Current H1B Processing Time 2021 (Estimate Approval)

Written by AM22Tech Team
  By AM22Tech Team    Updated  15 Apr, 21


H1B regular application processing time is 3 months to 1 year for approvals.

H1B premium processing is getting approval within 1 to 15 days of filing. Applying H1B in premium does not increase your chances of H1B RFE or denial.


TEXAS2 month 20 days
TypeFastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
08 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 8 days
H1B Change of StatusTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
08 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 8 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
08 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 8 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
09 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 7 days
H1B Change of StatusTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
09 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 7 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
09 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 7 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
09 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 7 days
H1B Change of StatusTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
09 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 7 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
09 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 7 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectTSC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
13 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 3 days
H1B Change of StatusTSC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
13 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 3 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferTSC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
13 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 3 days
NEBRASKA2 month 20 days
TypeFastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferLIN21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
24 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 22 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferLIN21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
25 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 21 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferLIN21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
25 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 21 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferLIN21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
29 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 17 days
VERMONT2 month 16 days
TypeFastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectEAC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
24 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 22 days
H1B Change of StatusEAC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
24 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 22 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferEAC21020***** Receipt: 29 Oct, 20
Approved in 5 month 18 days
08 Sep, 20
Slowest case approval in 7 month 9 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectEAC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
20 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 26 days
H1B Change of StatusEAC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
20 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 26 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferEAC21017***** Receipt: 26 Oct, 20
Approved in 5 month 21 days
04 Sep, 20
Slowest case approval in 7 month 13 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectEAC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
20 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 26 days
H1B Change of StatusEAC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
20 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 26 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferEAC21017***** Receipt: 26 Oct, 20
Approved in 5 month 21 days
04 Sep, 20
Slowest case approval in 7 month 13 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectEAC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
19 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 27 days
H1B Change of StatusEAC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
19 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 27 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferEAC21016***** Receipt: 23 Oct, 20
Approved in 5 month 24 days
03 Sep, 20
Slowest case approval in 7 month 14 days
CALIFORNIA2 month 20 days
TypeFastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
25 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 21 days
H1B Change of StatusCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
25 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 21 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
25 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 21 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
25 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 21 days
H1B Change of StatusCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
25 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 21 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
25 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 21 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectCSC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
29 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 17 days
H1B Change of StatusCSC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
29 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 17 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferCSC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 16 days
29 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 17 days
H1B Consular Processing / New Lottery Cap SubjectCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
24 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 22 days
H1B Change of StatusCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
24 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 22 days
H1B Extension / Amendment / TransferCSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 2 month 20 days
24 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 22 days


Estimate My Case Processing Time with App >

The average USCIS RFE response review processing time is 90 days.

How long does the H1B transfer take? California Service center is slowest for H1B transfer while Vermont and Nebraska are faster in processing H1B extensions, transfers, and Amendments.

The best-case H1B approval data is updated daily using the official USCIS processing times and data shared by real H1B applicants in various forums and trackers online.

How long does H1B regular processing take?

H1B regular application processing time is 3 months to 1 year for approvals.

It keeps changing based on current affairs and circumstances.

During COVID-19 closures, USCIS did approve many regular H1B applications within 2 weeks.

Government shutdowns do not affect USCIS processing time but a situation like an employee furlough does.

H1B Regular Vs Premium

H1B Premium processing costs $2500 and you can get approval within 1-15 days.

USCIS will refund the premium fees if they cannot process them in 15 calendar days including weekends.

Regular H1B application takes more than 3 months to get approval.

Does H1B premium increase chances of RFE or Denial?

Applying H1B in premium does not increase your chances of H1B RFE or denial.

The possibility of H1B approval is the same in regular vs premium applications.

How long it is taking to get H1B receipt currently?

H1B case receipt number is sent within 3 to 21 days by USPS mail for regular applications.

H1B receipt number for premium processing applications is sent by email to your attorney or employer within 1-3 days. Paper mail is also sent by USPS mail but can take about 7-21 days to arrive.

How long does H4 extension receipt takes to arrive?

H4 extension receipt takes 7 to 40 days to arrive by USPS mail.

If you file H1B and H4 together in premium, then the receipt for both may arrive together. This is not guaranteed.

H1B Regular Vs Premium

H1B Premium processing costs $2500 and you can get approval within 1-15 days.

USCIS will refund the premium fees if they cannot process it in 15 calendar days including weekends.

If they do refund, the online case status should show “Fee will be refunded”:

H1B premium processing fee refunded status
Premium processing fee refunded status

Regular H1B application takes more than 3 months to get approval.

Does H1B premium increase chances of RFE or Denial?

Applying H1B in premium does not increase your chances of H1B RFE or denial.

The possibility of H1B approval is the same in regular vs premium application.

If your employer is scaring you by saying that upgrading pending H1B to premium will result in denial or RFE, they are just trying to save money.

This is a rumor and there is no need to believe it.

Denial Rate

Third-party consulting companies like Capgemini, Cognizant, TCS, Infosys, etc. have a 20% higher rate of h1B rejection than direct client full-time H1B jobs.

Make sure that your employer files the proofs to support your employment as H1b Specialty occupation is the number one reason for H1B RFE and then denial.

Steps After H1B Lottery

Check out our 7 steps for getting H1B and starting working on Oct 1 with H1B. If you have filed H1B in regular processing, we suggest upgrading to premium processing so that you can get approval before October and can start working on Oct 1.

You will make more money by starting work earlier than saving Premium processing fees.

Case Outside Normal Processing Time

If your ‘case receipt date’ is before the USCIS service request date mentioned above, you should ask your employer or attorney to raise a service request with USCIS to check why your case has been delayed. Only your employer can raise the service request for the H1B application.

It is possible that your case is taking longer than other similar cases and may be stuck in administrative processing.

H1B Lay off Grace Period

If you lose your H1B job or have left it by choice, you have 60 days grace to find another H1B sponsor.

You can start working immediately based on receipt on or before the 60th day.

USCIS H1B 240 Day Rule

You can keep working after 240 days of i94 expiry if your H1B has been filed as Amendment + Extension or as a transfer.

If your case is pending approval with USCIS and your 240 days after i94 expiry is fast approaching, we strongly recommend upgrading your application to ‘Premium Processing’ at a 200-day mark.

This will help you get a result before your 240-day limit and avoid stopping work.

Consular Proc = Visa (Stamp or visa foil) to be issued outside the USA in a US Embassy.





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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Chaitali_Khan
    Chaitali_Khan

    Hi Anil,
    I have submitted an application for H1B transfer from one academic institute to another in May under non-cap H1b. I was requested RFE due to a lack of the latest payslip. The RFE was received at USCIS on 16th June. I wanted to know how long it might take to get the response? Also, is it possible to expedite the application by filing premium processing? I am confused because RFE is already being received by USCIS. I have joined my new employer now under pending petition.


  2. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    There is no fixed timeframe for regular applications.

    You can upgrade your application to premium.


  3. Chaitali_Khan
    Chaitali_Khan

    Thank you for responding to my query! It was very helpful.


  4. Pradeep_Musini
    Pradeep_Musini

    Hi Anil,

    I got an RFE for my H1B for current Year on september 7th and we replied 10 days ago. The case status changed to Document was mailed. Not sure what does this mean. I did ask my Employer. He told he will get in touch with the Attorney. Would be great if you can let me explain what does this mean?. Also, can you let me know if anyone got a similar case status. really appreciate your help Anil.

    Thanks,
    Pradeep.


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