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H1B 2017 Mail | Lottery | Receipt | RFE | Approval | Tracker

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posted Apr 2, 2016 in H1B Visas by dan (24,544 points)


At this time, most of the H1B Petitions have been shipped to USCIS and we are all eagerly awaiting the lottery results.

Please check with you employer if the H1B was shipped to a correct USCIS address with signatures on required forms and a proper filing free or it will be rejected by USCIS prior to Lottery Avoid Rejection by USCIS, Important Dates and Deadlines, Filing Locations FAQs

This discussion thread is created to track and discuss H1B FY2017 Status of your Application, please add comments with the status of your application including the service center where it was filed. I will reply to every comment and provide useful information and updates on this thread as we get notifications from the USCIS.

If you have a mail tracking number, you may access from the following Links: USPS  FedEx  UPS

You may Comment with the following information and let's share information to help each other!

H1B Shipping Status, Lottery Results (Picked or Rejected), Regular Processing or Premium Processing, H1B Receipt Status, H1B RFE (Request for Evidence), H1B Approvals

For more information, please read How to ensure your H1B is Filed with the USCIS


commented Apr 2, 2016 by monica (466 points)
We have shipped 12 Applications on March 31, 2016 to Vermont Service Center (2 Premium Processing cases)
replied Apr 2, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Have you shipped to the correct address? it's different for Premium and Regular, if you have sent to a wrong address, your cases will be rejected before it goes to lottery/random slection process.
replied Apr 2, 2016 by monica (466 points)
Vermont Service Center
ATTN: H-1B U.S. Master's Cap or Regular Cap
4 Lemnah Drive
St. Albans, VT 05479-0001

Premium Processing
Premium Processing Service
Vermont Service Center
ATTN: H-1B Cap or Master's Cap
30 Houghton Street
St. Albans, VT 05478-2399

replied Apr 2, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
These are the correct addresses for VSC, good luck Monica.
replied Apr 21, 2016 by banker
commented Apr 2, 2016 by Rahul
When is the lottery happening?Are the dates disclosed?
replied Apr 2, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
USCIS allows first 5 business days from April 01, 2016. This means USCIS should receive all H1B Petitions by April 07, 2016. USCIS will NOT accept H1B petitions after this date if they receive applications covering the H1B Cap. (65,000+20,000 - (Minus) 5,800 for Singapore/Chile)
commented Apr 3, 2016 by Ravalee
My h1b was filed under normal process at California,  my employer provided mail tracking and the package reached on April 01. Keeping my fingers crossed!
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)

Good luck with your H1B and I hope it gets picked in the Lottery!
commented Apr 3, 2016 by anonymous
Hello. My employer filed H1B under Standard Processing. How soon can I upgrade it to Premium Processing? Do I need to wait for the receipt from USCIS before I can upgrade? Is the receipt the same things as I-797C? Will I get the receipt only if I am picked in the lottery? I read somewhere that lottery results keep coming as late as July. Does that mean I can't upgrade to Premium until July?
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
If your H1B is filed under normal processing, you can only upgrade to premium processing once you get the I-797 H1B receipt notice. If your employer has not filed the H1B yet, you still have time. Please note the lottery results will come before the end of may.
replied Apr 3, 2016 by anonymous
Thank you very much for your prompt reply. Just wanted to clarify that is the I-797 receipt notice sent by USCIS only after a lottery decision is made? If yes then does this imply that I might not hear from USCIS till end of May.

I am currently working full time on OPT which expires in July. I am also filing for OPT extension in case I don't get picked up in lottery (I am a STEM major with MS degree in US). I want to upgrade my H1B application to Premium because I need to travel outside of US in June for 10 days and I was hoping I could get the H1B result before I leave.

I have been told that I might not be able to come back to US if H1B application is still under processing. Any light you can shed on this would be immensely helpful.
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
The I-797 Receipt notice will only be issued after your case is picked in the lottery. For normal processing cases, you may have to wait until the End of May. If you upgrade your H1B and leave the country and you may have to apply for an H1B Visa at a US Consulate, if a visa is stamped; you can return only on October 01 (or 10 Days earlier than October 01).

Keep in mind, you may also risk losing your job/project as I do not know if the project will wait until October 01.

Traveling back on OPT while H1B is pending is very risky!
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
If USCIS has approved your OPT you will be expected to have your EAD in hand to re-enter the United States, in addition to your Form I-20, valid passport and visa, and a letter of employment if you have one. If you exceed the limits on unemployment while outside the United States, you will not be eligible to re-enter the United States in F-1 status.
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Be Cautious of Travel During H1B Cap-Gap Relief

As explained, travel on OPT requires a valid, unexpired OPT card. Some students have extended permission to work after the expiration of the OPT under what is known as "cap-gap" relief. These students may remain in the United States and benefit from cap gap. However, this option will be lost if they travel outside the United States. They would not be able to return to the U.S. to utilize the remaining F-1 OPT cap-gap time. Students in this situation should consult with a qualified immigration attorney prior to planning any travel abroad.

commented Apr 3, 2016 by Unknown
reshown Apr 3, 2016 by dan
Multiple H1 from Multiple Employers at different locations to different clients is valid ??

Does the resume should be same all over ??
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Yes, you can have multiple H1Bs filed for different jobs. USCIS does not require a resume for processing the H1B Petition, I did not understand what you meant by "SAME RESUME ALL OVER"? Please explain!
replied Apr 3, 2016 by unknown
All the employers should raise with same resume number of years of exp in the resume and the type of job applied for ??
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
If you are experienced with multiple skills and you have a resume for a particular skill with X number of years for a specific job it's okay.

Otherwise it's not okay to have the same resume with different experience levels!
replied Apr 3, 2016 by unknown
Thanks Dan .

How does the lottery actually works , is it a system based algorithm which picks up the application randomly ??

When will be actual date the lottery results will be out ??
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Yes, it is a random selection process and the results should be out within April.
replied Apr 3, 2016 by unknown
As said multiple H1's are valid , if that is the case every year there is chance for a candidate two get picked in such case he can opt for only one the other gets voided so the slot gets added in the subsequent years ??
replied Apr 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
The visa numbers will not carry to next year, if one gets 2 h1bs, someone is losing an opportunity. Unless the second h1b is withdrawn prior to October 01. USCIS is still considering carrying unused/denied visa numbers.
commented Apr 4, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
2 more days to send the h1b packages, April 7th is the deadline and USCIS must receive h1b petitions by this date.
replied Apr 4, 2016 by unkown
What does the H1 Package actually Consists of ??

How much is the expected application count this year for H1 ??
replied Apr 4, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Expected count is 200k + Applications. For more information H1B package, please read http://h1bsupport.com/blog/3848/h1b-visa-application-process-and-h1b-lottery-predictions-2017
commented Apr 5, 2016 by Badol
My h1b was filed under regular processing at VT ,  my employer provided Fedex tracking number by email . I have checked that the package reached on April 01. But how can i ensure that this tracking for my petition ?
replied Apr 5, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
You have to wait for the Lottery results and an H1B  Receipt Notice. There is no other way to ensure that the Tracking belongs to you.
commented Apr 6, 2016 by anonymous
Somewhere I read that by 11th April USCIS will conduct lottery but employer will get theresult by end of May or first half of June. Is it correct? If yes then why USCIS delay the communication of lottery results from 11th April to May end?
replied Apr 6, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
The H1B Random selection process (Lottery) will be concluded prior to April 14. Howevber, only Premium processing cases will get receipts in the Month of April and regular cases will get receipt in the Month of May (Based on last year, subject to change)
commented Apr 12, 2016 by Sireesha
This is very informative site.
When is the lottery date?
I applied for normal.
Thanks in advance!!
replied Apr 12, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Lottery will be concluded by April 16th and USCIS will first send premium processing receipts followed by regular cases.
replied Apr 13, 2016 by ramch11 (520 points)
I got fedex tracking number this morning from Employer , immediately I have checked in online in fedex tracking site , and it says delivered and delivery date is April 7 th 11:48 am , does it mean it reached too late ? Does it been taken by uscis for lottery process ?
replied Apr 13, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Your case reached in time, April 7th was cut-off.
commented Apr 13, 2016 by ravitej (100 points)


Is there any USCIS center in LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA. My company has given me a courier tracking number and that courier is delivered at LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA.

replied Apr 13, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Yes. California Service Center is in Laguna Niguel, they gave you correct information.
commented Apr 14, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Just got news from one of the Employers that they received H1B Receipts for Non Master's cases that were filed under Premium processing!
replied May 1, 2016 by anonymous
USCIS is still encashing checks, 2 were picked yeterday.
commented May 2, 2016 by simple
Can we transfer H1 B approved petition before stamping the visa to the new employer ??
replied May 2, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Yes, you can. Are you referring to Fresh H1B filed this year?
replied May 2, 2016 by Simple
Yes ,

in case if it gets picked can i transfer to a new employer before stamping


Same time what would be the final date for the regular results heard that lot of them are almost out
replied May 3, 2016 by simple
Dan ,

Can you clarify this ??
replied May 3, 2016 by anonymous
Hi Dan,

My employer filled my petition under regular processing. I did not get any receipt/rejection notice yet. USCIS has completed their dara entry on May 02, 2016. Do i have any opportunity to get the receipt notice or game is over for me ?


replied May 4, 2016 by ramch11 (520 points)

My case is similar to the Badol, I have not got receipt yet, but employer orally informed me that my name is picked up in the lottery.  should i have been got receipt by yesterday at any cause? because my employer told it will take 3 weeks, please clarify me.

Badol :

Can you call employer directly and ask if it is picked up or not.

about timing when we get receipt Dan has to confirm to my above question.
replied May 3, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
The final results are out, did you get a receipt?
replied May 3, 2016 by anonymous
Hi Dan,

Thanks for your quick response.

I did not received receipt notice yet.

replied May 3, 2016 by Simple
reshown May 3, 2016
Dan ,

For the approved  receipt can we change the employer before stamping ??
replied May 4, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Only after approval!
replied May 4, 2016 by anonymous
Hi Dan,

I am in F2 visa in USA. My employer filed h1b under RP. I did not get any update. Employer told me that they will inform me

When receive the notice/rejection letter. Is there any option from my SEVIS ID to check selected or not ?

replied May 4, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
If the H1B is picked it will automatically update SEVIS records.
commented Sep 1, 2016 by Abdul
Hi Dan,

I have received a Request for Evidence (RFE) from USCIS on my H-1B application. Issue presented in RFE is whether my employer will maintain the “Right to Control” the individual’s employment in the US for the duration of the petition.  The RFE is also seeking to verify the contractual relationship between employer and the end-client, as well as the specific activities the employee will be conducting on the project.

My attorney has suggested to provide RoC document along with End Client letter. But problem is I am not working with the same client currently. I moved on to a different project and thus will not be able to obtain End client letter as I don't work for them anymore.

Do I have any other options at this stage?


replied Sep 1, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
Has your Employer filed an H1B Amendment for the new location?
commented Apr 12 by anonymous
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