation yet. Still any chance left ?

  112. I have applied h1b 2017 from india in regular processing but not received any update about lottery result still I can hope about positive result or not?

  113. Hi

    I applied for H1B visa through 2 employers – Employer A(who i am currently employed with on F1 visa) and employer B.

    I have received the receipt from employer B but not from my current employer A.

    If I don’t receive receipt from Employer A at all, would I be eligible to work with employer A during the cap gap till Sept 30? ( My F1 OPT ends July 20. So my cap gap is July 21 – Sept 30)

  114. I have not received any update from my employer about the selection of my H1B, Still i caan wait or game is over?

  115. Hello Raghu, Please suggest what it exactly means.

    Today I got a msg. from my Employer that he got email from lawyer about my H1B case is accepted.

    Non-Adv/VT/Regular.

    On 25th April – Cheque get encashed.
    On 27th April – Received H1B selection notice
    On 21st May – Accepted

    On USCIS website it is still saying “Case was Received” on 11th April and it is Last updated on 21st April.

    Is this is normal process USCIS follows.
    Select in Lottery –> Received –> Accept –> RFE/Approval ???

    Is any one in same boat please share their exp.

    1. I too was with the same status for up to May 13 and now changed to “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction”.

      And how about your status now? Let we share each other going forward.

      1. Status is still same.
        Can you share your notice no. 3 digit after EAC16
        My notice no. EAC16143xxxxx.
        Submitted from USA or India?

        1. @AJ
          My notice no. is EAC16148xxxxx.
          I submitted from India.

          My current status is still “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction” only. Lets pray for each other 🙂

  116. Hi,
    My status is as like below,

    Case Transferred To Another Office

    On May 20, 2016, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC1614xxxxxx, to another office for processing and sent you a transfer notice. The notice explains why we transferred your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your notice by June 19, 2016, please go to http://www.uscis.gov/e-request to request a copy of the notice. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    What does it means? Can you please suggest?

    1. Hi,

      there was a notification from USCIS that they would be transferring few cases from Vermont so as to distribute the load.

      Here is the article published.

      Additionally, USCIS is transferring some Form I-129 H-1B cap subject petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. If your case is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail. After receiving the notification, please send all future correspondence to the center processing your petition. If you are filing a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to upgrade your Form I-129 H-1B petition to premium processing, send the completed Form I-907 with the appropriate fee to the center processing your petition.

      https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-data-entry-fiscal-year-2017-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions

      1. @Sender,
        Thanks buddy, I really got relief from your ping. It helped me.

  117. Hi Raghu
    Cheque has been encashed for 3 applicants out of 5 from our company. This was encashed some weeks back. But we received communication regarding lottery selection for only 1 among the applicants. This was 2 weeks back. Is it that there is some delay in the information delivery process and we can expect communication within the coming days as well. Or is there a scenario where Cheque was encashed accidentally and will be reverted back?
    Thanks

    1. Author

      This is strange. I haven’t come across this scenario before.

  118. HI, i have received notification from my employeer that i got picked but they didnt share any receipt number so far, i want to know that when USCIS will share my receipt number with my employer ?

  119. I have not received any update from my employer about the selection of my H1B Petition in the Lottery till May 19, 2016.

    Is there a possibility of getting positive intimation still ? or It is too late ?

    Regards
    sriram

    1. @ Mia – Congrats… pls. provide details like center, and details of when you received the Selection notice etc

    2. Hi Mia,

      Can you tell me that Is your case is Regular Processing(RP)?

  120. Hi Raghu,

    I read on some blogs that USCIS is giving out receipt numbers after receiving the applications and not waiting for the results from lottery? Is this right?

  121. One should have LUCK to get through Lottery, I have applied H1 for two consecutive years and haven’t received any information from my employer. Last year I was totally disappointed with what happened but this time I’m able to stand brave. Hope is a hope if we are still lucky by what may come it will happen good, I’m still expecting to hear positive news from my employer hoping in sometime. Well I just brought in my thoughts and wish you all Good Luck..

    1. Thank you for the encouraging words. This is my first time applying for H1-B (Vermont -RP) and I am still waiting for the results. I am in the US under tourist visa still waiting because I am deciding to extend my tourist visa (my I-94 expires June 1st week) for another 6 months if I get selected and just wait it out until October if I am approved.

      I am keeping hopes up but at the same time, leaving it all to prayers.

  122. Hi Raghu,

    Please do answer this or at least help me in getting the answer :
    I am from India working in software firm and 39 years old,also I am a divorcee , so does my age plus the marital status together will impact or could impact the H1 approval in any way?

    Regards,
    MM

  123. Hi Raghu,

    My petition got picked in the lottery!

    I’ve few queries below.
    When Can I get the confirmation whether my petition approved and
    after the approval, when can I eligible to go for stamping.

    Thanks

  124. At this point, I realize that my receipt is probably never coming. This was my first time applying for h1b and it took a lot out of me emotionally. Apart from the H1b I am on bench without job since 6 months. But I have also grown. I have discovered a strength I didn’t even know I had but I believe that its all for the best.
    I am now committed to my job which I got couple of weeks ago. I don’t have choice of STEM extension as I graduated from MBA. I have to walk back to school to maintain the status.
    If you are feeling defeated know that everything happens for a reason and that its possible that God closed this door so that you can notice the bigger/better door that he is opening for you.
    I hope someone draws inspiration from this and makes a decision to keep climbing.

    1. Author

      @Anil – It’s not easy. Every year, I see and help so many like you. you said it right – It took a lot out of me emotionally. Only people who go through this would realize this. Hope it works out. #HangTight

    2. Why do you say you can’t apply for the STEM extension? You mentioned that your most recent degree is an MBA, but did you get a prior STEM degree in the U.S?

      1. @Hopeful Lad,
        Nope, I didn’t do any STEM degree. I graduated from MBA last year and my OPT also got expired now. I am in plan B.

  125. Hi Raghu,

    Two employers filed H1B for me and on LCA Role for 1 employer is ‘Software Developer’ and other employer is ‘Computer Analyst & Software Developer’. My petition is picked from 2nd employer and waiting for approval. Is there any chance of rejection because of same job roles on LCA? kindly let me know

  126. I have received receipt number. Confirm whether H1b visa picked or not. Do I need to wait for something else.

    Regards,
    Sujith

  127. Guys,
    Don’t loose hope yet.
    Yesterday my employer informed me that I have been picked in lottery and they are still expecting some more names.
    This was my 4th attempt and finally I got picked.
    Be patient and pray.
    Your time will come.

    1. Hello Folks,

      Last week my employer said that my name is in the list of lottery pick. Does it mean that I am through as my employer said its like 95% done but we need to wait till June for the final results. Guys can put your view on this.

      Best Regards,
      Nidhin Pillai

    2. Can you please let us know the details whether its Non-AD/RP, Vermont or California?.

    3. May I ask what status you’ve been on that you’ve been eligible to keep working at the same company and apply 4 for the H1B 4 years in a row?

  128. Hi.. My Employer has received a list. In that list there are two sections, one is Picked up in Lottery and other is Not Yet picked. My name is under.. Not Yet Picked. They are saying to wait for the 2nd list. Please explain me about this status.

    1. Hi Shefali,
      you seem to be very tense ! Not to offend you but your question it self has an answer , it is SO CLEAR . Your employer has received a list with names selected and not yet picked. So
      obviously it means that there is no information received for your petition and you need to wait for 2nd or 3rd list to see if you have been lucky . But still I didnt understand what confusion you had !!!!! Other than of course you need to wait for selected or not selected report that’s it !!

  129. Hi Raghu,

    Could you please let us know when the premium processing will be over roughly. So that we can expect the Regular processing to star.

      1. Thanks Raghu nd also i thank you for doing all good work despite of your busy schedule posting important things and keeping us updated on Events happening with immigration nd all other things.I am following your blog since 2013 your blog is a virtual guide to My GRE,IELTS and Usa travel prepartion ,We cant appreciate just by saying thanks you deserve much better words…wish you happy life 🙂

    1. Hey, what date did they receive it and which application center?

  130. HI

    I have not received any update from my employer about the selection of my H1B Petition in the Lottery till May 17, 2016.

    Is there a possibility of getting positive intimation still ? or It is too late ?

    Regards
    Gaurab

  131. i am working in onward technologies lt, pune

    my employer submitted my application for H1B visa 2017 (lottery 2016)

    but yet i have got any information about whether i had been selected from lottery base. my employer is not able to give information about it.

    so can you help me to get the information about H1B visa lottery results. i mean how can i get information whether i have been selected in lottery result case

  132. HI,

    I am waiting for the confirmation. Lets hope good things can happen.

  133. Hi Raghu. I am in a dilemma. I was selected in the H1B lottery this year. But I have not yet received the approval yet. My OPT expires May 31st. What do you suggest is a better option: apply for OPT Extension, or apply for the CAP GAP?

    1. Author

      I’m split. depends on your job, employer. Need 15 to 30 minutes conversation to sort this, This is not a simple yes or no question.

  134. Has anyone received their H1B approval from California Service Center yet?

  135. hi raghu, i had posted one question few minutes back , was it so bad or ridiculous that you have deleted it 🙁

    1. Hi Do any one know when will the case approval would be done at California centre. still waiting for approval regular process. thanks Suresh.S

  136. Hi Raghu,

    Please do answer this or at least help me in getting the answer :
    I am from India working in software firm and 39 years old,also I am a divorcee , so does my age plus the marital status together will impact or could impact the H1 approval in any way?

    Regards,
    AA

  137. Hi Raghu,
    I made two petitions under Non AD/RP through two employers.
    Both of them got picked in Lottery. I would like to withdraw one petition.
    What will be consequences from USCIS and Employer?

    Will there be any partial refund of fees?

    Thanks,

    1. This is insane. Ppl like you are blocking the opportunity of ppl like me

    2. there are a lot of if and buts for your case, now….

      if both these employees are not related absolutely then its is fine, but this will call for scrutiny ..two sister companies cannot duplicate for same beneficiary(you).

      you have had to play it smart there, to get the fees back, wish you luck there!!

  138. Hi Raghu,
    I made two petitions under Non AD/RP through two employers.
    Both of them got picked in Lottery. If would like to withdraw one petition.
    What will be consequences from USCIS and Employer?

    Will there be any partial refund of fees?

    Thanks,

  139. Hi,

    My employer have applied h1b (regular)for me. They informed me that we expect the result at the end of May.

    Is it already over or Not?

  140. HI, my Employer told me in april that i got selected in lottery and USCIS sent notification only but they didnt share any receipt number, they told me that they will share with me once USCIS will share with them. i just wanted to that when USCIS will share the Receipt number so that i can verify my application status through their website, please note my case is regular one not premium. Thanks

  141. hai all,

    i didn’t get any response from my employer, what should i do now.

    is there any chance for my H1B this year?

    thanks in advance

  142. Hi Raghu,

    I am on H4,regular processing and this is my second attempt.non master category.i am still waiting for my results.has regular processing started or yet to start.do I have any chances

  143. I have applied for RP/AD this year and still waiting. Do I have a chance?

  144. Hi i have applied for h1b in normal process 2017, i have not received any info.wanted to know is lottory completed? or still am i having any chances? Please suggest .

    1. You still have time dude.
      Dont worry
      Just wait 11 months 17 days so that USCIS conduct random lottary for FS 2018 and pick your petition for sure.

  145. Hi All,
    If my Receipt number is received by my employer, would that mean, whether I got selected in lottery. And I checked the status, says, Case Was Received, what should be my next step.

  146. When will the regular processing of applications begin? How do we know the approval status?

    1. Author

      Expect Regular to begin after Premium is complete. Approval can take 3 to 6 months.

  147. Got my case approved today. My employers attorney forwarded me the email for approval of my case.

    1. Congrats AM, Srini and all other whose H1B get approved.
      Best of luck who are waiting for their H1B approval.
      I am waiting for my approval too.

      AJ

    1. Hi Raghu,

      My employer filed the H1-B with premium processing, and i gave my check for it. When i checked with my lawyer , he is still saying he did not receive any receipt yet. Can it get delayed for this long? Moreover my check hasn’t been encashed, so i believe my chances are very slim to none.

      Where there any other cases that you have seen, that the notice is delayed for this long?

      -Arun

      1. Author

        Don’t have high hopes for Premium or even Regular any more. USCIS started approving premium processing applications.

  148. Hi Team,
    I have seen your 80 min video ,it’s really good .
    I have one question, I got the receipt number from my employer EACxxxxxx
    .But,I could see My name mentioned in receipt was missing a one letter at the end.
    What should I do to correct my Name ,will that be a issue for the approval process .Please let me know here or else I will buy a video if you have any from your end.

  149. Should I still wait for h1b regular processing lottery receipt number?

  150. Hello All

    Anyone who filed under Premium Processing received approval notification.
    Kindly update here…

    1. I filed under PP, still no response from my lawyer. Can this happen?

  151. Raghu,

    Still is there any hope for Non-AD/RP/Vermont, receiving Receipt?

    I did not receive any update on my petition from my employer.Your response is highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!!

    Uday

  152. When will the regular processing of applications begin? Will it be in parallel to the PP?

  153. I am also still waiting for the confirmation mail. Lets hope 😉

  154. Hi Raghu,
    I have a question.
    I am a MBA graduate from a reputed university passed in year Mar 2015. And my OPT started on May 8 2015. Right now my OPT got expired and I have not heard anything from my employer about my H1b. Can I expect like still there is a chance. And also I am in process of Plan B. It is my understanding that after expiring my OPT I have 60 days grace period to maintain the legal status(correct me if I am wrong). My confusion is does this 60 days grace period starts from the return of H1b packet or after expiring the OPT date only??

    1. Author

      It’s tough with non STEM programs. Did you ask your attorney.

      1. Can you elaborate your answer?? You mean to say that there is no way that I can get my H1b picked as I did MBA or You are talking about the OPT . Can you let me know what I can ask attorney.

        1. Author

          You know you got one shot at H1B. I would have switched to STEM Degree with management focus. Say MIS or similar programs. There’s not much you can do without H1B and OPT is going to expire. Look for Plan B options.

    2. Hi Stalin … I want to connect with you …What’s the name with which I can search for you on facebook ? Don’t leave an email id here as it might get spammed.

      1. Author

        I don’t understand. You want to connect with him, but you are asking him to give his name!

        If I need a favor from someone, I would share my info and have other person reach out. Apparently MBA hasn’t taught you about networking!

  155. I have a question.
    I am a MBA graduate from a reputed university passed in year Mar 2015. And my OPT started on May 8 2015. Right now my OPT got expired and I have not heard anything from my employer about my H1b. Can I expect like still there is a chance. And also I am in process of Plan B. It is my understanding that after expiring my OPT I have 60 days grace period to maintain the legal status(correct me if I am wrong). My confusion is does this 60 days grace period starts from the return of H1b packet or after expiring the OPT date only??

  156. Hi,

    My employer have applied h1b (regular)for me. They informed me that we expect the result at the end of May.

    Is it already over or Not?

    1. My employer said yesterday that I received my H1b approval itself.

      1. Hi ,

        So you did not receive receipt?

        Was it premium or regular processing?

      2. Hey!
        You mean to say that your employer received approval notice. If so, do you know when did your check got en cashed.

      3. Congrats.. so you did not receive any update on your receipt, but directly got approval?

    2. I have H1B visa stamped and valid till May 2017. I have travelled US for some time with this H1b and now I am out of US and not working with the employer who filed my H1B. This year I have filed H1B for my husband and unfortunately it was not picked. So now we are looking for a university which can offer CPT form day 1 for him. This will be his 2nd masters (he did his 1st masters in India). Is it a good idea to opt for CPT for him ? We are confused and we both are not in US now.

    3. In my case my employer just updated me today that it is safe to assume that you have not been selected in the lottery for this year as we didnt had any update from USCIS about my application.

  157. Friends.. Guess its game over for this year. Good luck for those who got selected.
    This is my 3rd year 🙂 Chances are getting slim as year goes by. Hoping to get selected in next year lottery atleast. just 11 more months.. yay!!…

    Good luck.. don’t loose hope. I know the pain. Cheers

  158. Any one got there H1B case status change at USCIS website.
    PP or Regular

    AJ

  159. Hi Raghu,

    I have a question for you.

    Currently I’m working with Company A (Client Location) through Company B (Consultancy My employer), They applied for H1-B but still no result, right now I’m trying to apply OPT extension, but the new OPT , I have to submit the i983 form, Can my consultancy company (my employer) eligible for that or not ? or is there any problem for OPT extension? Please answer my question.

    Thanks
    Gopi

    1. Author

      Gopi – I’m not an attorney to comment of your company is eligible for STEM OPT. Please talk to Attorney Murali Bashyam.

      1. Hi Raghu,

        My question is that, I’m doing a job at client location through consultancy firm.
        Am I eligible for 24th Month OPT extension ? Someone give me like this
        Beginning May 10, 2016 students in STEM fields are eligible for 24 months of OPT. You can find your CIP code on your I-20.

        STEM OPT extensions are not allowed for multiple employer arrangements, sole proprietorships, employment through “temp” agencies, employment through consulting firm arrangements that provide labor for hire, and other relationships that do not constitute a bona fide employer-employee relationship. STEM OPT rule states that “students cannot qualify for STEM OPT extensions unless they will be bona fide employees of the employer signing the Training Plan, and the employer that signs the Training Plan must be the same entity that employs the student and provides the practical training experience”.

        Please let me know.

  160. Hi,
    Just wondering that now the cap has reached, can you still apply for the h1b visa now?

  161. HI,

    I have applied for this year H1B, last week i enquired my employer for my status, they replied like “Waiting for next lot”. is there any chances for me to select ???

  162. Hi Raghu,

    My question to you – Based on the cheque gets encashed we can think that the respective applicant is selected in the lottery even before he/she receives mail. As suggested by you People who have applied in regular processing / Non AD quota can still keep their hopes till end of may which means cheques will be encashed till end of may?

    1. Author

      Check can be deposited anytime. Right after lottery or later. But, if you don’t receive receipt number, then you plan for next options.

      1. Hi Raghu,

        Applied for h1b non ad / premium processing.. Hvent received any receipt number yet
        When asked employer update they replied backing stating that they wouldn’t be able to say anything for sure until they receive rejection.

        Are they still any hopes.
        Or should we proceed with plan b?

        Thanks in advance

      2. Hi Raghu,

        If petitions is selected in lottery, cheque should’ve been encashed by now?. I got information from the employer that the check was not yet encashed. Does it mean game over?.

  163. Hi Raghu,
    I got selected in lottery this year. Regular processing. Currently in India. My wife has H1 and she is in US now. My H4 got expired. I am going for H4 stamping this month end. Planning to visit my wife along with my kid on H4 and return within a month ( June ). Will I get my H4 stamped as my case was selected in lottery. Will there be any issue during H4 stamping or US visit( Consular office, port of entry). Please advise

    1. Author

      You can apply for H4 stamping and you may qualify for dropbox. I can’t advice on any issues you may have with stamping.

    2. No u will not have any problem u can go for h4.. last year even i did same thing got picked in h1 and got h4 stamped 🙂

  164. Lakshman:

    I am in H4 with my wife in US. Applied H1b under Non-AD, RP with Vermont.

    i have not received lottery result from my employer.

    CAn I still expect the positive result???

  165. Hi Raghu,

    I have a query regarding wait-list petitioners as I there are multiple filings for a petitioner from different employer.

    1. When will USCIS notify about the wait-list petitioners ? Is there any time line? Will they provide any press note officially?
    2. Will USCIS share receipt number to the employer before the decision is made about the rejected/denied petitions that were selected in the lottery?
    3. Will they encash cheque first and then generate receipt notice only after the wait-list petition is considered?
    4. USCIS will officially announce the return of all petitions on a specific date? Does it include wait-list petitions as well?
    5. How do we know that the petition is under wait-list?

    Please respond to my query as this waiting is really killing giving so much stress.

    1. Author

      I have answered all these questions in the H1B lottery guide. In short there’s no waitlist.

  166. @Raghu, Kindly answer my question. My cheque was not en-cashed yet, Are there chances of getting receipt number if the cheque is not encashed yet.

  167. Could you please tell if still there is a chance of H1B lottery selection to be notified . My check hasnt been encashed yet .

  168. I have not received yet should I keep hope till some more days or its over??

    1. Hi Raghu, I had stamped H1 B VISA from Oct 2007 to Sep 2010 but did not travel due to some personal reasons. Am I still can apply for CAP Exempt now that I have not utilized the VISA and my VISA was stamped with proper documents. Please suggest whether still I can find employer and apply for CAP exempt for 2017.

      1. Author

        There is no definite answer, since I have seen some folks not getting H1B transfer go through ( or receive RFE). So, you have to take one step at a time.

        1. Find if you can still get cap-exempt
        2. Finding an employer.
        3. Then H1B transfer
        4. Stamping
        5. Travel to USA.

    2. Hi all . Not received any update from my employer…. Still chances are there or not … Mine is non AD/Rp

  169. Thanks God for your blessing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank god for the blessing. Just I got the news from my employeer that I am selected in lottery. Non AD/RP/CA. Still, I did not get my recipt. My employeer will share soon. I am really really Happy. It is my first time.

    Thanks a lot all of you guys on this forum. God Bless you All

  170. Hi,
    As I am graduated from MBA. I applied h1 b with multiple employers. But nothing got picked up. Is there still chances of picking up in the lottery or I can lose the hopes.

    1. USCIS web site saying they will automatically reject multiple applications this year..

      1. @Andrey Namestnikov

        Can you provide link to USCIS website page which has this info of automatically rejecting multiple applications this year ?

      2. Andrey,

        Can you the link showing that that USCIS will automatically reject multiple applications.

    1. Hi
      Did any one get receipts today? How long we can expect this? any timelines?

  171. Hi ,

    My employer has applied for H1B on 1st April and I applied for opt extension on 11th April.Is that going to cause problem or going to slim my chances to get selected in lottery?
    I haven’t heard anything yet

  172. Can I travel outside US before my H1-B becomes effective from October ?

    1. Hey Raghukumar, even I want to know if I can travel during COS from F1 to H1b from within the states.

      Also if my COS does happen and I switch from F1 to H1b, how do I get the H1b visa stamp in my passport within the states, so I can travel.

  173. Hi
    I have applied for Non-AD ,RP and didnt hear anything yet from my employer regarding cheque encashment. Does it mean that my case is not picked up in lottery? How many more days should I wait?

  174. Hello,

    I have received the update that my case was received.
    Could you please tell me the next steps.
    As in how long can the wait be to know my next status- Whether its gonna be accepted or in RFE

    Thanks!

    1. When did u get receipt ?Is it on may4th.. waiting NONAD/pp..still believe?

    2. @2ndAttempt… is it Fresh Application ? or Extension or Transfer…

      @Raghu do you think USCIS can approve application before they finish the Data Entry…

      1. Author

        They have done that last year. But, PP begins on May 12, 2016.

    3. Congrats .. When did USCIS receive ur petition? mine was received on april 14th.. still not got approval notice

  175. I heard like, sometimes USCIS will not update sevis but send receipt numbers to employers. Is it true?

  176. Picked up in lottery. Receipt number received. PP/AD/ Vermont.
    Notice date – April 13th. Snail mail reached employers on May 4th.

    PP folks should not give up yet!

  177. Hi,

    Did anyone came to know that they are not selected in lottery, received their package back?

  178. As the latest news says data entry is completed so does that mean if employer has not received any updates for my petition its not selected in lottery ???

  179. 4th attempt….. And this time Saibaba blessed me………. Got my H1B in RP

  180. Hi Raghu,

    Most awaited movement come to me.i got information from my employer that my cheque was en cashed today.First Attempt NON AD-RP

    1. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!
      Which center CA or VT?

      I am NON-AD/RP/CA…3rd attempt …..

  181. So I decided to call my school DSO this morning after I heard the news yesterday that USCIS has completed data entry for FY 2017 H1B lottery. The DSO told me that there is a pending status on my SEVIS account and gave me a reciept number EACXXXXXXX. When I checked the reciept number on the USCIS case status it says ‘my case was recieved on the 11th of April’. I have not heard anything from my attorney or employer yet. Does that mean my case was selected and my notice is on the way??? Thanks for your timely response.

  182. Hi Raghu,
    Thank you for this great forum. I have received my H1 I797c notice with receipt number. If i try check my case status online it says ”My case status does not recognize the receipt number please check again and try later. If need further details please call national customer service center’.
    Could you please suggest me on this?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Author

      This is one of many scenarios I have covered in my H1 lottery guide.

  183. The lottery is over for 2016 h1 premium processing or still the process is going ??
    can please help me ……!!!!

  184. This is my 2nd attempt and looks like i will have to content myself with the hopelessness and frustration 🙁 Wake up child this is not the end “i sing to myself” !!!!

  185. Hello Raghu,

    I did my MBA and got graduated as on Dec 2015 and I have OPT valid for one year. I applied for H1 and did not hear anything from the employer so far. However I regularly follow your videos and as per today video you stated that we can have a plan B. Kindly let me know where to reach you.

    Regards,
    Kiran

    1. Hi Raghu,

      I’m currently on H4 and tried for H1B but as of now no updates from my attorney.

      I have checked your recent video of data entry and at the end you mentioned about job options for H4.

      Could you please brief about this and can I get your contact details please?

      Regards,
      Bhagyashri

        1. Hi Raghu,
          I watched the video. Can you let me know where should I get “cap exempt h1b”. What does it all mean?

          Thanks,
          Ramya

    2. Hey Raghu,

      Notice Date on I-797 refers to the date USCIS Created the reciept?

  186. Anyone from HCL India received receipt on non-AD/RP category?

    cheers

      1. Hi I tried contacting my SPOC initially in the last week of April he mentioned that we will receive an update in first week of May . I contacted him again a couple of days back and he mentions that there is no update from ISG yet and it might take about a month 🙁

  187. Hi Raghu,
    The Database entry has done for the people, who are selected in the lottery. What does it mean? Is it game over ? or Can we keep hopes for receipt number or not for Non-AD/RP/VT?

  188. Anyone from Midwest received any updates? AD/PP
    I think it’s pretty much next year for me looking at all the updates.

  189. Hey does it means that everyone should get to know thats their H1 got selected by May 2nd or we can still wait couple of weeks, thanks in advance.

    1. It just means that the data entry is complete, most of the cheques, would be cashed by now, few lawyer firms should get this info, at least in a week. But there are a few anomalies, like if there was an error in the cheque itself…the official last date is when the packages are returned.

      “….an unselected petition is returned”.

      USCIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.

      For those that have not made thru, start looking at options – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ1PDsH5dRs

    2. Last year the data entry was completed on May 4th 2015 and we got our cheque cleared on May 5th. So Hang tight guys. it might not be over yet.

  190. Hi,

    My Case is Advance Degree with Regular Processing. (California Center). Few people from my company got it. There checks got deducted from the account and my employer informed that but in my case there is no update. Is there any hope or game is over?

    Thanks for the time.

  191. HI ,

    Advance Degree with Regular Processing. (California Center).

    Few person from my company got it. There checks got deducted from account and my employer informed that but for my case there is no update.

    Is there any hope or game is over?

    Thanks for the time .

  192. Is there still any hope for cases filed under Premium processing or should i consider the end of my hopes ?

  193. USCIS announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions. USCIS asks petitioners not to inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.

    Additionally, USCIS is transferring some Form I-129 H-1B cap subject petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. If your case is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail. After receiving the notification, please send all future correspondence to the center processing your petition. If you are filing a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to upgrade your Form I-129 H-1B petition to premium processing, send the completed Form I-907 with the appropriate fee to the center processing your petition.

  194. Hi Raghu,

    Your blogs are really helpful. This is my 2nd attempt and finally got picked.
    Just wondering, if the other site you have started last year immigrationtracker is still useful and operational?

    Thanks.

    1. Author

      Nilesh – Site is still active for other trackers. I couldn’t maintain it for H1B this year.

    2. NP,

      Congrats buddy!!!
      How you came to know that your application got picked,please explain.

      I am still waiting for my updates.

      Regards,
      Subha

  195. USCIS announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected.

  196. Hello All,

    My application is picked up in lottery. I am Non-AD/RP/VT, first time applicant. Received email from attorney saying that they received my receipt notice by mail today.

    FYI, still no checks en cashed- checked with my employer. No changes in SEVIS till now-checked with my DSO.

    My receipt notice says notification date as April 26th. So guys timing of checks cashing and SEVIS update is very inconsistent, don’t lose jopes. Stay calm and hope for the best. Good luck everyone.

  197. Hi,

    The updates are very useful.This is my 3rd attempt for NonAD/RP, no updates from my employer yet.

    All the best for those who got selected.

    1. Raghu,

      USCIS just published the news that the data entry for H1B FY 2017 has been completed. If the check is still not encashed then does this mean that the application is not selected in lottery ?

      I have not received any news regarding check encashment or receipt notice from my employer.

  198. Is there a way to know my consultant really applied for my H1B Visa?

    1. Author

      You are probably 5035th person to ask this. Trust your employer. If not, you shouldn’t have applied in first place!

  199. Hi Raghu,

    Are there anymore hopes for AD/RP?VSC? I have not yet heard anything from my employer, many of my colleagues already got receipts.

    Thanks
    Aditya

  200. This is my 3rd attempt for Non AD/RP. I didn’t hear anything from my employer.

    All the best for all of them who got selected.

  201. Hi
    Do we get receipt numbers directly to ou email ids or what is the process

  202. Hi Raghu, I used to check updates in this BLOG and its very useful. Most awaited time comes to me.Finally, My cheque converted into Cash at 4th attemptNon-AD and RP)

  203. On April 11, 2016, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number ***********, what does this mean??

  204. Is there any hope for picked up the H1-B lottery:

    Advanced Degree
    Premium Processing

    Not get back to anything from employer.

    Please let me know

  205. Hi,

    Any one applied through Infinite Computing System Inc.

    Please update.

    1. I apllied thru ICS Inc. Their applicants never get selected. In fact v dont even know if they applied for us. LOL

      1. Hi Thiruvengadam,
        Actually last year one of my friend also selected in lottery through ICS Inc and right now he is in USA, so I am not satisfied with your answer.

      1. Author

        Why are you asking for letter “V’ it has absolutely no value.

  206. Hi Raghu,

    how can know my employer however encashed the cheque…?and what it means

  207. I received an update from my visa initiator who runs a consultancy in us, that my petition got picked. When would I get the petition details or receipt number?

  208. HI Raghu,

    When will the picking process completes? in may orjune also my employer applied for me from vermount, all regular processing result a declared for vermount?
    please advice

  209. I still haven’t got any reciept number from my employer. I am Non-ad/pp. does that mean my application is not selected in the lottery? Or should i still have a chance until the premium processing starts by May 12th to get the reciept number? Has everybody under non-ad got their reciept numbers by now?
    Thanks so much for your reply.

  210. Hey Raghu,

    My employer applied my H1B in CP (Consulate Processing) and I got to know about it yesterday. I had already got the news that my H1B was picked from the lottery.
    Can you please explain the pros/cons of the CP (Consulate Process) compared to the Change of status process.

    1. Author

      Sachin – Don’t you think you should have asked this question before opting for CP 🙂

      1. Raghu, I know I am late for this, but I was not having any idea how my employer was going to file my H1B application. Now will you tell me pros/cons of CP

        1. Author

          I think you just have to deal with travel to switch to H1B before OPT Expires.

  211. Hi Raghu,

    Have the processing for regular applicants been done? as mine is NONAD/RP… I havent received any notice yet…my employer however encashed the cheque…but there is no news about any receipt yet…..

    1. HI Priya,

      could please help me how can i come to know my cheque is encashed by consultancy, i have applied for h1b from VT.

  212. I am Non AD/RP and still no response from my employer. Is it worth to wait till this month end or its not worth to keep hope? i m not getting proper sleep…

  213. Hi Raghu,

    My wife’s OPT expires this July 24th. Her employer applied for H1b and we have lost our hope. Should we go ahead and apply for 24 month STEM opt as its getting closer also I couldn’t find any information on how and when can we start applying for 24 months STEM opt.

    1. Author

      I would apply for STEM OPT after May 10, 2016. Since you have OPT till July 24, 2016. If you do now, then you would get RFE for additional documents.

      1. Hi Raghu,

        My EAD expires on May 30th and I applied for 17 Month OPT extension 80 days in advance, somewhere in March and received acknowledgement notice on Marach-17 (Same day Cheque was encashed) . As 24 Month OPT extension will be effective from May 10th, Will I receive RFE in my case or will I be granted 24 Months extension. My Employer has also applied for H1B AD/RP but have heard nothing from attorney yet. May 12 onwards USCIS will start sending H1B notice for selected PP application, does that mean that they must have finished sending the receipt for selected PP and RP petition and there is no very less change to get selected thereafter.

        1. Author

          If your OPT is not approved by May 10, then you will get RFE.

  214. Hi
    Got receipt number on April 14th Non AD/PP.Has anyone got their case approved so far.How long does it actually take for PP

    Thanks

  215. Hi Raghu,

    What should I say? The wait is over or the most awaiting movement finally showed up.

    What ever would be the words I am finally blessed with this movement of luck after 2 years of struggle..

    I can say you were the one I always followed. This Blog was my newspaper, Every time I see the comments, I used to feel like Will I say this new here some day or not..

    Raghu, Thanks you are helping us a lot.

    Good luck to all who are waiting.

    What should I look from your blog from tomorrow.. Please advice.

    1. Author

      Great News! Happy to be part of your journey till H1B. Now, don’t go away 🙂

      Next Up – Green Card!

  216. Anyone from Indian MNCs received receipt on non-AD/RP category?

    cheers

  217. Hi Raghu,

    I was just wondering, what would be the best time to switch employers once H1b (AD/Regular processing) is approved? My opt expires on 7 July and I will be under cap-gap.

    Thanks!
    DesperateToSwitchEmployers

    1. Author

      I can’t advice on switching employers. Post the question to Attorney Murali. thanks.

  218. I applied with 2 vendors and i got picked from both. What is the best suggestion to do?Can i go with processing with 2 Hi files and decide once both are approved?

    1. Author

      As crazy as it sounds, how are you making a career, life changing decision by posting in a comment in the blog?

    2. Thanks for making one person’s life difficult. Why can’t USCIS make lottery system efficient to not select someone twice in the lottery? absolutely foolish….

    3. I am not sure how it goes. If you have two picked in lottery and uscis processes both then theywould find out and could reject both of them. Can anyone shed some light on it.

    4. It should be banned by USCIS, if a person applies with two different employers, his/her application should be denied and rejected from the system. This is like cheating to me, and people should not use this kind of options.

  219. Non-AD/RP , is still time there ? or over ?

    Can anyone please give me the update?

    1. I dont understand why people act so naive every time , hundreds and thousands of time this has been replied.
      In fact the FACT is the attorneys or the employer do inform to there candidates that NON – AD /RP results do come in late , some receipts can come around May end also even in June 1st week also.
      okkk………..

    1. Hey VJ congratulations !!!

      Does you first name start with Letter V?

  220. Hi Raghu,

    Still waiting , For RP we need to wait till mid may ? Is it correct ? Or should we assume that no chance now?

  221. Are all regular processing notices sent at the same time by USCIS?

  222. HI Raghu,
    My employer applied H1 for me and H4 for my dependent this year. I received a receipt number for H4, but nothing hared about H1 from my employer. Does it implies that my petition is selected?

  223. H1B Cap – Regular
    Processing – Regular
    Service Center – VSC
    Applied from – India

    I work for Cognizant. Have anyone got email regarding receipt number or lottery selection in Cognizant

    1. I am cogni, I have received Receipt number starting with WAC, What does it means?

      1. WAC – Petitions processed at the California Service CenterWAC – Petitions processed at the California Service Center

  224. Hey Raghu,
    Still waiting on my receipt number NonAD/PP/VT
    Do I still have a chance?
    Have they opened all their packets yet?

  225. Hi Raghu , following your blog from the time I started applying for initial 12 month OPT, also applied for 17 months extension it is also approved.

    finally got my Receipt number(H1-B) on April 26. AD/RP
    Service Centre :Califonia
    MastersCap- First Attempt

    1. Author

      Congrats. Keep following. Next step is Green Card (maybe H1B Transfer), marriage and H4, then H4 EAD.

      Which is about 10 more years worth of wait 🙂 Good Luck.

      1. Hi,

        My H1B petition has been under processing.
        After it was filed I change my passport used for petition file as that was damaged.
        Now I have new passport the number of which is different than the one used during petition filing.
        Is it okay with New passport for Stamping or Visa Interview

        Do I need to any kind of amendment for this or I can directly go for stamping with both old and new passport.
        Also which passport details I have to use to fill 156 ? is it the one used for petition file or the new one? Please help