H1B Visa 2014 – Latest Updates

By Raghuram Sukumar H-1B Visa 115 Comments

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.

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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.

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Comments 115

  1. Srishti Miglani

    Hi!
    I have a scenario wherein a person has suppose initiated his H1B Visa through company and then resigned the company for higher studies . Now will there be any hurdles or interruptions in applying Student US Visa to for higher studies?? Or the person can go with the H1B visa also? Or should the H1 B visa needs to get cancelled first? Or whatever could be the outcomes..

    please let me know

  2. Smiles

    Great explanation! Just three quick questions… How much does the employer has to pay? And, do public school educators have a cap for h1b visas? Is there a list of schools anywhere? Merci

    1. Raghuram Sukumar

      How much does the employer has to pay?
      – Costs them about $3000 to $5000 to file a H1B

      And, do public school educators have a cap for h1b visas?

      – Not sure.

      Is there a list of schools anywhere?

      – I haven’t see a list till date.

  3. 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.

  4. 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,

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  5. 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?

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  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

    1. 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.

  10. 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?

    1. 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?

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        1. 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,

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