How Do I know if my Employer Applied for H-1B Visa?

Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 49 Comments

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. Usually, immigration attorneys will send the applications via an express courier service, so they will have the delivery receipt.
  2. 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?"


  1. Thank you. Keep with the good work. I am looking forward to learn more with you here. And also getting the news before it’s been realized.

  2. I applied last year 2008 for H1B on my bachelor basis as I was graduating in May 2008 with my Masters from one of New York school.

    One of the Indian consultant from New Jersey applied for me and couldnt get through the lottery.Later I got the Job directly and this year(2009) I applied through my Employer.

    The consultant took a deposit from me of $1250 and finally returned me $325 and rest money was used for attorney fee and my training according to him.

    Is there any place where I can report this act of deceive or any way to make him realize that they should not do it with anyone else.

    Thank you

    Zuhaib Raja

    1. I applied through my Employer too. And he didn't charge me anything even for the attorney fee.

  3. My employer, even without asking them, informed me of the Fedex tracking number for the petition that they sent so I was able to track it. They were very accommodating with that. I was filed thru regular processing so right now, I am still waiting for the receipt notice from USCIS. I know that my employer will inform me as soon as they receive that info. I hope that USCIS will approve petitions faster now than next yr…

      1. Ya, i'll let u know.. just check my comments on this site. Pls. also let us know if you got yours.. at least, we'll know the status of each one to keep us updated all the time..

  4. I have applied for H1b this year through a consultant.Now if i dont get a job there for 3 months…due to weak market conditions…then will i returned back by the US authorities as per the law.Do we have any other mean to stay there and keep on hunting for the job….Thanks

    1. There is no 3 months waiting period. In H1B if you don't have job, you cannot stay in US, unless your consultant pays you when you are in bench.

  5. Hi
    I am also waiting for my recipt number? My employer said its called LIN number he has applied from Ohio. Is this correct info? by when can i get this Lin number? has anybody already received that number for tracking?

  6. Even if you meet the employer in person, some desi consultant make use of the USCIS process, what they do is they dont apply for H1B and take money from you… USe the money for their personal need and later in couple of months they say your application has not been selected in the lottery. As USCIS doesnt provide any particular # to track the application before lottery this becomes more easier for some desi consultant to play with people. Its only after your application get picked up in lottery u get the receipt # i.e LIN # depending on the location u application has been put forward. So, i would request USCIS to make this process more transparent by providing some number which can be tracked from April 1st. I am writing this because this has happened to me while I was in US and gave money to one of the New York Consultant… Thanks God he has returned all the money without any deduction. Another thing is that they dont apply and while returning they deduct 500$ saying this for processing fee. So please USCIS make the process more transparent so that this Desi consultant cant make fool.

    1. the USCIS process is very transparent. The consultants need to be bagged and shipped back to their home countries.

  7. Any idea what is the current application counts? What is the open category count? Last update was 42000…


  8. The consulatnt who filed my H1b says that USCIS has encashed the check but still has nt send out the receipt. How can I verify,if that true?

  9. I have received my receipt number from my employer, but can someone tell me how can i verify that the receipt number is mine only.

    I search on the USCIS site, it does says that the receipt number is valid & in processing, but my name is not shown anywhere.

    Please help.

  10. Hello Sir/Madam,

    I am an H1b employee (foreign employee) of an company since May 1st, 2009 and I joined the company in May 1st, 2009.While joining we have an agreement signed between employer and me as employee and contract is valid for 19 months and in our contract company had also mentioned that they can terminate by giving written notice or verbal. My project goes on only till May 22, 2009.

    Since May 22, 2009 till June 24, 2009 employer has submitted my resume to all over and same time employer has also arranged my interview on June 25, 2009 and I have also forwarded him few requirement to employer also in same period. I have all email communication available between employer and me.

    On June 24, 2009 employer send me an (email and mail) by saying he has terminated me from employment effective from June 1, 2009. I have his email and mail which I have not opened up till now. After getting (email and mail) on June 24, 2009

    On June 25, 2009 company official staff of the company they have arranged my interview also and I have that email to in mail email.

    Employer has not paid me salary from May 25, 2009 to June 24, 2009 also and up till now.

    1. What are options available in front of me to transfer my H1B visa?

    2. Where I can launch compliant against this fraud or against employer and how.

    3. Can go directly to department of labour to launch compliant against employer and weather department of labour will accept my case or not.

    4. Can I use all employer official staff name in compliant application including employer?

    5. I have also checked here in Pittsburgh USCIS office by visiting on June 29, 2009 and asked them weather my H1B visa status is valid or not and they told me my status is valid.

    6. If I will launch compliant against company then anything will harm me.

    7. Can I define in my application in details along with all email communications happens between all and from company with me. Can I attach all print out of all email communications in order and marked using pencil to show the email communication between authorized from company and me to the department of labour.

    I am kindly requesting you please guide me what to do in above case to get my all money back. I am also facing lots of financial/mental problem due this employer.

    Many thanks in advance for your help and time also waiting for your reply.



  11. I have applied for H1-B for FY2010 and I received my receipt on 23rd April.

    I am still waiting for a decision, my question is does USCIS picks applications at random or there are picked in the order they are received.

  12. I have gone through all the comments, but could not found any reply to anyone's query. Even though I am writing my query, someone please reply.

    I too have applied for H1B during April'09 through a consultant. He also provided me the receipt number when I asked him. The USCIS site shows that Approval notice is sent for the receipt number. Now the problem is, being my employer a body shopper, I do not trust him too much and want to verify if the receipt number belongs to me only.

    Anyone's reply will be highly appreciated.

  13. Hey

    I got one employer who is ready to file H1B for me but asking me to bear the procession fee which 4000$. Can I trust on them and go ahead or nor. Please suggest me.

  14. I was told that my petition got selected in lottery but they are not willing to give the receipt number. Any idea what could be the reason ?

      1. Thanks Raghu for the response. Is there anything like USCIS would track the number of times that we have checked the status of our petition and would give them a -ve impact?

  15. What all options I have If my employer is not refunding me the money once H1 is not picked.. I was told its not picked and he even suggested that the check is emailed a week back.. I still dint get it and something smells fishy to me .. Will ever employers ever do that or is it like putting themselves in troubles like some kinds legalalities.. Any clue?

    1. 1. You are not suppose to pay for H1B. If you paid, its kinda you are also doing something that’s against law right?
      2. If you don’t get the money back, then you have to file a compliant with DOL. Remember, it’s your mistake as well.

  16. I applied for H1-B last year. My recruiter shared reciept number with me, But it does not show my name or any other identity which shows it is mine , when I check my visa status online using that. He told me that my visa got approved also, but he dint share the I-797 or any such document proving the approval. I asked him once and he said, it is with lawyer and you dont worry about it. Should I be worried? Thanks

          1. is there a way to get back my documents or if i go back to india can i come back in H1b with out any of those documents

          2. Oh sorry I mean on H4. Do I need the H1b documents still

  17. Hi,
    My sister applied for h1b through her employer. She is working on OPT(student). When she is checking with HR they say her visa is not accepted but when she asked them for proof of return packet they are not responding. Do you think they never filed her visa in the first place if so, what are her options. Please help

  18. I was working with an employer after my masters. I was on OPT and my employer had applied for H1B for me. Unfortunately, I was terminated before the lottery time.. When checked, my employer says they had withdrawn the H1B application.

    So my question here is:
    How do I check if they had really applied for H1B on behalf of me. (I was not given any details about the H1B application)

  19. Do you think my recent B1/B2 visa stamping denial will negatively effect on my H1B visa stamping .


  20. I’m planning to switch my job and the new employer files the H1B transfer to USCIS. They are not able to file it thru premium process as USCIS has put an hold for premium processing till July 27th.

    My new employer is asking me to join with the UPS delivery confirmation number and even before the receipt number is send by USCIS. Is that true?
    Can i join with the UPS/Fedex Delivery confirmation number?

      1. I’m currently in H1B Visa and working in USA for my current empoyeer. And got an offer from another employeer who filed my H1B transfer to USCIS. They sent me the UPS delivery confirmation number.

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          Here’s my concern.

          You are trusting your new employer and their attorney to apply for H1B.
          But, you are not trusting their advice when they ask you to start working with Deliver confirmation. Why so?

          1. I’m trusting them.. even i got the UPS tracking number from them.. but I have a doubt whether i can Jion them once they submit my documents…

  21. L1b to H1b COS,
    Im in L1b and about to max out my time on it. My company applied for a H1b FY 2016 and is approved. Will i be able to switch to another employer?
    I came to know from another employer’s attorney that its transferable before oct 1st. I can also take a trip to india and on return it somehow kick off my h1b visa. Is this true?

    Is it possible now to transfer to H1 before oct 1st? I did read the last few lines specifically on L1b scenario. Since the article is from 2009, are there any changes in this case?


  22. Usually, immigration attorneys will send the applications via an express courier service, so they will have the delivery receipt. Will this be for individual applications? or Setof applications?

  23. My employer applied for H1 at the same time I got admit from university. Now I am going for f1 visa.

    The employer said the visa is not selected yet. Will this create a problem for my student visa?

  24. Thank you. Keep with the good work. I am looking forward to learn more with you here. And also getting the news before it’s been realized.

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