USCIS Mails Incorrect H-1B Approvals, Listing the Visa Class as '1B1'.

USCIS recently issued a number of H-1B approval notices wrongly listing H-1B as ‘1b1’. This technical error affected H-1B approval notices for H-1B petitions that were filed with the Vermont, Nebraska, and California Service Centers. Form I-797 is the document used by USCIS to issue approval of status, or notice of receipt for applications.

The California Service Center confirmed this technical error on Tuesday, stating that it will begin to reprint and mail corrected H-1B approval notices that reflect the class as ‘H-1B’ instead of ‘1B1’ the week of February 27, 2017; and that affected petitioners should allow between 10-14 days for receipt of correct approval notices. However, the Vermont and Nebraska Service Centers have not confirmed whether they will handle these technical errors in the same manner as the California Service Center.

If a petitioner receives an approval notice incorrectly reflecting the class as “1B1”, he or she should contact the USCIS should place a service request with USCIS notifying the agency of the error and request that a corrected approval notice be reprinted and mailed. H-1B beneficiaries who have Form I-797 approval notices that incorrectly list “1B1,” and are obtaining visas abroad or traveling internationally, may receive questions about the incorrect class notation from U.S. Consulate officials, or Customs and Border Protection officers upon admission into the United States.  To help avoid unnecessary issues when traveling internationally, petitioners and beneficiaries should identify the affected H-1B approval notices and take steps to notify USCIS of the error as soon as possible.