Most of the comments made during the last few days were about H-1B visa lottery results and about RFE response deadline.
Yesterday I started writing about U.S. universities Q&A and thought this will be a good way to answer some of the questions on H-1B visa related comments.
My wife is here on H4. I filed her H1B, got selected in lottery. Now she got RFE.
Info requested was some company info and my latest paystubs…we got RFE on date 25th Jul 2008. We asked employer, he forwarded the courier details sent to VSC. it’s sent on 19th Aug…but her status is still same as previous one.
Do you have any idea , about this…as for this already replied…any guesses about time frame…to get approval…i really appriciate you reply…thanks..
I guess you missed the update from USCIS about remaining H1B Visa petitions processing status. You can read about H1B Visa approval deadline and processing update from USCIS.
Can you please tell me how can we actually track the processing based on processing dates?
How can we get to know when will our series start processing? My receipt number is of the series EAC08151XXXXX
You will have to know which service center your H-1B visa petition was submitted to. Here’s how you can find it.
- EAC – It is being processed at the Vermont Service Center
- WAC – It is being processed at the California Service Center
- LIN – It is being processed at the Nebraska Service Center
- SRC – It is being processed at the Texas Service Center
If you go to the USCIS Case Status Online website, look for Vermont Center Processing time. From your receipt, you can see when application was submitted and compare that date to date displayed in processing time for Vermont center.
Please read the link from Rash’s response.
Do USCIS ask for photograph in RFE? In my case they have asked for my photograph. This was told to me by my employer.
Any one ever asked for their photograph in RFE? I got my RFE request on Sept. 19. And my employer is not giving my case number as well.
How long will it take for RFE to be processed?
You are the first person to ask regarding photographs for RFE. But again it’s the USCIS. We don’t have any say on what they would ask from us.
They will be trying to verify some information. If your employer is not giving you the receipt number, then there is no way you can track your H-1B visa petition status. Do read any updates from USICS.
My application got an “APPROVED” status on June 4th but ’till today, I have not received any documents. Whenever I call up my consultancy they say that I will get them but I haven’t seen anything ’till now.
A bit frustrated and worried now. Is it possible that we have such cases where there is a delay in sending the documents?
So many comments posted here are about employers not sending them documents after they got their H-1B approved status. There is not much you can do about that.
If I was in such situation, I would keep on asking them ’till you get the approval letter and other related documents for your visa interview.
Deepak – What does “Case Received and Pending” mean?
I got my approval notice…but the online status says “Case Received and Pending.” What does that mean?
That’s a very interesting question. Please see the comments written to my previous article that explains what “Case Received and Pending” means.
Nitasha from H-1B Visa 2009: “Case Received and Pending”
Please let me know what does “Duplicate Notice Sent” status mean. It’s been written under this status: “…as your case is still pending” and “we will send you an update via email when your case is processed.”
One of my friends got this as her status. Please help us know what does that actually mean.
My case is still pending and we have observed one trend…
Maximum of the applicants whose receipt date is May 5th has their case as received and pending. Do you have any comments on this?
Please let us know
It’s my understanding that “Duplicate Notice Sent” means one of two things:
- A new copy of approval notice was sent to replace a lost copy, or
- Your H-1B approval notice was the original notice of approval and was never received.
There is no way you can observe any trend with respect to H-1B approval. In fact, I don’t think other than USCIS can know how many receipts were sent on a particular day.
I suggest you read the update from USCIS from H-1B Q&A Part 1
Even my case was picked in lottery around mid May, and it’s still pending. Ask your employer whether he/she has received any communication.
Sometimes it can still be pending…while an approval/decline notice is sent.
Other than waiting, do we have any option?
I don’t think there is any other option, since the few cases that were selected in lottery are going to be rejected because they selected extra H-1B applications from the lottery.
Dames From H-1B Visa 2009: “Case Received and Pending”
We should not worry as most of the pending cases will be cleared by mid of October. I am not sure but this was the information given by my consultant.
Be cool and have fun.
Rightly said, “Be cool and have fun”. There’s really nothing more we can do until we hear from USCIS. Hope we get to hear some updates from USCIS very soon.
Vidhya From: What does “Case Received and Pending” mean?
Hi! My H-1B was picked on May 6th still it shows “Case received and pending”. What does it mean?
It’s almost 5 months now. Will I get an approval or not? Kindly assist.
“Will I get approval or not?” That’s a hard question to answer. Getting selected in lottery is luck, but getting approval is pure luck.
However, the only thing you can do now is to wait and hope for the best. There are chances you might get rejection, too.
max From H-1B Visa 2009: Case Received and Pending
I am in advanced degree H-1B quota…I think the cap is 21,000…it is mentioned on this site that according to last update 19,500 have been approved..and 2,100 are pending.
Now, 21,000 – 19,500 = 1,500 and 2,100 – 1,500 = 600, this leaves 600.
So does this mean that, in all, 600 people who have been selected in lottery in advanced degree quota will be rejected.
Please correct me if i’m wrong. Thanks!
The advanced degree cap is 20,000 and only 500 is remaining to be approved. So, 2,100 – 500 = 1,600 will be rejected.
That’s what I have learned from the respected immigration sites, where my posted comments were answered.