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

Updated  6 Jan, 20
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How long does H1B regular processing take?

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

H1B premium processing is getting approval within 1 to 15 days of filing. Applying H1B in premium does not increase your chances of H1B RFE or denial.

Average USCIS RFE response review processing time is 90 days.

How long does H1B transfer take? California Service center is slowest for H1B transfer while Vermont and Nebraska are faster in processing H1B extensions, transfers and Amendments.

The best case H1B approval data is updated daily using the official USCIS processing times and data shared by real H1B applicants in various forums and trackers online.

CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B newWAC19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 27 days
15 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days
H1B cosWAC19204***** Receipt: 24 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 25 days
15 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days
H1B extensionWAC19204***** Receipt: 24 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 25 days
15 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days
H1B amendmentWAC19204***** Receipt: 24 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 25 days
15 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days
H1B transferWAC19256***** Receipt: 26 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 23 days
15 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 5 days


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B newEAC19224***** Receipt: 21 Aug, 19
Approved in 3 month 27 days
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 24 days
H1B cosEAC19243***** Receipt: 18 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 29 days
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 24 days
H1B extensionEAC20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
19 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 3 month 29 days
H1B amendmentEAC20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
19 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 3 month 29 days
H1B transferEAC20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
19 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 3 month 29 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B extensionLIN20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
18 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month
H1B amendmentLIN20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
18 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month
H1B transferLIN20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
18 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month





H1B Regular Vs Premium

H1B Premium processing costs $1410 and you can get approval within 1-15 days. USCIS will refund the premium fees if they cannot process it in 15 calendar days including weekends. Regular H1B application takes more than 3 months to get approval.

Does H1B premium increase chances of RFE or Denial?

Applying H1B in premium does not increase your chances of H1B RFE or denial. The possibility of H1B approval are same in regular vs premium application.

If your employer is scaring you by saying that upgrading pending H1B to premium will result in denial or RFE, they are just trying to save money. This is a rumor and there is no need to believe it.

H1B Denial Rate

Third party consulting companies like Capgemini, Cognizant, TCS, Infosys etc. have 20% higher rate of h1B rejection than direct client full time H1B jobs.

Make sure that your employer files the proofs to support your employment as H1b Specialty occupation is the number one reason for H1B RFE and then denial.

Steps After H1B Lottery

Check out our 7 steps for getting H1B and starting working on Oct 1 with H1B. If you have filed H1B in regular processing, we suggest to upgrade to premium processing so that you can get approval before October and can start working on Oct 1.

You will make more money by starting work earlier than saving Premium processing fees of $1410.7 steps to H1B lottery process, Approval, RFE and Denials

Case Outside Normal Processing Time

If your ‘case receipt date’ is before the USCIS service request date mentioned above, you should ask your employer or attorney raise a service request with USCIS to check why your case has been delayed. Only your employer can raise the service request for H1B application.

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

H1B Lay off Grace Period

If you lose your H1B job or have left it by choice, you have 60 days grace to find another H1B sponsor. You can start working immediately based on receipt on or before 60th day.

USCIS H1B 240 Day Rule

You can keep working after 240 days of i94 expiry if your H1B has been filed as Amendment + Extension or as transfer.

If your case is pending for approval with USCIS and your 240 days after i94 expiry are fast approaching, we strongly recommend to upgrade your application to ‘Premium Processing’ at 200 day mark. This will help you get a result before your 240 day limit and avoid stopping work.

Consular Proc = Visa (Stamp or visa foil) to be issued outside USA in a US Embassy.

How long does H1B regular processing take?

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

H1B Regular Vs Premium

H1B Premium processing costs $1410 and you can get approval within 1-15 days. USCIS will refund the premium fees if they cannot process it in 15 calendar days including weekends. Regular H1B application takes more than 3 months to get approval.

Does H1B premium increase chances of RFE or Denial?

Applying H1B in premium does not increase your chances of H1B RFE or denial. The possibility of H1B approval are same in regular vs premium application.


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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. asit_dash
    asit_dash

    Hi Anil

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

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

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Asit


  4. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @asit_dash

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


  5. antique
    antique

    HI Anil,

    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


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  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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


  8. 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.


  9. 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!


  10. 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!




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