Around 42,000 H-1B visa petitions had been received under the General cap and about 20,000 in Advanced Degree cap. However, how will I know if my employer had submitted my application?
First of all, why do you have this question in mind? I can think of a couple of scenarios:
- You applied through a consulting firm and you could have never meet the employer in person, so you don’t much basis to trust your employer.
- You could have had numerous interactions with the employer, but not directly with the attorney.
The above issues will all boil down to whether you trust your employer or not. In either cases, let’s assume your employer’s attorney had submitted the application.
If you had read the related comments from last year, there had been numerous complaints where their employers were not responsive to your emails, as well as queries if there is a way to find from the USCIS website if their employers have filed the H-1B visa applications.
There were also a few instances where the students’ company had shutdown after getting selected in the lottery.
Anyways, there are a couple of ways to find the answer:
- Usually, immigration attorneys will send the applications via an express courier service, so they will have the delivery receipt.
- USCIS have to issue Receipt Numbers to attorneys, then these will reach your employers.
I think H-1B petitions can be submitted electronically. And in that case, the delivery confirmation will be sent to an attorney.
But based on my experience, I really doubt if any immigration attorney is going to give you the delivery confirmation receipt.
If you are going to ask your employer, it simply shows that you don’t trust your company. But if an attorney is representing you and not your employer, then it’s safe to ask your employer directly.
The next option is to wait for the receipt number. For premium processing cases, it looks like some are already receiving their H-1B approval notices by email and also by receipt numbers sent.
If I’ll make an obvious guess, the next question students might likely ask is: "When will I get the receipt number for regular processing?"