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

Updated  14 Dec, 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 newWAC19199***** Receipt: 17 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 29 days
12 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days
H1B cosWAC19200***** Receipt: 18 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 28 days
12 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days
H1B extensionWAC19200***** Receipt: 18 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 28 days
12 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days
H1B amendmentWAC19200***** Receipt: 18 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 28 days
12 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days
H1B transferWAC19256***** Receipt: 26 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 20 days
12 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B newEAC19220***** Receipt: 15 Aug, 19
Approved in 4 month
23 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 24 days
H1B cosEAC19243***** Receipt: 18 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 26 days
23 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 24 days
H1B extensionEAC20029***** Receipt: 12 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 1 days
16 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 3 month 29 days
H1B amendmentEAC20029***** Receipt: 12 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 1 days
16 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 3 month 29 days
H1B transferEAC20029***** Receipt: 12 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 1 days
16 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 3 month 29 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B extensionLIN20029***** Receipt: 12 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 1 days
15 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month
H1B amendmentLIN20029***** Receipt: 12 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 1 days
15 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month
H1B transferLIN20029***** Receipt: 12 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 1 days
15 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month





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.


USA USCIS Processing Time
 



Recent discussion on forum

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. pink2012
    pink2012

    Keeping my fingers crossed… Thanks for your prompt reply.


  4. Akki24
    Akki24

    Hi @Anil.Gupta
    Received my approval on August 1st via Email & text message.
    All websites shows updated status as below:

    On August 1, 2019, we approved your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number LIN191575**14. We will mail your approval notice. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to [www.uscis.gov/addresschange]…

    Now waiting to get hard-copy of the approval.

    Akshay


  5. arora
    arora

    FYI to estimate timelines:
    WAC1917953XXX: H1B approved on 8th Oct. It’s new H1 ( Cap subject filed in Apr 2019), regular processing, Non advanced degree.
    No RFE


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  1,391 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. 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


  2. jane
    jane 3 May, 19 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks Anil . Date mentioned for extension service date as 23-Dec-2018 . That means all requests till 23 -Dec should be in proper status approved/denied /considered. My case needs to be still reviewed right? . i had a USCIS visited my office to check my case 2 months back as well and asked my job details and salary stub . So wondering whether 3 months + is normal ? and chances of getting a RFE ?


  3. Prashant
    Prashant 29 Apr, 19 at 2:01 pm

    An update:

    1. Filed H1-B extension on 22nd Jan- Regular at California center- No Location/client change
    2. Converted to Premium on 27th March
    3. Received RFE on 4th April- Reason- Prove that it is a complex job and requires a Graduate with experience.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Apr, 19 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks for sharing the update. So, this is basically a ‘Specialty occupation’ RFE.


    • SY
      SY 6 May, 19 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Prashant, did you get the approval notice?


  4. Ramalingam
    Ramalingam 26 Apr, 19 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I received RFE on Non immigrant Status from California center for my H1b Extension.
    They wanted to know Whether I was at onsite (USA) at the time if filing and whether I have maintained the status and asked for
    • Pay Slips from May 2017 to Till date.
    • W2 forms for last two years
    • Federal Tax for last two years.

    Just wanted to know if this is common RFE which USCIS generally issue?

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Apr, 19 at 5:12 pm

      I have added your H1B RFE about status maintenance on our forum here. It has been answered there as well.

      Please ask follow up questions on forum itself.




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