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How to Track Your H1B Visa Application

Many international students seek an H-1B Visa to work in the U.S. after graduating from college. The added steps involved in getting an H-1B Visa make the job hunt challenging for international students, but they are necessary to extend your stay in the U.S.

While you cannot control the outcome of your H1B Visa application, you should still stay up to date with your application’s status. The process of following your application is simple.

Connect With Your DSO

Designated school officials (DSO) are hired to maintain the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) for international students on your campus. They regularly check in with Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which has the most up-to-date information on your status.

If your H-1B application is selected for the lottery, your SEVIS ID will be updated to reflect that. Once you receive your receipt number, you will officially be entered into the lottery for your H1B Visa.

Track Your Application

After being entered into the lottery, you can use the receipt number to monitor the status of your application. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers an online tracking tool for this.

Submit a Ticket

If you are missing an authorization or if your request is taking longer than you requested you should submit an e-Request for support with your particular issue. The USCIS also offers more detailed information on processing times for your particular case.

If you are confused by some of the terms throughout your H1B Visa application process, use the Department of Homeland Security Glossary.


Good luck in the H1B Visa lottery! If your application is not selected, you have the chance to apply again. Do not give up, and give yourself as many times as possible until you are accepted or your extension in the U.S. ends.

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