Following the following articles for H1B Visa FY 2015 articles

USCIS will start accepting H1B Visa 2014 applications from April of this year.

 

Looking US Economy, hiring has picked-up. Unemployment rate have dropped in months of December. Which implies, more number of H1B Visa to USA  application will be filed during first week of April.

h1b visa 2014

In this blog post you find answers to following questions about H1B Visa FY 2014

  • When does H1B Visa Quota open?
  • Can you explain H1B Visa Application Process?
  • What is the total H1B Visa Cap Count?
  • How long to get H1B Application Approved?
  • Previous year H1B Visa statistics

H1B Visa 2014 Filing Date

Is it possible for an employee to self-file H1B visa and what is H1B visa filing date?

Only employer can file H1B visa application on behalf on an employee.

H1B Visa Filing Date open from April 1, 2013.

H1B Visa Start Date

What is the H1B Visa start date?

USCIS will start accepting H1B application from April 1, 2013 (Monday).

After H1B approval, H1B start date will be from October 1, 2013  or later.

H1B Visa Application Process

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H1B Visa Approval Process

Above picture should give an overview about H1B Application to Approval Process.

  1. Department of Labor for getting LCA approval.
  2. Department of Homeland Security
    1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
    2. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
    3. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  3. Department of State (for issuing visa)

During H1B approval process, your H1B Visa application will be handled by 2 departments

  • Department of Labor
  • USCIS

H1B Visa Application Processing Time

Following is what it would typically take for an Immigration attorney to file and prepare your H1B Visa application for FY 2014.

  • Day 1 to 5: Start the H-1B Visa Process – Collect documents and prepare LCA application.
  • Day 6 to 7 – File LCA (Takes About 7 days for approval)
  • Day 8 to 13: Preparing the H1B applications while the LCA is Pending
  • Day 13 to 15: File H1B Application based on LCA approval date.

Above steps will vary between attorney’s, but you get an idea about how the entire process takes place.

Total Cap Count

H1B Visa can be applied under 3 different Cap – General, Advanced and Cap-Exempt.

  • 65,000 – General H1B Cap (or Regular Cap)
    • 1,400 H1B1 visa numbers are available for Chileans
    • 5,400 are set aside for Singapore nationals.
  • 20,000 – Advanced Degree Cap (Masters and above degree from USA)
  • No Quota – Cap-Exempt Companies (Non-Profit Research Companies)

H1B Visa Predictions :  Go to H1B 2014 Predictions page to read my analysis on when H1B cap could be filled.

H1B Visa – Approval Times

How long would it take for USCIS to approve the H1B Visa application from April 2, 2013?

Processing time for H-1B Visa application FY 2014 depends on type of processing.

  • Regular Processing
  • Premium Processing

When additional $1225 is paid, USCIS will expedite the H1b Visa approval process. It’s usually 15 days from the H1B application receipt date.

Regular H1B application processing can take 2 to 4 months. Sometimes, it can take even longer.

H1B Visa Application : After Approval

After USCIS approves the H1B Visa petition, your employer will receive the I-797 Approval Notice with Start and Expiry Date of your H1B petition.

Typically, for application submitted to USCIS on April 1, 2013, start date of H1B will be from October 1, 2013.

Maximum period for which H1B application can be approved – 3 Years.

USCIS have approved application for just one year.

How to File H1B Visa Petition?

Who can file H1B Visa application? Can I self-file H1B Visa application to work in USA?

H1B visa must be sponsored by employer who offered the job. It’s not possible to self-file H1B Visa application.

If you want to work on USA, then H1B Visa should be sponsored by an employer.

Questions About H1B Visa?

Do you have any questions about applying for H1B Visa in year 2013 that will count towards Fiscal Year 2014.

Post your questions below in the comments section.

  • Megha

    Hey Raghu,

    This is Megha from NJ US. I got my H4 visa converted to H1 in 2011. Now I am visinting India in August for my sister wedding.

    Booked my Visa Appointment too, Just wanted to check Visa Denial rate for H1 B Stamping as mine is Change of Status.

    Please point me to the link where i could find list of documents needed to carry for the same.

    Thanks in advance,
    Megha.

  • Reetesh Agrawal

    Hi I would like to know more about H1B Petition expiry data.My previous employer has filed H1B petition on 2007 & was valid till 2010.I never went for stamping for this visa however went to US in B1 visa.

    Today i have checked the status of my petition via US visa site & got this reply :
    OMB control no. 1615-0080
    Expiration date 6-30-2012

    Is is possible for you to tell me if my new empoyer can file new petition against this old petition of old employer.

    Thanks in advance,

  • kishore

    can u breifly explain about b 1 visa process and when should we apply and how much time it takes

  • kishore

    san u breifly explain about b 1 visa

  • Ragav

    Is it possible to file for h4 to h1b in the month of may?

    • Raghuram Sukumar

      If you get cap exempt H1.

  • Deeps

    Hi,
    Any idea how long will it take for the unselected H1b application to return?
    How to know if H1b application is selected in the lottery?

    • Raghuram Sukumar

      Can take upto June.

  • Soumik Moitra

    I am on L1 status for company A in US now and other company B processed my H1 B this year 2013 and received the acceptance of the application on regular quota.Meantime I have to go India in May/2013 for some emergency work.
    I want to know that if I have a valid L1 visa(Valid till Feb/2014) and my H1B petition will be approved during my visit to India during May or June/2013 then can I travel back to US in my L1 Visa with no issues in port of entry?
    is there any chance of auto status change of visa from L1 to H1 within Oct time, when I am with company A and not changed to company B.
    Kindly suggest.

  • deep

    Till when can we expect the receipt number for H1B FY2014 regular or premium process ?

  • Anonymous

    Hi,

    I am currently under H4 visa. I read that the Immigration Innovation Act 2013 has a proposal to provide work authroisation to H1B dependents. Is this true? When does the Immigration Innovation Act 2013 will be passed? I would like to hear more information on this.

    Anonymous

  • raj

    hi Raghu,
    Where can we report incidents of fraud relating to any applicant. I know an applicant who has applied for H1B who has fake work experience. I have all the details of the applicant(except passport number)

  • http://h1bcount-bba.rhcloud.com/ chan

    If you are H1B applicant please enroll by clicking my name. We can predict lottery..

  • edi

    i am an aircraft technician..now i would looking jobs at usa…

  • ashif mahmood

    I am a citizen of Bangladesh completed M.Sc. in physics.how can i get the offer letter from an employer of U.S.A.

    • XYZ

      Hi Aashif,

      I’m also from Bangladesh. I’m applying for this year’s H1B. My company is sponsoring my visa. I have completed my graduation in EEE, and then I have started my career as a RF Engineer. In India , there are some agencies for this visa jobs. but, In our country,I think there is no such dedicated agencies for this type of jobs. If there is any, then U can n’t rely on them.

      • XYZ

        Now, I’m a Network Optimizer for couple of years.

  • G Singh

    Hi Raghu,
    I did MCA and having 6 Year Exp in Database Development.My Employer is filing H1-B on 1st April. I have provided my MCA marksheets and Degree. My Lawyer asked my B.Sc. and I provided Marksheets only as I don’t have Degree(Lost). Is it possibility if USCIS can issue REF?

    • koushik

      @raghu: any updates , whether quota was filled by april 5 friday? though i saw the uscis official website , which is quite demoralising, still any official or unofficial update?

      • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

        Check the official news post.

        • Reetesh Agrawal

          Hi I would like to know more about H1B Petition expiry data.My previous employer has filed H1B petition on 2007 & was valid till 2010.I never went for stamping for this visa however went to US in B1 visa.

          Today i have checked the status of my petition via US visa site & got this reply :
          OMB control no. 1615-0080
          Expiration date 6-30-2012

          Is is possible for you to tell me if my new empoyer can file new petition against this old petition of old employer.

          Thanks in advance,

  • Sathish

    Hi , If my H1 B petition approves and Visa stamped before june, is it possible to start working in US from july instead of October 1st ?

  • RK

    can’t file H1b even after 01 April if the quota is still open? Red few blogs and they are saying attorney won’t accept to file now

  • Tareque Mahmood

    Hi Raghu, my case is , I have signed the offer letter on this March 17. then they started the process for me. On March 22, lawyer filed my LCA. but she is telling this , “LCA takes 7 days. I do not know if your case will be accepted. Keep your fingers crossed “. I have n’t paid the lawyer fees. Do you think , I can catch the April 1st ?

  • Jamie

    Hi

    I want to ask a question about H1B apply. After I got the job offer from my employer, I submitted the LCA application form online yesterday, I heard from someone that I need to ask my employer to make a job post requirement on local newpaper. Do I need to do it ? I really want to get information of this question. Because the due day for H1B suppply is very close. Thanks.

  • shikha

    Hi,
    I am on H4 visa with my husband. I am not from IT field and I am an educator who has worked for 7 years in India. I have also worked as a free lancer for Oxford University Press for a period of app.4 years as a content developer. Is there any scope of getting employed in U.S and getting an H1 from any employer.
    I am staying currently in Indianapolis. Please reply ASAP as I am sick of getting at home.

  • radhi

    Currently in H4 need H1b sponsoring coonssultant details

  • Santosh Pisipati

    Sukumar,

    What would be answer if VO asks for explanation for why I did not complete my Masters in UK and has a Student Visa in My passport.
    I had already submitted my documents to the employer in USA he did not return any thing.will he be taking time or else am I not suitable for the position ??

    When actually all my documents should reach USCIS ?and how long do they take time ? And then how long for the approval?

    Also I have seen in many queries that after H1B is approved I can’t leave US within a week of its approval? Should I need to wait till October and then leave US ?if my employer is in hurry what might be the situation ??

    Please lemme know as I am a bit tensed with the situations that are taking place around me and the queries I am getting at present.

    Santosh Pisipati

  • waylander

    Hi Raghu,

    I have rather specific case: I have been issued an H1 visa in 2010, I have been working with that from December 2010 until July 2011 (8 months), and I have left USA after that. My entry stamp is still valid – until the end of October 2013.
    1. If a new company applies now for new H1B visa for me, will that be counted against the cap or it will be cap exempt?
    2. If USCIS approves the petition, and I go to the US embassy in my home country they will give me a stamp with entry date October 1st. But I already have my previous stamp valid with overlap of one month. Can I start work immediately, or I still need to wait October?
    Thanks in advance for your answer.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      You will not come under the cap if previous H1 is counted under the cap. You can get H1B approved and started working after you enter USA.

      It is possible to enter USA with previous stamping (check with the attorney who is handing your case).

  • Parul

    Hello Raghu,
    I am having H1B from employer A. Another employer wants to transfer my H1B in his name. My question is if he applies for the transfer of my H1B and it gets rejected, what would be my visa status?
    Thanks for your advice,
    Regards,
    Parul

  • Teja

    Hello Raghu,

    For my H1-B processing I have submitted a xerox copy of my Bachelors Provisional certificate and consolidated marks memo which are attested by my university. Will that be a problem?

  • Suraj

    Dear Raghu,

    I’m Suraj Abe Thomas and I’ve completed my bachelors in mechanical engg with 4 years of work experience.Can I have the companies who can sponsor me.

    Regards,
    Suraj

  • Suni

    Hi,
    Is its safe to apply more than one H1B’s from different employers..will it clash with LCA..am i restricting someone else’s opportunity here..Thanks

  • ihab

    Hi ,
    I have a master degree in Information Systems Management from US with over 6 years of experiences in the IT field and
    I am currently on my OPT working for a private employer as web developer. my employer is filing h1b. And i live in small area and the education levels are quite low. so i was wondering what are my chances to get H1 approved. as the immigration attorney asked the job description to be more technical.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Lakshmi

    Hi Raghu garu,
    Thanks for the information and great suggestions provided through this blog spot.

    I would like to know if my cousin who is already there in the U.S., is helping me to file for my H1B this year and is this possible to get the processig of Application done by the Employers/Consultancies from there in the U.S..though am in India and am working on SAP.How would be the chances of me getting H1B Visa with out any issues and get my educational qualification is B.Tech.
    I already have B1/B2 Visa and also Tier-2 Intracompany Transfer Work permit to U.K.

    Will there be any issues.

    Thanks in advance…

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      I don’t know what do you mean by processing done in India. USCIS have to approve your application. They will issue I-797. Using that you can go to US consulate and get visa stamping. then Travel to USA.

      • Kirti

        Hi Raghu, I have a question: I am on L1 and it is valid untill June 2014.
        I am on L1 with employer A and employer B is ready to apply H1 for me this April. Now, suppose if the H1 is filed and in the month of May last week may be, I change my mind due to any reason and want to cancel/withdraw my petition, in that case what I will have to do?
        Also, I know if H1 gets approved may be July then my L1 will definately expire on Sept 30 ans I havto start working for Employer B starting Oct 1st..is there a way that I can cancel my H1 after approval and continue with employer A on L1?

        • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

          Here is my answer – If you don’t plan on using H1B, then why apply? Why waste one petition. If there is a lottery, it can help someone who is seeking H1B. You need to talk to an Immigration Attorney right away (http://www.bashyamspiro.com/) say I referred you. Talk to attorney Murali.

  • Shankar

    Hi Raghuram,

    If I am an employee of an employer with 1-25 employees, the total visa cost would be visa application fee ($190) + base filing fee ($390) + AICWA Fee ($750) .

    Did I get that right?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Raghu,

    I will moving to USA during August 2013 on H4 visa. If at all if i find a H1b sponsor during sept or oct 2013 , When can they apply for h1b? When can i start working? I heard there will be fresh H1b filing again from Oct 1st apart from April 1st H1b filing, Is it true?

    Thanks…

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      I don’t think H1 will be there in Aug.

      • Anonymous

        I heard there will be fresh H1b filing again from Oct 1st apart from April 1st H1b filing, Is it true?

    • Prasoon Srivastava

      Yes, that true. You (your spouse’s employer) can file H1B for you, if they want to hire but you cant….

  • Suresh N

    Hi Raghu :

    I did MCA and BSc and along with that I did PGDCA (Post Graduate diploma in computer Application ) too between my masters and B.Sc. , however I just have marksheet and don’t have diploma certificate for PGDCA , curious to know if this will cause problem in my H1b filing .
    I have all the certificates for BSc and MCA.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      I have seen USCIS issue RFE when degree certificates are missing.

  • pradeep podishetti

    Hi raghu…i need information about new visa guidelines…is that obama statement approved??? am willing to apply for masters for fall2013…pls help me with necessary info….
    regards.
    pradeep podishetti.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      I don’t know what you mean by Obama Statement. There are no new H1b rules till now.

  • Sumanpreet

    Hi,
    I am looking for H1-b visa sponsorship. I have masters in cellular & molecular biology and 3+ extensive research experience. Currently, I am working as research scientist at UW medicine, but they donot file H1b visa. I am open to relocation. Any information will be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Suman.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      Suman – You can check out other schools with full time openings in your research area.

  • Ram Bharath

    Hi, i’m from chennai,India. i lost my 10th original marksheet and i have only photocopy. Got checklist from my company HR to upload softcopy of my 10th marksheet for applying H1B US visa. Is it ok if i upload photocopy of my 10th marksheet or original is mandatory?. Will it get rejected due to this? Please confirm ASAP. Thanks

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      Photocopy is enough.

  • Santosh Pisipati

    Hi Raghuram,

    I did my completed my graduation in Hyderabad with 55% and the worked with a MNC company for 10 months and then moved to Uk for my masters and did not complete it for personal reasons,now i am again working for a company whose head office is in USA,Now my employee is applying for H1 for me .

    Will it be any problem for me will i get H1,What sought of interview questions do i need to face.
    Please let me know as i am tensed a bit

    Santosh Pisipati

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com HSB Counselor

      Hi Santosh,
      H-1b is a work visa and thus has nothing to do with your drop in the Masters education. Your employer sponsors you for the same.
      For more information, please go through following posts:
      http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/h1b-visa-2013/
      http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/us-visa/h1b-visa/
      Good Luck!

      • Santosh Pisipati

        How abt 55% in bachelors with 1 year break due to backlogs,I that break time i have worked for a software MNC around 1 Year wi;; they consider that ?? i have total 2.6 years of experience including the 1 year at the time of my break

        • Santosh Pisipati

          Saurabh,

          What would be answer if VO asks for explanation for why I did not complete my Masters in UK and has a Student Visa in My passport.
          I had already submitted my documents to the employer in USA he did not return any thing.will he be taking time or else am I not suitable for the position ??

          When actually all my documents should reach USCIS ?and how long do they take time ? And then how long for the approval?

          Also I have seen in many queries that after H1B is approved I can’t leave US within a week of its approval? Should I need to wait till October and then leave US ?if my employer is in hurry what might be the situation ??

          Please lemme know as I am a bit tensed with the situations that are taking place around me and the queries I am getting at present.

          Santosh Pisipati

  • Anup Kadam

    Hi
    I am a hospitality professional. I would like to know my chances of applying for a H1B visa ,, what would be the best to go about it . How one ca find a employer and convince him to sponsor you , and is there any legal agency or a consultant who can help you do that?

  • Pablo C OCadiz

    I’m currently on my second TN Visa both for 1yr from Mexico, what would be the process to go from TN to H1b using eb1 process?

  • [email protected]

    Hi, I am Arti. I am a engineering professional with 7+ years of experience in Quality Assurance and testing. I am looking for a H1B sponsor in 2013 quota. I am currently living in Dallas, TX and open for relocation. Please let me know if you know if you can help me in this regards.
    Thank You!

  • Selva

    Hi Raghu,

    Your posts seem to be very useful. Is it possible to share your experience on the best tips/way to prepare the request form initially which tells about my Role/Job Description. I got my L1 rejected. I need some help in going ahead with my H1 visa initiated now. I’m trying to fill the documents clearly to avoid a disappointment once again.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Shravan Tirumala

    Hi. I am an Indian citizen residing in the UK for more than 4 years. I am working here and am on a Tier 1 General visa. I have a job offer from a company in the US who are also ready to sponsor a H1B visa for me.
    My question is can I apply my visa here in the US embassy London or do I have to travel back to India for it? As it might be difficult for me to sort holiday and stuff to go back to India for the visa?
    Any help is highly appreciated. Thank you

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      You can apply for H1 from UK, but if you get 221g then you can run into all sort of troubles.

      • Shravan Tirumala

        Thanks for a quick reply Raghuram, its highly appreciated. I am sorry but what’s 221g all about? is it a rejection or query or something else?

        Tried quick googling but all I can see it is a case of missing documents and people might end up waiting ages to get a decission is it right?

        Cheers

  • Parul

    Hi Raghu,
    I have approved and stamped H1B visa last year from a company (B). However, i am not able to travel to US due to some company reasons. I have offer from another company (C) for H1 transfer. I am working for Company A, but soon would be joining India’s unit for Company (B) which is a separate entity from its US branch. My question is since i have not traveled to US/joined US company, i don’t have pay slips from a US company. Can the company C apply for my H1 transfer even without that.
    Please help.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      Yes, that can apply for H1 if you haven’t traveled to US. Company C’s immigration attorney will have more details on hot to do this.

      • Parul

        Thanks Raghu, for such a quick and prompt reply. Sorry couldn’t understand one thing- do we need to have at least 3 pay stubs from the company who initially sponsored my H1 to apply for H1 transfer by 2nd company. In my case since i haven’t traveled to US, i don’t have them.

        Regards,
        Parul

  • ismy

    my husband is on f1 and will be applying for H1b in april and i plan to travel outside d country on my f2 visa in May.i wanted to ask if i can travel on my f2 visa and come back here while our H1b processing is still pending?

    Thank you

  • Swetha

    Hi,

    currently i’m on H4 visa. My employer is planning to apply for cos from h4 to h1b during this april 2013.
    Unfortunately, I have to travel to india during the month of june/july which I’m unable to avoid.May i know if i can travel to india once my h1b is approved ?
    Can I go for h4 stamping during the month aug and travel back to US with H4 ?
    Does H4 stamping makes my H1b invalid? or can i work from oct with valid h1b which is approved already?
    Thank you for the help.

  • Swetha

    Hi,

    currently i’m on H4 visa. My employer is planning to apply for cos from h4 to h1b during this april 2013.

    unfortunately, I have to travel to india during the month of june/july which I’m unable to avoid.

    May i know if i can travel to india once my h1b is approved ?
    Can I go for h4 stamping during the month aug and travel back to US with H4 ?
    Does H4 stamping makes my H1b invalid? or can i work from oct with valid h1b which is approved already?
    Thank you for the help.

  • Pooja

    Hi,
    Is it valid if I file petition from 2 employers ? One is my service company and another is a consultancy. My service company has very slow process so I don’t know if they will be on time or not. Consultancy might have already started as i did submit documents. Can there be legal consequences ?

  • ravi

    hi,
    Could you help me with the H1B sponsors who can sponsor H1B

    • Suresh

      H1B Sponsors – Consultancies

      Do enough research – (1)How many H1B visas they filed in the past years and how many they got approved. (2) If you go to small consultancies H1B petition might get approved but when you go for H1B stamping at chennai you will be asked if your Employer has got a PURCHASE ORDER for your Services? (3) Small consultancies may refund your Air-ticket only when you start on first project (4) Small consultancies will not pay you salary when you are not on project

      Suresh

  • Swathi

    Hi,

    currently i’m on H4 visa. I converted from L1b to H4 during the year 2011. My employer is planning to apply for cos from h4 to h1b during this april 2013.

    unfortunately, I have to travel to india during the month of june/july which I’m unable to avoid.

    May i know if i can travel to india once my h1b is approved ?
    Can I go for h4 stamping during the month aug and travel back to US with H4 ?
    Does H4 stamping makes my H1b invalid? or can i work from oct with valid h1b which is approved already?

    • Gomathy

      Swathi,

      Can u give me ur consultant details..Am in H4 too and looking for sponsors who will do COS. Thanks.

  • maher al saleem

    My name is maher . i am a Jordanian chemistry teacher having a master degree in chemistry in 2005 from Jordan . I work as a teacher in UAE since 2007 until now, and 8 years in Jordan, how can i find a job in USA or canada for immigration pourposes?I need your help plz.thanks alot

  • Mahi

    I have master degree from uk university,however I dont have a bachelor
    Can I apply for H1-B?

  • Lavanya

    Hello, I have a question, I would be grateful if you could help me –

    For the H1B1 visa (I am a Singapore citizen), does the applicant file for the visa herself, unlike the H1B where the employer has to file for her? Or is it just like the H1B, except with a separate quota? Would you have any idea..

    Thank you so much.

    • shivani

      Hi,

      Can you please provide information on cosnsulting companies who can file h1b visa from h4.I was working in India in HR with software company.As I am on dependant visa,I cant work.Do you have any idea.please let me know.you can send me info on below id.

  • Ravi

    Hi,

    I am in US working on L1B Visa for Company A. My L1 got expired on 20-Nov-2012. However my I94 is valid till Dec-2013. So my Company HR said, I can continue to stay and Work in US till Dec-2013.
    My Question Is :
    I have plans to change to company B, Can Employer B apply for my H1 in this situation? Can it be applied under COS (as Visa is not valid). What would be the procedure to obtain H1 and work for employer B. Please advice.

    • http://kumarnitesh.com Knitesh

      You can still apply for COS as your I 94 is valid.

  • Shekar

    Hi,
    If a non-profit organization wants to extend a 1yr – 5yr contract to an foreign immigrant can they apply for H1B immediately? Does it matter that there is a hiring freeze in the organization? There are no issues with the % of foreign to local workers.

  • abhisek

    Hi,

    I am US on L1 Visa which is Valid till 29th Dec 2013.
    My employer is asking me to file for H1B ( Change of Status ) this year itself and I am preparing the documents.

    My question ,
    1 . I have to go to India from April 19th 2013 to May 7th 2013 , so can I go and come back if H1B is under process.
    2. If it gets approved in this time do I need to go for stamping in India itself befor coming back to US.
    3. What would be you suggestion, as I can’t cancle my travel plan.

    Thanks

    • http://kumarnitesh.com Knitesh

      COS is applied against your current I 94. If you go back to India you will have new I94 in which case previous application will be invalid. So either don’t go to India or apply for H1 once you come back.

  • Ruchi

    Hi,

    Could you help me with the list of H1B sponsors who can sponsor H1B for H4 VISA Holder?

    I am really looking for some help.

    Thanks,
    Ruchi

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      Its going to really hard to find a consultant. Check this – http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/h1b-visa-fraud-uscis-checklist/

    • http://kumarnitesh.com Knitesh

      Try searching on Dice.com

    • Shiva

      Hi,
      I am also looking for H1B sponsors who can sponsor H1B for H4 VISA Holder?

      Any help or advice is appreciated.

  • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

    Pasting the comment from Swapna – Hello Friends,

    I applied H1B for 2013 through one of consultancies, my service center is Vermont. The application was filed on Jun 8th and I got the receipt number. There was not status till now, as I was calling my consultancy regarding my status update, they told our application did not fall into quota , so that is the reason we do not have any update. For me it sounds weird, I called USCIS service center and they said application is in process and could not tell more details as I filed through attorney,asked me to get more updates from attorney.

    I am not understanding what to do now..the consultancy guys not responding properly, not allowing me to speak to attorney to get the clear picture.Can some one guide me how to react for this situation.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      When did they file your application? Is it before or after H1B quota was over?

      If you paid and not getting reply, you need to work with an attorney.

      • h1bwaiting

        Hi,

        I am also in same situation and my employer said same thing. As per USCIS website on June 11, 2012 they received sufficient applications, but my receipt date is June 08,2012. When I got receipt number, it was assumed that my application is in progress, but I don’t understand that my employer is saying that my application is not in quota. Please suggest for next steps.

        • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

          So you have the receipt number? Ask for proof of filing your h1b.

          • h1bwaiting

            Hi,

            Yes I got receipt number and scanned copy of I-797C that employer sent me once he got receipt from USCIS. It clearly indicates my name as “BENEFICIARY”. Please suggest for next steps. I also got details of tracking number that employer sent my documents to USCIS, Vermont center for h1b processing. That tracking also indicates my reference in it.

            Do you heard anyone who has receipt date as June 8 or later and got approval/denial? If I ask for PP now, what would be course of action?

            • h1bwaiting

              Hi Swapna/Raghu,

              Can you guide how to reaction on this?

            • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

              Your attorney is the right person to answer your questions. You can always move to premium processing at any time.

              • h1bwaiting

                Hi Raghu,

                Thank you for the update. My employer said that it would be no use to go for PP as I didn’t get any updates on my application. My application still shows “Initial Review” since last 7 months.

  • Vaibhav

    Hello,

    If my H1 visa approved for 2014, what is the latest date I can go for Visa stamping? Is is possible to do stamping before Oct 1 and enter the US? I have valid F1 visa till June 2014.
    Thanks in Advance.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      You can travel like only 10 days before Oct 1 after getting H1B 2014 approva. Stamping can be done anytime after you get your approval, provided you have all the required documents.

  • ajii

    hello i was denied visa for ri due to overstay the consular officer said she has submitted a waiver on my behalf to ARO but this was also denied,now i want to know do i schedule another visa interview as the first interview ,i didn’t go with any paper work to back up the waiver.The overstay was due to medical treatment(surgery and treatment my eyes)since 2006.Please reply me

  • Nish

    Hi Raghu!

    Thanks for the info. Could you appraise me how difficult/easy it is for startups to strike H1B for their employees? I’ve an opportunity from a start up and they would like to sponsor my H1B. Any opinion on the chances of really getting it?

    Cheers!

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      There is no difference I’m getting h1b for startup vs established company.

      • Suresh

        The consular sometimes views the website of the Startup and asks if the Employer has a Purchase Order for the Services and does not stamp the H1B. Consular can pull out information about any company – How many H1B filed during last 10 years and how many approved. So Established companies(Say Microsoft or HP) is always Safe.

  • prateep

    I am having 6 years of IT industry Experience, Now working in MNC, I am Looking for H1b visa sponsorship to apply coming april 2013 H1 B quota

    And i want to tell you in the 2007 year H1 b applied but Visa is rejected at that time , Am i eligible to this time

    I dont know whom i need to approch please suggest me

  • Hanan Namrouti

    hi
    i passed some exam to work with a company and they said we must wait new year but i guess in Feb. and the approve to go in April

    when i read this that’s mean i may wait till the end of year 2013 or in October right?

    and when get visa is it regular for 2014?!! coz the name H1B visa 2014?
    what things i should do now? and how to get it as vast as i can?

  • razeena

    Hi Raghu,

    Awesome job on the blog !! Nice info out here !
    I have a question on the slide show where it shows the ‘TOP H1B Sponsors for the year 2012′, there was a company named ‘Deloitte’ among the list.Could you give the exact full name of this company or the website ? because I haven’t heard of this company before (my bad :( !!)…and when i do a search online i end up seeing many in that name…do not know hwich one is in the slide.
    Appreciate your help !

    Thanks,
    Razeena

  • Dhiraj Ahir

    hi
    my query is that i want to take a admission in to usa(any state uni..) in sep-2013 intake but i don’t know the deadlines of GRE exam…..

    so please help me and tell me the deadlines date of GRE…

    plz

    thanks
    Dhiraj (Diploma-68% (T.E.B)and B.E in computer -6.71 cpi(GTU))

  • Justine

    Hi,

    I recently had an interview with a Company in the US and they are willing to sponsor me. However I would need to start as soon as possible. They know USCIS will only start accepting application in April but waiting until next October is really a long time and I’m not sure they are going to agree to that. Is there a way to expedite the process and start earlier than October?

    Thank you for your help.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      Your company should already be aware of this. Nothing can be done about H1B visa 2014 dates.

    • Prabhanjan

      Hi Justine,
      How did you found company in US? How they did intw?(skype or telephonic)?

  • vish

    Posting a comment to subscribe to the thread so that I can get notified when guys ask questions and I can try to answer some of them (if possible).

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com Raghuram Sukumar

      Thanks Vish.

    • munna

      Me too. This is a very important thread.