What is H1B Case Number? How can I track it? Where was my Petition Filed?
For sure the H1B lottery will happen for the year 2016 as well, its important that you guys understand the basics on H1B case number and its usage after filing for H1b and getting the receipt number.
- Define H1B case number ?
- How Can I track my case status ?
H1b Case number will also give you the exact location where your H1b case has been filed .
Define H1B Case number? What is the format of H1B case number?
H1B Case number is a unique number given by USCIS for every H1B petition.. The H1B case number is unique for every case. It is a 13 digit alpha numeric Number and usually starts with a three Alphabets and has the below format.
The first three alphabets indicate the filing center of the H1B petition. It would be either
- EAC – Vermont Service Center
- WAC – California Service Center
The second two characters indicate the filing year.
For H1B Visa 2016 Fiscal year, it would be 15 as you are filing year is 2015.
- EXAMPLE: WAC – 15 – XXX—XXXXX
The next three characters is the computer working day of the USCIS fiscal year. fiscal year starts from October 1st of 2015 , it increments for each working day and does not include Weekends and Holiday. This day corresponds to the day your H1B Case was receipted by USCIS, it is not the date when they received your petition or filed.
- If your case was receipted on April 5th, it would be around 125.
- EXAMPLE : WAC – 15 – 125 – XXXXX
The next five characters indicate the case number that was assigned to your case on that day . For H1B Visa cases, it would typically start with a 5. USCIS typically assigns case numbers for all types of cases processed on a particular
EXAMPLE : WAC – 15 – 125 – 20665
How do I track my H1B Case Number ?
H1B Case number is issued by USCIS to a petitioner to track the status of their case..
Go to the below website
and enter your case number there and click on check status. You will get the status information of your H1B petition.
Sign up for Automatic Email and SMS for H1B Case Status Tracking
USCIS allows you to track your H1B Case status by signing up for automatic alerts via email and SMS. Register an account athttps://egov.uscis.gov/cris/jsps/selectusertype.jsp and enter your details and case number and you should get an alert when the case status changes.