Current H1B Processing Time 2019-20, 3 month – 1 yr Regular

 22 Jul, 19
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How long does H1B regular processing take?

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.

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.

CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B newWAC191965**** Receipt: 11 Apr, 19
Approved in 3 month 12 days
23 Dec, 18
Slowest case approval in 7 month 1 days
H1B cosWAC19103***** Receipt: 02 Mar, 19
Approved in 4 month 22 days
23 Dec, 18
Slowest case approval in 7 month 1 days
H1B extensionWAC1918250*** Receipt: 27 Apr, 19
Approved in 2 month 26 days
23 Dec, 18
Slowest case approval in 7 month 1 days
H1B amendmentWAC19132***** Receipt: 11 Apr, 19
Approved in 3 month 12 days
23 Dec, 18
Slowest case approval in 7 month 1 days
H1B transferWAC19164***** Receipt: 05 Apr, 19
Approved in 3 month 18 days
23 Dec, 18
Slowest case approval in 7 month 1 days


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B newEAC1917452*** Receipt: 11 Apr, 19
Approved in 3 month 12 days
16 Apr, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 3 month
H1B cosEAC18250***** Receipt: 29 Sep, 18
Approved in 9 month 26 days
16 Apr, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 3 month
H1B extensionEAC1915050482 Receipt: 09 Apr, 19
Approved in 3 month 14 days
03 Aug, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 23 days
H1B amendmentEAC19089***** Receipt: 08 Feb, 19
Approved in 5 month 14 days
03 Aug, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 23 days
H1B transferEAC191045**** Receipt: 07 Feb, 19
Approved in 5 month 15 days
03 Aug, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 23 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B extensionLIN19181***** Receipt: 20 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
20 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 4 days
H1B amendmentLIN19181***** Receipt: 20 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
20 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 4 days
H1B transferLIN19181***** Receipt: 20 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
20 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 4 days



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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 are 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.

 

H1B Denial 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.

 

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.

7 steps to H1B lottery process, Approval, RFE and Denials

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 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 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.

How long does H1B regular processing take?

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

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 are same in regular vs premium application.


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Recent discussion on forum

  1. vg100
    vg100

    Got it! Thanks @Anil.Gupta!


  2. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Agilan

    H1B processing times vary by each service center. Please check the time table as given on our processing time page.


  3. Arunava_Datta
    Arunava_Datta

    Hi Anil, your prediction was pin accurate and I receive my approval on May 30th.Thanks for being so kind to help in queries.


  4. pink2012
    pink2012

    Keeping my fingers crossed… Thanks for your prompt reply.


  5. asit_dash
    asit_dash

    Okay, Thank for your time and response.

    Thanks

    Asit


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  2,214 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?

    Thanks
    Santhosh

     

    • 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?

    Thanks,
    Raj

     

  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?

    Thanks,
    Kratik

     

    • 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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