Current H1B Processing Time 2020 (Estimate Approval)

Am22tech
  By Am22tech    Updated  25 Sep, 20



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.


CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
h1b consular processing / new lottery cap subjectCSC20206***** Receipt: 27 Jul, 20
Approved in 2 month
28 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month
h1b change of statusCSC20206***** Receipt: 27 Jul, 20
Approved in 2 month
28 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month
h1b extension / amendment / transferCSC20206***** Receipt: 27 Jul, 20
Approved in 2 month
28 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
h1b consular processing / new lottery cap subjectEAC20206***** Receipt: 27 Jul, 20
Approved in 2 month
28 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month
h1b change of statusEAC20206***** Receipt: 27 Jul, 20
Approved in 2 month
28 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month
h1b extension / amendment / transferEAC20163***** Receipt: 26 May, 20
Approved in 4 month 2 days
08 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 20 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
h1b extension / amendment / transferLIN20206***** Receipt: 27 Jul, 20
Approved in 2 month
28 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
h1b consular processing / new lottery cap subjectTSC20163***** Receipt: 26 May, 20
Approved in 4 month 2 days
30 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 29 days
h1b change of statusTSC20163***** Receipt: 26 May, 20
Approved in 4 month 2 days
30 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 29 days
h1b extension / amendment / transferTSC20201***** Receipt: 20 Jul, 20
Approved in 2 month 7 days
30 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 29 days


CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date





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The 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.

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 employee furlough do.

H1B Regular Vs Premium

H1B Premium processing costs $1410 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.

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.

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 rake 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 $1410 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 to upgrade 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 of $1410.

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 for 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. Sandeep_Karne
    Sandeep_Karne

    Hi Anil,
    My employer applied for my first time H1-b visa last year. In November they sent RFE and my employer said they have replied to it and they have done through premium processing on January 6th, 2020. But if I open the case number on USCIS website it still says the RFE was sent on Nov,13th 2019.( it doesn’t show RFE was received)
    When I ask my employer they say the premium processing payment has not yet deducted.
    Can you please share your experience of what is happening ? If they have put in premium processing it should come up in 15 days correct ?


  2. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Hi @Sandeep_Karne

    Most probably, your employer has not filed for premium upgrade at all. We have not heard of any case where premium stays pending for more than 15 days.


  3. asit_dash
    asit_dash

    Hi Anil

    For my H1B,I got RFE in October and got RFE response submission receipt on September 24th from California centre.

    It’s almost 130 days over and I didn’t got any response from USCIS. Any idea by when I can expect a response.

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Asit


  4. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Hi @asit_dash

    RFE response from California is taking 100+ days these days. You should be able to get result soon.


  5. antique
    antique

    Hi Anil, My h1b amendment has been raised in Oct 11 2019, for location change and client change with same employer. Can you please let me know when can I get a approval for the same? It is with Vermont Center. Your help is much appreciated.


  6. antique
    antique

    HI Anil,

    Can u please let me know when can we get the approval for an Amendment raised at Vermont center . As I can see in USCIS site… the processing times for I 129 form is 6.5 to 8.5 months for the visa to be issued abroad…I’m currently in India …and have no stamping …can u please shed some light on it … ur suggestion is greatly appreciated


  7. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Hi @antique

    I have stopped giving individual case processing time estimates due to lack of time.

    Thanks for your understanding.


  8. breddy
    breddy

    What is current processing time at vermont centre?


  9. Meen
    Meen

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B extension was filed in premium processing in January 2020 in California Uscis.

    I got RFE for my case and my RFE Response was submitted on 22 nd April.On my case status its says its in premium.

    No refund of premium fees.

    I tried to contact my attorney too.

    But no success. Don’t know whom to contect and what to do.

    Really appreciate your advise.


  10. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Hi @Meen

    You have to ask your Employer to contact USCIS.


  11. 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.


  12. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    There is no fixed timeframe for regular applications.

    You can upgrade your application to premium.


  13. Chaitali_Khan
    Chaitali_Khan

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


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