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Dear Editor:
I would like to respond to the letter to the Editor written by someone who has been waiting over a year for his/her H1B. Here are a few general suggestions. First would be to make sure it was received. Have you seen an I-797 Notice of Receipt? Second would be to check the normal processing time in the Service Center where it is being processed. If the normal processing time has been exceeded, you should be able to call the National Customer Service Line and do a service referral. I-800 375-5283 or 1-800 357-2099. If you have legal counsel, counsel should be doing this for you, or your company representative should be assisting you if the petition was filed in-house. If I were you I would definitely give them a call. They may have already approved it, and sent the approval notice to the wrong address. They would send the approval to the petitioner or counsel, not to you. As a last resort, you can always pay an additional $1,000 to upgrade it to Premium Processing by filing a form I-907 and the $1,000 fee, include a copy of the receipt and a brief cover letter. You are guaranteed an adjudication in 15 days, and the system works quite well. I usually get mine approved in 7-10 days. It's really a small price to pay for the peace of mind. I would also wonder what status you are currently in, that you are able to wait this long without falling out of status. I have never heard of an H1B taking a year, but then I deal with the Vermont Service Center, which has traditionally had decent processing times. Of course, I-140's and adjustments are a different matter, but H1B's are running about 4-5 months.