Why does my expired petition still show up in USCIS status check?


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Greetings,


 


I had a company file my H1 petition in 2006 and the petition was initially approved. I then appeared for stamping at Chennai consulate in the same year and I was refused a Visa under 221(g) and my case was sent back to USCIS. After 5-6 months, the company that filed my petition called and informed me that case has been cleared and I can reappear for stamping. At that time I was not interested to continue with H1 any longer, so I did not go for stamping.


 


My question: The case number (EAC number) still shows up when I search for it in USCIS case status page and has the below status:


 

Post Decision Activity - On August 7, 2006, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

 

What I already know is that the petition itself expired in 2009 but then how come the status still shows up as above? Does it mean I could make use of it in some way?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Greetings,

 

I had a company file my H1 petition in 2006 and the petition was initially approved. I then appeared for stamping at Chennai consulate in the same year and I was refused a Visa under 221(g) and my case was sent back to USCIS. After 5-6 months, the company that filed my petition called and informed me that case has been cleared and I can reappear for stamping. At that time I was not interested to continue with H1 any longer, so I did not go for stamping.

 

My question: The case number (EAC number) still shows up when I search for it in USCIS case status page and has the below status:

 
Post Decision Activity - On August 7, 2006, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.
 
What I already know is that the petition itself expired in 2009 but then how come the status still shows up as above? Does it mean I could make use of it in some way?
 
Thanks in advance!

 

Since you have a H1B petition approved and you have not utilized the max allowed 6 years stay in US on H1B a new employer can file a cap exempt H1B petition. On approval with a valid H1B visa and new employer's I797 you can enter and start working for new employer immediately.

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