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

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

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

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

Average USCIS RFE response review processing time is 90 days.

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

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

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


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B newEAC1917452*** Receipt: 11 Apr, 19
Approved in 3 month 12 days
17 Apr, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 3 month
H1B cosEAC18250***** Receipt: 29 Sep, 18
Approved in 9 month 26 days
17 Apr, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 3 month
H1B extensionEAC1915050482 Receipt: 09 Apr, 19
Approved in 3 month 14 days
04 Aug, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 22 days
H1B amendmentEAC19089***** Receipt: 08 Feb, 19
Approved in 5 month 14 days
04 Aug, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 22 days
H1B transferEAC191045**** Receipt: 07 Feb, 19
Approved in 5 month 15 days
04 Aug, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 22 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B extensionLIN19181***** Receipt: 20 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
21 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 3 days
H1B amendmentLIN19181***** Receipt: 20 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
21 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 3 days
H1B transferLIN19181***** Receipt: 20 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
21 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 3 days



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H1B Regular Vs Premium

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

Does H1B premium increase chances of RFE or Denial?

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

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

 

H1B Denial Rate

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

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

 

Steps After H1B Lottery

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

You will make more money by starting work earlier than saving Premium processing fees of $1410.

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

Case Outside Normal Processing Time

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

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

 

H1B Lay off Grace Period

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

USCIS H1B 240 Day Rule

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

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

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

How long does H1B regular processing take?

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

H1B Regular Vs Premium

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

Does H1B premium increase chances of RFE or Denial?

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


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Recent discussion on forum

  1. vg100
    vg100

    Got it! Thanks @Anil.Gupta!


  2. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Agilan

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


  3. Arunava_Datta
    Arunava_Datta

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


  4. pink2012
    pink2012

    Keeping my fingers crossed… Thanks for your prompt reply.


  5. asit_dash
    asit_dash

    Okay, Thank for your time and response.

    Thanks

    Asit


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  2,217 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. 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.

    My application was filed on 13 April 2018 in CSC when can i expect decision.

    Thanks is advance…

    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.

      You can expect to hear from USCIS on or before March 2019 third week.

       

      • 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:
          https://www.am22tech.com/240-day-rule-uscis/

           

          • 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.

               

            • sri
              sri 11 Feb, 19 at 8:12 am

              Does you have any USCIS link that provides the same information on 240 days rule?

               

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 1:50 pm

              I have given the official USCIS rule reference in the 240 day rule article (link mentioned above earlier too):
              https://www.am22tech.com/240-day-rule-uscis/

               

            • sri
              sri 12 Feb, 19 at 12:29 pm

              Thanks.. I expecting USCIS official document which mentioned about the same rule.. anyway Thanks Anil !!

               

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

              Yes, that’s what i said that the linked article has the official USCIS rule link inside if you read the article.

               

  2. 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: https://www.am22tech.com/us-visa-dropbox-eligibility/

       

      • 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.

           

  3. Anuj Sharma
    Anuj Sharma 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil, @SoanT:disqus

    I have submitted my H1B Extention on 28th December.

    I have got the reciept number , when i am checking the Processing time on AM22, its showing the same reciept number as denied but the date is 28th OCT.

    Is it a possibility they assigned the same reciept number to me??

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      Can you share the full receipt number here? I can verify.

       

      • Anuj Sharma
        Anuj Sharma 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        LIN1906850534

         

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

          Looks like you may have accidentally clicked the ‘Add Case Status’ button instead of ‘Compare’.
          The data is fixed now. You can check again.

           

          • Anuj Sharma
            Anuj Sharma 10 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

            Yes, Maybe my mistake.

            One more query, My I-94 will expire on 17th Jan 2019, and the reciept number i have given , doesnt look like i will get the result before May. Should i move my case to Premium?

             

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:13 am

              Yes, I recommend upgrading to premium as it will give peace of mind.

               

  4. Smilz Alwaz
    Smilz Alwaz 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi anil,
    I’ve received my receipt notice on may 18th in csc…just now status changed as my case transferd and new office has jurisdiction…what does it mean and how can I check to which office they have moved and what might be the reason for transferring my case?

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:07 am

      California service center is transferring cases as they are highly backlogged.
      Your emploEmp will receive the official mail about this transfer and it will contain all the information about new service center.

       

      • Smilz Alwaz
        Smilz Alwaz 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        Oh!thank you Soo much for your immediate response anil

         

  5. 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.

       

  6. 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.

           

  7. SL
    SL 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My extension has been filled on 16th Nov,2018 with NEBRASKA SC.Wanted to check if you have any idea (Tentative) by what time i can expect the outcome from USCIS.

    Thanks in Advance!!

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:07 am

      You can expect decision on or before last week of April 2019.

       

      • SL
        SL 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        Thank you for the response.

         

        • SL
          SL 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

          Hi Anil…Wanted to circle back again after looking at the latest data…for extension filled
          on 16th Nov,2018 with NEBRASKA SC..can i expect the decision by month end…Thanks in Advance

           

          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

            I don’t think you will get it by this month end unless you get lucky 🙂

             

  8. 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.

       

  9. 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.

       

  10. transfer
    transfer 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Could you please share the Vermont approval rate? Few cases are transferred to Vermont last week. Trying to find some Vermont center data.

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

      There is approval rate data at this time wits us.

       



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