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H1b amendment processing time?

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Posted by sandg (7) 24 Oct 2016#576
Hi,

I filled the location change amendment and received receipt on 20th Jan,2016. As my I-94 was expiring on 10-Oct,2016 extension was filed and received receipt for same on 7th Sep,2016.

I want to go to India in January,2017. But 1st amendment is still pending. I want to file premium. Can I file it for 2nd process(extension) only. Or I need to get clear 1st amendment and then 2nd in sequence ? Or both can get clear in one go ?
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Posted by texan56 (202) 24 Oct 2016#577
to sandg:

You need to upgrade amendment in premium and file extension in premium. Both should go in premium, else both of them not. You cannot file extension in premium while keeping amendment in regular. This will have a risk of denial or a RFE.
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Posted by arjs22 (10) 25 Oct 2016#578
to dvsa:

Thanks dvsa. I have filed amendment petition for client B. Its filed yesterday under premium. Waiting for acknowledgement copy so that i can travel. Do you know timeline to receive ack copy?
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Posted by engineer12345 (5) 26 Oct 2016#579
This forum helped me a lot, so I would share my experience:

My receipt was for May 2016 for california. I have an urgent travel hence I upgraded it last 21 Oct to PP. Today I got my approval. It seems that the only way to go for is PP if you need a decision immediately. Else we need to wait for a very long time. Hope my experience helps on whether you need to decide to upgrade to premium.
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Posted by Shashwat (5) 26 Oct 2016#580
Hi, I am yet to travel to US. As there were no requirement in my project so filed amendment for Client and Location change both for H1B stamped visa. Have filed the amendment on 5-Oct, 2016 and waiting for "amendment certified LCA, copy of I-129 and the receipt notice" to travel. How long does it takes nowadys to receive the same ?
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Posted by Actcs (19) 26 Oct 2016#581
my wife had h1b for texas valid till 30th sep 2016, filed amendment for sfo and traveled with receipt, her extension was filed in Sep. So now, both 1st amendment and extension pending in regular.
She needs to move to NJ now for another client preferably in January 2017, how should we go about it, do we file another amendment? or the previous 2 needs to be approved first before filing the 2nd one? Also in case of an RFE for the extension, will it not be a problem if she is working based on 2nd amendment, whereas extension was filed for SFO?
kindly guide if anyone has any such experience.
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Posted by dvsa (43) 26 Oct 2016#582
to arjs22:

Hi,

Your employer will receive it in 3-4 days.
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Posted by arjs22 (10) 27 Oct 2016#583
to dvsa:

Thanks Dvsa. Appreciate quick response.
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Posted by arjs22 (10) 27 Oct 2016#584
to Shashwat:

LCA normally takes 8-10 days. If your case is filed under normal mode then amendment ack copy receive takes 15-20 days. Not sure on I-129.
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Posted by Shashwat (5) 02 Nov 2016#585
to lingaa:

Hi, I am yet to travel to US. As there were no requirement in my project so filed amendment for Client and Location change both for H1B stamped visa. Have filed the amendment, petition filed with USCIS on 14 of Oct, 2016 and waiting for "amendment certified LCA, copy of I-129 and the receipt notice" to travel. How long does it takes nowadys to receive the same ?

TIA.
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Posted by Shashwat (5) 02 Nov 2016#586
to arjs22:

thanks for the reply.

Just got to know petition was filed with USCIS on 14 of Oct, 2016 under normal processing.
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Posted by arjs22 (10) 02 Nov 2016#587
to Shashwat:

ok. NP. Have you got the hard copy of acknowledgement copy?
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Posted by Shashwat (5) 02 Nov 2016#588
to arjs22:

Naah nothingvyet. Thats what is bothering. As client wants me there but am stuck in docs.
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Posted by Hiya (240) 02 Nov 2016#589
to Shashwat:

Amendment doesn't have to be approved to start working. Just show them the filing details (receipt # etc), if someone asks for it.
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Posted by tjviking (3) 03 Nov 2016#590
Hi All,

on Oct 31st my amendment has been approved, it took around 1 year and 15 days to get approved, I didn't go with premium because even after moving to premium some applications got rejected, so my suggestion to all is to just wait and my application was from VSC.

all the very best guys and thanks to Trackitt it helped me a lot to get suggestions.
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Posted by Shashwat (5) 04 Nov 2016#591
to arjs22:

Hey,

I just got the travel docs (amendment certified LCA, copy of I-129 and the receipt notice) in mail.
Although this is silly but will ask, will the printout of the scanned copies of documents will do or I need to have the original hard copies while travelling to US.

Thanks in advance.
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Posted by HopeSecret (2) 04 Nov 2016#592
my amendment case was received on 2nd December 2015. No Update till now. My extension is also applied and it cannot turn to premium till amendment is not approved. I have travel plan to india Please let know if anybody has any suggestions
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Posted by HopeSecret (2) 04 Nov 2016#593
to tjviking:

What was the receipt date of your amendment?
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Posted by Sped (2) 07 Nov 2016#594
Judging from all the post it is looking like it's taking close to 11 months for amendment to get approved.

Can we do a h1b transfer while amendment is in received status ? I have 8 months more in my i94
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Posted by Rase (6) 08 Nov 2016#595
Hello

Just on the interest of people waiting here to understand the processing time of H1 amendment, I am posting my status. I had my H1 Amendment filed on jan 29th 2016 for a new location change and client. I finally had it approved yesterday while I almost decided to upgrade to PP. CSC center. Good luck!!
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Posted by sandg (7) 11 Nov 2016#596
to Rase:

my amendment is filled on January 20, 2016 at VSC. Still waiting for the update.
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Posted by Navek (2) 13 Nov 2016#597
My amendment was filed on Oct 28, 2015. It's been more than 1 year and I'm still waiting for approval :( My visa expired on Oct 31st and I have filed extension which is also pending approval. I had planned to travel to India earlier in Dec but this amendment spoiled my plan. I'm ready to file premium for extension but amendment approval is still pending . I'm not sure when it ll be approved . Looks like I need to spend $2500 from my pocket if I need to go home on Jan . Do I really need to apply premium for both amendment and extension or I can wait for one more month ? Anyone else in same situation ?
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Posted by Sped (2) 14 Nov 2016#598
Can we do h1b transfer while amendment is in received state ? I have a valid I94 from my old pitition till next year.
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Posted by wisdomisgift17 (2) 15 Nov 2016#599
to Rase:

Hello,
What was the date when your petition was approved? I wanted to know what was the typical time frame for H1 ammendment approval. My file date is March 16th 2016 at CSC.
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Posted by GuruJeya (65) 16 Nov 2016#600
Hello All,

My employer filed my H1-B amendment on july' 2016 and it is still pending. In the meantime, I need to move to different location and my employer will file my 2nd amendment. Here the 1st amendment is still pending.

I know if the H1B amendment is not approved with-in 240 days, then I am not allowed to work officially. So my question is,:

1) If my employer files my 2nd amendments, will my 1st amendment goes in-valid and the counts gets reset to 1 again?
2) While 2nd amendment is still pending, and if 1st amendment goes beyond 240 days, am I NOT supposed to work though my 2nd amendment is still pending?

Thanks
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