Current H1B Processing Time 2019 – 3 months to 1 year

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  23 May, 19

H1B processing time - Updated Daily
H1B processing time - Updated Daily

H1B regular application is taking 2.5 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.

Average USCIS RFE response review processing time is 90 days.

How long does 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.

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RFE Documents

Pending  Approved  RFE,   Denied  Your case  Verified Status 

CALIFORNIAApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
H1B newWAC19198***** / 22 Feb, 19
3 month
17 Aug, 18
9 month 9 days
H1B cosWAC19020***** / 29 Oct, 18
6 month 26 days
17 Aug, 18
9 month 9 days
H1B extensionWAC19119***** / 25 Mar, 19
1 month 29 days
17 Aug, 18
9 month 9 days
H1B amendmentWAC19047***** / 08 Dec, 18
5 month 16 days
17 Aug, 18
9 month 9 days
H1B transferWAC19164***** / 05 Apr, 19
1 month 18 days
17 Aug, 18
9 month 9 days
Updated: 18:42 CST Next Update: 21:42 CST

VERMONTApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
H1B newEAC19125***** / 02 Apr, 19
1 month 21 days
02 May, 18
1 year
H1B cosEAC18250***** / 29 Sep, 18
7 month 26 days
02 May, 18
1 year
H1B extensionEAC19079***** / 25 Jan, 19
3 month 28 days
20 Aug, 18
9 month 6 days
H1B amendmentEAC19089***** / 08 Feb, 19
3 month 14 days
20 Aug, 18
9 month 6 days
H1B transferEAC191045**** / 07 Feb, 19
3 month 15 days
20 Aug, 18
9 month 6 days
Updated: 18:42 CST Next Update: 21:42 CST

NEBRASKAApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
H1B extensionLIN19138***** / 21 Apr, 19
1 month 2 days
12 Jan, 19
4 month 11 days
H1B amendmentLIN19138***** / 21 Apr, 19
1 month 2 days
12 Jan, 19
4 month 11 days
H1B transferLIN19138***** / 21 Apr, 19
1 month 2 days
12 Jan, 19
4 month 11 days
Updated: 18:42 CST Next Update: 21:42 CST

H1B Approval Rate

Third party consulting companies like Capgemini, Cognizant, TCS, Infosys etc. have 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.

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 raise a service request with USCIS to check why your case has been delayed. Only your employer can raise the service request for H1B application.

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

H1B Filed in April – Lottery Result

The new H1B 2020 season applications will start processing in May 2019. You should look at the ‘H1B New‘ application processing time for new Lottery selected applications.

If your petition is selected and you filed in regular, your employer will get receipt notice by April end.

Premium processing cases that are selected in lottery will get email on attorney email address about selection immediately with a receipt number. Premium processing fees will be refunded for un-selected cases.

H1B April 2019 lottery Premium processing cases will get H1B approval by June 4th.

If you did not file in premium processing and receive a receipt notice, your employer can upgrade to premium processing on or after May 20th as long as your petition requested a change of status.

H1B Grace Period – 60 days

If you lose your job, you have 60 days grace to find another H1B sponsor. You can start working immediately based on receipt on or before 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 transfer.

If your case is pending for approval with USCIS and your 240 days after i94 expiry are fast approaching, we strongly recommend to upgrade your application to ‘Premium Processing’ at 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 USA in a US Embassy.

Recent discussion on forum

  1. mura_bee

    Hi Anil,

    Question for you, I am waitin for my H1B transfer (regular processing) to a new employer.

    Paperwork was submitted during mid Jan 2019 to California center. I received a receipt number for the case.
    My case was issued a RFE on Feb 25th. RFE response was mailed back to the administration in second week of April 2019, without Premium processing.

    would you be able to advise on the timeline?

    Thank you.

  2. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Lavanya_Kumari
    You can expect your H1B approval by July 2019 first week end.

  3. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @vg100
    It is taking about 4-30 days to get H1B receipt if filed in regular processing.

    Premium processing gets receipt number within 1 day.

  4. vg100

    Got it! Thanks @Anil.Gupta!

  5. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @cpn
    You should raise a USCIS service request to know the status of your case.

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  2,090 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Santhosh Kumar
    Santhosh Kumar 9 May, 19 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My extension was filed for Nebraska center on 19th Nov-2018 with the current employer, but my case is still pending.
    The current processing date for Nebraska is showing December 29, 2018. Any idea when I will get an update?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 3:10 pm

      Why have you not raised a service request with USCIS yet? Any reason?

  2. Raj
    Raj 9 May, 19 at 10:12 am

    Hello ,

    My H1 Extension is due in next 6 months. I already have completed 6+ years on H1 with I-140 approved from previous employer. Earlier my previous employer had sent a request to USCIS to withdraw by I-140 back in Jan 2019. Yesterday, I got a USCIS notification stating the decision (approved/denied) was mailed to my previous Employer.

    My current employer will not sponsor PERM, I-140.

    Can you please let me know if I will be able to get further H1 extension beyond 6+ years, with the above situation?


  3. KY
    KY 9 May, 19 at 10:21 am

    Hi Anil,

    My extension case has been transferred to California on April 12th from Nebraska LIN1907350XXX, can you tell me when can I expect result for it?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 3:10 pm

      Please use the timelines given above.

  4. Apoorva
    Apoorva 8 May, 19 at 1:11 pm

    My Extension is filed to Nebraska on 14th March 2019 and receipt number is LIN19124XXXXX. Currently they are processing LIN19121XXXXX, and receipt date is showing 27-Mar-2019 on this page. When can I expect the result for my case?

    I am not able to use “Add and compare the case” feature on this page. Also sequential workday for my case and the cases showing on the page are not matching.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 May, 19 at 4:06 pm

      The cases are reported by users and they sometimes enter wrong receipt dates. We can’t control that step.

      You are pretty close to approval though.

  5. Ragh
    Ragh 8 May, 19 at 10:41 am

    FYI- I had my receipt date- 4th feb. Today I received H1B approval extension (3 years) based on I-140.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 May, 19 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks Ragh for sharing. I appreciate it.

  6. Kamaljit Gill
    Kamaljit Gill 6 May, 19 at 10:16 pm

    My extension was filed on 18th dec. 2019, with same employer, it suppose to be submitted to Nebraska but my lawyer filed to California.
    In this type of situation, what could be done, re-file it?
    Thanks in advance

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 5:33 am

      If you re-submit, it will be a new application with new fees.

  7. Keerthi
    Keerthi 6 May, 19 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Anil, I had my H1b Extension filed with Nebraska center on 28th Nov, 2018. Still it is showing as Case is received, when my employer tried to raise service request as the current processing date shows as 26th Dec for Nebraska, they got error as the application is within the posted processing time. What can be done in this case.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 1:54 pm

      I suggest to wait for couple of days and try raising the service request once again.

  8. KS
    KS 2 May, 19 at 5:43 pm

    What is the average response time for RFE @ Nebraska center in normal processing ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 May, 19 at 6:11 pm

      Its given above. Please help your self.

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