Current H1B Processing Time 2020, 3 month – 1 yr Regular

H1B processing time at California is 2 month to 1 year. Vermont, Nebraska are faster for H1B extension, transfer and Amendment. Premium approval 1-15 days.

Updated  1 Apr, 20 #USCIS processing time
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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.

VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
h1b consular processing / new lottery cap subjectEAC19210***** Receipt: 01 Aug, 19
Approved in 8 month 4 days
18 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 10 month 19 days
h1b change of statusEAC19210***** Receipt: 01 Aug, 19
Approved in 8 month 4 days
18 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 10 month 19 days
h1b extension / amendment / transferEAC19244***** Receipt: 19 Sep, 19
Approved in 6 month 15 days
11 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 25 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
h1b extension / amendment / transferLIN20084***** Receipt: 03 Feb, 20
Approved in 1 month 28 days
03 Dec, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date


CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
h1b consular processing / new lottery cap subjectWAC20084***** Receipt: 03 Feb, 20
Approved in 1 month 28 days
03 Dec, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month
h1b change of statusWAC20084***** Receipt: 03 Feb, 20
Approved in 1 month 28 days
03 Dec, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month
h1b extension / amendment / transferWAC20084***** Receipt: 03 Feb, 20
Approved in 1 month 28 days
03 Dec, 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.


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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.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    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. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @asit_dash

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


  4. 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


  5. breddy
    breddy

    What is current processing time at vermont centre?


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  1,068 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.


  5. sandeep
    sandeep 26 Apr, 19 at 5:19 am

    hi Anil,
    Got my h1b approval email for I129 fresh application. Yet to receive I797 by mail.
    Petition is approved for just around 2 months till 25Jun’19

    I am in India, I would like to know what my options are –
    How soon can I get a consulate appointment.
    Will consulate approve visa for such short duration.
    If yes, what will be the extension process in this case?

    would appreciate any help in this regard.

    Thanks.


  6. Prince
    Prince 24 Apr, 19 at 9:10 pm

    HI
    My H1 B extension was filed on Aug 23,2018 at Vermont Center, I got an RFE in Feb, 2019 which was responded on April 11, 2019(response received date). Now the Vermont Center shows they are processing petitions with receipt date of Aug 26, 2018. Does that mean they might have processed my case or I should wait 60 to 90 days to hear back anything on the case ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Apr, 19 at 9:29 pm

      You have to wait as your employer took time to respond to RFE.


  7. Ankit Patel
    Ankit Patel 24 Apr, 19 at 10:59 am

    Hi

    I upgraded my case on Premium Processing on 04/12/2019. Its been 12 days I have not heard any update. It is in Nebraska Service Center.

    In past they uaually take action in week.

    Anyone has any information or same situation ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Apr, 19 at 10:59 am

      Don’t worry. You just have 3 more days to wait. You will get approval.


  8. Prashanth
    Prashanth 22 Apr, 19 at 7:46 pm

    Hi,

    I have filed for my H1B extension in January (Nebraska)and last week my application was transferred to Texas Service Center. How do I check the status of my application, as the USCIS website doesn’t show the status for the application being processed in Texas Service Center.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Apr, 19 at 7:55 pm

      The case receipt number does not change on case transfer. You should still use the same receipt number to check the case status on USCIS website.


      • Anuj
        Anuj 23 Apr, 19 at 11:33 am

        Hello Anil,

        Do you have any idea for Processing time of Texas Service Center for I129?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 23 Apr, 19 at 1:15 pm

          Are you sure that your H1B was transferred to Texas service center? I have not heard of it before.
          Have you received the official letter of transfer from USCIS?


          • Anuj
            Anuj 23 Apr, 19 at 1:53 pm

            Yes it has been transferred to Texas from Nebraska. I have recieved the official letter as well.
            Even , i have checked in other forums as well. Where many of Nebraska cases have been transferred to Texas on 12th April.

            Note:- It is a H1B extention


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 23 Apr, 19 at 2:02 pm

              ok..fair enough. At this time, we do not have data about Texas service center for H1B processing and neither does our service is tracking it.

              We will make changes to our service to see if we can find some Texas center data for H1B processing.


  9. Vandan
    Vandan 22 Apr, 19 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1b extension filed at Nebraska got an RFE .

    I have recently changed the project and cannot provide documents for RFE . What are my options ?

    i94 expired.

    Can my employer file a new petition or can I transfer my petition . Please suggest


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Apr, 19 at 7:01 pm

      Haven’t you filed an amendment when your project changed?


      • vandan
        vandan 22 Apr, 19 at 9:35 pm

        No not yet . Its just been a few days since my last project . Can my employer file an amendment now. If so what will happen to the RFE petition .
        I guess its a bridge and even amendment will get a RFE.

        Let me know what can be the best case scenario for me .


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Apr, 19 at 10:19 pm

          You cannot start working for new project without filing an amendment.
          Your employer will have to reply to RFE anyway as it is a bridge petition and will affect the result of your new amendment application.


  10. Rakesh
    Rakesh 22 Apr, 19 at 10:01 am

    HI,

    just 3 days before I came to know through my employer got approved my H1B Amendment but USCIS Site its say received only

    also my H1B Extension already in progress before that amendment with same employer , my question is that can I travel for India based on amendment and get stamped because it has I94 updated date.


  11. Srini
    Srini 19 Apr, 19 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My extension was filed on 10/30/2018 at Nebraska and am yet to get status update. Could you please let me know, when can I expect my H1B extension status.

    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Apr, 19 at 1:28 pm

      There is an estimation feature added recently to the ‘Add and compare’ section above if you use your receipt number. Please use it.





  12. Sharau
    Sharau 18 Apr, 19 at 2:04 pm

    Hey Anil,

    This was very helpful. My H1B will expire in Oct 19. I want to change my employer in May and then file for H1B extension with that new employer.

    Is this possible if I go for Premium H1B Transfer by Jun 19 and then file for Premium H1B extension with new emploer? Could you please advise.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Apr, 19 at 3:04 pm

      H1B Transfer is also an extension application. You only need to file H1B transfer once and you will get 3 year term if it is approved.


      • Sharau
        Sharau 19 Apr, 19 at 10:25 am

        Oh! I didn’t know that.

        So in that case I can let my H1B extension be in process with the current company. I would file for H1B transfer with a new one as H1B extension is in progress.
        If transfer is approved, I would get a new i797 for new H1B and switch to the new company on that irrespective of my extension progress. Is my understanding right?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Apr, 19 at 11:57 am

          Yes, that’s correct.


  13. Neeraja
    Neeraja 18 Apr, 19 at 1:45 pm

    I responded to my RFE on AUG 30th 2018. I haven’t received any response yet! Vermont service is working on my cast status. I checked the website for processing time period and it says 9 to 12 months. So this 9 to 12 months time counts start from August 30th or April where I filled my case. I am really confused and worried. Can someone provide legit information on this? Thanks in advance 🙂


    • Neeraja
      Neeraja 18 Apr, 19 at 1:45 pm

      BTW, it’s a new application for my H1B petition.


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 18 Apr, 19 at 3:04 pm

        The processing time starts from the application receipt date.
        Did you raise a USCIS service request to know the reason for delay?


  14. h1b extension
    h1b extension 17 Apr, 19 at 5:01 pm

    Hello Anil,

    What is the expected time for decision for h1b extension applied at nebraska SVC on dec26th in normal processing


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 19 at 5:16 pm

      Please use the processing time mentioned above to estimate your case.


      • h1b extension
        h1b extension 20 Apr, 19 at 3:54 pm

        AM22 Estimation: We do not have enough data at this time for correct approval estimation. Please try again later.


        • h1b extension
          h1b extension 20 Apr, 19 at 3:54 pm

          it shows as this for my case


        • h1b extension
          h1b extension 22 Apr, 19 at 9:10 am

          @spot_anil_gupta:disqus , Can you please check. I can send you my case number if needed


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 22 Apr, 19 at 11:14 am

            You can write your case number here in comments and i will check.


            • h1b extension
              h1b extension 22 Apr, 19 at 8:24 pm

              Sure , LIN1906651516 . Can you please help to check


              • h1b extension
                h1b extension 25 Apr, 19 at 8:06 pm

                hi @ani@spot_anil_gupta:disqus , did you get chance to look at this and compare my case


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 25 Apr, 19 at 9:01 pm

                  Sorry..i was stuck with some other things. Will check by tomorrow. It is on my list.


  15. Narendra
    Narendra 17 Apr, 19 at 3:58 pm

    HI

    H1-B Extension Filed – 12-07-18 CSC center
    RFE Received – 02-01-19
    RFE Responded – 23-02-19
    Premium Upgraded – 06-03-19
    Uscis Returned the Premuim processing check Stating ” We have made the decision on your case and notice has been mailed”

    But Still we have not received the result on mail.
    Also there online the case is not updated, it says : We have received the RFE response”

    We have raised the SR with USCIS on 15th April 19.

    After raising SR the online account got update with below comments.

    “On April 15,2019 your inquiry about a denial notice that you did not receive, referral number SR****CSC, was assigned to an officer for response.”

    Question — Does this mean my H1-B extension has been denied?

    Thanks in advance for the help


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 19 at 4:20 pm

      As per the status, it does look like your H1B application was denied.


      • Narendra
        Narendra 17 Apr, 19 at 5:48 pm

        Thanks for quick reply.

        I have one more question I have another company offer can I transfer my H1-B which seems denied for extension?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 19 at 6:28 pm

          Your status will still be ‘out of status’ even if you file H1B transfer now after the denial. You would still have to leave US and wait for result outside.


  16. Raj
    Raj 16 Apr, 19 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Team,

    My H1B transfer RFE was submitted on 5th Apr19 in Vermont center.

    Can any one tell currently how many days premium processing is taking?

    Regards
    Raj


    • Raj
      Raj 16 Apr, 19 at 5:26 pm

      RFE was submitted as premium


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 16 Apr, 19 at 5:37 pm

        Premium processing is taking anywhere between 3 to 15 days.


        • Raj
          Raj 17 Apr, 19 at 11:09 am

          15 days means…is it including sat and Sunday’s?


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 19 at 4:20 pm

            Yes, it is 15 calendar days.


  17. Shiv
    Shiv 16 Apr, 19 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Anil,
    The status got updated as “ we updated your date of birth for your Form I539, APPLICATION TO EXTEND/CHANGE NONIMMIGRANT STATUS”
    Can you please let me know what this means. Case is still in initial review status


  18. King
    King 15 Apr, 19 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My employer has received my H1B extension approval email. The starting validity date is given as 04/05/2019 but my ealier petion was expiered on 31-Dec-2018. Extension was applied on Sep-2018 and upgraded to premium in 04/05/2019. Is it an issue? Do i need to get this corrected? Can you please suggest?

    Thanks,


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 7:34 pm

      This is weird. Are you sure that your attorney had filled the correct extention start date on your H1B application form?


      • King
        King 22 Apr, 19 at 3:06 pm

        Yes Anil, I did check with our attorney, he said it was filed with correct start date. The start date was prior to 31-Dec-2018 in the extension application submitted to USCIS. Some of my friends are saying, if the start date in the USCIS approval is with in 240 days timeframe then it is fine. Is it true?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Apr, 19 at 5:43 pm

          Do not rely on your friends suggestion.

          You should have extension approval to cover period immediately after your previous i94 and H1B expiry.

          Talk to your attorney and get the date fixed early as possible. If it is USCIS mistake, they will fix it free of cost.


  19. km
    km 15 Apr, 19 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B transfer was approved in PP on 8th of April. The attorney is yet to receive the approval notice by mail as of 15th April. How long does it usually take for the attorney to receive the approval by mail ?
    Is it fair to assume the transfer is approved (as per uscis website) and move to the new company or would you suggest to wait for the hard-copy of approval ?

    Thank you for your time!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 2:34 pm

      It can take anywhere between 7-21 days to get approval notice by mail.

      You can start working for new company if the case is showing as approved.


      • km
        km 15 Apr, 19 at 3:18 pm

        Thank you Anil for the quick response. Appreciate it.


  20. Yashwant Vadlamani
    Yashwant Vadlamani 15 Apr, 19 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Here is an update on my H1B extension application:

    Center: Nebraska service center
    Received date: December 18th, 2018
    Status: Approved
    Status change date: April 15th, 2019

    Thank you so much. Your website is really helpful for all the applicants to stay updated with all the situations possible.

    Regards,
    Yashwant Vadlamani


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 1:23 pm

      You are welcome. Thanks for sharing your case update. We appreciate it.


    • Anuj Sharma
      Anuj Sharma 15 Apr, 19 at 1:34 pm

      Hello Yashwant,

      Was that Normal processing or Premium?


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 2:34 pm

        Looking at the dates, it is a normal case.


        • Yashwant Vadlamani
          Yashwant Vadlamani 15 Apr, 19 at 3:08 pm

          That’s correct Anil. My case is a normal processing.


  21. Anuj Sharma
    Anuj Sharma 12 Apr, 19 at 3:02 pm

    Hello Anil,

    My H1B extn was filed in Nebraska on Dec 28 2018 in normal processing.
    Today morning my status was “Your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, was transferred to another office for processing.”

    Now in evening i have got another update on that as below.
    “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction”.

    Can you let me know , what does it mean?

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Apr, 19 at 4:33 pm

      It means what it says. Your case has been transferred to another USCIS service center for processing.

      Your attorney will receive an official mail about which service center is it.


      • Anuj
        Anuj 15 Apr, 19 at 6:11 pm

        Did you hear it from any Uscis new or announcement where Nebraska case is being transferring to other offices?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 6:56 pm

          No official news yet.


  22. kiru
    kiru 12 Apr, 19 at 11:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    I got my H1B approved recently( this is my first h1b approval) and my h1b was holding by an consultant. I got an offer from a company where I was working as contractor in EAD 4 months before and they are ready to take me as a permanent employee but the guy who arranged the interview is saying that i need to work for the consultant who sponsor my visa for atleast 2 to 3 pay cycle and then i can transfer my visa to the company permanently. Is it true that I need to work for the consultant ? Can I transfer my visa to the company without working for the consultant who sponsor my visa. Please advise.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Apr, 19 at 12:22 pm

      My suggestion is to activate your new H1B with the company who filed it by start working for them.
      Otherwise, the chances of RFE in H1B transfer are very high.


      • kiru
        kiru 12 Apr, 19 at 12:34 pm

        Thanks Anil.


  23. Abhishek
    Abhishek 12 Apr, 19 at 11:47 am

    Hi Anil,
    I have both my H1B and H4 extension filed with Nebraska service Center
    Receipt Date: 31st October; 2018
    As of April 09; 2019, USCIS website shows request for dependents(I-539) as “APPROVED”
    Primary Application request(I-129) for H1B extension still shows status as “Name was Updated” as of November 06; 2018.
    Could you please have your opinion on my case, what should I depict from this and how long should I wait before putting in a SR.

    Thanks,


    • Abhishek
      Abhishek 12 Apr, 19 at 11:47 am

      Just to add: Request are for “NORMAL PROCESSING”


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

        It is possible that your H1B approval is on the way too.


        • Abhishek
          Abhishek 15 Apr, 19 at 3:28 pm

          Just to share:

          Today I received both H1B and H4 approval notices from my Attorney dated 08th April 2019.
          Processing Type: Regular
          Receipt Date: 31st October; 2018
          Service Center: Nebraska
          But USCIS website still not updated for Primary Extension Request.

          Thanks,


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 6:38 pm

            Great. Thanks for sharing your case update. I appreciate it.


  24. Raj
    Raj 12 Apr, 19 at 8:49 am

    Hi Team,
    Need you help on my case

    Receipt Date: 01/07/2019
    Service Center filed: Nebraska
    Got update on 4/12/2019 by saying “case transferred to another office”.
    Is Nebraska center transfering the cases to other service center?

    Thanks in advance
    ~Raj


    • Anuj Sharma
      Anuj Sharma 12 Apr, 19 at 10:23 am

      I have got the same update today as well.


      • Raj
        Raj 12 Apr, 19 at 10:23 am

        Thanks Anuj, Is case really transferring to different service center? Nebraska has faster processing times when compared to others


        • Anuj Sharma
          Anuj Sharma 12 Apr, 19 at 10:52 am

          Not Sure, Let Anil give his views on that.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 12 Apr, 19 at 11:58 am

            USCIS has not issued any public announcement about case transfers yet.

            But, if they are doing it, then, we may hear it sometime today by evening.


  25. Rukmini
    Rukmini 11 Apr, 19 at 7:12 pm

    Dates for Nebraska Centre are not changed from last one week. Also USCIS visit is becoming common these days?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Apr, 19 at 9:30 pm

      USCIS visits have increased in the last couple of years to check and reduce fraud.


  26. Jay
    Jay 11 Apr, 19 at 7:20 am

    Hi Anil,

    My h1 extension approved on 10-apr-19 but my employer prepared the premium upgrade petition and sent to uscis on the same day. Both happened in same day. Will uscis refund the premium processing fee as mine was approved in regular mode?


  27. srikarrao menneni
    srikarrao menneni 10 Apr, 19 at 8:55 pm

    HI Anil,

    Hope you are doing good, even in past i have got great response from you.

    I Have applied for Extension + Amendment on May 08th 2018.
    My I94 Expired on June 08 2018
    I got RFE on Dec14 2019 i Have submitted my RFE on Jan 22nd 2019
    I had USCIS visit to my client location on FEB 25th 2019
    Still my latest status shows RFE response is received.

    I have few questions.
    1) how many days it takes for response once the RFE is submitted?
    2) If i dont receive a positive response, in how many day i have to leave the country?
    3)From India can i apply again for H1B with different employer?
    4) What are my next options to come back to US?

    Appreciate your help once again.

    Thanks
    Srikar


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Apr, 19 at 7:48 am

      Your question about H1B RFE response time has been added to our forum and answered there.


  28. Jay
    Jay 10 Apr, 19 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Just want to share an update on my H1 Extension update

    Filled with Nebraska : 23-Aug-2018
    Got field Visit: 09-Jan-2019
    Got Approval on: 10-Apr-2019.

    Thanks a lot for all your information.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks for sharing your case update. We appreciate it.


  29. Ghulam Mohammed Taher
    Ghulam Mohammed Taher 10 Apr, 19 at 9:35 am

    Hi Anil,
    Have filed for change of client and location Amendment on October 1st 2018 under normal processing category and attended the interview with my original base petition which is valid till June 30 2019 and currently in USA. Its been 190 days till today(i.e. 04/10/2019) still the status shows same that UCIS has received my petition on so and so date. What is the normal time lines these days for getting any updates from the UCIS.

    Regards,
    Ghulam Mohammed Taher,


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 12:14 pm

      Processing times are given above for each center.


      • Ghulam Mohammed Taher
        Ghulam Mohammed Taher 10 Apr, 19 at 12:36 pm

        I have raised a request for H1b visa and amendment extension request. And my visa and I94 is due to expire on 30th June 2019. The Amendment case will be filed by the company in the next 10-15 days.
        1. After my I94 and Visa gets expired will I be able to stay in the USA? as I have raised the Amendment before these expire.
        2. If so how long is the legal duration I can stay?
        3. On some sites I found out that I would be having 240 days window. Is it true?
        4. If true, will this duration of 240 days start immediately from the date I receive the Amendment receipt or after the expiration of visa or I94?
        Thanks Anil,


  30. Ash2019
    Ash2019 10 Apr, 19 at 8:22 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have gone through all you comments for various cases and they are really helpful, I really appreciate it.

    I have a similar situation on my h1B transfer + extension with a new employer, it’s almost been 9+ months since my employer filled my petition.

    Date Filled – 21st June 2018
    RFE Received – 16th Oct 2018
    RFE Response – 31st Dec 2018
    I-94 expiry – 10th July 2018
    Case is with Vermont Services

    It’s has been more that 100+ days since the RFE has been responded and the status is still pending, could you please advice whether I need to wait longer or do I need to upgrade to premium.
    What are my chances in this type of situation ?
    I have requested my employer to raise a SR this week but not sure what he is up to.

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 12:14 pm

      I suggest to raise a service request first.


  31. Nivas
    Nivas 9 Apr, 19 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1B Extension, H4 Extension, H4EAD(First EAD) are filed concurrently on 02-N0V-18 on Nebraska, Since i enabled Notification on uscis.dhs.gov for all the cases, I got a notification yesterday for H4 EAD as ‘On April 8, 2019, we ordered your new card for Receipt Number LIN19XXX…’ but there is no update on my H1B or H4 when i checked online.

    I was confused without any update on my H1B or H4 Extensions how my H4EAD is updated? is this any glitch? my current H1B is expired and i am waiting for this extension approval


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 6:55 am

      Its not a glitch. Your H1B and H4 approval are also on the way and its just a matter of time.


      • Nivas
        Nivas 10 Apr, 19 at 7:07 am

        Thanks You Anil


  32. Arya Manna
    Arya Manna 9 Apr, 19 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Anil, my petition was filed with Nebraka Service Center on Oct 26 2018. We received notice of approval for both mine and wife’s h4 on March 28th, with the notice date march 21st. But im yet to get the petition copy – also site is not updated. When can I expect the hard copy? Can I raise the SR since it’s past 5months 13days?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Apr, 19 at 12:56 pm

      Approval copy can take 7-21 days to arrive by USPS mail.


  33. Vijayalakshmi
    Vijayalakshmi 8 Apr, 19 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I got my Visa approval today for very short term till June 30,2019. In this scenario, my husband has once stamped his H4 last year and got expired his visa by Jan 04,2019. In order for him to travel here, does he need to stamp his H4 again from the scratch or just go to drop box.
    Note : He has not traveled to US anytime even if he had H4 visa and i have also not applied his extension when i did for mine for Jan 4, 2019. Could you please guide me what he needs to do to travel here.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Apr, 19 at 2:11 pm

      You question about H4 dropbox eligibilty has been added to our forum and answered there.


  34. Yashwant Vadlamani
    Yashwant Vadlamani 8 Apr, 19 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Anil,

    December 18th 2018, Nebraska service center for H1B extension. When can I expect a decision on my application?

    Thanks in advance,
    Yashwant


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Apr, 19 at 2:11 pm

      Please use the dates given above to estimate your approval time.


  35. Ukj123
    Ukj123 7 Apr, 19 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Anil –

    My H1B amendment is submitted on Dec 4th 2018 to Vermont Service Center.

    RFE is recieved on 26 Jan 2019.

    Response to RFE is sent on March 1st 2019.

    1. When can i expect result for my RFE response?

    2. My I797 and I94 are valid till 2020.
    Can i initiate H1 transfer thru another employer now?

    Or

    Do i need to wait for result on H1 amendment to file H1 transfer?

    Thanks in advance..
    Kiran


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Apr, 19 at 9:26 pm

      You can file H1b transfer anytime. No need to wait for amendment result.


  36. VANDAN TRIVEDI
    VANDAN TRIVEDI 4 Apr, 19 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Anil,

    October 26th 2018 Nebraska – Status still showing case received.

    your case is under normal processing window’ when tried to open a service request. Where do I go from here ?

    Are the dates reflecting on USCIS sites any indicators at all , as the current information shows processed till 5th dec 2019.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Apr, 19 at 6:03 am

      You can wait for couple of days and then re-try.


      • Anish Sreekumar
        Anish Sreekumar 8 Apr, 19 at 2:59 pm

        Hi Anil,

        Same case.October 26th 2018 Nebraska – Status still showing case received.
        They are not allowing to open a service request also.How to proceed.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 8 Apr, 19 at 3:08 pm

          We have seen that USCIS shows different dates on their portal than what is in their internal systems and hence, you are not allowed to raise the service request.

          My suggestion is to wait for couple of days and then re-try.

          Unfortunately, there is no other way to handle this situation that I know of.


          • Anish Sreekumar
            Anish Sreekumar 11 Apr, 19 at 10:24 am

            Thanks Anil.Today got info that case is approved.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Apr, 19 at 11:12 am

              Great and congratulations. Thanks for sharing your case update.


  37. Ankit Patel
    Ankit Patel 4 Apr, 19 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Anil,

    How long USCIS takes after opening Services Request ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 8:12 pm

      They can take upto 30 days to respond.


  38. Rahul
    Rahul 4 Apr, 19 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Anil – I am lottery selected and got the receipt in April 2018. In november, I got RFE and we have submitted the RFE response on 1 feb. So we have got more than 60 days and still have not heard anything from USCIS. Even website is showing updates from Nov, where they issued RFE. It doesn;t even says any acknowldgement of RFE submission. For some of my collegues I can see there status getting updated on website and even for few of them, there case got approved within 30 days itself ( even after submitting RFE after me). So can you help me to know, is there anything to worry about. Also how much more time it could take approx. Its with CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTER.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 5:05 pm

      There is nothing to worry until the case is denied.
      Some cases take more time than others.

      You can upgrade your application to premium and get result within 15 days.

      What was the RFE about? Do you know?


      • Rahul
        Rahul 4 Apr, 19 at 11:14 pm

        It was related to proposed position. How much time it could take for processing, any idea from your experience.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 5 Apr, 19 at 6:03 am

          Your case had already taken an year. The approval should come now.


          • Rahul
            Rahul 11 Apr, 19 at 12:20 am

            Thanks Anil for taking time and responding to all my queries. Got one more question, if you can help with it too – My attorney who submitted the RFE says we need to wait for 60 days before we open Service request, after RFE submission. My RFE was submitted on 1 Feb 2019. SO does it count 60 days as calendar days or just working days.


    • Rahul
      Rahul 10 Apr, 19 at 12:49 am

      Hi Anil – as I am still not receiving updates from USCIS on my case, can I go ahead and raise SR. Will that be of any help


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 6:43 am

        You are eligible to raise service request if your case receipt date is older than the Raise SR date mentioned above.


        • Rahul
          Rahul 15 Apr, 19 at 12:54 pm

          Hi Anil – We have raised the service request for my case, as its taking more time. Now need your help, if you can – how can we track the status of raised service request/inquiry. I have the service request number.


            • Rahul
              Rahul 15 Apr, 19 at 1:35 pm

              I checked it on website and there I don;t see anything apart from normal status as RFE issued. (No history there).

              Secondly, I checked on USCIS website, by creating account and checked the case history, but there is no update since May 2018.

              Is there any other way to check it


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 2:44 pm

                I am not aware of any other way than mentioned on the link that i shared earlier.


                • Rahul
                  Rahul 3 May, 19 at 2:10 pm

                  Hi Anil – its been around 21 days since we opened the service inquiry for an RFE response, but still we haven;t heard back anything. Been 92 days since we submitted RFE response. So any suggestion, on what can be done.


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 3 May, 19 at 2:20 pm

                    There is no other way than to wait that i know of.


                    • Rahul
                      Rahul 3 May, 19 at 2:20 pm

                      hmm Ok…Thanks Anil 🙂


  39. KY
    KY 4 Apr, 19 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am in USA on H1B which is gonna max out by early 2020, now my question is if I go back to India now(before I max out here). Do you think my employer could file for a fresh H1B application for me or do we have a cool down period or something like that.

    Thanks,
    Kratik


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 4:26 pm

      You question about H1B cool off period has been added to our forum as it is out of scope of this page.

      I have answered it there and you can ask follow up question on forum itself.


  40. Vijayalakshmi
    Vijayalakshmi 4 Apr, 19 at 11:13 am

    Hi Anil. I filed my extension by Nov 7 2018 , received RFE by December 31 2018 and RFE submitted date is March 12 2019 at Vermont center. Could you please let me know when can i expect my status. Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 11:13 am

      At this time, the RFE response is taking anywhere between 60-90 days.


  41. shashank veerkar
    shashank veerkar 4 Apr, 19 at 5:45 am

    Hi Anil.. I filed my extension RFE in premium and got approval yesterday. How much time it takes to get I-797 original after approval. Is there any chance that i can get soft copy of I-797 before I receive original hard copy. I heard somewhere that attorney receives soft copy via email same day upon approval date.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 7:39 am

      Congratulations on approval.
      It will take around 7-21 days to get the official i797 copy.

      Attorney only receives the notification over email for approval in case of premium processing.


  42. Thiagarajan
    Thiagarajan 3 Apr, 19 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Anil, My H1B extension was filed on 26-Oct-2018 at Nebraska Center. I still see the status as case received. But according to USCIS site, processing time shows 05-Dec. When can I expect the result ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 7:39 am

      You should raise a service request with USCIS to ask for your case status. It should have been approved by now.


  43. Priya G
    Priya G 3 Apr, 19 at 12:48 pm

    I’m working for a company X. company Y applied visa for me and it got approved.
    I’m planning to travel India for 2 weeks after resigning from company X.
    After coming back from India I’m plannig to join company Y.
    I’ve a valid visa stamped untill 2021 on company X.
    I’ve 2 questions.
    1. Do I’ve to go for a visa stamping in India?
    2. As 2 weeks is too short to get visa stamped I’m planning to show my new I797 while coming back to US. Is there a complexity involved here?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 12:50 pm

      You question about Use old employer H1B visa stamp has been added to our forum as it is out of scope of this page.

      I have answered it there and you can ask follow up question on forum itself.


      • Priya G
        Priya G 3 Apr, 19 at 12:51 pm

        Thank you for your reply.


  44. Ashu
    Ashu 3 Apr, 19 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Anil, The current processing time for nebraska is showing as 4 Dec. My case receipt number is 21 Dec 2018 filled in Nebraska regular processing. When can i expect a decision on my case. Also any particular reason for sudden change of processing date from 21 OCt to 4 Dec. Is it because premium processing has started.


    • Ashu
      Ashu 3 Apr, 19 at 12:29 pm

      Also i am not able to see my case details when i try using your website tool to compare cases. Case number LIN1906350475


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 12:51 pm

        We will check your case and add them to our DB if it does not exist.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 12:51 pm

      USCIS changed their dates and it has been reflected in our data too. Possibly, the changes do reflect cases that have been upgraded to premium.


  45. Veera
    Veera 3 Apr, 19 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1B extension was filed on 26th Dec 2019 at Nebraska Center. On 28th December, status was changed to “Name was updated”. No progress after that. what does it mean? When can I expect the result? Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 12:51 pm

      Name was USCIS status does not mean anything. You can ignore it.


      • Veera
        Veera 3 Apr, 19 at 1:50 pm

        Thanks Anil for your quick response.
        Can you tell me, when can I expect my result as per current processing time?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 6:41 pm

          You can expect your H1B extention result anytime now.


  46. sarag
    sarag 3 Apr, 19 at 6:18 am

    Hi
    My H1B extension was filed on Dec 11, 2018 at Nebraska Center in regular processing , when should I expect the decision?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 8:36 am

      You can expect your H1B extension approval anytime now as you are pretty close to the cases that we have seen as approved.


      • h1b extension
        h1b extension 4 Apr, 19 at 5:44 pm

        Hello Anil,

        My extension was applied on 26th Of December with Nebraska in normal processing. Earlier you have mentioned that my case would get response in May1st week, So do you mean to say the processing has now become faster ?


  47. H1Extension
    H1Extension 2 Apr, 19 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1B Extension was filed and receipt received date is October 11th, 2018 at Nebraska. I have not received approval for my case. As per processing timelines, it shows that current processing date is Dec 3. It was showing as 10/21 in the morning and changed to 12/03 in the afternoon. Could you please suggest me how to proceed? Can I ask my employer to upgrade it to Premium? Is there anyone else in the same boat?


    • H1Extension
      H1Extension 2 Apr, 19 at 6:18 pm

      my case status showing as “Case was received”..


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 8:44 pm

        You can ask your employer to upgrade it to premium. That would be the best option.

        You can also ask employer to create a service request too now.


  48. Ranjith
    Ranjith 2 Apr, 19 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Are you sure that information provided here correct, because for Nebraska Center it’s showing 21 Oct, 18 – 13 Feb, 19 and Raise SR is 21 Oct for H1B extension receipt date here But when i checked in the ‘Check Case Processing Times’ showing as Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (I-129) at Nebraska Service Center is at December 03, 2018 now.

    Please suggest.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 8:26 pm

      This page is updated every 3 hours. You can see the new dates now.


  49. Suraj
    Suraj 2 Apr, 19 at 3:03 pm

    Hi,

    My spouse’s H1-B extension was filed on 10/26(receipt date) in California. The case was transferred to Nebraska on 12/18. Given Nebraska is processing 10/21 currently, is there a possibility that we get to know the result in a few days or should we wait until Nebraska starts processing 12/18.

    Type of processing – Regular

    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 3:23 pm

      You should be able to get result in next 1 month.


      • Suraj
        Suraj 1 May, 19 at 12:38 pm

        Hi Anil, what should we do if the employer says they couldnt raise an SR for the case?
        As of today, Nebraska is doing Dec 21st. Even if thats the case, our case was transferred from California to Nebraska on Dec 18th. The employer says they couldnt raise SR because the application was transferred.
        Any thoughts?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 1 May, 19 at 1:06 pm

          Your employer can only raise a request if the ‘USCIS service request’ date has passed for your case for the center where it was originally filed.

          In your case, it is California and not Nebraska.

          Your employer is right, USCIS only looks at your receipt number and the original service center for the purpose of raising service request.


  50. MUTHU PERIYASAMY
    MUTHU PERIYASAMY 2 Apr, 19 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Anil, My dependents H4 Visa and I94 Expired on Jan 2019 and the extension has been pending. They are planning to travel India by now and come back once my H1B Approved. Currently my H1B extension status is -received the RFE and the employer would be file the RFE response by next week.
    Can you please let me know is there any issue for the dependents to come back after H1B Approval.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 12:50 pm

      You question about H4 Travel while H1B RFE pending has been added to our forum as it is out of scope of this page.


      • MUTHU PERIYASAMY
        MUTHU PERIYASAMY 3 Apr, 19 at 12:31 pm

        Thanks Anil. I have one more questions, Due to leaving early before the H4 Extension status update, the stay after (I94 Expired) Jan 2019 till now is considered the Overstay? Do i need to fill those details in DS 160 – Overstay question?Please let me know. Thanks.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 1:11 pm

          Please ask un-related questions on forum.


  51. sivakumar palanisamy
    sivakumar palanisamy 2 Apr, 19 at 3:17 am

    Hi,
    Can you please help me with below question:
    1) My Employer Notified me that got RFE to my petition (filled in CSC on Apr’18-2018)on FEB-28th and need to send response before May-30. But still my case is received state in USCIS site, Is there any other way i can get updated status from USCIS.

    2) in my case both employer and client will be one and same. in that case am unable to submit client letter and SOW/MSA. But my internal mobility team is asking for it. can you please help me how to respond for that.


  52. VANDAN TRIVEDI
    VANDAN TRIVEDI 1 Apr, 19 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My extension was filed on 26th OCT 2018. Current processing date is 21st OCT.
    When can i expect the approval ?. Do u see any chances of RFE at this stage?


    • VANDAN TRIVEDI
      VANDAN TRIVEDI 1 Apr, 19 at 7:25 pm

      Nebraska center


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 1 Apr, 19 at 9:42 pm

        You are pretty close to the cases that are being processed at this time. You can expect your H1B approval anytime now.


  53. Aish
    Aish 1 Apr, 19 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Anil ,
    My H1B extension was filed on Nov 21, 2018 at Nebraska Center in regular processing , when should I expect the decision?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Apr, 19 at 2:58 pm

      You are pretty close to the cases that are being processed at this time. You can expect your H1B approval anytime now.


  54. Kams
    Kams 1 Apr, 19 at 12:14 pm

    My extension is filed in California, on 20th dec. 2019, nothing yet. I think my lawyer made mistake he should have filed to Nebraska.
    When should i expect the response.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Apr, 19 at 12:28 pm

      California H1B processing time is about 1 year at this time.
      I suggest to upgrade your application to premium.


  55. Siva
    Siva 30 Mar, 19 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1 extension was filed on Fb10th 2019, got the receipt from Nebraska Service center. I haven’t upgraded to premium, when i checked the status today, RFE was issued on March 13th 2019. I am still waiting from my employer to know about the RFE? Wondering the normal processing is so fast? Any idea what would be the RFE?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Mar, 19 at 1:25 pm

      We can’t guess the RFE.

      Are you working for a consulting company?

      You may want to check the Top 10 RFE reasons.


    • h1b extension
      h1b extension 30 Mar, 19 at 4:24 pm

      Wondering why your application is picked-up so fast with our premium processing. MIne was applied on Dec26th and the case is still in received state


  56. Chebrolu Prasanth
    Chebrolu Prasanth 29 Mar, 19 at 3:58 pm

    Hello Anil,

    My H1 B extension petition was received by USCIS on Dec 10 2018 to Nebraska center.Right now this website says
    NEBRASKA SERVICE CENTER Raise SR Best Case Approval
    H1B extension receipt date 17 Oct, 18 13 Feb, 19

    So according to Best Case approval i should receive approval right?
    Please let em know.
    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 19 at 4:09 pm

      If you get lucky, your case might become the best case.
      Around 10% of total applications receive approval that fast.


      • Chebrolu Prasanth
        Chebrolu Prasanth 29 Mar, 19 at 4:23 pm

        Thanks for your prompt response Anil.

        Best Case Approval –NO RFE.
        Raise SR–GOT RFE

        is this correct?

        Or

        Am i missing something?

        Or do i need to raise a service request ? Or wait for sometime?

        Pls suggest what i need to do.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 19 at 4:31 pm

          That’s partially correct.
          Raise SR date is the date to raise service request if your receipt date is older than this date.


  57. bals
    bals 29 Mar, 19 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1B Extension (4th time in 12 years) filed on Oct 24h, 2018 at Nebraska center along with H4 and H4EAD was approved on March 26th.
    But H1B is extended for only 1 year (expiring on Jan 31 2020) while H4 and H4-EADs are valid till Jan 31 2022. How is this discrepancy explainable?
    Does this mean within next few months have to refile another extension with USCIS or there can be an SR raised to USCIS for this as my full-time product company had filed for 3 years extenstion.


  58. cp
    cp 29 Mar, 19 at 12:13 am

    Hi Anil,
    My H1B Extension was filed on Oct 10th, 2018 at Nebraska. But, I have not received any update so far. As per the site, it shows that the processing date is Oct 17th. When can I expect an approval? We are getting a message “your case is under normal processing window” when we try to raise a service request.

    Thank you.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 19 at 8:52 am

      Wait for couple of days and then try to raise service request again.


    • Imu
      Imu 29 Mar, 19 at 11:49 am

      Did you get any information so far?


      • cpn
        cpn 29 Mar, 19 at 8:40 pm

        no, what about you?


  59. Diptikant Satpathy
    Diptikant Satpathy 28 Mar, 19 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Anil, My i-94 was till 30-Oct-18. H1 extension went into RFE. Can my dependents travel into US? They have a stamped visa till Aug 2019.
    Thanks
    Diptikanta


  60. p Mounisha
    p Mounisha 28 Mar, 19 at 2:47 pm

    Hello Anil ,

    My H1B Extension was filed on March 7th 2019 to Nebraska Center in Regular Processing. Can you please tell me when can I expect the decision? Thanks for your time.

    Thansk!
    Mounisha


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 3:07 pm

      You can expect your H1B extension approval by July 2019 second week end.


  61. Barsa
    Barsa 28 Mar, 19 at 10:03 am

    Hi Anil ,
    My H1 B extension was filed on Jan 25 2019 to Nebraska Center in regular processing , when should I expect the decision.Also I am planning to upgrade to premium , whats the approval rate going on now.


  62. VENKAT ANISH
    VENKAT ANISH 28 Mar, 19 at 7:53 am

    Hi Anil,

    Can you please share your thought (or) information if you can guide on my H1 case.

    For the last year H1 2018, my case got picked up in April 2018 lottery and still now it is showing status as “Case received” and no further update from USCIS.
    When I asked my employer, he is saying chances are very less to get approval.

    My question, can we have still hopes on that (or) can ignore and move for 2019 H1 processing.

    please advice.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 2:30 pm

      You have hopes until the H1B is finally denied. Why have you not opted for premium processing upgrade?
      Instead of waiting and losing money, pay for premium and get result within 15 days.


      • VENKAT ANISH
        VENKAT ANISH 29 Mar, 19 at 12:44 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply Anil. I had a discussion with my employer and he said at the end of March, most of the pending cases will be directly denied. Is that true. I am not sure how correct the information he provided.

        Yah as you said if I can go for Premium after March, will try to do that.

        Thanks for the advice Anil.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 19 at 1:43 pm

          As I already told that this is NOT true.
          Not sure what kind of employer you have who is trying to fool you with non-sense reasons.


          • VENKAT ANISH
            VENKAT ANISH 17 Apr, 19 at 8:02 am

            Ok. This is my EAC1815052540 number for 2018 Anil. When I saw the status in USCIS.gov, it is still showing as Case received. Not sure what’s happening.


  63. Biswadip Sarkar
    Biswadip Sarkar 28 Mar, 19 at 11:56 am

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B Amendment was filed on October 25th, 2018. I have moved to new location based on receipt notice.On Jan 24th, 2019 I received RFE and as per attorney I need to submit updated BRM letter only to respond RFE.

    I know this is something funny to ask, but based on the current trends, can you guess what are the chances for approval or rejection, since other documents I have submitted seems fine?

    Thanks for your time.

    Regards
    Biswadip Sarkar


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 2:30 pm

      Your question about H1B Amendment approval with RFE for BRM letter has been added it to our forum as it is out of scope of this page’s content.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  64. Indra s
    Indra s 27 Mar, 19 at 11:39 pm

    Hi,
    My h1 transfer filed on dec 31 2018 at California center, after one month Feb 1st 2019 my case got transferred to Vermont office. When can I expect the decision from Vermont office?

    Thanks,


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 7:18 am

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


      • Indra s
        Indra s 15 May, 19 at 5:52 pm

        Hi Anil, I would like to update on my query asked above.

        I got my approval on may 9th 2019.

        Thanks,


  65. Vikash Goel
    Vikash Goel 27 Mar, 19 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B extension application has gone to Nebraska service center. Receipt date is Dec 14 2018. When should i expect a reponse?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Mar, 19 at 7:40 pm

      You can expect your H1B extention approval by April 2019 second week end.


      • Vikash Goel
        Vikash Goel 30 Mar, 19 at 1:49 am

        Thanks Anil!!


        • Vikash Goel
          Vikash Goel 30 Mar, 19 at 2:14 am

          Hi Anil,

          I am planning to go back to India with a change of Employer. The new Employer might not send me back to US immediately or I may opt to wait for an year or two before i return to the US. In that case what would happen to my petition?

          Thanks!!
          Vikash


  66. DD
    DD 27 Mar, 19 at 8:37 am

    Hi Anil,

    What does this status mean “Notice Explaining USCIS Actions Was Mailed”.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Mar, 19 at 9:28 am

      Your question about Notice Explaining USCIS Actions Was Mailed has been added it to our forum as it is out of scope of this page’s content.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


      • DD
        DD 27 Mar, 19 at 10:08 am

        Thanks Anil.


  67. Raj
    Raj 26 Mar, 19 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1-B extension was filed in the California Center with a receipt date of Feb 22nd, 2019 under regular processing.
    Along with the same application, my wife’s H4 extension as well as H4-EAD renewal applications were also filed in the same center with the same
    receipt date.

    My wife’s H4 EAD expires in July and she is also pursuing a graduate program right now. She has a job offer on hand for an internship
    beginning April. Can you please let me know what would be the expected time for EAD renewal given the circumstances. How much does it
    depend on my H1-B extension approval and her H4 extension approval?

    I have the option of upgrading my H1-B extension petition to premium processing which means I can get an answer within 15 days. However,
    I have been told that this does not apply for H4 processing due to the new biometric requirements. Does it make sense to move my wife to an
    F1 visa from H4 and if yes can both applications be filed concurrently? How much time would it take for F1 approval and is there an option to
    file the H4 to F1 transfer application at a different center?

    Apologies for the long question but I would appreciate if you can provide the correct guidance.

    Thanks,
    Raj


  68. imu
    imu 26 Mar, 19 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I applied for H1B extension and my receipt data is 9th oct 2018.There is no change in status so far.Why is my case not been picked so far.My case is already outside the normal processing window.Attorney tried to open service ticket but got message ‘your case is under normal processing window’.
    What could be the reason and has this happened to anyone?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 9:10 pm

      You have not mentioned the service center.


    • cpn
      cpn 29 Mar, 19 at 8:40 pm

      any update on your case?


  69. Ram
    Ram 26 Mar, 19 at 5:49 am

    Hi Anil,
    What is the current status in the Nebraska, applied H1B extension on 22nd Oct 2018 but not received any status ? And also i tried using the Compare app tool but it showing status from Dec 19 2018 only, not able to see previous result.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 8:09 am

      The compare tool shows you maximum 100 cases around your own receipt number. If you have not entered your correct receipt number, you will not see correct data.

      You can expect your H1B extension approval anytime now. You are due for result.


  70. anuj srivastava
    anuj srivastava 25 Mar, 19 at 11:42 pm

    Hello Anil, Now i am in India and my H1B Extension case was filled 23 July 2018 Vermont center, got RFE on 12 Nov 2018 and RFE responded by company 23 Jan 2013.
    So when can i expected to get final decision?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 8:09 am

      What was requested in your RFE?


      • anuj srivastava
        anuj srivastava 26 Mar, 19 at 9:25 am

        They requested Specialty Occupation Letter, Client letter, MSA/PO, LCA etc.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 9:32 am

          ok..The current average RFE response time is 90+ days.
          Your company also took too much time to respond. They should have replied within 20-30 days to avoid delays.


          • anuj srivastava
            anuj srivastava 26 Mar, 19 at 10:13 am

            Thanks Anil for your response.


  71. h1b extension
    h1b extension 25 Mar, 19 at 8:54 pm

    when can i expected my result if the petition is files on Dec26th for extension with Nebraska SVC in normal processing


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 8:54 pm

      You can expect your HB extension approval by May 2019 first week end.


      • h1b extension
        h1b extension 26 Mar, 19 at 10:36 pm

        Thanks. what are the chances of approval for no change h1b.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Mar, 19 at 9:41 am

          Each H1B extension is now treated as a new H1B application by USCIS and hence chances of approval are same as for any other H1B application.


  72. Mukund Rao
    Mukund Rao 25 Mar, 19 at 12:56 pm

    Hi all,

    I am currently on H1B and I am planning to switch jobs and haven’t yet initiated my H1B transfer, so I am wondering if premium processing is on for new h1b transfer applications ?


  73. Yashwant Vadlamani
    Yashwant Vadlamani 25 Mar, 19 at 10:57 am

    Hi Anil,

    What does the verified status of the application means on the status?

    Thanks,
    Yashwant


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 11:26 am

      It means that am22tech’s service verified the case status as shared by user. Many times, users just share wrong data and our service tries to validate it with USCIS website.

      Once our service is able to verify it with USCIS, it marks the status and record as ‘verified’.


  74. Praveen Vasireddy
    Praveen Vasireddy 25 Mar, 19 at 6:32 am

    Hi Anil,

    Just for an update…
    I received rfe for my H1B extension+Amendment. My employer yet to receive rfe notice. This was for regular processing and not premium.

    Case submitted: 29 December 2018 CSC
    Rfe date: 23 March 2019 CSC

    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing your case update.


  75. Bramesh Pasupuleti
    Bramesh Pasupuleti 22 Mar, 19 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1 and H4 extension filed together on Oct 19th at Nebraska Center, H4 got approved on march 18th , and H1B status showing as “Name was updated”. can H4 be approved before H1? Name was updated status means did uscis took some action on my H1B?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 9:51 pm

      Name was updated does not mean anything.

      If your H4 is approved, the chances are high that your H1B approval is on its way too.


  76. MB
    MB 22 Mar, 19 at 9:10 pm

    Adding below info so that it helps others:

    H1B Extension Approved.

    Initial submission date: 26th April, 2018 (to CSC)

    Transferred to Nebraska: 18th December, 2018

    NO RFE.

    Upgraded to Premium: 21st March, 2019

    Approved: 22th March, 2019


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it.


  77. Mahendran Chinnaiah
    Mahendran Chinnaiah 21 Mar, 19 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have received RFE for my case. USCIS website got updated but waiting for employer to get to know the RFE details.

    Case Received(CSC) : Aug 15th 2018
    Transfered to Nebraska: Dec 11 2018
    RFE received : March 19 2019.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks for sharing your case details. I appreciate it.


  78. KB
    KB 21 Mar, 19 at 6:23 am

    Adding below info so that it helps others:

    My I-129 case has been approved today below are the details. I have also added my case no add and compare already in case other id’s are close by and it helps.

    Initial submission date: 12th June, 2018 (to CSC)
    Transferred to Nebraska: 18th December, 2018
    Processing type: regular I-129 (H1B extension)
    Approved: 20th March, 2019

    Hope soon everyone gets! I think cases which are transferred around 18th Dec, 2018 are moving finally faster now! I have been tracking am22tech and reddit both. Thanks Anil by the way!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks KB for sharing your case details. I appreciate it.


  79. @P
    @P 19 Mar, 19 at 12:51 pm

    Hi,

    My H1 Non cap was filed on 31-Oct-18 in California center and Upgraded to Premium on 06-Mar-18. After premium upgrade case status shows as “Request For Premium Processing Services Was Received”. Does this mean they are still working on my case and not yet arrived to any decision yet. 15 days for PP will be done by tomorrow. Do you think that site is not updated with the current status? Please advise.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Mar, 19 at 9:12 pm

      You should get result by 15 th day in H1B premium processing.


      • @P
        @P 27 Mar, 19 at 4:13 am

        Thanks for your response Anil!

        My employer said that they have received the RFE, but status on USCIS site is still “Request For Premium Processing Services Was Received”. Employer didn’t disclose the RFE reason yet.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Mar, 19 at 9:55 am

          It is possible that USCIS website status is not updated yet. We are seeing this discrepancy in many cases.


    • Hemant Mehta
      Hemant Mehta 22 Mar, 19 at 11:33 am

      USCIS clock will start from the day they acknowledge the receipt of Premium Processing.
      From that day, it would count 15 working days (Monday to Friday) excluding holidays.


  80. vaibhav vudayagiri
    vaibhav vudayagiri 18 Mar, 19 at 6:05 pm

    Hi amit, My h1b extension+ amendment approved today. My i94 expired on nov 11th. Do I need to leave country for stamping (or) can I stay and go later?

    FYI and records, ( general processing)
    receipt date: sep 14th, 2018 (California center)
    dec 18th, 2018 : transferred to nebraska.
    Approved today.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:26 pm

      You must have got the new i94 with the extention approval.
      If yes, the there is no need to go out of US for visa stamping.


  81. Praveen Reddy
    Praveen Reddy 18 Mar, 19 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Amit, My H1 extension was applied on Nov 5th 2018 and my i94 expired on 31 Dec 2018. My H1 extension is currently pending with nebraska center. Meanwhile i got a new job offer full time direct with client from another employer. Now should i convert my existing h1 extension to premium get it approved and then do the h1 transfer with new employer or can i just go ahead and apply for h1 transfer while extension is pending. Which is better for me


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:26 pm

      Your question about H1B transfer after i94 expiry has been added it to our forum as it is out of scope of this page’s content.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  82. Ram
    Ram 18 Mar, 19 at 5:30 pm

    Hi My H1B extension was filled on Oct 23rd 2018 at Nebraska, Please advise when can i expect the result. Thank you for your help !! You are rocking !!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:19 pm

      You can expect your H1B extention approval anytime now.


  83. Pavan Tejvath
    Pavan Tejvath 18 Mar, 19 at 2:10 pm

    My H1B regular extension was filed on July 20th with Nebraska service center. Since then, there was no update. On January 09th, an USCIS officer has visited my office for an employment verification. They had took pictures of my ID badge, workstation along with laptop and we had an interactive session related to my job activities. Everything went well, but after that, there is no update on my H1 extension. My employer had raised a service request on Feb 22nd and got a response on March 06th. The response states that, only employers can file a service request and USCIS will not provide any updates to service request filed by any random person. I am not sure where the error was, but my employer had only filed the service request.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 3:16 pm

      Your employer/attorney can call again and raise a service request. No need to worry.

      USCIS verifies the identity before raising the service request.


      • Pavan Tejvath
        Pavan Tejvath 18 Mar, 19 at 3:35 pm

        My employer had raised a Service Request again on March 14th. Awaiting response from USCIS.

        Generally, how many days will it take to get an update from USCIS after employment verification? Any idea, please suggest


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 4:30 pm

          USCIS can take upto 30 days to respond on your service request.


          • Pavan Tejvath
            Pavan Tejvath 18 Mar, 19 at 4:31 pm

            My employment verification was done on Jan 09, 2019. Still there is no update after verification, I was checking on that. Do they have any SLA after employment verification.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 5:05 pm

              There is no SLA for USCIS before or after employment verification.


    • Jay
      Jay 19 Mar, 19 at 11:09 am

      Hi pavan, i have the same scenario. had a field visit on Jan 09th. i havent got any updated till now. Please update me if you got anything.


      • Pavan Tejvath
        Pavan Tejvath 19 Mar, 19 at 11:37 am

        When was your extension filed? Is it with Nebraska?


        • Jay
          Jay 19 Mar, 19 at 1:05 pm

          23-Aug-2018 with Nebraska


          • Pavan Tejvath
            Pavan Tejvath 19 Mar, 19 at 1:17 pm

            Did you raise any Service Request with USCIS? I was thinking to get it converted to Premium


            • Jay
              Jay 19 Mar, 19 at 2:39 pm

              Not yet. Even I am thinking of premium


            • Jay
              Jay 2 Apr, 19 at 3:24 pm

              Any update on your case


              • Pavan Tejavath
                Pavan Tejavath 2 Apr, 19 at 3:57 pm

                Hey I got my extension approved yesterday.


                • Jay
                  Jay 2 Apr, 19 at 4:13 pm

                  Hey congrats. Can I have your number? Mine is 805-573-1044. I have some query


                • Jay
                  Jay 2 Apr, 19 at 9:01 pm

                  Hey congrats.


  84. KY
    KY 18 Mar, 19 at 8:14 am

    Hi Anil,

    My I-94 Expired on Feb 28 2019(with Current employer Extension is in Pending state) and another Employer was able to file H1B Transfer with USCIS on Feb 28 2019 (as mentioned on the receipt notice). Can you please let me know if there is a chance of Bridge Petition in this case?

    Thanks,
    Kratik


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:23 am

      Your question about H1B transfer filed on i94 expiry has been added it to our forum as it is out of scope of this page’s content.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  85. Ankit Patel
    Ankit Patel 15 Mar, 19 at 11:54 am

    My H1 Extension reciept date is 17th Dec 2018 in Nebraska Service center with Regular processing.

    When Should I Expect the decision for my case.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Mar, 19 at 7:41 pm

      You can expect your H1B extension approval by April 2019 end.


  86. thinker
    thinker 15 Mar, 19 at 11:39 am

    Have received RFE and we are working on the RFE documents.
    Meanwhile we have upgraded the case to premium. Received another RFE notice in few days. We have not submitted the documents for the first RFE received. Not Sure why USCIS provided another RFE?
    How to address this?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Mar, 19 at 7:41 pm

      Your question about H1B RFE after premium upgrade has been added it to our forum as it is out of scope of this page’s content.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  87. mathi1b
    mathi1b 14 Mar, 19 at 5:03 pm

    My L1-H1 is approved , but my dependent L2-H4 (I539) not approved yet , also my dependent i-94 getting expire by this month end. In this case , can i apply for H1 Transfer , without waiting for it.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Mar, 19 at 6:15 pm

      Your question about H1B Transfer while H4 COS pending has been added it to our forum as it is out of scope of this page’s content.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  88. DD
    DD 14 Mar, 19 at 11:12 am

    Hi Anil,

    My amendment is going on. It was filed on July 9th 2018 at California. Today I received an email saying “We are still reviewing your case and there is no updates at this time”. We last took action on your case on February 28, 2019″. But I don’t see any updates in the website.. Do you know if same happened to someone and what could be the reason?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Mar, 19 at 6:15 pm

      There is no reason or any explanation of this status. There is nothing to worry either.


  89. Naresh Alla
    Naresh Alla 14 Mar, 19 at 11:11 am

    Hi,my H1B transfer is pending from 6th April 2018 in California center,still its showing “CASE WAS RECEIVED” from 6th April 2018.Could u pls let me know when can i expect my transfer.Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Mar, 19 at 6:15 pm

      You can expect your H1B transfer approval by April 2019 3rd week end.


      • Lili Yu
        Lili Yu 15 Mar, 19 at 2:14 pm

        Hi Anil, how did you derive that date? My extension was filed March. 23rd, and the case is still pending. Am I supposed to hear back by end of March then?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 Mar, 19 at 7:59 pm

          I cannot explain my estimation logic. Its copyright 🙂


  90. Saran
    Saran 13 Mar, 19 at 5:43 pm

    Hi..

    My H1B extension is initially filed on Jun 2018 in California center and transferred to Nebraska on Dec 2018. When i can expect my status update?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 8:27 pm

      You can expect your H1B approval by June 2019 1st week end.


      • Saran
        Saran 14 Mar, 19 at 12:54 am

        Why is it till June 2019? my 240 days ends by May.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 14 Mar, 19 at 8:17 am

          I do not control USCIS processing times. I can only estimate based on the current time that California service center is taking.


  91. Ashu
    Ashu 13 Mar, 19 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My extension was filled in Nebraska location with receipt date 21 Dec 2018. With premium opening up any idea how much time it will take for my case to get processed. Mine was filled in normal processing.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 8:27 pm

      You can expect your h1B extension approval by April 2019 end.


  92. Praveen Vasireddy
    Praveen Vasireddy 13 Mar, 19 at 9:41 am

    Hi Anil,

    I got my H1B in 2018 for 3 months. Oct 3rd – Jan 1st. Moved to a new client with same employer and filed ext + amndment on Dec 28th which went to California SC. Status: Case was received on Dec 29. I see on uscis site that premium is opened for all H1’s from March 12th. Is it applicable to me? If not, when can I expect decision on regular processing?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 8:27 pm

      Premium is open for all H1B applications now and you can apply for it.
      You can expect your H1B Amendment approval by Dec 2019 end.


  93. Cherry
    Cherry 13 Mar, 19 at 11:43 am

    My H1-B transfer field on 22nd Feb 2019 with California center, when can I expect decision on my case ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 8:27 pm

      You can expect decision on your H1B transfer by Jan 2020 end as per current California trends.
      I strongly suggest to upgrade your application to premium processing.


  94. Shalini
    Shalini 12 Mar, 19 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Recently after updating to premium my visa got approved. My contract is expiring next soon, I got a new job in the same city and same MSA and same role and title. So do i need to file amendment ? Am planning to go for h1b stamping.

    Thanks,
    Shalini


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 9:13 am

      Your question about H1B Amendment requirement has been added it to our forum as it is out of scope of this page’s content.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


      • shalini
        shalini 13 Mar, 19 at 12:48 pm

        Thank you Anil.
        In LCA there is a old client name and am going for stamping with new client is there any problem and questions related client change ? Do i need to carry any additional documents to support this ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 8:45 pm

          As i clearly said earlier, please ask your follow up question on the forum thread itself.
          I will answer on the forum itself.


  95. PRC
    PRC 12 Mar, 19 at 9:18 am

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B filed on Oct 12, 2018 with Nebraska center. The problem is my SOW is till Dec 2018.
    Though i am not very positive considering the SOW.
    Note: I was on L1B for 2 years (2011 – 2013).Got new H1B through lottery in 2014 when i was in india and came to us in Nov 2014.

    Below are questions…
    — Shall i expecte result till March 2019 end ?
    — Does my L1B visa period will be counted in 6 year cycle or only H1b period will be considered ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 12:40 pm

      You can expect your H1B approval by April 2019 second week end. You can also upgrade your H1B to premium now.

      The other question about H1B 6 year is out of scope of this page. Hence, we have added it to our forum here.
      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  96. Cherry
    Cherry 11 Mar, 19 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1-B transfer field on 22nd Feb 2019, when I can expect decision on my case ?
    Also, I would like to check, is it safe to join on H1-B receipt with new employer who is US Product based company ? coz I have one year left on H1-B max-out, so I would like join asap and start gc process.
    Also, is there any news for premium process resume for all ?

    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 11:50 pm

      You have not shared your USCIS service center.

      H1B premium is open from tomorrow. You should file H1B transfer in premium and join only after approval.


      • Cherry
        Cherry 12 Mar, 19 at 9:18 am

        Its California (i.e WAC** )


  97. h1b extension
    h1b extension 11 Mar, 19 at 8:26 pm

    hello Anil,

    My h1b is currently is pending with nebraska service center files on 26th December and i94 is expired

    Lets say if i chose to go to a new employer , i understand that if forma bridge application,

    Lets consider the scenario of my extension is filed with Employer A and response is pending and transfer has been applied with Employer B.

    If my transfer is approved for 1 year and and extension is approved only for 6 months. how would that impact my transfer application.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 10:03 pm

      Your question about H1B transfer is out of scope of this page. Hence, we have added it to our forum here.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  98. Sam
    Sam 11 Mar, 19 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Last September I have applied for amendment+extension with client C1 and title T1.After updating to premium I got approval.Due to some budget issues am working 10 hours client C1 and another 30 hours C2 and title T1. Both cities are nearby and comes under same MSA.I would like go for stamping now, do i need to file amendment or can I go with client C1 ?thanks,
    Sam


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 9:57 pm

      Your question about H1B transfer is out of scope of this page. Hence, we have added it to our forum here.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  99. Praveen Reddy
    Praveen Reddy 11 Mar, 19 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My case for H1 extension was filed in Nebraska and receipt date in Nov 5th 2018. When will i get my case approved.
    I also have my i140 approved and last time strangely i only got extension for 1 year. I am at same client and same role is it possible this time ill get 3 years extension


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 7:14 pm

      You can expect your H1B extention approval by 15 April 2019.

      There is nothing strange. Your SOW validity might be short and hence you got shorter approval.

      Did you check it with your Employer or attorney for short validity reason?


      • Praveen Reddy
        Praveen Reddy 11 Mar, 19 at 7:37 pm

        Hi Anil,

        The SOW submitted last time was given for 3 years and this time it was for 2 years.
        Attorney also had no idea why it was only given for an year while client letter and SOW clearly had 3 years mentioned.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 10:10 pm

          That really is strange then. USCIS is weird!


  100. Ashok Boyina
    Ashok Boyina 11 Mar, 19 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Finally my H1 b Amendment + Extension approved on March 6 after converting to premium last week and taken around 10 Months. I have some questionsregarding my Validity for approval and I-94 Validity.I has some unfortunate things happened in my process also.please see below

    Old H1 b & i- 94 expired on June 30 2018
    May 25 2018 – My H1 B Amendment + Extension filed.Case Recieved
    Jan 14 2019 – Received RFE (Spl Occp & Validity)
    Feb 4 2019 -Responded to RFE (Attorney send Fed Ex)
    Feb 6 2019 – Case status changed to DENIED on Morning
    Feb 7 2019 – Case status changed to “Correspondence received and USCIS is reviewing it” at evening 6 PM
    Feb 14 2019 – Case status changed to “Case was reopened for Reconsideration” , I see there is an service request raised to correct the DENIAL decision due to admin error.
    March 1st 2019 – Converted to premium
    March 6 2019 – Case was approved .

    Case Received :May 25 2018
    Notice date :March 6 2019
    H1 B Validity – March 6 2019 to May 10 2021
    I-94 Validity – March 6 2019 to May 10 2021

    Now the question is, As validity is not started from Jul 2018 . I will be having the gap of 10 Months? How this can be rectified or Amendment + Extension will be like this? I am worried on my validity dates. please suggest me what may be the next steps,


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 2:46 pm

      Your question about H1B transfer is out of scope of this page. Hence, we have added it to our forum here.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  101. Ashish
    Ashish 11 Mar, 19 at 1:36 pm

    I get following error when I try to check status.
    Validation Error(s)
    You must correct the following error(s) before proceeding:
    My Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered. Please check your receipt number and try again. If you need further assistance, please call


    • Ashish
      Ashish 11 Mar, 19 at 1:37 pm

      Sorry incomplete message got posted. Any idea why this happens? I received receipt on 1/31/2019


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 1:37 pm

        There is nothing to worry and lot of USCIS receipt numbers receive this “not recognized” error.

        It is probably just a problem in USCIS system and nothing wrong with your receipt number.


        • Ashish
          Ashish 11 Mar, 19 at 5:40 pm

          Thanks Anil. I think it is a great forum and great work by you. I really liked it.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 6:44 pm

            Thanks a lot. I appreciate your feedback.


    • Yashwant Vadlamani
      Yashwant Vadlamani 12 Mar, 19 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Ashish,

      I too faced a similar problem. Try registering on the following USCIS website (https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/) & then add your case application to track status.

      This worked for me. Hope it works for you too.


  102. buny
    buny 11 Mar, 19 at 12:38 pm

    Anil just FYI……I hope this helps to update ur records

    I got my H1B Extension filed on Oct 2018 CA service center..
    Application got transferred to Vermont service center Jan 23rd 2019.
    Extension approved 02/27/2019 as per I-797 date.

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 1:37 pm

      Great. Congratulations and thanks a lot for sharing your case details. We appreciate it.


  103. lsr
    lsr 11 Mar, 19 at 9:22 am

    Hi Anil,

    I see that best case approval remain at Jan 15 for California service center for past 10 days or so, so there no approvals coming in form that center after Jan 15th ?

    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 10:24 am

      That probably means either users have not shared their new data or there are no new approvals from California service center.


  104. Vjay
    Vjay 10 Mar, 19 at 11:39 am

    Hi Anil,
    Do you think premium processing will start anytime soon for remaining applications? By April 1, there will be new applications so if USCIS wants to clear the old applications by then? Any thoughts,

    Thanks for your help,


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 10:23 am

      Your question about H1B transfer is out of scope of this page. Hence, we have added it to our forum here.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  105. h1b extension
    h1b extension 9 Mar, 19 at 1:56 pm

    Hello Anil,

    My extension is pending with Employer A and lets say if it gets rejected and my i-94 is expired and i had to move back to India.

    and if i want to apply for new cap exempt petition with Employer B can I do it even if the employer A revokes the the original H1b?. Please let me know


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Mar, 19 at 7:59 pm

      Your question about H1B transfer is out of scope of this page. Hence, we have added it to our forum here.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  106. Eshpb
    Eshpb 8 Mar, 19 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My case is filed with Nebraska center on 25th sep 2018 and I am yet to get a decision. As per case status check in USCIS site they are processing sep 26th date as of now. Is it something that i need to be worried about or is it a normal scenario?

    Also tried to raise an SR (outside normal processing time) but it is not allowing to place the request.

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Mar, 19 at 11:33 pm

      Was your case transferred from California to Nebraska?


      • Eshpb
        Eshpb 9 Mar, 19 at 4:11 pm

        Nope.. It is with Nebraska from the start..


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Mar, 19 at 7:51 pm

          There is nothing to worry. Your case can be approved anytime now.

          Just wait for couple of days and try to raise SR again.


          • Eshpb
            Eshpb 11 Mar, 19 at 1:38 pm

            Thanks Anil..


  107. mathi1b
    mathi1b 8 Mar, 19 at 9:28 am

    Hi Anil,

    I got H1B approval , today. MY question is without stamping , can i transfer to my new H1b new employer without going out of US for stamping. If Yes., what are the documented needed from my side to give to the new employer ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Mar, 19 at 9:52 am

      Your question about H1B transfer is out of scope of this page. Hence, we have added it to our forum here.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  108. Ahmed Amin
    Ahmed Amin 7 Mar, 19 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I got the approval for H1B. What I want to submit to the embassy to stamp my VISA.

    Should I submit the original one or a copy from the approval is fine.

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 7:27 pm

      Your question has been added to our forum as it is out of scope of this article.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  109. Samuel Prasad
    Samuel Prasad 7 Mar, 19 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I moved to new employer with receipt on Oct 2018 and my case was filed to California center when I checked the status it was moved to Nebraska on January 14th 2019. Does Nebraska consider my original filed date or received date (Jan 14th) to process my case?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 2:31 pm

      Nebraska will process the case on the first come first served basis. So, it depends on how many cases were transferred from California to Nebraska.

      Please note that you can raise service request only on the basis of California dates even though your case is currently pending with Nebraska.


      • Samuel Prasad
        Samuel Prasad 7 Mar, 19 at 2:46 pm

        Thanks for the reply


      • Samuel Prasad
        Samuel Prasad 7 Mar, 19 at 3:29 pm

        Hi Anil, does it take at least 2 to 3 months to process as per received date (January 14th) or it can be earlier?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 3:30 pm

          The average time is 2-3 months after case transfer.


  110. Mani
    Mani 7 Mar, 19 at 2:01 pm

    HI Anil,

    I resigned from Employer A and applied transfer my petition to Employer B and status is pending in California service center. Employer A revoked the petition and I94 is expired already.

    1. If suppose Employer B transfer is denied then with in how many days I have to move out of US?
    2. Even I am not in USA, my understanding is that Employer B can re-apply the transfer and I can enter the US after the stamping. Could you confirm this?
    3. If suppose, Employer C file an H1B transfer and it is approved while Employer B’s transfer denied then can I move to Employer C without leaving USA?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 2:10 pm

      Your question is out of scope of this page. Hence, we have added it to our forum here.

      I have answered it on forum. You can ask follow up question on forum to get answer within 1-24 hours.


  111. vaibhav vudayagiri
    vaibhav vudayagiri 6 Mar, 19 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Anil, My h1b extension plus amendment is pending in nebraska. My receipt date is Sep14th, 2018. It is applied in california and moved to nebraska on dec 18th. when can I expect ? My hr told me to wait for 10 more days and then upgrade to premium. when can I expect result? Can I ask employer to raise Service request.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Mar, 19 at 4:35 pm

      We are closing comments on this page and hence request our users to ask questions in our forum.
      We have added your question in the forum and answered it too.

      You can ask your follow up question on forum itself and we will answer within 1-24 hours.


  112. americandream
    americandream 6 Mar, 19 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1B extension is pending at Nebraska centre. Receipt dt 20-Dec-2018. Is there any chance of it getting approved by this month i.e. March end? Thanks.


  113. Praveen
    Praveen 6 Mar, 19 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B transfer was submitted on September 28, 2018 and it has been transferred to Nebraska on Jan 10th. Does Nebraska consider Jan 10th as the receiving date or Sep 28? When Can I expect the result? I appreciate your response


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Mar, 19 at 4:35 pm

      We are closing comments on this page and hence request our users to ask questions in our forum.
      We have added your question in the forum and answered it too.

      You can ask your follow up question on forum itself and we will answer within 1-24 hours.


  114. Mak
    Mak 4 Mar, 19 at 11:29 am

    Hi Anil, my H1B Transfer was filed on Feb 19th, 2019 to WAC. In best case when do you think I will get a decision?


  115. Confused
    Confused 4 Mar, 19 at 10:42 am

    Hi Anil,

    My case moved to Vermont on January and received RFE. My employer upgraded case to premium but still working on the RFE response. In USCIS portal status changed today Request for Additional Evidence mailed with today’s date.

    We are still working on the RFE documents. Why there is a status change with RFE? Looks like they have processed my case again after upgraded to premium.
    What we need to follow? First RFE or RFE issued with today’s date?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Mar, 19 at 10:43 am

      The status update may have been an error on USCIS side. You can work on your existing RFE documents.
      If there is another RFE, USCIS will send the mail with the documents required.


      • Confused
        Confused 4 Mar, 19 at 11:29 am

        Ok. In USCIS website mentioned they have mailed the RFE notice with today’s date. If I get a notice, Do I need to respond to 2 RFE’s?


  116. Thirumalesh Yadagiri
    Thirumalesh Yadagiri 3 Mar, 19 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Further to my earlier post, this question is regarding my I-140 petition. Say my current I-140 petition is approved with Company A and crossed 1 year. When go back to India and would like to change my job to another Company in India. When I want to come to US at any point of time do I still need to go through Labor Approval and I-140 approval for the new Company where I joined. Or just H1B extension petition will suffice to come to US.

    Are they any other requirements based on my previous I-140 approval?


  117. Thirumalesh Yadagiri
    Thirumalesh Yadagiri 3 Mar, 19 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Would I like to know my situation:

    I applied for H1B extension on July 17th 2019, under 240 period though I-140, I don’t have valid I-94. 240th day is on April 02nd 2019. I received RFE on January 09th 2019. My question is can I stay after April 2nd after responding to RFE?

    OR

    Can I go back to India after responding to RFE and come back to US after my petition is approved without upgrading to premium?

    OR

    Is that recommended to upgrade to Premium based on the current approval trends for RFE premiums?

    I heard that lots of petitions got rejected when we upgrade to Premium after RFE response.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Mar, 19 at 8:16 pm

      You can stay and work beyond 240 days after i94 expiry if your H1B application type is either H1B Amendment + Extension or H1B transfer.

      If you are not eligible for working beyond 240 days, you can still stay in US without working until you get a decision. You can also go to India and come back later when your petition is approved.

      I always suggest to upgrade your application premium if its available.

      It is a myth that upgrading to premium results in denial. If your application has to be denied, it will be denied irrespective of regular or premium processing.


  118. Joy Samudrala
    Joy Samudrala 3 Mar, 19 at 10:55 am

    Hi Anil, I lost my job at employer A in January and my 60-day grace period ends on March 8th, 2019 and I currently started working on FedEx number with employer B.

    Can employer C apply for my transfer while a case is already in process before 8th March?
    Can employer C apply for transfer after 8th March while the case is in progress?

    Thank you


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Mar, 19 at 11:56 am

      Employer C file for H1B transfer but I am not sure why do you want to add complexity to your case and then if something happens to your employer C H1B, you will be in trouble.

      It is better to keep the slate clean and first get employer B’s approval.


  119. Sam
    Sam 2 Mar, 19 at 10:14 pm

    I currently have H1B petition approved for company A until June 2021. Currently in the process of transferring to company B. H1b transfer filed on Feb 11, 2019 at CSC. It is product based hardware job – direct client with a large FAANG company. I have a PhD from US university. When can I expect approval?

    Is there a chance premium processsing resume by March 11?

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 19 at 10:52 pm

      California is pretty slow but we are still seeing some very fast approval cases.

      I am not sure if you can get approval within next 4 months though.

      At this time, there is no news about premium processing resuming anytime in near future.


  120. KB
    KB 2 Mar, 19 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Quick question, can you roughly guess when my case might get processed based on below info? Unfortunately not many have updated case status around my case to predict using add/compare feature. Thanks, WAC18199XXXXX

    -> Applied case on 12th June, 2018 for Extension (H1b – I129) but later it was transferred to Nebraska on 18th Dec, 2018.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 19 at 6:01 pm

      You can expect approval by April 2019 end for your H1B at Nebraska service center.


  121. Alvise
    Alvise 1 Mar, 19 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Anil, did you see any transfer petitions being approved at VSC that were filed in January 2019?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Mar, 19 at 5:31 pm

      You can check the data yourself using the tool ‘Add and compare case’.


  122. Vinod
    Vinod 1 Mar, 19 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B was approved from 2016 to till June 2019, I changed 3 clients between these days, 2 amendments are pending. Now I am going to apply Amendment/Extension with new client? What do you suggest can i withdraw the previous amendments?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Mar, 19 at 5:30 pm

      You should NOT withdraw the pending H1B amendments as you want that time to stay legal.

      If you withdraw, the time spent working as per the amendments can be deemed as ‘out of status’ time since you did not work according to your approved petition.


      • Vinod
        Vinod 2 Mar, 19 at 11:53 am

        Okay Thank you for your response – Anil,

        I have to add one more questions here.

        My H1B Extension should be depending on pending Amendments?(Pending amendments should be approved before they take decision on my H1B Extension?).


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 19 at 12:29 pm

          Your extension will depend on amendment but we have seen approvals in no specific order.
          Anything can happen.


          • Vinod
            Vinod 4 Mar, 19 at 8:55 pm

            Anil – As i discussed with my company they are suggesting to apply H1B extension in consular process due to pending Amendments and in that one amendment got RFE yesterday.

            1)Is consular process really has any advantage?
            2)If I apply in consular process can i work legally after I-94 expires.
            3)If i transfer H1B to some other company still USCIS consider the pending amendments?


  123. Raja
    Raja 1 Mar, 19 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Tired of waiting for the decision., Almost 90 days gone after RFE responded at California.My company is not ready to do premium processing.Please advise.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Mar, 19 at 6:02 pm

      I can suggest anything except to wait if your company is not ready to file Premium processing.


  124. Gagan Sharma
    Gagan Sharma 28 Feb, 19 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1B is approved till Dec 2019. My company is going to file an Amendment+Extension in June.
    If my wife travels to India, can she get her Visa (H4)stamped based on current Approval ?
    Also can she travel back before November 2019?

    Regards
    Gagan


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Mar, 19 at 5:19 pm

      Your H4 wife can travel and get her H4 visa stamped based on currently approved H1B.
      She will get H4 visa validity up-to Dec 2019.


      • Gagan Sharma
        Gagan Sharma 1 Mar, 19 at 7:02 pm

        Thanks Anil..
        She would be travelling to Indian in June so to be on safer side should I file Amendment+Extension after she gets her Visa stamped in India?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 1 Mar, 19 at 8:45 pm

          There is no effect of her stamping on your H1B extension. You can file anytime.

          You will not be able to file her H4 extension if she is physically not present in USA at the time of filing.


          • Gagan Sharma
            Gagan Sharma 2 Mar, 19 at 3:24 pm

            But once she is back in US can we still file her H4 extension separately?


          • Gagan Sharma
            Gagan Sharma 2 Mar, 19 at 3:24 pm

            But once she is back in US can we still file her H4 extension separately?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 19 at 5:40 pm

              Yes, offcourse.


  125. Ankit Agarwal
    Ankit Agarwal 28 Feb, 19 at 7:30 pm

    is premium processing on for H1B transfer.


  126. happy
    happy 28 Feb, 19 at 3:29 pm

    My employer wont disclose the RFE reason. They are just asking my educational documents. If its just education document, What might be the RFE? BTW, Its in Vermont center.


  127. happy
    happy 28 Feb, 19 at 3:29 pm

    My employer wont disclose the RFE reason. They are just asking my educational documents. If its just education document, What might be the RFE? BTW, Its in Vermont center.


  128. Prashant
    Prashant 28 Feb, 19 at 1:35 pm

    My H1B extension was files in January at California center. receipt date of 22nd Jan 2019. No my company wants to go for premium processing.
    There is no change in application from previous visa.
    Is it eligible for premium processing?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 4:41 pm

      I don’t think you can file for premium processing upgrade now.


  129. Akk
    Akk 28 Feb, 19 at 10:40 am

    Hi

    I converted my h1b amendment+extension to premium processing on Feb 21 st at Vermont center..got rfe response online on 2nd day (feb 23rd )saying hard copy explaining rfe will be send by mar 8th now today feb 28th i got one more update saying rfe issued and will be mailed by mar 18th…its so wierd and creating confusions in online status check..so will my getting two rfes documents now?any idea?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 11:15 am

      You will get just one RFE mail which will contain the details of what documents are required to be submitted for your case.
      Don’t worry about multiple status updates on USCIS website.


  130. Goutham
    Goutham 27 Feb, 19 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Anil, in egov site for my H1B transfer (filed at CSC on 10/15 and moved to Nebraska on 01/14), last updated column got changed to 02/23. All this time it did not change. It still says case transfered status. No updated in DHS site as well. No email came. What could this last updated date column change mean?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 6:43 pm

      It does not really mean anything useful. You can ignore it.


      • Goutham
        Goutham 27 Feb, 19 at 7:00 pm

        thanks ANil


  131. Balaji
    Balaji 27 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thank you very much, you are providing good and valuable information regarding VISA and its related.

    Here are my details

    1. On June 25th 2018 amendment filed at California center, now got the RFE and response is due at CIS no later than 06 May 2019, working on responding back on RFE queries.
    2. After that my extension was filed on 27th Nov 2018 at Nebraska service (current I-797 expired on Feb 19th 2019 , I94 expires on Mar 01st 2019) and physical verification done on Jan 03rd 2019 – still decision is pending

    I would like to request you to provide the information on following queries based on the details

    1. Is there any effect for extension if RFE got Denay or pending status?
    2. If extension got approved before RFE decision? Is still amendment petition is valid?
    3. If extension got approved and RFE got Denay? again do I need to file the amendment petition?
    4. If extension got approved RFE Denay/pending status – in this case can I travel to India? If yes where can I go for stamping (Hyderabad/Chennai) am from Hyderabad


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 11:49 am

      If H1B Amendment RFE gets denied, then you should go back to work as per the earlier approved H1B terms and conditions.

      The H1B extension can reach its own result but the chances are high that if the Amendment is denied and your extension was filed on the basis of Amendment, your extension will also be denied or will receive RFE.

      The situation is complex and you should upgrade your Amendment to Premium and get result faster. The more you wait, the more complexity you add to your situation.


      • Balaji
        Balaji 28 Feb, 19 at 3:30 pm

        Thank you Anil.

        My amendment is filed for a ‘B’ location from ‘A’ location and extension also filed for ‘B’ location only, in this case if extension got approved for location ‘B’, still amendment is result valid?

        Can I travel to India if extension got approved? (if amendment is pending)

        Employer is not allowing to upgrade to premium. Please don’t mind for asking many questions


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 4:41 pm

          USCIS can make weird decision and may approve your extension before Amendment.

          But, your amendment should also be approved to make your time and work legal.

          I strongly suggest to avoid travel until your both applications are approved.


  132. Lucy
    Lucy 27 Feb, 19 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Anil, we have just submitted our response to the H1b RFE. Do you know what the current response time is roughly for a decision? Is paying for premium processing worth it?
    Thanks


  133. srini
    srini 27 Feb, 19 at 1:28 pm

    Just for the information to readers, if case has been transferred to a new center and the file processing date of the new center is after the case filed date but the original center’s file processing date is prior to case filed date, then the case is not eligible for SR. USCIS will consider the original center processing time to consider SR. My attorney tried for SR before my case upgrade to premium, he has got that response.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Srini for sharing the information. I appreciate it.


  134. lsr
    lsr 27 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

    Hi Anil, VERMONT SERVICE CENTER has H1B transfer receipt date 16 days, is that right, yesterday I saw 1 month 2 days.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 11:48 am

      No, its not 16 days. We are in the process of correcting data. Somebody is adding them intentionally to corrupt data.

      We made changes to our service yesterday to block spam records. More changes are coming up to stop the bad records added intentionally by spammers.


  135. Vijay Sharma
    Vijay Sharma 26 Feb, 19 at 9:55 am

    Hi Anil,

    My employer is about to file H1 B extension and it will be no change process and i have current (H1 transfer + Extension) valid until April 2019. Do you think non premium process can get the approval by April 2019 end?

    Or premium processing will be a good option there.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 10:15 am

      The chances are low that you will get approval by April 2019 in regular processing.
      I always suggest to go for premium if you have the budget.


  136. Lakshman
    Lakshman 26 Feb, 19 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Could you please let me know if the best case approval date is from regular processing or premium processing.

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 2:37 pm

      All Best case dates are from ‘regular‘ processing. Premium cases are always assumed to have got result within 15 days.

      If you see somewhere dates less than 15 days, then it is possible that some user has intentionally or mistakenly shared or entered wrong data.
      It will be corrected by our service in next update.


  137. Goutham
    Goutham 25 Feb, 19 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Are you seeing any approval at all from Nebraska recently? Both for regular and premium petitions? I see multiple cases with premium processing at Nebraska having 17 calendar days since receipt, but still with no decision. Is this common? Will USCIS refund PP fees in those cases?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 6:20 pm

      It is possible that users did not return to share their approval status. USCIS does return the PP fees if they can’t give decision within 15 days.


  138. Kumar
    Kumar 25 Feb, 19 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Anil,
    1. I have a valid H1B visa until 20 August 2020 but based on my passport expiry date I got I94 until 19 March 2019 only.
    2. Last year I moved to another state, then my employer filed an amendment and extension on 12 March 2018 at California center and I got RFE on 11 January 2019.

    My questions are
    1. After the I94 expiration date, does my case fall under 240 days period?

    2. If my Visa is rejected after RFE submission and I94 expiration date, can I reapply amendment and extension without leaving the USA ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 3:36 pm

      Yes, your case will fall in 240 days period rule after your i94 expiry date.

      If your Amendment is denied after i94 expiry, you cannot stay in USA. You can apply for another H1B amendment or extension but you should wait outside USA for the result.

      A better option is to get your i94 extended with new passport and already approved H1B (which is 20 Aug 2020) by visiting US border.
      This way, you will get new i94 up-to Aug 2020 and you can stay and file another Amendment if your current one gets denied.


      • Kumar
        Kumar 25 Feb, 19 at 4:17 pm

        Thanks Anil for quick reply.


  139. Mattew
    Mattew 25 Feb, 19 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Anil, my H1B Transfer was filed on Jan 22, 2019 to VSC. It’s from a FT position at one of the Big 4 (PwC, EY, Deloitte, KPMG), to a FT position at one of the Big 3 management consulting firms (McKinsey, Bain, BCG). Not IT related. Just management consulting. When can I expect a decision?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 3:24 pm

      If you get lucky, you may get decision by March 2019 second week at Vermont service center.
      Otherwise, the average processing time at Vermont is 3 months.


      • Mattew
        Mattew 25 Feb, 19 at 4:18 pm

        Thank you Anil, fingers crossed.


  140. Sonali
    Sonali 23 Feb, 19 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have received RFE for my H1b transfer application.The reason stated on the notice is Employer Employee relationship. I am a direct hire working at the employer location. I joined the company 3 months back on receipt notice. Please let me know if this is a major concern.


  141. Kp
    Kp 22 Feb, 19 at 10:58 pm

    Hi AniI
    I converted my h1 extensiom from normal to premium on feb 20th 2019 in vermont today it shows rfe issued in online. Whether my employee who filed will receive the rfe reason with details over email or should i need to wait for hard copy in mail to know the reason for rfe..please advice


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 11:09 pm

      Your Employer attorney will receive a formal mail from USCIS for RFE request documents.

      I think with premium processing USCIS also sends information on email too.


      • Kp
        Kp 22 Feb, 19 at 11:09 pm

        Thanks Anil for the quick response..i will check with my employer if he has any emails received..my employer always respond only aftet 90 days after receiving rfe..so its advicable to take full 90days and reply for rfe


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 11:18 pm

          It depends on each employer. My suggestion is to submit response as early as possible.


  142. suji
    suji 22 Feb, 19 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I’m working in a company B as a Contractor. My employer is Company A with whom i have my H1B approved until 2020. Now my Client (Company B) offered me a full time position which i accepted. Since premium is not open, Client asked me to move on receipt. Client is a big company. If i move on receipt, can my employer (company A) revoke my initial H1 while my H1 transfer is in process? Will i go out of status?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 8:48 pm

      You can join new employer on receipt. You will not go out of status if your company A withdraws your H1B once you leave them.


      • suji
        suji 22 Feb, 19 at 8:48 pm

        Thanks Anil, just to get clarified again so if my company A withdraw my original H1B while my H1 transfer is still in progress i don’t go out of status right?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 9:09 pm

          No, you won’t go out of status.


  143. Selzar
    Selzar 22 Feb, 19 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Anil…i applied for H1 transfer along with h4 and h4 ead , recently i saw H4 ead as new card is being produced and H1 , H4 shows as received … Is that means H4 ead approved ?? Do i need to assume H1 , H4 also approved but not reflected ?

    Thanks
    Selzar


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 7:00 pm

      Congratulations.
      Your H4 EAD is approved.
      Your H1B and H4 approval should be on the way too.


  144. Yashwant Vadlamani
    Yashwant Vadlamani 22 Feb, 19 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Does then 240 day rule for H1B extension apply from the case recived date (or) the I-94 expiry date? My application was received on Dec 19th 2018 & my I-94 will expire on Mar 31st 2019. Can you tell me which date is the crucial one here?

    Thanks in advance.
    Yashwant vadlamani


    • Mahendran Chinnaiah
      Mahendran Chinnaiah 22 Feb, 19 at 4:14 pm

      from I-94 expiry date which is Mar 31st 2019..


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 4:28 pm

      H1b 240 day rule starts from i94 expiry date when your H1B application is pending with USCIS.


      • Yashwant Vadlamani
        Yashwant Vadlamani 22 Feb, 19 at 4:57 pm

        Even if my H1 Visa is expired on 12/31/2018, I94 expiry date only applies for 240 day rule right?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 5:42 pm

          H1B visa has nothing to do here. Only i94 date is important.


          • Yashwant Vadlamani
            Yashwant Vadlamani 22 Feb, 19 at 6:25 pm

            Thanks for the reply Anil.


  145. Vickey
    Vickey 22 Feb, 19 at 3:44 am

    Hello Anil, Can you throw some light on the RFE chances of approval .. I have been requested to provide Edu Docs, Passport, Client Letter, SOW, Manager letter ..


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 8:41 am

      The RFE chances of approval depend on the paperwork that your employer has submitted and the layers of vendors involved. Cases do get approved with RFE similar to your case.

      Are you working for large consultancy or a small consulting company and do you have any vendors involved between your employer and end-client?


  146. Jay
    Jay 21 Feb, 19 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My case was filed with Nebraska on 23-Aug-2018. I got site visit by USCIS officer on 8th Jan-2019. But still my case status is “case Was received”. Its almost
    6 months after filing. It crosses normal processing timnings. i was expecting the case status update in 1st Week of Feb-2019 but Still there was no update. Is there any wait time after site visits?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 9:13 pm

      You are eligible to raise a service request at this time. Why don’t you raise it?
      There is no specific time period after the USCIS site visit.


  147. Diptikant Satpathy
    Diptikant Satpathy 21 Feb, 19 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Can you please let me know – My extension has been filed on 19th Oct 2018. Now I am changing the processing mode to Premium. If I get a approval, can I immediately file an amendment for a new location?

    I heard from some source that if Extension is filed in premium, then amendment cannot be filed immediately.

    Thanks for your reply,
    Diptikanta


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 9:13 pm

      You can file any H1B amendment anytime. In-fact, you should file h1B amendment immediately as and when there is a material change to your H1B job to stay on the right side of USCIS rules.


      • Diptikant Satpathy
        Diptikant Satpathy 21 Feb, 19 at 9:24 pm

        Thanks a lot for your reply.


  148. Anuj
    Anuj 21 Feb, 19 at 7:25 pm

    Hello Anil,

    My H1b has been applied to Nebraska service center on Dec 28 2018.
    am i eligible to move my case to Premium?, i have read in couple of blogs , which says Premium Processing is applicable before 21 Dec 2018.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 9:13 pm

      You are not eligible for premium processing as per the latest USCIS update on H1B premium processing suspension.
      Only application filed on or before Dec 21, 2018 are premium eligible at this time.

      If your H1B is a ‘no change’ extension, then you are eligible for premium at Nebraska service center.


      • Anuj
        Anuj 22 Feb, 19 at 11:45 am

        No Change, you are referring for the same client??

        Yes, its for the same client and location , nothing has changed.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 5:11 pm

          Then, you should be eligible for H1B premium processing upgrade. Talk to your employer and attorney.


  149. question
    question 21 Feb, 19 at 5:18 pm

    My employer upgraded my petition to premium but still working on the RFE response. It will create any problem?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 9:13 pm

      There is no problem with taking time to collect documents for RFE response. Premium timeline is only applicable for USCIS and not your employer. The premium clock will start again only when your employer submits RFE response to USCIS.


  150. Sree
    Sree 21 Feb, 19 at 5:05 pm

    Awaiting H1B extension finally got approved.
    Feb 14, 2018, H1B extension applied
    July 26, 2018, RFE Received
    September 24th Responded to RFE
    Jan 15 – Raised SR
    Feb 19 Upgraded to PP
    Feb 21 – Approved – status updated on the website waiting for the document

    Center – California

    Thank you so much Anil , this website and questionnaire is very helpful 🙂


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 9:13 pm

      Congratulations.
      It certainly is a great relief to hear H1B approval especially from California where the waiting time is seriously making people lose their hair.

      Enjoy and thanks for sharing.


      • Sridevi Valluri
        Sridevi Valluri 22 Feb, 19 at 9:46 am

        Thank you so much Anil 🙂


  151. Ritesh
    Ritesh 21 Feb, 19 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Anil, My H1B transfer case was filed with CSC on December 24th and on Feb 1st the application was transferred to VSC.. when can I expect the approval?


    • Ritesh
      Ritesh 21 Feb, 19 at 3:53 pm

      Dec 24th 2018 and Deb 1st 2019


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 4:08 pm

      You can expect your H1B transfer approval by May 2019 end.


  152. Rishi m
    Rishi m 21 Feb, 19 at 3:24 pm

    Hello Anil,
    Thanks for all the insight and answers.
    Every attorney and h1b employers we talk to around Ohio is discouraging premium processing upgrade citing denial chances are high. Is there any such trend or data to prove this?
    Thanks!
    Rishi


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 3:38 pm

      I am not aware of any such trend. On the contrary, I always absolutely recommend premium processing.

      If USCIS has to issue RFE or denial, they will do it irrespective of premium or regular processing.


  153. Prashant
    Prashant 21 Feb, 19 at 1:05 pm

    My H1B extension was filed At California Center on Jan-22, 2019. When should i expect a response? there were no changes in my application.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 2:41 pm

      You probably have a very long wait ahead for your H1B extension at California service center.
      My estimation says that you will get result by Nov 2019 end.


      • Prashant
        Prashant 22 Feb, 19 at 8:29 am

        My I-94 will expire on May 31, 2019. Can i still continue to work or do i need to go back and wait for results?


  154. Mani
    Mani 21 Feb, 19 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Anil

    Thanks for responding to Queries and Helping us.

    I have below Situation now

    My H1B is approved till May 31 2019 Today , But My Spouse H4 Got the “Notice for Intend to deny”( Because She came back India for Family situation while Filing was in Transit).

    In This situation Can I use My approval Notice to initiate the (H4 New)New DS160 form for My Wife and schedule the Interview with my Approval Notice itself now

    Please clarify and Guide me on this situation.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 2:41 pm

      You can use your approved H1B i797 to apply H4 visa at US embassy in India.
      You may want to go through H4 Visa Stamping Document Checklist


      • Mani
        Mani 25 Feb, 19 at 7:33 am

        Thanks Anil for your response, My I94 Expiry was on May 12 2018 only so H1 and H4 are eligible for Drop Box ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 9:42 am

          i94 expiry does not affect dropbox eligibility.
          Your passport visa stamp should have expired in the last 12 months.


          • Mani
            Mani 25 Feb, 19 at 12:30 pm

            Thanks Anil,

            My Visa was Stamped in May 05th 2016 , Visa was Given till May 12th 2018 , My Extension in California Center Got Approved on Feb 20th, 2019.

            In this situation whether I would be Eligible for Drop box?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 1:04 pm

              Please check the dropbox eligibility using the link that i gave earlier. There are multiple factors that affect your dropbox eligibility.


  155. Venkatesh Veluguri
    Venkatesh Veluguri 21 Feb, 19 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Can we convert a petition to Premium while responding to RFE?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 2:40 pm

      Yes, you can upgrade your h1B application to premium (if available) anytime including at RFE response.


      • Venkatesh Veluguri
        Venkatesh Veluguri 21 Feb, 19 at 3:38 pm

        Thank you Anil


  156.  Nikita
    Nikita 21 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

    Hi Anil, I have a question. My husband’s H1b extention was filed in CSC on 27th April 2018. Our case was transferred to Vermont on 18th January 2019. We got an RFE on 7th feb 2019. We are going to respond for RFE today. When can we expect result? Or should we convert into premium processing. What should we put in reason for conversion as our 240 days are going to end in May 2019.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 2:40 pm

      There is no specific reason required for premium processing upgrade. If your H1B application is eligible for premium, you can upgrade it anytime.


  157. PREMKUMAR RAMALINGAM
    PREMKUMAR RAMALINGAM 20 Feb, 19 at 5:26 pm

    Hi, I Have Question! Need your help!

    I came to US on 12/17/2016 on H1B VISA and my Port of Entry is (Charlotte, NC) before I land US my company filed Amendment from India on 11/28/2016 for the client which i am going to work in South Carolina.
    I got i-94 (Official Website) till 07/04/2017. Since the amendment didn’t came till Apr 2017, My Company filed H1B Visa Extension on 5/17/2017.
    I received i-797B (for the Amendment Applied from India) Valid from 03/08/2017 to 11/03/2019. After that
    I received i-797A (for Visa Extension) Valid from 07/05/2017 to 07/04/2018.
    Now, I moved to different client and new Amendment filed for new Client & location on 03/15/2018 and I received RFE on 11/28/2019 and my Reply Date is 02/25/2019.

    Now, Here are my Questions
    1. Does the 240 Days after applying my amendment will apply?
    2. If 240 Days apply, What will be my i-94 End Date? 07/04/2017 or 07/04/2018 or 11/03/2019?
    3. if i-94 End Dates is 07/04/2017 then I would have passed 595 Days
    if i-94 End Dates is 07/04/2018 then I would have passed 230 Days and I have 10 days left to be in US.
    What would be my Current Legal Status? and what should I do now?
    4. Do I need to file the RFE with Premium Process?
    Please advice!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 7:34 pm

      You can keep working after 240 days as your H1B application is Amendment + Extension.

      You i94 end date is the one written on PAPER i94 attached to your most recent H1B i797 approval which in your case is your H1B extension (Valid from 07/05/2017 to 07/04/2018).

      Your current status while you are waiting for H1B application result after i94 expiry is “Period of Authorized stay“.

      I always recommend to file H1B application in premium if its available. It is your choice if you want to upgrade your current pending application to premium processing or not.


      • PREMKUMAR RAMALINGAM
        PREMKUMAR RAMALINGAM 22 Feb, 19 at 1:22 pm

        Thank you very much for the Information Anil. Really appreciate your Free Service.


  158. anjali
    anjali 20 Feb, 19 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I’m working as a contractor for a company. Recently they (Client) offered me Full-time and are also willing to initiate Premium. My H1b is valid until 2020
    Do you think Premium will be open anytime soon for new H1 Transfers?
    Also what is the risk if i join them on receipt?

    Thanks


  159. srini
    srini 20 Feb, 19 at 9:41 am

    Anil, My H1B transfer was filed at CSC, normal process,on 11th Sep 2018, then on 9th Jan 2019 it was transferred to Nebraska. May I expect the approval this week? Do you want me to wait for a week before upgrade to premium?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 2:21 pm

      You should upgrade to H1B premium processing now if you want to. There is no use of waiting.
      In regular processing, you may receive result tomorrow or may not receive in next 2 months.

      If you have the budget, always upgrade to premium and get result faster.


      • srini
        srini 20 Feb, 19 at 3:10 pm

        Anil, thanks for the suggestion, requested my attorney to upgrade.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 3:28 pm

          Great. Do share the result whenever you get it.


          • srini
            srini 21 Feb, 19 at 11:45 am

            Sure, thanks


  160. SES
    SES 20 Feb, 19 at 6:44 am

    Hi Anil

    My h1 extn is converted from nomal to pemium in vermont center and it shows case received but i filed my concurrent i539 dependents application with this at the time of normal and premium…but still there is no status update for i539..should i need to take some action to get my i539 approved with my i129..please advice


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 6:51 am

      When was your H1B application upgraded from normal to premium?
      There is no premium processing available for i539 application for H4 dependents. Only H1B can be upgraded to premium.


      • SES
        SES 20 Feb, 19 at 7:30 am

        My h1b application was upgraded to premium today and i see the receipt updated onlune today.but my dependentd receipt number is not changed will my dependents petetion will also be adjudicated with mine concurrently


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 8:58 am

          There is no guarantee that your dependent’s application will be processed along with your H1B in premium. It may or may not be approved within same time as your H1B.


  161. Narendar Reddy
    Narendar Reddy 20 Feb, 19 at 3:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have got RFE and decided to go with premium. What is rate of success at California service center ?
    My Education background is Electronics and Communications(ECE), Could this cause any problem to my petition ?

    Thanks in Advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 6:38 am

      The H1B RFE approval success rate depends on what documents have been requested in RFE. It is good that you upgraded to H1B premium processing to get result faster.

      Can you share what RFE documents are requested by USCIS?


      • Narendar Reddy
        Narendar Reddy 20 Feb, 19 at 6:59 am

        Thanks Anil,

        I will share the RFE documents soon,

        My Education background is Electronics and Communications(ECE), Could this cause any problem to my petition (not asked in RFE)?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 8:58 am

          I cannot really say what is the problem area unless I know what has been requested in RFE.

          You are asking me to just make a wild guess which will is of no use.


          • Narendar Reddy
            Narendar Reddy 11 Mar, 19 at 12:42 am

            Hi Anil,
            My employer doesn’t want to disclose the RFE reason,However they asked me to share the Education and Experience documents to get the “Evaluation”.


  162. Tej
    Tej 19 Feb, 19 at 10:22 pm

    Vermont – H1B transfer shows 0days, is that based on premium processing recently opened or regular is applications are processing faster?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Feb, 19 at 10:29 pm

      Bad record. Fixed it. It will take some time to show up due to page caching.
      The record’s actual receipt date is probably Jan 9, 2019 and it is H1B transfer application.


      • Tj
        Tj 19 Feb, 19 at 10:37 pm

        For a moment I thought I will be seeing my approval by tomorrow. Transfer filed on Jan-24 waiting for approval. This is great work, helping to get some idea on processing times. Thanks!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Feb, 19 at 10:37 pm

          I think you will get approval by Feb 2019 end or March 2019 at max. Vermont is clearing applications pretty fast if they have been filed directly at their center.


          • Ashok
            Ashok 20 Feb, 19 at 7:34 pm

            what is the Vermont H1 Transfer current processing date (Mode Regular)?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 7:44 pm

              Vermont’s current H1B processing times are mentioned here if you can see it.


              • Ashok
                Ashok 20 Feb, 19 at 9:19 pm

                Date reflects for today/02/20 is it correct? are they approving on same day?


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 9:19 pm

                  Somebody is adding wrong data everyday. We will fix it.


  163. Smilz Alwaz
    Smilz Alwaz 19 Feb, 19 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Just want to confirm whether premium processing opened now?


  164. Ramesh Prk
    Ramesh Prk 19 Feb, 19 at 8:59 am

    Hi Anil,
    My case was filed on July 6 2018 as non subject cap from india in California service center . there is no update so for . I guess my case was transferred to another center on Jan 14 2019 , but they did not update in USCIS portal (but i received notification to my gmail that last action took on your case was on Jan 14th 2019 so i am guessing its been transferred) . any idea about time frame for non subject cap petitions ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Feb, 19 at 9:05 am

      I cannot estimate your processing time if you do not know where your application is currently pending at.
      Ask your employer to check if they received any letter from USCIS to inform about case transfer to other USCIS service center.


      • Ramesh Prk
        Ramesh Prk 19 Feb, 19 at 9:13 am

        most of Jan 14 2019 transfers went to VSC . NSC will not process non subject to cap petitions right ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Feb, 19 at 9:13 am

          Assuming your case went to VSC, you can expect your H1B approval by May 2019 end.


          • Ramesh Prk
            Ramesh Prk 19 Feb, 19 at 9:20 am

            i am seeing below one of the post “My non cap filed on 15th march 2018 in California no updates till now” . they did not process march non cap petition at all . i am thinking now 🙁


            • V SHREEKRISHNAN
              V SHREEKRISHNAN 19 Feb, 19 at 11:28 am

              Hi Ramesh,
              I am the one with non cap filed in March at CSC with no updates so far. Though I have signed up for email notifications , I have never received any email from USCIS reg my petition. Since you have mentioned that you have got email notification, can you please
              Inform the complete URL where you have registered.


              • Sandeep
                Sandeep 19 Feb, 19 at 12:38 pm

                Hi Shreekrishnan,

                Even I am in the same boat.

                My H1-B amendment (non-cap) was filed with CSC on 05-APR-2018. Later on 14-JAN-2019, there was an update saying that the case was transferred to the new location (assuming it is to Vermont). After that there is no update and still awaiting approval.

                You can check your status at this new website, which is mostly accurate as per my observation : https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/

                Thanks,
                Sandeep.


                • V SHREEKRISHNAN
                  V SHREEKRISHNAN 19 Feb, 19 at 7:04 pm

                  Hi Sandeep. I have registered in the url that you have mentioned. But haven’t received any mail so far..most probably no action has been taken on my petition..lets hope for some decision soon.

                  Thanks
                  Shree


  165. Amit Garg
    Amit Garg 18 Feb, 19 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Need your suggestion currently my H1B extension/Amendment is in progress I received RFE few days back and waiting for the details from my company. My visa & i94 was expired on July’18 and now my 240 days period going to be completed on March’19.
    I checked with my company and they said I won’t work after 240 days but I saw some post and as per them in amendment+extension case we can after 240 days is there any proof/document which I can show to my company that prove I can work after 240 days. Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 8:19 pm

      Are you sure your H1B application has been filed as “Amendment + Extension”? If yes, then you can keep working after 240 days of i94 expiry.

      I also suggest to upgrade your H1B application to premium processing as you are too close to 240 day limit. It is better to get result faster than stopping work after 240 days, if your employer insists.


      • Amit Garg
        Amit Garg 18 Feb, 19 at 8:25 pm

        Yes my case filed as Amendment + Extension. And I am planning to convert my case to Premium when I will reply to RFE


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 8:51 pm

          As I have mentioned on the 240 day rule page link, it is a bit of gray area for H1B extension + Amendment application.
          So, if your employer and attorney are okay to let you keep working after 240 days, you should be fine.


          • sonali vibhute
            sonali vibhute 19 Feb, 19 at 7:35 pm

            Hi Anil, I also have the same issue. My extension was filed with extension/amendment but my company is saying I can’t stay after 240 days. Do you have any link for USCIS where I can check the details.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 19 Feb, 19 at 7:47 pm

              As i said in my H1B 240 day rule post, there is no official information from USCIS specifically for Amendment + Extension case.
              So, it is up-to you and your employer to take the final decision.

              Some employers allow it and others don’t.


  166. V SHREEKRISHNAN
    V SHREEKRISHNAN 18 Feb, 19 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My non cap filed on 15th march 2018 in California..no updates till now..the last updated date in my case also shows 16th march 2018.Does it mean no action has been taken so far?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 7:40 pm

      Yes, i think no action has been taken on your case. You are eligible for H1B premium processing upgrade now.


      • V SHREEKRISHNAN
        V SHREEKRISHNAN 18 Feb, 19 at 9:04 pm

        Thank you Anil..quite disturbing to note that there has been no status update so far..are the processing dates likely to extend more or we can expect results by next month?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 9:17 pm

          As per my opinion, regular application processing time may increase now that premium processing has been opened for certain applications.


          • V SHREEKRISHNAN
            V SHREEKRISHNAN 19 Feb, 19 at 8:59 pm

            Hi Anil,
            Got Rfe on my case on 19.2.19.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 19 Feb, 19 at 9:53 pm

              Thanks for sharing the update.


            • Ramesh Prk
              Ramesh Prk 20 Feb, 19 at 12:15 am

              you upgraded to premium for non cap petition? . USCIS portal is updated with current RFE status ?


              • V SHREEKRISHNAN
                V SHREEKRISHNAN 20 Feb, 19 at 12:58 am

                Did not upgrade to RFE..was in normal processing only..current status is updated in the portal also.


                • Ramesh Prk
                  Ramesh Prk 20 Feb, 19 at 5:12 am

                  oh thanks . did you get email notification ?


                  • V SHREEKRISHNAN
                    V SHREEKRISHNAN 20 Feb, 19 at 7:29 am

                    Yes..got email notification today.


  167. Ajitha
    Ajitha 18 Feb, 19 at 2:47 pm

    My case was filed in Nebraska on Oct 24th and there is no update yet. Today when I checked the case, LUD was showing as 02/12/2019. Does that mean anything is happening in my case or its just a system updated date ? Can you please help to understand this ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 7:40 pm

      LUD does not really mean anything useful. Your case is still under processing.


      • Ajitha
        Ajitha 18 Feb, 19 at 8:19 pm

        Thank you Anil for updating. May I know when I can expect a decision on my case as per the current trend ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 8:25 pm

          You can expect your H1B approval by March 20, 2019.


  168. Aneesh L
    Aneesh L 18 Feb, 19 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1b amendment+ extension was received on 15th May 2018 at California center and transferred to nebraska on 9th December 2018. When can I expect to receive the decision? Do i refer to Nebraska processing times or California? If so do I take the date of transfer to Nebraska as date of filing to calculate estimated processing time?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 1:40 pm

      Yes, its a good idea to check the new center i.e. Nebraska service center timeline now with the start date as case transfer date.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 1:40 pm

      You are also eligible for H1B premium processing upgrade. I suggest to upgrade.


  169. Mani
    Mani 17 Feb, 19 at 6:48 pm

    HI Anil,

    I transferred my H1B from Employer A to Employer B and Employer C and waiting for my status for B and C. My I94 expired on Dec-22-2018 and my employer B&C filed the H1B petition before my I94 expires.

    Currently I am working in Employer B with receipt notice.

    Question.
    1. If Employer B petition is denied then am I allowed to join in Employer C while Employer C petition is pending/approved?
    2. Employer B filed petition on Sep-26-2018. What would be the processing time for my petition?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 9:11 am

      You can join Employer C if Employer B petition is denied.
      Which service center has your Employer B applied at?


      • Mani
        Mani 18 Feb, 19 at 10:21 am

        1. Do I have to go to India for Stamping for joining in Employer C?
        2. Filed in California service center.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 11:06 am

          You cannot apply for stamping unless your H1B petition is approved. You can join Employer C based on receipt if its still pending.
          You will get a new i94 with the approval.
          California center is overloaded and you might get approval anywhere around August 2019 for employer B’s transfer application.


  170. Aparna
    Aparna 17 Feb, 19 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Our Current I94 expires on April2nd,2019 and so is my H4 EAD.

    My spouse is with Employer A, we applied for extension(H1+H4+H4 EAD Renewal) in normal Processing on October 26, 2018(Vermont). He Also got full time offer from Employer B. So, while applying H1 transfer we applied H1 & H4 Extension(California Service Center).

    Now, we are eligible for Premium Processing. My Spouse H1 petition with Employer A got RFE and we are preparing the documentation. I heard that it will take 3-4 weeks of time to attorney to submit RFE Response. But, by that time My EAD will expire and I will loose my Job.

    I have a question here,
    1. Can I again apply for EAD Renewal with Employer B while Upgrading my spouse H1 Petition?
    2. If I tag this EAD Renewal with H1 Petition, will it be Processed along with H1?
    3. If EAD does not go in Premium, will there be any problem as EAD Renewal with Employer A is Process?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Feb, 19 at 4:16 pm

      You can apply for H4 EAD renewal with Employer B while upgrading your application.

      What do you mean by tagging? All H4 EAD applications are automatically tagged to primary H1B. If you mean filing concurrently, then that option is not available now as you said you have already applied for H1B + H4 extension with employer B.

      H4 EAD will not be processed in premium now if you upgrade your employer B H1B to premium. There is no problem with EAD renewal either with Employer A or employer B.
      If you leave Employer A to join Employer B, then your H4 EAD with Employer might receive an RFE, at which point you can withdraw your application if you want.


  171. Priya Seshadri
    Priya Seshadri 16 Feb, 19 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have filled my HNSC petition on March 26 2018 am I eligible for premium processing now ?
    Thanks


  172. Skt skt
    Skt skt 15 Feb, 19 at 1:41 pm

    HI Anil, In egov.uscis.gov website, my H4 EAD staus shows as “New Card Is Being Produced”. But my H1B and H4 still show as “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction”. What does it mean? Does this means, H1B and H4 is approved , but not updated in egov.uscis.gov website yet.

    Thank you so much for all your support.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Feb, 19 at 1:54 pm

      Your H1B and H4 are also probably approved but the status is not reflecting online. Don’t worry.
      H1B and H4 approval is on the way. Enjoy.


      • Skt skt
        Skt skt 15 Feb, 19 at 2:05 pm

        Thank you so much Anil. You are really a great help for so many people.


  173. TZ
    TZ 14 Feb, 19 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I had approved H1B with company A initially, I-94 expired Sep 2019. I filed H1B transfer to company B Nov 2018, and joined company B based on receipt. The transfer is still in “received” status. Now I got a dream offer with company C.

    My questions:
    1. Can C still file a transfer for me?
    2. Can I join C based on receipt?
    3. Should I wait until Feb 19 and hopefully premium is reopened and then ask C to file premium transfer?
    4. If C files premium, should I ask B to upgrade to premium also? Otherwise will C be approved while B is still pending?

    Thanks for replying in advance!

    TZ


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 4:15 pm

      1. Company c can file H1B transfer for you.
      2. You can join company C based on H1B transfer receipt.
      3. There is no need to wait for premium processing to open. You can file now in regular and upgrade to Premium later if it opens up.
      4. Company C H1b can be approved while B’s petition is pending.


      • TZ
        TZ 14 Feb, 19 at 4:15 pm

        Thanks for the reply Anil! A little follow up for 2.
        If I join C based on receipt, and B withdraw my application from USCIS right away, will my bridge be broken? Based on my own research, when C is filing transfer, it’s transferring from B to C. So if B withdraws my application, the transfer with C will always be rejected. Is that correct?
        BTW company A already sent notice to USCIS to withdraw my application with them, and USCIS is currently reviewing it. Thus I don’t think C can file transfer from A. It has to be from B.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 4:28 pm

          Bridge comes into picture only if your i94 has expired. You said your i94 is valid up-to Sep 2019. So, you should be fine.


          • TZ
            TZ 14 Feb, 19 at 4:28 pm

            Got it. Thanks for replying!


  174. KY
    KY 14 Feb, 19 at 10:05 am

    Hi Anil,

    My Current Status with Employer A:
    I-94 Expiry : Feb 28
    Extension : Pending

    I am planning to Transfer H1B to employer B and I know filing of H1B transfer would not be possible before I-94 expiry. I want to avoid Bridge petition situation, Can you please advise what are my options here. I am even open to go back to India for a short while.

    Thanks,
    KY


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 10:17 am

      The best possible option is to file H1B transfer before i94 expiry.
      If you file H1B transfer i94 expiry and stay in USA, your h1B extension will automatically become bridge petition. You can’t do anything.

      If you go out of US after i94 expiry, you cannot enter back in US before your H1B transfer is approved and you have a valid H1b visa stamp. This could potentially mean a waiting time of about 7-12 months keeping in mind the current processing times.


      • KY
        KY 14 Feb, 19 at 11:09 am

        Appreciate your quick response.

        I don’t think I have the time to get my H1B transfer done before I-94 expiry and my Employer A doesn’t have any project for me as of now so most probably I would be asked to travel back to India within few months.
        On other hand I have cleared interview with Company B and if Premium Processing opens by Feb 19, could I still ask them to file my transfer when I would be in India and once it approves I could travel back after stamping. Keeping in mind my Extension applied by employer A is still in pending status.

        Do you think this scenario is feasible or what would you advise in this scenario?

        Thanks,
        Kratik


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 19 at 11:21 am

          Yes, you can do it.


          • KY
            KY 15 Feb, 19 at 10:25 am

            Thanks a lot Anil for your prompt responses!


  175. Mraj
    Mraj 13 Feb, 19 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My extension + Amendment filed at California on May 2018 and Responded RFE on December 2018.When can i expect the results?.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Feb, 19 at 5:10 pm

      You can expect your H1B application result by end of March 2019.


  176. Raja
    Raja 13 Feb, 19 at 9:33 am

    Hi Anil, I have my filed H1b extension at Nebraska on 23rd OCT 2018, when can i expect the result.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Feb, 19 at 11:05 am

      You can expect result on or before March 3rd week end.


  177. thinker
    thinker 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

    Hi,

    What is RFE approval rate in Vermont center? Can you please share if you have a data?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 4:04 pm

      Sorry, we do not have RFE approval rate data.


  178. P_K
    P_K 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Anil

    My extension was filed in nov 2018 in calufornia center and moved to vermont in jan 2019 and in process..my curret i797 and i94 expired in dec2018..is it safe to transfer to new employer when my current extrnsion is in process?pls advice


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 4:04 pm

      I do not recommend to file a transfer at this stage after your i94 expiry.
      It is better to first get your H1B result and then file H1B transfer.


  179. Prakash
    Prakash 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Currently i have an I94 expiring August 2019 but i have a valid Visa and approved petition till Marc 2020. I had short I94 because My passport expired before Petition but anyhow i renewed my passport recently.I tried reaching a CBP office in Indiana but they told me to apply for Extension with USCIS. Please guide me is there is a way I get my I94 extended without leaving US.


  180. RM
    RM 12 Feb, 19 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I just got the H1b cap 2019 case approved after getting RFE – the lawyers filed premium processing and got the approval within a week. The concern is that the visa duration is 2.5 years instead of the usual 3 years. Does it affect chances of extension etc. – does it mean that USCIS think my role is temporary? (it is not, it is a permanent position for a reputed product software company with HQ in Bay Area). Is there a likelihood of getting issues when needing extension? Thank you.


    • RM
      RM 12 Feb, 19 at 5:08 pm

      Just for your data point, my RFE was about missing – it was about this “requested evidence that the petition is supported by a Labor Condition Application. “. Even though the LCA was filed with the application.RFE on 31st Jan, RFE response with premium processing filed on 4th Feb and got answer on 12th Feb – at California service center.


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 6:00 pm

        You can’t really guess if there will be an RFE at the time of extention.
        As per my opinion, if this is a direct hire product company position, the chances of RFE at extension are 1%.

        So, no need to worry.


        • RM
          RM 20 Feb, 19 at 1:43 pm

          Thank you Anil.
          This is very valuable information in the comments. Wonder if it can be made easier to search through the comments themselves, right now you have to keep “loading” and then using browser search. Just something to consider for improving the website.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 3:29 pm

            Thanks for the feedback. We are working on creating separate post/page for each meaningful question and answer. That way, you can directly search (using custom Google search on our website or on google.com directly) and you will be taken directly to the page with relevant question and its answer.

            We ourselves felt the need to do it too to share the past answers and have started work on it.

            We appreciate your feedback.


  181. Nikhil
    Nikhil 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

    Hello Anil,

    Currently I am in USA in H1B status (as a consultant) but with expired I-94 ( Jan 4th 2019). My H1-B extension regular processing was filed on Dec 21st 2019 in Nebraska Center. My client provided contract extension till May 30th 2019. which was submitted as supporting doc along with the extension package. Assuming my visa extension gets approved for 6 months, by the time I get my approval notice it will be almost time for expiry.

    I am actively looking for a new employer but incase I couldn’t find any within time fame, I am planning to fly back to India around April 30th ( while the petition is still pending) and get H4 stamping. Then I will return to US in H4.

    Do you think this might cause some issues with my H4 stamping ? What will happen if my H1B extension gets approved after I get my H4 stamping?

    Thanks
    Nik


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

      ## H1B extention will be approved with consular processing
      If you leave USA while your H1B extention is pending, then your extension, if approved, will be approved with consular processing.

      It means that you will have to go out of USA, get H1B stamp and re-enter using H1b visa.

      ## H4 to H1B in USA
      If you’re in USA on H4 visa and then your H-1B extension gets approved, then, you will have to file H-1B change of status application to convert your status from H4 to H-1B change of status.

      You cannot start working unless the H4 to H-1B change of status application gets approved this is a big mess.

      Or you will have to go outside USA, get H1B stamp and re-enter USA using H1B visa.
      This is much faster than waiting for H4 to H1B COS in USA.


      • Nikhil
        Nikhil 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

        Thank you so much for the info.

        Since my current I94 is expired but H1B extension in pending , will it cause any issue in my H4 stamping in India ( planning on end of April)? Do I need to provide any document to prove my status in US ( from I94 expiry date till end of April)?
        Thanks


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

          H4 stamping should not be an issue. It is probably the most safest visa at this time!
          You do not need to provide any extra proof for your status but it is good to carry your H1B extension pending notice of receipt, in case visa officer asks for it.

          You may want to see the H4 Visa stamping Checklist here.


          • Nikhil
            Nikhil 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

            thanks again.


  182. Venkat G
    Venkat G 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks Anil. also filled H4 and H4 EAD along with my H1B, today H4-EAD case status updated to “New card is produced ” but H1 and H4 status not updated yet. Will they approve H4EAD before approving H1B?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

      Normally, they do not approve H4 EAD before H4 and h1B extension approval.
      But, we are seeing weird decision pattern from USCIS and this is visible in many cases.

      If your H4 EAD is approved, you are lucky and the chances are very high that your H4 and H1B approvals are on their way pretty soon.
      Enjoy and congratulations!


      • Venkat G
        Venkat G 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

        Thanks Anil, I’ve received my H1b and H4 approval copies today but my H1b validity has typo in validate dates from 10/26/2018 to 1026/2018 and I-94 validate dates are correct 10/26/2018 to 11/5/2021. No date issue with H4 approval notice(3 years)
        I’ve created online service request for typo in validation dates. do you know how long will it take? is there any way to check status online?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

          It can take 30+ days to get correction. Congratulations for your approvals.


  183. Vijay Sharma
    Vijay Sharma 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My employer is starting my extension ASAP as i have valid approval until Apr 2019.

    My Wife’s H4 VISA and I 94 is expired and was valid until March 2018 though. Can i raise a drop box request for her and get her visa stamping done and then she can travel back and ask for the H4 extension once she will in USA.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

      Yes, you can check if your wife is eligible for dropbox using this app.

      You are actually too close to your current approval’s expiry and may just make in time if your wife moves fast enough and file everything within Feb.
      You may want to see H4 visa stamping checklist.


      • Vijay Sharma
        Vijay Sharma 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

        Yes Anil. I can expedite the process to get everything ready in Feb also i checked in the Dropbox eligibility app and answers all the questions and found the attached approval that means she is eligible for drop box facility right? and also if i can expedite and complete the DS 160 form with all the required documents (for dropbox) then she can travel back without any hurdle?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

          If she can get H4 visa stamp before your current H1B approval expires, she can travel with no issues.


          • Vijay Sharma
            Vijay Sharma 12 Feb, 19 at 3:50 pm

            @@SoanT:disqus She might not have Marriage certificate and Employment verification letter – Original in original (as she is in India and these original i have in USA with me). Is copy of marriage Certificate and EVL is good enough for stamping?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 9:19 pm

              Normally, the visa officer may not even ask to show these documents. But, we recommend to carry them in original as a precaution.
              I suggest to mail (by post) them to your wife.


  184. Sayyed
    Sayyed 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi Anil, Thank you very much for your effort in this regard. My employer filed an extension plus amendment in May 2018 @ California center and my I 94 expired on 6 Sept 2018. I got a case denial notice on 1st November and I left USA on 24 November(Stopped working on the same day I got notice). My employer filed a new petition at California center and receipt date is 21 Dec 18. I’m waiting for premium to get resumed. God willing if my petition is approved, Am I still eligible for drop box since I’m applying through the same employer and same class. I did check the app and based on it I’m eligible for drop box. Do you recommend to go for a drop box as my petition was denied earlier.
    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      Petition denial is different than Visa denial. If you checked using am22’s Dropbox eligibility page, then you are good to go for dropbox.
      But, please note that it is not guaranteed that if you are eligible for dropbox, then they won’t call you for interview.

      We are seeing in lot of cases that they do call for interview after you drop you documents in dropbox facility if the US embassy thinks that they need more information.
      So, plan accordingly.


  185. AshokBoyina
    AshokBoyina 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am in very confusion situation, I got RFE on JAN 14 2019 and my attorney responded on Feb 4 2019 and USCIS status got changed to Denied( Desision Notice Mailed) Feb 6 Today early morning.It typically need to show RFE Response received but that is not happened in my case. Do you think this way it can happen?


    • AshokBoyina
      AshokBoyina 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      Just to add Mine was in Normal processing Ammendment + Extension. We filled H4 extension also with my H1 but H4 status is showing as Case received.


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

        Sorry to hear that.
        It is possible that USCIS skipped the status of ‘RFE received’.
        The chances are high that your case has been denied. Please check with Attorney as they will receive the official letter from USCIS with the reasons for denial.


        • AshokBoyina
          AshokBoyina 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

          Hi Anil,

          Today My case is changed to “Correspondence Was Received And USCIS Is Reviewing It” Which means RFE Response received and yesterday status is just an Technical issue?

          One More general question. Is there is an cooling period to file one more extension with same client and location immediately after current extension denies


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

            Ok.. that gives some oxygen and a sign of relief.
            Looks like USCIS is messing up in big way these days.

            There is no cooling off period time.
            But, unless you fix the denial reason, you new application money is going to be wasted with one more denial.

            Also, if the denial comes after your i94 has expired, then you can’t work simply on the basis on filing another extension.

            So, plan accordingly.


  186. murali krishna
    murali krishna 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi Anil,

    Good Morning.

    My H1b transfer filed on 9th Jan at California center, on 1st feb my cases was transferred to some another center still notice needs to get.
    Ask – Which date i need to consider whether filed date 9th Jan or case transferred date 1st feb.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      You can consider your case transfer date to new service center to track your case progress. That will give you a better tracking time.


      • murali krishna
        murali krishna 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

        thanks for your efforts it is really appreciated


  187. Sonali
    Sonali 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi Anil,

    My H1b transfer got approved but my I94 is expiring by the end of the month. Do I need to leave and reenter US to get a new I94 or can I keep working until my I797 expiration date? My present I94 has F1 as visa category, I never left the country on H1b. If I leave the country, I will have to get visa stamping, is India the only option for getting visa stamp or can I visit Canada as its hardly 3 hrs drive from where I live. Please suggest what should I do. Thank you in advance 🙂


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      How did you file H1B transfer without getting into H1B first?
      Wasn’t your H1B filed with H1B Change of status?

      Please give full information for me to answer to-the-point.


      • Sonali
        Sonali 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

        I got my H1b in 2016. I went to India in Jan 2016 on F1 and never left the country after getting H1b on Oct 2016. Last year I changed jobs and filed for an H1b transfer which is now approved.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

          I am still not clear about what you are saying.
          You went to India or USA?

          You were working on F1 visa or H1B till last year?


          • Sonali
            Sonali 10 Feb, 19 at 12:26 pm

            Sorry for the confusion.. Here is my story in detail –
            I came to USA for masters in 2011 on F1 visa. I completed my masters and worked for a while on opt. I visited India in Jan 2016 while on opt which explains the class of admission as F1 on I94 . I was selected in lottery April 2016 and Oct 1st 2016 I begin working on H1b. I never got a chance to visit India after this. Last year I change my job on H1b transfer receipt notice and now my H1b transfer is approved but my I94 is expiring end of this month. I hope this makes things clear.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

              If i understand it correctly, you filed your H1B with COS and were present physically in US prior to Oct 1, 2016.

              If that’s correct, then you must have got a new i94 with H1B status with your H1B approval and change your status from F1 to H1B on Oct 1, 2016.

              Now, on your H1B transfer approval, you should have got a new i94 again.

              There is no need to leave to get stamping if you do not want to.


              • Sonali
                Sonali 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

                Yes, I was present in USA when my H1b was filed but I am not sure if H1b was filed with COS. I do see a I94 record on my approval notice but it has no new expiration date. It only shows my I94 no, name, dob and cob. When I check my I94 on cbp website, I see the old one with F1 status. Am I missing something or looking in the wrong place?


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

                  Looks like you have ignored everything.
                  But, USCIS does not pardon you for your ignorance.

                  If you did not get a new i94 with H1B approval in Oct 2016, you could have not worked on H1B without going out and re-entering USA.
                  Since you never went out and have been working in USA, it means that you got a the new i94 attached to H1B i797.

                  After this, you have got the H1B Transfer approved which would have got you a new i94 again attached for transfer i797 approval notice.
                  Your status on this paper i94 should be shown as H1B with 3 year validity.

                  If that’s true, then There is no need to go out of US for stamping unless you want to.


                • Sonali
                  Sonali 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

                  Just for more information, I got no new paper I94 attached with my first H1b application or the current H1b transfer application approval notice.


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

                    If you did not get a new i94, how did you change your status to H1B and started working on H1B?

                    You never left USA. Right? How can you stay in US without a valid i94?

                    You are definitely missing something. Check your H1B i797A form.


  188. Ankit Agarwal
    Ankit Agarwal 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi Anil,
    I recently changed employers and joined the new employer on H1 transfer receipt. The transfer was file in Mid October. My previous employer filed amendment for client change in June 2018. When i was joining my new employer. my previous employer told me he will will be withdrawing/revoking my H1 tied to him. Few days ago, I saw activity on the amendment petition that my case has transferred to a different service center. If it was revoked, why is there any activity on it? Would it cause any issues with my transfer application? My old H! had I94 validity until August 2019. After revoking, does that I-94 validity goes away as well?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      ## H1B Amendment transferred for new USCIS service center
      The chances are high that your old employer has not applied for revocation of H1B Amendment and it is still active.

      If they had withdrawn it, the status would show as ‘Withdrawn’ online.

      ## Pending H1B Amendment from Old employer with H1B transfer – Issues
      There are no issues as such with pending H1B Amendment as your i94 is still valid.

      In-fact, it is good for you that the old employer has not withdrawn the H1B yet.
      In case your H1B transfer gets denied, you can go back to old employer and start working for him as long as the petition is still pending or approved or has not been withdrawn.


  189. srini
    srini 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi Anil, Last year my wife’s H1B extension was denied, then she went to India and came back on H4, now in USA on H4. Now a new employer is planning to file H1B transfer+extension with premium processing, if premium processing is available from 02/19, then she will start work after approval. Her H4 i-94 expired on 1st Dec 19, her H4 extension is pending in normal process since 11th Sep 19. Question: If she gets H1B approval and later H4 extension approval, does it change her status from H1 to H4? Safe deal may be withdraw H4 after H1 approval, but if withdraw is not filed, will it have impact?


    • srini
      srini 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      Correction: i-94 expired on 1st Dec 2018


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

        The status will depend on which application gets result first.
        If H1B application with COS is approved first and H4 is still pending, her status will change from H4 to H1B. In this case, you SHOULD file for H4 withdrawal.

        But, the problem is that if you withdraw H4, the time period between i94 expiry and the date of H1B approval will become ‘OUT OF STATUS’ due to i94 expiry.

        If you do not file H4 withdrawal and H4 is approved after H1B, USCIS may change her status back to H4 on application approval.

        So, your situation has become complex as you have waited too long to file H1B. Ideally you should have filed H1B transfer before i94 expiry to keep things clear.


        • srini
          srini 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

          Employer was waiting for premium processing, since she cannot start work on receipt. (H1B extension denied, so need approval to start work). If they go by normal process, client will not wait and in case of RFE they cannot submit client letter or any other documents related to client. Now I am not sure what to do with this. If H1 approved first and H4 later, then she may have to raise request for change status from H4 to H1, in that case, usually how much time it takes? Can she continue work during that period?


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

            Change of status from H4 to H1B can take a long time and depends on service center. She cannot work during the time she has status as H4.


            • srini
              srini 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

              Okay, then one fine day, she will go back to India and get H1 Visa stamping, she is eligible for dropbox, so no need to wait for appointment, then she will enter US with H1. Hope that will solve all problems.


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

                Yes, that’s probably the fastest option to convert to H1b in your case.


  190. Rahul
    Rahul 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi,
    I got approval for H1B and H4 extension. However,H4 is approved for 1 year less than H1B and also H4’s passport is not expiring by that date.
    Is it possible that USCIS did some mistake in this case ?If so what are the options?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      It could be a mistake. Talk to your attorney and they can contact USCIS for clarification.
      or you can call USCIS for H4 yourself.


  191. Pavan
    Pavan 9 Feb, 19 at 10:15 am

    Thanks Anil. One important question for me is, since I already got my extension approved and have the i797 in hand, can I go to India and do stamping even if the amendment for change of work location is pending? The employer is same, the ammendment is to change the work location for my new client.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:45 am

      Officially, Yes, you can travel and get your H1B stamp based on current H1B extension approval.
      But, it is still risky given that your H1B Amendment is pending and I do not recommend travel unless it is absolutely required.


      • Pavan
        Pavan 9 Feb, 19 at 10:45 am

        Appreciate your responses Anil. Thank you!


  192. ananth
    ananth 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

    but the 31st has already passed and I’ve been extended for another 6 months. I understand you may not guess their response but would they consider the fact that there are extensions possible and ask for more documents?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

      It depends on if they want to request more documents or not. You mentioned that they already requested documents in second RFE.

      Did USCIS ask for updated project SOW in your second RFE or not? If not, what was asked in second RFE?
      Also, did you submit new project SOW with your second RFE?


      • Ananth
        Ananth 10 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

        I don’t believe a new SOW was requested and we didn’t send the new SOW. The extension happend on exactly dec 31st the last day of my response


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

          What documents were requested in first RFE and second RFE?


          • Ananth
            Ananth 11 Feb, 19 at 8:13 am

            Project details and client letter


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 1:52 pm

              Then, your employer would have submitted the Project SOW. These days USCIS is pretty strict with respect to SOW validity dates and are issuing H1B only till the validity.
              You would be lucky if you get a full 3 year H1B with a short SOW.


  193. GKR
    GKR 9 Feb, 19 at 10:07 am

    Hello Anil,

    Is there a way to check from the petition that if it is filed for just extension or extension + amendment.
    My company said that it has filed for an extension + amendment, but I just want to be sure.
    Sorry for being naive.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

      If you have access to I-129 form that your employer filled, you can find out easily. A sample is available here in this article.


      • GKR
        GKR 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

        Thank you. I really appreciate your help. In general will the employer share the I-129 to the employees?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

          Well, yes, you can ask for it if they have not shared it.


          • GKR
            GKR 11 Feb, 19 at 8:13 am

            Will do. Thanks again.


  194. Suresh
    Suresh 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

    I didn’t traveled to India since I got H1B so my i-94 says “D/S” but my H1 expires on JAN 27.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

      When you changed your status to H1B (assuming you were on F1 earlier), you would have got a NEW i94 attached to your H1B i797A notice of approval.
      Check the expiry date on it and that would define your visa stay.
      Most probably, it would be same as your H1B expiry i.e. Jan 27, 2019.


  195. Vinod Mandavkar
    Vinod Mandavkar 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

    Hi Anil,
    My petition got approved with validity until July 2020.
    My employer is asking to submit passport scan copy with at least 1 year validity for Visa stamping. But, my passport is valid until October 2019(10 months from now). For Visa stamping, passport should have at least 1 year validity?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

      The official rule is that passport should be valid for at-least 6 months at the time of visa application stamping request.

      1 year is probably a conservative rule set up by your employer.


      • Vinod Mandavkar
        Vinod Mandavkar 9 Feb, 19 at 10:19 am

        Thanks for clarifying, Anil!


      • Vinod Mandavkar
        Vinod Mandavkar 9 Feb, 19 at 10:42 am

        Hi Anil,
        I am eligible for DropBox Facility.
        But just to be sure I would like to know, from you, if this is applicable for Cap Exempt Petitions as well? or just for Visa extensions?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:46 am

          The tool evaluates based on the official rules set up by US embassy in India for Dropbox. If you correctly answered all questions, you should be eligible.
          Dropbox is ONLY for visa stamping and not for petitions.
          So, the questions have to be answered keeping in mind the OLD visa stamp and NOT old petition. Petition and Visa stamp are two separate things.


  196. DineshKumar Sundararaju
    DineshKumar Sundararaju 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

    Hi Anil,

    My I94 was expired on 31-DEC-2018. My H1B extension is filed on 18th Dec 2018 with Nebraska Service Center. I need to travel to India in end of Feb-2019 due to some personal reason. My company is not ready to do premium. I have few question related to my travel.

    1. can I travel to India during Extension processing?
    2. Will it affect the extension result If I travel to India without getting the result?
    3. If Extension got rejected after I travel to India,will it cause any issue in coming back to US or getting visa for any other country in future as I am staying here after I94 expiry date?.
    4. Is there any other risk in travelling to India?

    Kindly need your help on this.

    Thanks!!!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

      I have covered travel while H1B extension pending issues in detail here (it has answers to all your questions):


      • DineshKumar Sundararaju
        DineshKumar Sundararaju 9 Feb, 19 at 10:42 am

        Thanks Anil… Sorry for asking again. can you please make it clear for this question.

        Will it affect the extension result If I travel to India without getting the result?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:26 pm

          Extension decision will both be affected but you may not get new i94 with the approval.
          In that case, you will have to go out of USA again and re-enter to get new i94 as per extended approval.


          • DineshKumar Sundararaju
            DineshKumar Sundararaju 11 Feb, 19 at 8:12 am

            Thanks Anil…


  197. Manas
    Manas 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

    Hi,
    My extension was filed in CSC on November’2018, if the processing time are so long what option do I have if my 240 days of stay is over? I will complete 240 days in Aug’19 and if I get a RFE after 8 months what all options I have.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

      If it is pure extension application, then you should stop working after 240 days. It is better to upgrade the application to Premium on 200 day mark though than to stop working.


      • Manas
        Manas 9 Feb, 19 at 10:42 am

        Thank you for the reply, I cannot do Extension in premium (as of now) because my case is Extension+Amendment, in that case can I work beyond 240 Days?

        Another question, if this extension is still in progress can I also file for an H1 extension with another employer?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:10 pm

          If you read the link that i shared earlier, it has clear answer to your question of working after 240 days with explanation.

          You can file H1B transfer while extension is in progress. But, it is a risky after i94 expiry. I have covered H1B transfer risks here separately.


          • Manas
            Manas 10 Feb, 19 at 12:26 pm

            Thank you, I did read that link and from what I understand I can work beyond 240 days if it is Extension+Amendment.

            Thanks again for the quick response.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:15 am

              Yep, that’s correct.


  198. Shan
    Shan 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

    Hi,
    my H1B extn was filed on Sep 10,2018 @ CSC. Now as on Jan 15,2019 the location was transfered (dont know where it is ). How to know the SC details also when can I expect the decision status if it is Vermont OR Nebraska.

    Also can I try to switch job in this processing period or should I wait till h1b extn gets approved with current employer?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

      Your employer will get an official letter with the new service center name.

      Switching jobs while extension is pending is safe only if your i94 is still valid. If i94 has expired, then it is better to wait for approval. H1B transfer risks.


      • Shan
        Shan 9 Feb, 19 at 10:42 am

        thanks for the quick reply. based on the receipt date/transfer date – Vermont or Nebreska – When will be able to know the decision?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:10 pm

          First step is to find out which service center it has gone to.


          • Shan
            Shan 10 Feb, 19 at 12:29 pm

            Hi Anil – Just came to know that my case has been transferred to Nebreska. When can we expect the decision? Thanks !


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

              I think it will take 2 months for you to see the result.


              • Shan
                Shan 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

                Hi Anil, As on Feb 01 – My case status got changed to RFE. my employer yet to get the notice from USCIS. If we repsond with the required documents by Feb end or March mid. When can we expect the decision ? RFE cases have different timeline or order to get processed? thanks again.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:29 pm

                  RFE cases do not have any separate timeline. Some get response within 60 days and some get it in more than 90 days.


                • Shan
                  Shan 10 Apr, 19 at 11:45 am

                  Hi Anil, My employer has responded for my RFE case. By when I can expect the result at max? Thanks


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 2:45 pm

                    There is no fixed timeline. RFEs are taking anywhere between 60-100 days to get a response.


              • Shan
                Shan 3 May, 19 at 1:11 pm

                Hi Anil, As per USCIS status page Vermont center had received my RFE documents as on Apr 24,2019.

                “On April 24, 2019, we received your response to our Request for Evidence for your Form I-129 at our Vermont Service Center office”

                AS per latest processing times (though there is no separate for RFE) any idea when I can get to know the decision. Thanks for your continuous support to all.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 3 May, 19 at 1:11 pm

                  Average RFE review response time is 60+ days these days.


  199. Anuj
    Anuj 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have a quick question , which way is better to provide your engagement with US Client.
    -SOW
    -Client letter.

    Scenario:- Client letter validity is greater than SOW.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

      USCIS requires both these days.


  200. Sonali
    Sonali 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi.. I changed jobs and filled my H1b on 6 Nov. I have joined the company on the receipt notice and used my i94 to validate the I9 document. My transfer is still pending and my i94 expires on March 31st 2019. My employers keeps asking for a new document so that he can renew i94. Can you please suggest what should I do.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      You can keep working legally based on receipt number even after your i94 expires.
      Tell them your situation and they should know about it.

      Its pretty normal. You will not get a new i94 until your H1B transfer is approved.


      • Sonali
        Sonali 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

        Thank you for your reply. This helps a lot!


  201. Skt skt
    Skt skt 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    HI Anil, Thank you so much for all your kind support. Have some question.

    My H1B transfer is applied on 27th Sept in CSC center. I got email and text message on 23 Jan by saying that my case transferred to different office. When I checked by alling the number 800 375 5283 1,1,1 , it says my H1B is still in CSC and my wife’s H4 and H4 EAD transferred to Vermont. Also I got mail notice for my wife by saying her H4 and H4 EAD moved to Vermont. But did not get any notification for my H1B. When I checked with my attorney, they said they did not get any notification. I am little confused. I am in impression that H1B, H4 and H4 EAD , all has to be in same center.

    Any suggestion?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      No, it’s not mandatory for all applications to be at same center.
      USCIS can move them separately anywhere.


      • Skt skt
        Skt skt 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

        Thank you so much Anil. Then how H4 and H4 EAD are going to be approved. Because they both depend on my H1B approval.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:41 am

          USCIS officer will wait for the result of concurrently filed H1B application to be approved first.


  202. Aneesh
    Aneesh 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks Anil for spending time to provide detailed clarifications to everyone.
    Do you think whether California processing time comes down once they distribute the applications to other service centers as well to balance the workload ?


  203. Leo
    Leo 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    I am not sure if I can ask this question here.
    I94 expired and filed transfer before expiry, still in pending status at Vermont center. In next few days, exhausting 240 days.
    Enquired at local DMV for extension of driver’s license and they won’t help. How to go about driving in states after 240 days?
    Have India Driving License in hand.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

      Unfortunately, there is no way to get driving license after 240 days if the DMV is not helping.
      The max that DMV can give is driving license for 240 days after i94 expiry and that too if they can verify your lawful status with USCIS SAVE system.

      I suggest to upgrade your application to premium and get result faster. Else, you will have to use Uber (don’t drive it as that’s illegal on H1B:))


  204. srini
    srini 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Anil, Please suggest with my critical case. I was working with company A. On Sep 11th 2018, I field H1B transfer to Company B @ California center and started working with B from Oct 8th 2018 on receipt number. My case was transferred to Nebraska on 01/09. My 240 days from H1B expiry date will be over by end of Jul 2019. I field the transfer with the client letter and I am still working with the same client. There is a possibility that, my employer will lose this client in a next 2/3 months or bit later. Now my questions are 1) If I get RFE and by that time I do not have this client, then I may have to withdraw my case, then I will not have valid receipt # and approved H1B. Then if I file a new case with new client letter before withdraw of the current case, can I continue? 2) Though I am working with company B, since the transfer is not yet approved (means I am not yet transferred, but working on B payroll), can I apply for extension from company A (previous employer), instead of transfer to A or it should be a transfer again though current transfer is not approved? If extension is allowed can I go for premium? do we have premiums open for extensions?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

      Your employer will NOT file a new H1B if you get RFE. They will respond to RFE with new client’s letter to keep the application active.
      If you withdraw the H1B, you will immediately be ‘OUT OF STATUS’.

      Your old employer A can file for H1B extension but, it is a risky process now that your i94 has already expired. It will be a ‘transfer’ application again.

      That is the reason I ask people to not join any consultancy company without transfer approval as it adds un-necessary complication once your i94 expires.

      Premium processing is NOT available yet for transfers.


      • srini
        srini 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

        Anil, Thanks for the information


  205. Vinod
    Vinod 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Will i be able to do a license renewal if i have a receipt which was filed with Nebraska? I am from Memphis Tennessee and i am not sure on what are all the documents which are needed for the Driving License renewal. If you can shed some light on this it would be very helpful. My current i-94 expires on Feb 22 2019 and i have already filed for extension.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      Most state’s DMV have the process of verifying the lawful presence when H1B is pending with USCIS. I wrote the process for Texas here earlier for someone’s question (Check with Tennessee DMV to see if they have the same process).


  206. RM
    RM 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My new H1B case was received in May 2018 and yesterday I was told that I was issued an RFE. I am already on L1B visa and was not expecting it at all. Anyways my company is going for premium processing now:

    A couple of questions:
    1. How many percentage of cases are given RFE in 2018? What kind of RFEs are most common?

    2. With premium processing I am guaranteed to get answer within 15 days of submitting RFE?
    3. Basic question (maybe stupid) – given the long wait times how do people change jobs on H1B? I know they can work on receipt which arrives in around 2 months, but the actual approval can take a long time, RFE is possible, and even denial? What are their options if that happens? Is it better to always g ofor premium processing and get an answer before changing jobs?

    Thanks,
    RM


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      1. Most common RFE is to prove employer employee relationship if you work for a consultancy firm and have an end client project.

      2. Premium processing guarantees result in 15 calendar days.

      3. Yes, it is ALWAYS good to file in premium, get the transfer approval and then join the new employer. At this time premium processing is suspended for transfer applications though.
      If you join new employer on receipt and your i94 expires, you can be in serious trouble if transfer is denied.
      I have covered H1B transfer scenarios here separately.


      • RM
        RM 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

        Thank you.

        Thing is my employer is my petitioner and I worked for same compans branch back in India for 10 yrs. Currently on L1B since 2016.Thats why its surprising to have RFE.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:41 am

          It depends on what documents have been requested in RFE.
          H1B requirements are strict with respect to employer employee relationship and daily work control than L1 visa.

          So, don’t be surprised if they have asked for more proofs.


  207. Anurag Malaviya
    Anurag Malaviya 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi

    My h1b extension got transferred from CSC to Vermont on Jan 24th, when should I expect the result? Also, I checked H4 processing time(I-539) in Vermont center on USCIS website and it shows 12 to 15.5 months, if I upgrade my h1 extension to premium will they also consider my wife’s H4 I-539 as a premium processing case or do I need to file for it separately?

    Thanks
    Anurag


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

      H4 applications are not eligible for Premium processing.
      If you upgrade your H1B to premium, the chances are high that only H1B will be processed in premium and not H4.

      If at the time of filing H1B + H4, the premium option is chosen, the chances are high that they approve both in premium timeline.


      • Anurag Malaviya
        Anurag Malaviya 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

        Ok thanks. Looking at the Vermont processing time(2.5-4 months) I should expect a result by April under regular processing?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

          Yes, your estimate is correct.


  208. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Have you guys heard the ICE arrests of Day 1 CPT students (mostly Indian) today?
    https://www.am22tech.com/ice-arrests-university-of-farmington-day-1-cpt-students/

    Day 1 CPT is dangerous and can spoil your career in US. Please don’t opt for it. You will lose your money and your chances of coming back to US ever too.


  209. Vijay Sharma
    Vijay Sharma 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil, @anil gupta

    While I joined the new employer in April 2018. my wife’s I 94 was expired and I was having the validity until June 2018. Now my case preliminary review done in CSC ( primary) to Vermont service center. Do we have any percentage for denial of the transfer application or is it safe for transfer?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      The transfer application’s denial or approval depends on the paperwork submitted by your employer.
      There is no percentage data available with me as such.


      • Vijay Sharma
        Vijay Sharma 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

        Ok I understand it but the question for Impact due to I94 expiration. Is there any impact on h1 transfer status due to this issue.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:41 am

          You filed H1B transfer AFTER your i94 expiry or before i94 expired?
          Filing transfer before or after I94 makes a big difference.
          https://www.am22tech.com/h1b-transfer/


          • Vijay Sharma
            Vijay Sharma 9 Feb, 19 at 2:10 pm

            I filed it before my I94 expire but my wife’s I94 was expired as it was tagged with her passport expiration date.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

              Answer these:
              1. Did you get a new i94 for your wife to match her H4 approval?
              2. When did you file H4 extension? Before your wife’s i94 expiry or after i94 expiry?


              • Vijay Sharma
                Vijay Sharma 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

                Her I94 expired before H4 extension and mine was valid when I filed for H1 transfer. I did not get any new I94 for her as the VISA validity and her passport expiration was very close. Our ViSA was valid until May 2018 and her passport expires in March 2018.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 1:49 pm

                  So, your wife is staying is US without new i94?


                  • Vijay Sharma
                    Vijay Sharma 11 Feb, 19 at 1:49 pm

                    No. My family is in India from Oct 2018 and I know they can not come back until approval comes and that’s the reason I am asking for denial / approval percentage in this scenario and the case is now transferred to Vermont from California after preliminary review.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:29 pm

                      So, what is your question then? I am confused as you did not clearly mention all the details in your first question.
                      i94 comes into picture only if the person is present in USA. Since your H4 dependent is in India, they are out of picture.

                      Can you elaborate on what is your confusion with H1B transfer?


                    • Vijay Sharma
                      Vijay Sharma 12 Feb, 19 at 3:50 pm

                      Confusion was on I 94 expiration only as i was in impression I 94 expiration can impact H1 transfer approval to new center (from CSC to Vermont). Is there any chances for that now?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 3:54 pm

                      H1B transfer has been filed for you and your i94 matters in that case. You said your filed before i94 expiry, so you are fine.


                    • Vijay Sharma
                      Vijay Sharma 12 Feb, 19 at 8:59 pm

                      Ok. Got it then. Thanks Anil.


  210. RajMN
    RajMN 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi my spouse compamy filed for H1B extension and her receipt dated October 12th 2018 (California Service Center – WAC) and the case transferred to Nebraska center on Dec 17th. When can we expect decision ? Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      You can expect decision on or before April first week.


      • RajMN
        RajMN 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

        Thanks for the reply. Can she apply premium processing once it is open up on Feb 20, 2019 for all non-cap H1B applications ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

          Yes, an application can be upgraded to premium processing anytime, if PP is available.


  211. bunny
    bunny 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    H1 B in extesnion on oct 10th with employer A and client A application transferred to vermont jan 23rd,
    changed project to clinet B with same employer, same job title and same salary, different location but same MSA.
    Do i need to file amendment while my extension is already on process? what steps do i need to take as my I94 expired on dec 31st 2018 same with my H1 B.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      If you only changed the job location within same MSA, you only need to post LCA and no amendment is required.


      • bunty
        bunty 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

        its different client still the same ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

          Generally, it is allowed to work for different client in same MSA without filing Amendment.
          But, you should still confirm with your employer to see if anything else has changed with respect to your job duties or not.


          • bunny
            bunny 9 Feb, 19 at 10:41 am

            JOb duties are same , Thanks for the info..


  212. Jay
    Jay 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil, My case was filed with Nebraska on 23-Aug-2018. Currently its is processing the receipt date for 20-Aug-2018. When can i expect the results? are they processing based on their receipt date. Still my status is “Case was received”. As per my understanding they already started processing my application.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

      You can expect anytime now. You are pretty close to ‘raise SR’ date.


      • Jay
        Jay 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

        Thanks Anil


  213. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Do share your feedback for the new format and if it helps get more information?

    Any new ideas to improve the data format are most welcome and you can share it in comments here.


    • KB
      KB 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      Its good Anil, looks clean and easy to figure in short space


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

        Thanks. Appreciate your feedback. I hope more people share their feedback too.


  214. SP
    SP 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I appreciate the time and effort you are putting into provide valuable information for everyone.

    My H1B amendment + extension was submitted on Aug 6, 2018 and USCIS received it on August 7, 2018. My employer did not mention about submitting any appeal recently. Earlier today I received status update email and it states the following. Does this mean an RFE is being issued? Application is denied? Please provide your thoughts/comments. Thank you!

    Appeal Was Dismissed
    Your appeal was dismissed and the original decision on your case, Receipt Number WAC18xxxxxxxx, remains the same. On January 31, 2019, we sent you a notice about this action. If you do not receive your notice by March 2, 2019, please contact the appellate authority directly. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    Next Steps:
    We will mail our decision to you. The notice will explain any action you need to take.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

      It looks like a system update mistake. Appeal is dismissed after you explicitly appeal against a denial decision.

      Since you never received any result, it most probably is wrong status from USCIS.
      Don’t worry, it happens sometimes.

      But, chances are high that you receive an RFE now.


      • SP
        SP 9 Feb, 19 at 10:41 am

        From reading on other blogs, some recommendations and approved applications comments mentioned to sign up on https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ and add your receipt number to get regular status updates.

        So, I received Case Status update on Thursday saying appeal is dismissed. On Friday, I signed up for my USCIS account and updated the account with receipt number. On Friday both Case Status Online and myUSCIS account show that appeal was dismissed.

        On Saturday, I received an email from myUSCIS account saying that there was an action taken on my case. I logged into my account and found that my case got approved on Friday.

        Current status: Cases Status Online account still shows that my case appeal is dismissed. myUSCIS account shows that my case is approved.

        NOTE: There are two accounts that you can signup to receive regular status updates,
        1. Case Status Online, https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/displayLogon.do
        2. myUSCIS account, https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ (reliable source)

        I hope this information helps others.


  215. AR
    AR 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Does USCIS follows different timelines for amendment and extension or its based on when the case is received . Mine is Amendment + extension normal at California filled recently(Jan 9th)..trying to estimate the possible timelines


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

      USCIS works on the application that came in first. It does not matter if it’s amendment or extention.

      If you just filed at California, you have a long way to wait. If you get lucky, you might see result before Nov 2019.

      I would suggest to upgrade to premium once it is available.


  216. H1btransfer
    H1btransfer 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi filed for H1B transfer with transfer receipt dated October 11th 2018. When can we expect decision?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      Which service center is it?


  217. h1b extension
    h1b extension 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hello Anil,

    Just confusion, my H1b and my wife’s H4 extension is filed TOGETHER and I have received only ONE receipt number to track. Do we get another number for H4. My employer said its only receipt number we get if filed together. But how can we be sure it is filed?

    I’m trying to understand as my H1 and wifes H4 visas are expiring Feb16th. Just want to be sure she is not accruing illegal stay.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      I have not heard of this thing earlier.
      USCIS issues separate receipt number for H4 and H1B applications even when filed together.
      Did your spouse sign on any form i539 for H4 extension?

      H1B is filed on form I-129 and H4 on form i539.

      You should receive separate receipt number for H4 application.


      • h1b extension
        h1b extension 10 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

        She did sign on a form while applying mine. Not sure if it is I-539.

        But i see that it says G-28


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

          You should also always keep a scanned copy of forms that you or your wife signs for future reference.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

          Do you remember what mailing address was mentioned on the form that your wife signed?
          Usually, employer writes your address on H4 so that you directly receive the USCIS receipt mail.


          • h1b extension
            h1b extension 11 Feb, 19 at 1:49 pm

            There is no address column in what i have received. I remember she has signed a g-28 form and send it to my attorney.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

              Ok. .if you submitted G28 form, then chances are high the Employer gave attorneys address.

              You have to check with Employer or attorney.


  218. sam
    sam 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    my company filed H1B extension on October 31st to California service center and case was transferred to Nebraska Service center on December 18th.When can we expect the decision ? upgrading premium will help ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      You can expect decision on or before June end.

      If you are eligible, then yes, upgrading to premium will speed up the process.


  219. srini
    srini 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil, My I-94 was expired on 1st Dec 2019, filed for transfer on 11th Sep 2018 at California, normal processing, it was transferred to Nebraska on 10th Jan. If transfer denied, I may have to stop work immediately, but how long I can stay to pickup? When the unlawful stay starts. Is it from the day of the i-94 expiry date or denial date or 60 days from i-94 expiry. I am still within the 240 days of I-94 expiry date (it will be around July end 2019). Please suggest.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      The ‘Unlawful presence’ starts immediately on the day of denial by USCIS after i94 expiry.


  220. Arya Manna
    Arya Manna 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    hi anil, my company is refusing to file h1b extension (no changes) in premium even if I’m willing to pay the fee, citing reason such as premium is not advisable based my case and company documents. is it normal?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      Your Employer is just making a foolish excuse.


      • Arya Manna
        Arya Manna 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

        They site the same reason for my i140 case as well. I feel like they are exploiting the situation. Is there a way to track i140 the same way as h1b? It’s been pending for three months.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

          If you have the i140 receipt number, you can track it online on USCIS case status check website.
          We track i140 processing time here (updated every 3 hours):


  221. Sanjay Gupta
    Sanjay Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi, My H1B extension and amendment was filled on Feb 2018. On December 2018, it is transferred to Nebraska service center. My current was expired on August 2018. How soon can my case be processed and also, will I be able to work even after 240 days if it is still not processed?


  222. Goutham
    Goutham 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil, is there a way H1B extension and H1B transfer petition are treated differently? Is the general conception that transfer petition will get decision faster than extension petition is true? If so, why?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

      I am not aware of any such conception.
      As per my experience, all applications are treated equal.


  223. mathi1b
    mathi1b 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi , My L1 expired and I have I94 valid for another 2 year., Can i continue to work ., without apply for extension


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

      Your question is not clear.

      What has expired?
      Your L1 visa stamp or L1 i797 approval?


      • mathi1b
        mathi1b 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

        my L1 Visa/I-129S is expired , but I797 is life time valid it looks


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

          Generally, if your i129S has expired and i94 is still valid, you should have filed for L1 extension before the visa expiry.
          i94 may have been given longer expiry by mistake.

          I suggest to talk to your employer’s attorney and check if your status in USA is still valid or not.


          • mathi1b
            mathi1b 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

            thanks Anil


  224. sridevi
    sridevi 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil ,
    My husband’s, H1 extension applied on Feb 14, 2018, in California Service, RFE issued in July and on Sept 26 Employer responded to RFE. On January 15 2019 status changed to ” Name was updated ” after submitting SR. No update till now after that, Any idea when would we expect to get it approved. His 240 day period will end by March 6th, 2019. Do you have any suggestion? Please let me know.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

      What was the response given by USCIS as part of SR request?


      • Sridevi
        Sridevi 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

        Hi Anil, Employer told him that after raising SR they didn’t get any response only on the website when we could see ” Name was updated “… Do we get any response after raising SR? Thank you for your immediate response.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

          You should get a response from USCIS on the current status after raising SR within 30 days.
          “Name was updated” status does not mean anything.


          • Sridevi
            Sridevi 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

            Ok Thank you much


  225. mathi1b
    mathi1b 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    My H1+COS(L1-H1) , where H1 lotterty pickup , is still in “case received state”. but, my L1 get expired in mid of feb. In this case, should i wait and continue to work , after l1/i94 exp. Or should I apply l1 extension parallely


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      If you want to keep working on L1 after your i94 expiry, you should file L1 extension before i94 expires.


      • mathi1b
        mathi1b 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        Thanks !


  226. Sandesh
    Sandesh 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Anil,

    My H1B extension was filed on 31st July in California service center with my H1b getting expired on 8th August putting me into 240 day period. My case was transferred to Nebraska on 11th December, So does it mean that the processing time for Nebraska i.e. 3.5 to 5.5 months starts from the date of transfer again for the new service center for me or do i need to look at the “receipt date for inquiry” compared to my original receipt date?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

      You will still check the processing time using your receipt number which belongs to California service center. The chances are high that your case will be processed faster than California processing time but there is no data to support that Nebraska will fast track it.


      • Sandesh
        Sandesh 9 Feb, 19 at 10:07 am

        Yeah i know i will still be tracking through my original receipt number and it will not change but does it also mean that now i don’t have any reference for estimated processing time in case i want to submit a SR in future?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

          Yes, that’s correct. I am not sure if USCIS will allow to create an SR for transferred case based on the new service center’s processing time. I will check and reply soon.


          • Sandesh
            Sandesh 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

            Sure and thanks for the quick response!


  227. sri
    sri 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Change in job title will consider as amendment when we are filling for H1B extension?
    My H1B extension was filled with Job title change, i am nearing 240 days and just want to make sure that i can work after 240 days.
    Thanks,
    Sri


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      Change in job title is considered a change in H1B.
      You should also verify it with your employer on what they selected as an option in H1B form I-129 i.e. amendment + extension or only extension.

      You can work after 240 days if your application was filed as H1B Amendment + extension.


      • sri
        sri 9 Feb, 19 at 10:07 am

        Sure and thanks for your quick response Anil


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

          I have written an article now to clarify more details about 240 day rule here.


          • sri
            sri 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

            Thanks Anil.. I checked with my employer and mine is H1B amendment +extension. But now the problem is driving licence..


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

              Yes, driving license is an issue.


  228. Vijay Sharma
    Vijay Sharma 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1 transfer request including with my spouse H4 Extend/Change of status is pending with USCIS from 17th April. My Family is in india from past 4 months and AFAIK she can’t travel back until approval completed on the application. My question is .. she can get approval early compare to me or both will come in same time.

    If she get the approval before my application then can she use Drop Box option in india for stamping and travel back to US or she need to wait until my application is approved.

    And what are the risk you are seeing in this scenario?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:07 am

      H4 cannot be approved before H1B approval as it is a dependent petition.
      Your spouse can get H4 stamping in India if your previous H1B petition is still valid. She can then travel to US.

      Dropbox can only be used in certain situations. You can check the dropbox eligibility using our app here.


      • Vijay Sharma
        Vijay Sharma 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        Hi Anil,

        As per the Dropbox guidelines it seems i am eligible for drop box option but at what stage i need to look for this option at the time of filling DS 160 form or any later stage.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

          At the time of filling DS-160.


  229. Vijay Sharma
    Vijay Sharma 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Today i am seeing my H1 transfer status changed from ‘Case Was Received” to “Case Transferred And New Office Has Jurisdiction”. Could you please let me know what does that mean?

    Thanks,
    Vijay Sharma


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:07 am

      You case has been sent to other USCIS service center. There is no need to worry.

      It is a simple transfer to reduce workload at your current service center.

      If your case is currently at California, the chances are high that it is being transferred to Nebraks for faster processing.


  230. Satish
    Satish 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Anil,

    when case is transferred from CSC to other ( assuming Nebraska), does it goes as new case in the queue or do they consider the wait time of the previous service center and process faster than their direct applications?
    because mine was waiting 150days in CSC and today it was transferred.
    90days left with the new service center, do they process as per their normal timeline or any preference will be given ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:07 am

      I am not sure how they handle the transferred cases but i think the case is added to queue in a way that it stands parallel to cases with same receipt date.


      • Satish
        Satish 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        Thanks Anil,
        again today it was mentioned transferred and New office has jurisdiction.
        any idea why it will transferred twice in 2 consecutive days?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

          There is no need to worry. It could be just another update by mistake. The transfer letter that your attorney receives will have details of your case transfer.


  231. anuki
    anuki 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi,

    I got my H1 approved in 2017 valid until 2020 through EVC Model, Now for the same client i have changed location and applied for H1 Amendment which is in RFE now. Recently same Client asked me for Full time.

    1)Can i initiate H1 Transfer when H1 Amendment for location change is in processing?
    2) i told my Client that i would move only when H1 transfer is approved. is this ok?
    3) Also, should i notify my employer only after H1 transfer is completed?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      1. Yes, you can file H1B transfer while your H1B Amendment is pending. Make sure that you file transfer before i94 expiry.
      2. It is considered safe to join new employer after H1B transfer approval.
      3. Assuming you mean resigning from your current employer, it is your choice when you want to break the news to your employer.


  232. Nadir Sumiran
    Nadir Sumiran 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My H1 was first approved on Dec 2017 and have been working since then. I am planning to move back to India and if things don’t work out, in future
    will I be eligible to have an Employer file a Cap Exempt H-1B petition for the remainder of my unused term( 4.5 years remaining in 6 years)?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      Yes, you can file cap-exempt H1B extension or transfer later within next 6 years and claim your remaining H1B time.


  233. waiting
    waiting 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    I came to know my case was filed as a Extension + Amendment even though its with same employer , location and job. Since its Extension + Amendment my attorney told me I can continue to work after 240 days. Just wondering it will affect the future extension ?

    Few people told me, its risky to work after 240 days, because if it gets denied. We wont get Visa in future or 3 years ban. Please advise.


  234. GKR
    GKR 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Anil,

    My case was filed as Amendment + Extension with the California center and it was transferred to the Nebraska center and now I have received a RFE on my case.
    My company initially stated that I can work post 240 days (which falls on 26-FEB-2019) as my case was Amendment + Extension till I get to hear back from USICS. Since now that I have got a RFE, does it change the fact that I can stay and work here post the 240 days till the case is adjudicated?
    Your response is much appreciated.
    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

      You can keep working until a final decision is made on your application irrespective of RFE.


      • GKR
        GKR 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

        Thanks for the information. I really appreciate it.


  235. Sandeep
    Sandeep 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Greetings for the day!!!

    My H1B amendment petition due to change of project and location (with same employer) is filed on 06-APR-2018. This amendment petition is still awaiting approval from USCIS (CSC) and recently on 15-JAN-2019, this case status got changed to “Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction”. I am assuming it might got transferred to Nebrasaka (Not Sure though, need to check with the employer if he had received the mail yet on this matter)

    My questions are :-
    1. When can I expect the response on this case (Filing date at CSC is 06-APR-2018)?
    2. Which service center time lines should I need to follow now?

    Kindly advise,

    Best Regards,
    Sandeep.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      You can expect response by end of Feb.
      Due to the transferred case scenario, it is difficult to track the case timelines now.
      USCIS will still follow the California timelines to allow you to raise service request based on your receipt number.


      • Sandeep
        Sandeep 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        Thank you Anil. I really appreciate your help.


  236. Abi
    Abi 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil
    My visa extension was filed on jun 21st in California service center and on dec 17 it is transferred to Nebraska
    Can you please tell when can I expert the response for my case?

    <