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

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

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

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

Average USCIS RFE response review processing time is 90 days.

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

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

CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
H1B newWAC191965**** Receipt: 11 Apr, 19
Approved in 3 month 12 days
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. Arbaaz Siddiqui
    Arbaaz Siddiqui 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    The case receipt date of my H1b transfer is 4th October 2018 in Vermont Service Center filed under standard processing. Any idea when would I expect to get it approved.
    TIA.

     

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

      You can expect result on or before March first week.

       

  2. Bramesh Pasupuleti
    Bramesh Pasupuleti 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil , My extension was filed at nebraska on oct 18th 2018 , today i received a message from uscis saying , we are still reviewing your case and there is no update at this time , the last action taken was on jan 8th 2019 , what does the last action taken means?

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

      What does your status history show? It should show what happened on Jan 8.
      Did you employer submit any SR request?

       

      • Bramesh Pasupuleti
        Bramesh Pasupuleti 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

        It shows nothing and employer did not submit SR.

         

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

          Then, it is just a normal email. Nothing to worry.

           

  3. 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

             

  4. Mrunal
    Mrunal 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hello Anil,
    my husband’s H1b filed on 3rd Dec-18 in Nebraska center. When can we expect the decision on our case?

     

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

      What kind of application is it? Extension/transfer/Amendment?

       

      • Mrunal
        Mrunal 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

        Sorry its extension

         

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

          You can expect result by May end.

           

          • Mrunal
            Mrunal 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

            Thanks a lot

             

  5. 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 !

         

  6. Siv
    Siv 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil, Just wanted to how the above processing times are calculated. I see that the H1B transfer for Vermont(Best case scenario) is Jan 16,2018 which is 2 days. Do you think this information is accurate?

     

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

      You are right.
      The Vermont time is incorrect due to one of the bad data shared by user.

      Our service is trying to fix the data that’s shared by users daily.
      But, still some data is entered and it breaks the whole purpose of this page.

      We are working on removing this malicious record shared by one user.

      Thanks for catching it.

       

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

    Anil, may I know the source of your data? If they are from forums and not from USCIS, can you share the forum details? Please?

    Thanks!

     

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

      There are various forums that are used including the am22tech.com (data shared above) and in comments. It is not possible to name the forums as it varies daily.
      There is a new feature coming up soon where the case number will be visible for ‘Best case approval’. That would make it easier to judge and make the data more reliable.

       

  8. Agnel
    Agnel 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi, My H1b COS receipt date is April 12 2018
    Center – California
    When can I expect a decision on it?
    Thanks in advance.

     

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

      You are pretty close to raise SR date and should expect result on or before Feb 3rd week.

       

  9. Mahesh
    Mahesh 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hello Anil,

    My H1B extension filed at California Center, receipt date 26-Apr 2018 and it got transferred to Nebraska on 18-Dec 2018. Attorney has already raised SR and SR states to expect reply by 12th Jan 2019 – for which we have not received any response yet. NO RFE yet.

    1) Do you know how much time USCIS will take to respond back on SR?
    2) When Can I expect result on my application?

    Thanks.

     

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

      1. You can expect USCIS to take up-to 30 days to respond to SR. Some people do receive response within a week too.
      So, it varies.

      2. You can expect result on your H1B extension on or before March 2019 last week.

       

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

        Hi Anil,

        My application was also transferred to Nebraska on 18th dec, 2018. However my initial extension file date was 12th June, 2018. Does raising SR is mandatory or should I just not bother and let them come to my file automatically some day? By the way my 240 day limit is far away i.e May, 2019 so no impact on my work. Thanks for your help.

         

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

          You can raise SR only your receipt date has passed the ‘Raise SR’ date given above. At this time, you are not eligible to raise SR assuming you filed application at California.

           

  10. 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!

             



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