Current H1B Processing Time 2019 – Nebraska, California, Vermont

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  26 Apr, 19

H1B regular application is taking 2 months to 1 year for approvals. H1B premium processing is getting approval within 1 to 15 days of filing.

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CALIFORNIABest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
H1B newWAC19080*****28 Jan, 19
2 month 28 days
16 Aug, 18
8 month 13 days
H1B cosWAC19039*****27 Nov, 18
5 month
16 Aug, 18
8 month 13 days
H1B extensionWAC19104*****04 Mar, 19
1 month 23 days
16 Aug, 18
8 month 13 days
H1B amendmentWAC19041*****29 Nov, 18
4 month 28 days
16 Aug, 18
8 month 13 days
H1B transferWAC19089*****10 Feb, 19
2 month 15 days
16 Aug, 18
8 month 13 days
Updated: 5:13 CST Next Update: 8:13 CST

VERMONTBest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
H1B newEAC19054*****18 Dec, 18
4 month 9 days
16 May, 18
11 month 15 days
H1B cosEAC18250*****29 Sep, 18
6 month 29 days
16 May, 18
11 month 15 days
H1B extensionEAC19079*****25 Jan, 19
3 month 1 days
27 Aug, 18
8 month 2 days
H1B amendmentEAC19089*****08 Feb, 19
2 month 17 days
27 Aug, 18
8 month 2 days
H1B transferEAC191045****07 Feb, 19
2 month 18 days
27 Aug, 18
8 month 2 days
Updated: 5:13 CST Next Update: 8:13 CST

NEBRASKABest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
H1B extensionLIN19092*****13 Feb, 19
2 month 12 days
14 Nov, 18
5 month 13 days
H1B amendmentLIN19097*****21 Feb, 19
2 month 4 days
14 Nov, 18
5 month 13 days
H1B transferLIN19082*****30 Jan, 19
2 month 26 days
14 Nov, 18
5 month 13 days
Updated: 5:13 CST Next Update: 8:13 CST

H1B Processing Time Regular – 2 month to 1 year

H1B Extension, Amendment, Transfer and consular processing times vary from 2 month to 1 year based on your USCIS service center.

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. H1B amendment is same as H1B extension for processing timeline calculation.

H1B Premium Processing Time – 15 days

Premium processing is available for H1B Extension / Amendment / Transfer cases and its processing time is 15 calendar days.

H1B regular vs premium processing can make the difference between how fast you see your approval. I always recommend to apply H1B in premium.

Applying H1B in premium does not increase your chances of H1B RFE or denial.

H1B RFE Review Processing Time

USCIS RFE review processing time is 60 days. It can take more time too depending on your case.

Raise SR – USCIS Outside Normal Processing Time

If your ‘case receipt date’ is before the Raise SR date mentioned above, you should raise a service request with USCIS to check why your case has been delayed. This could mean your case is taking longer than other similar cases and may be stuck in administrative processing.

H1B Filed in April – Lottery Result

The new H1B 2020 season applications will start processing in May 2019. You should look at the ‘H1B New‘ application processing time for new Lottery selected applications.

If your petition is selected and you filed in regular, your employer will get receipt notice by April end.

Premium processing cases that are selected in lottery will get email on attorney email address about selection immediately with a receipt number. Premium processing fees will be refunded for un-selected cases.

H1B April 2019 lottery Premium processing cases will get H1B approval by June 4th.

If you did not file in premium processing and receive a receipt notice, your employer can upgrade to premium processing on or after May 20th as long as your petition requested a change of status.

H1B Grace Period – 60 days

If your are laid off by H1B employer, you have 60 days grace to find another H1B sponsor. Does not matter how much processing time an H1B transfer takes place, you can start working immediately based on receipt on or before 60th day.


H1B processing time - Updated Daily
H1B processing time – Updated Daily

USCIS Case Pending – 240 day limit?

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

If you 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.

Top 10 Reasons for H1B RFE

H1b Specialty occupation is the number one reason for H1B RFE and then denial. Third party consulting companies have 20% higher rate of h1B rejection than direct client full time H1B jobs.

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

USA USCIS Processing Time  

   2,108 Questions & Answers

  1. 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.


    • 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.


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

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

  2. 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

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.


    • 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    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,

  8. 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.


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

      I suggest to raise a service request first.

  9. 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 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

  10. 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.

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