H1B Visa Case Approval Status and Steps for 2015 in Pictures

  • What happens after H1B Visa is submitted to USCIS?
  • What does USCIS H-1B Petition Status mean?

Here’s complete overview about H1B visa application process in flowchart.

Now, let’s take a look at the same in the form of USCIS Case Status.

USCIS Case Status Stages

uscis case status stages

This is the generic USCIS Case Status Steps that you will see when you go to the website for the first time.

Depending on you petition type, you will have various flows. For H1B Visa, here’s one possible stages

  • Acceptance
  • Initial Review
  • Decision
  • Post Decision

If there is RFE, then there will be 2 more additional steps.

Following steps below shows the H1b visa approval steps for petitions approved without RFE.

1. H1B Visa Status : Acceptance

h1b  visa status acceptance

If you have applied via Regular Processing (non-premium) then your application will be in Acceptance Status atleast till all the Premium Processing Applications are processed.

During the acceptance step USCIS reviews newly received applications and petitions to ensure that they are properly filed (i.e. signed by the applicant, appropriate fees, etc.) USCIS issues a receipt number for the application or petition, and sends a receipt notice to the applicant or petitioner.

Applications and petitions that are not properly filed are rejected with an explanation of why the application is rejected and the corrective action needed. Rejected applications or petitions do not retain their filing date.

The acceptance step is typically completed within 2 business days of when the application is received. With mail time it may take several weeks for you to get the receipt or rejection notice in the mail.

2. H1B Visa Status – Initial Review

h1b visa status Initial Review

When USCIS starts processing your application, it till change from acceptance to Initial Review.

During this step, USCIS initiates the background checks of the applicant/petitioner and identifies issues that may need to be addressed either during an interview or by asking the applicant/petitioner to submit additional information or documentation. USCIS reviews the applicant’s/petitioner’s criminal history, determines if there are national security concerns that need to be addressed, and reviews the application/petition for fraud indicators.

3. H1B Visa Status – Decision

h1b visa status decision

I can see several Premium Processing Application in Decision State for those petitions selected in the lottery.

During this step the formal decision (approved/denied) is written and the decision notice is mailed and/or emailed to the applicant/petitioner. You can use our current processing time to gauge when you can expect to receive a final decision.

4. H1B visa Status – Post Decision Activity

h1b visa status post decision activity

This is when USCIS will print and mail the actual H1B visa Approval Notice.

For approved applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include USCIS sending notification of the approved application/petition to the National Visa Center or the Department of State. For denied applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include the processing of an appeal and/or motions to reopen or reconsider and revocations.

5. H1B Visa Status RFE


h1b status rfe

6.  H1B Visa Status  –  RFE Review

h1b rfe review

7. H1B Visa Status – Denial

h1b denial status

8. H1B Visa Status Withdrawn

h1b withdrawn status


That’s the list of possible H1B visa approval status for 2015.

Do you have any questions about this H1b Visa  approval process steps and case status?

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