Record-breaking processing speed of cap-subject H-1B continues.
Recent Case Highlight:
- H-1B Case Filed: 10/10/2023 at Nebraska Service Center
- Status: Approved
- Approval Date: 10/18/2023
- Processing Duration: Just 8 days!
Extension/amendment H-1Bs are slower but reasonable and steady, where most extension and amendment cases are processed within a 2 to 5-month timeframe.
Recent Extension Case:
- H-1B Extension Filed: 08/21/2023 at California Service Center
- Status: Approved
- Approval Date: 10/26/2023
- Processing Duration: Approximately 2 months.
The consistency and speed at which cap-subject H-1Bs are being processed continue to impress and exceed expectations.
Cap-Subject H-1Bs: Lightning-Fast Processing Times!
For those who are new to this or need a refresher, cap-subject H-1Bs pertain to those H-1B petitions that are subject to the annual quota (or “cap”) set by the Congress. These are the ones lottery-selected typically in April and August.
Here’s a recent sample:
H-1B Case filed on 09/29/2023
Approval Date: 10/13/2023
Duration: Merely 2 weeks!
The swiftness with which these cap-subject H-1Bs are being processed has been consistent for the past 3 years. Almost all of the lottery-selected cases this year in April and August have been adjudicated/approved.
Extensions and Amendments: A Quick Look
While the processing times for cap-subject H-1Bs are incredibly swift, it’s essential to know the timelines for extension and amendment cases as well. Here are some of our recent samples:
H-1B Extension filed on 04/13/2023
Approval Date: 09/12/2023
Duration: Approximately 5 months.
H-1B Extension/Amendment filed on 07/10/2023
Approval Date: 09/20/2023
Duration: Just over 2 months.
H-1B Extension filed on 04/27/2023
Approval Date: 10/04/2023
Duration: Just a little over 5 months.
While there is a range, most of these extensions and amendments hover around the 2 to 5-month mark, giving applicants and employers a reasonable timeline for planning.
We are sharing some impressively fast adjudication times for cap-subject H-1Bs. Below are two recent samples:
- H-1B Case filed on 06/23/2023
- Status: Approved
- Approval Date: 07/29/2023
- Duration: Just 1 month!
- H-1B Case filed on 05/30/2023
- Status: Approved
- Approval Date: 07/27/2023
- Duration: Roughly 2 months.
While the second case wasn’t as swift as the first, it still emphasizes the trend that USCIS is streamlining the processing of cap subject cases at an appreciable rate.
As a recap, we emphasized back in June the benefits of filing early for cap-subject H-1Bs. Many early filers were enjoying quick approvals, some in less than 2 weeks.
Recent sample H-1B extension showing a 5-month processing time.
Some more sample extension/amendment approvals showing current processing time frame of 3 to 4 months.
We have completed filing all of the cap-subject H-1Bs for this year and have received all of the receipt notices. Just like the past 2 years, the earlier you file (as early as April 1), the more likely you may get a quick approval. Here are some samples which took less than 2 weeks.
The posted time frame at USCIS Vermont has been consistently showing two months. Here’s a recent approval (H-1B extension) within the posted range. 3 months.
This is a sample H-1B timeline that includes a Request for Evidence (RFE), which is considered the most time-consuming type, as it challenges whether the position qualifies as a specialty occupation. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RFE rate has been nearly zero. Therefore, encountering an RFE in an extension case that has previously undergone RFE scrutiny suggests that USCIS may be reverting to its previous practice of issuing template RFEs without careful consideration.
- H-1B extension filed on 08/26/2022
- RFE issued on 02/07/2023
- RFE response received on 05/02/2023
- H-1B extension approved on 05/03/2023
Here’s a sample H-1B extension that took 5 months to process. No RFE. We still have a few filed in January and February that are still pending. 5 months is pretty much the longest it may take for current extension filings. Note that the posted time frame is only 2 months.
California is processing H-1Bs (extend/transfer/amend) faster. Expect well within the posted time frame. Here’s a sample that took about a month.
This will also be posted in our Fast H-1B Approval Without Premium. Took less than a month adjudicate. H-1B transfer filed at the Vermont Service Center.
However, most H-1B amendments/transfers/extensions are still taking to 4 to 5 months.
Slight improvement in processing times. Some recent samples showing 5 months among extension cases which also include transfers and amendments.
Still at 6 months at Vermont involving extensions.
Some more sample approvals showing 6 month processing time frame for petitions involving extensions and requests for consular processing. No RFEs are involved.
Sample showing H-1B extension taking about 6 months to adjudicate at the Vermont Service Center. No RFEs.
Some recent samples showing approvals of H-1B extensions and transfers in about 6 months. Slower than the posted time frame of 2.5 months.
California hasn’t shown much slowdowns. Here’s a recent extension that took about 3 months, close to the posted time frame.
We received the final batch of approvals of the earliest filed extensions in 2022 that were still pending. None of them were subject to RFEs. Below is a sample that took 8 months. This stands in sharp contrast with the posted timeframe of 2.5 months at the Vermont Service Center. So don’t be alarmed if your extension is pending outside of posted timeframe. Ask your employer to initiate service inquiries when they become eligible to do so. And continue doing so when the required wait time has passed. Currently, our pending extensions are filed in June or later.
Here’s another H-1B extension approval that took longer than posted timeframe of 2.5 months. We have a few extensions filed in April that are still pending. The rest of the pending cases are filed in June or later.
Another sample H-1B extension that took longer than most. about 5 months.
Here’s an example of an H-1B extension that took about 6 months which is longer than the current average.
Most H-1Bs for the past couple of months have been adjudicated between 2 to 4 months for extensions, transfers, and initial filings.
Processing of extension cases has sped up somewhat. Below are some samples showing 2 months’ processing time.
The current processing time is about 3 to 5 months for extension, transfer, and amended petitions. Petitions subject to RFE will take longer.
Processing time of H-1B is about 4-6 months. See examples below.
Processing time of H-1B extensions continues to stay at 4 months. See some examples below.
Note that H-1Bs subject to RFEs will take longer. Below are some examples. One is an H-1B1 extension and the other is an initial H-1B.
Processing time of H-1Bs remains stable at about 4 months. See some sample approvals below.
Some more sample approvals of H-1B extensions/transfers/amendments showing processing time of 3 to 4 months.
Below are some more sample approvals H-1B extensions/amendments showing processing time of 4 to 5 months. The last one also involved a Notice of Intent to Deny which we’ve successfully overcome.
Processing time for H-1B extension is currently quite stable. Here are some recent samples showing approval in about 4 to 5 months at the Vermont Processing Center.
Some recent examples of H-1B extensions that took about 4 months.
Below are recent examples of H-1B transfers that took about 4 months.
Original Post 10/08/2021
The processing time for H-1B extensions at the Vermont Service Center is about 5 months according to sample approvals below.