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Here’s how to check your US H-1B visa status in 2024

Here’s how to check your US H-1B visa status in 2024

In a bid to address delays and maintain employment authorization for non-citizens, USCIS extends work permit validity to 540 days from 180 days. Eligible applicants include those renewing EADs between October 27, 2023, and September 30, 2025, BusinessDay reported.

Tracking H1B Visa Application Status

Employers and employees can check their H1B visa application status online. After filing with the US Immigration Bureau, use the following steps to track the visa status:

Step 1: Visit – http://www.h1base.com

Step 2: Select ‘H1B visa – for Professionals & Graduates’

Step 3: Choose ‘H1B VISA STATUS – How to Check and Track the Status of a Filed H1B Visa Application’

Step 4: Click on ’H1B VISA STATUS TRACKING – Go Here’

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Step 5: Click on ‘H1B Visa Application Tracking and Status Check System – Click Here’

Step 6: The page will be redirected to ‘https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do’

Step 7: Enter the 13-character alphanumeric receipt number

Step 8: Click on ‘Check Status’

Step 9: The page will provide an up-to-date applicant status.

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USCIS also announced registrants can now track submission statuses online. Statuses will indicate selection for filing an H-1B cap petition or non-selection.

Submitted

Once submitted, the registration is deemed eligible for selection. If not initially selected, it remains eligible for subsequent selection rounds within the same fiscal year unless invalidated.

Selected

Selected to file an H-1B cap petition.

Not Selected

Not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration.

Denied – duplicate registration

If duplicate registrations are identified, all submissions by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary within the fiscal year are invalidated if denied.

Invalidated – failed payment

A registration was submitted, but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, or deemed otherwise invalid.

Deleted

The submitted registration has been removed and is no longer eligible for selection.

Processing submission

Your submission is being processed by USCIS. Note that it may take up to 72 hours for all your case details to appear on the case details page. During this processing period, you will be unable to access your draft.

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Beginning April 1, 2024, petitioners with registrations for selected beneficiaries can commence filing H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year.

It’s crucial to ensure that the petition is accurately filed at the designated location and within the specified filing period.

Petitioners must include a copy of the selection notice and evidence of the beneficiary’s valid passport or travel document used during registration.

USCIS warns of potential delays in issuing Form I-797 receipt notices due to increased filing volumes.

Submitting multiple petitions for the same beneficiary may result in denial or revocation of all petitions. Petitioners experiencing delays can seek assistance from the USCIS Contact Center.

H-1B visas have an annual cap of 65,000 visas, with an additional 20,000 allocated for applicants holding a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution.

This provision enhances opportunities for skilled professionals to secure employment in the United States, bolstering the workforce and economy.