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H1B Visa 2015 – News, Start Date, Quota and Predictions


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This is the main article for H1B Visa 2015.

Following the links below for related articles in this series

  1. H1B Visa 2015 Daily Updates (from April 1, 2014)
  2. [Video] What Happens Next After H1B Visa Lottery?
  3. USCIS Received 172,500 H-1B Visa Applications
  4. H1B 2015 Cap Reached
  5. H1B Visa 2015 Predictions
  6. H1B Visa 2015 Cap Count – Predit and Win

USCIS will start accepting H1B Visa 2015 applications from April of 2014, provided there is no change with a possible new immigration bill in USA.

In this blog post you find answers to the following questions about H1B Visa 2015 (FY 2014)

  • Proposed H1b Visa changes in Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • When does H1B Visa Cap open?
  • Overview of  of H1B Visa Application Process
  • Available H1B Visa FY 2015 Cap Count
  • Approval  and processing time
  • Previous year H1B Visa statistics

  When does H1B Visa Cap open?

Only employers can apply for your H1B visa application.  H1B Visa FY 2015 Filing Date will be April 1, 2014. It’s too early to say what could happen with H1B Visa law changes, if the new immigration reform bill passes in the USA.

H1B Start Date

What is the H1B Visa 2015 start date?

USCIS will start accepting applications from April 1, 2014.

After H1B approval, the H1B start date will be from October 1, 2014  or later.

Application Process

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H1B Visa Approval Process

An 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 2015 application will be handled by two departments

  • Department of Labor

H1B Application Processing Time

Following is what it would typically take for an Immigration attorney to file and prepare your H1B Visa 2015 application.

  • 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.

The above steps will vary between attorneys, but you get an idea about how the entire process takes place.

Total H1B Cap

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 2015 Predictions

Here’s official Happy Schools Blog’s H1B Visa 2015 Predictions for this year’s cap season.

Lottery Process

Watch the following video to learn about H1B Visa lottery selection process used by USCIS

H1B Visa – Approval Times

How long would it take for USCIS to approve the H1B Visa application?

Processing time for H-1B Visa application FY 2015 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 Visa processing can take 2 to 4 months. For this year (2013) receipt number will be issued till early June for applications filed in April, 2013. So, it depends on the volume of H1B applications.

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

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

USCIS has approved an application for just one year.

How to File H1B Visa 2015 application?

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

H1B visa must be sponsored by an 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 2014 should be sponsored by an employer.

Questions About H1B Visa 2015?

Do you have any questions about applying for H1B Visa process, updates, applications, OPT, etc?

Post your questions below in the comments section.

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  1. Chethan Hegde

    Hi Raghu, I have couple of questions.

    1) I had received RFE. My employer resubmitted documents and USCIS received it within the RFE response date. Still the status show it is under review, I am not sure what is the processing time in general.
    2) My H1B is filed by employer based in Seattle. My current employer Dell India wants to me to work for them in Austin. I think I can work as consultant initially and transfer H1B. Even when I work in consultant, is there any process that should be completed before I travel from India. MY H1B employer is OK to work with Dell in Austin. My question is there any time period I will have to stay in Seattle before I move to Austin or I can directly go to Austin and work with Dell.


    1. Ritika

      Hi Raghu,

      My Employer has replied to RFE on 02nd Sep 2015 from then till today the status is “Request For Evidence Was Received Our California Service Center office will begin working on your case again. We will mail you a decision or notify you if we need something from you. If you move, go to to give us your new mailing address”

      I am not sure still how long it will take for them to take a decision , either positive or Negative i am looking for some status.

      Will it really take this long :( please share some thoughts on this please

      1. Author
        Raghuram Sukumar

        Upgrade to Premium if you like to get faster results. Some folks are waiting over 7 months now.

        1. Ritika

          Hi Raghu,

          Thank You So Much for the Advice.

          One more Query Please :

          Along with me Two of my colleagues have also got the RFE and the consultancy has replied for that in Nov 6 in which one case got approved on Dec 4.

          Only mine and one of my colleague case is still pending , we all have been shared the REF by our consultant in which i got 24 pages Query asking how can i be an IT professional being a BA graduate but in actually i have done my MBA Finance in 2008 and from then i am working in SAP (SAP FSCM Fuctional from past 7 years).

          One of my colleague whose case is also pending because he also got 20 pages RFE query stating being a Bcom graduate how can he be an IT professional , he is also in SAP (SAP FI Functional From past 8 Years) as he also did MBA Finance after his Bcom and got job in SAP.

          The one Who’s case got approved on 4th Dec is an Engineer working in SAP Basis , he got only 2 page Query as just some missing documents needs to be submitted from the consultancy its been done and his case got approved on Dec 4 (REF 06th Nov).

          Now the question in our mind is because of BA & BCom which we have done some 10 years back has an impact? have you seen any scenario of getting rejection because of this reason? kindly share your thoughts


          1. Author
            Raghuram Sukumar

            I can advise only on certain immigration questions and this is NOT my area.
            Only the USCIS adjudicator can answer your question :)

    2. Author
      Raghuram Sukumar

      1. RFE is gonna take sometime. Both service centers are really slow.
      2. Can you post Question #2 in Q&A page?

  2. Sujit

    Hello Raguram.

    I am a mechnical engineer I want to file H1 visa, but couldnot find any consultancy who helps for mechanical engg.

    1. Author
      Raghuram Sukumar

      I have few consultants listed within the H1B Visa 101 course. But, they ma not respond. That’s how consultants work.

  3. Ram

    Hi Raghuram Sukumar,

    I am Singapore Citizen, Please explain to me, how can i process my H1B1 visa?.


  4. Simran Matharu

    HI Raghu,

    My status says awaiting/ wait – listed. How does this process further?

  5. mohan babu

    I am a health care worker from india. I have received 2 h1b selection letters from 2 different health care companies for this year. Now I have been approached by a non cap hospital employer willing to sponsor for non cap H1b under premier process and their pay is much better than the other 2 employers. now can I go ahead with this non cap employer and how can I say NO to the 2 employers who have successfully petitioned for me? Do I need to compensate them by money?

    1. Author
      Raghuram Sukumar

      Don’t go to Cap Exempt employer. Is will be pain to switch back unless both employers don’t revoke the petition. Don’t look at just your year one current Salary.

  6. Arthi

    Hi Raghu,
    I have got my H1B approved petition last year (2014) and i m yet to go for stamping due to project issues. Is there any way to transfer the petition to another employer ? My current company is not willing to reveal the receipt no/petition number to me. Any luck? Kindly help.


    1. Author
      Raghuram Sukumar

      You need to hire an attorney and send a request via them to employer.

  7. srinivasarao


    when will be the last date for applying H1B VISA of 2015 year.when they will take H1B lottery (date).
    how many they will take to inform us (whether we are selected or not)

    1. srinivasarao

      Hi Raghu,

      when will be the last date for applying H1B VISA of 2015 year.when they will take H1B lottery (date).
      how many they will take to inform us (whether we are selected or not)

  8. Shalu


    I have issue with my name. All my documents including my school certs,college degrees and other documents contains my First name only. My passport has only first name. My employer has filed for H1 B. As last name is mandatory for U.S. Will it be OK if I change my name in my passport only rather than changing it in all the documents.


  9. Jamie


    If your employer elects to do the premium processing and the USCIS accepts it, does the 15-day processing time mean that you can start working right away (after the 15 days, i.e. April 15/16)? Or does it still mean October 1st starting date?

    Thank you,

  10. Sujata

    Hi Raghuraman,
    I am planning to apply for H1B this year 2015. My question is if we apply from two employers for the visa and luckily, if both files got selected in lottery, can we withdraw any one application? and continue the other.

    Will the Employer with withdrawn application get the visa file, visa fee and other fees (if any)back?

    And if not then, will there be any compensation expected by employer whose application i might withdraw?

    I may have work agreement with the employer with compensation amount on breakage.
    So if I withdraw my application in above mentioned scenario, Is there any chance that the employer might demand the full compensation as written in the agreement?

    Plz advice me about this employer issue and compensation required.
    Thanks in Advance.

  11. Satish

    If we do a premium processing and application is not picked up. do they return the additional amount paid for premium processing also ?

  12. Leo


    We are Hiring !!

    We looking for candidate with all IT skills who are
    interested to file H1B for 2015. Please mail me on Leorecruit at gmail dot com


    1. kunal sanyashiv

      I want to come and work in US but my employer is not filing my H1-B.
      I am interested to file H1-B for this year.

  13. taha saifee

    Hi raghu,
    This yr my employer applying h1 visa on behalf of me.
    But there is a lottery system.
    Is there any prequiste for lottery system. By which my application select easyly.

  14. monika

    If 221g form is given during interview, can we reapply to another employer using same petition

  15. Mithra

    Hi Raghu,
    I am in US on H4 and my petition H1B is approved. But my consultancy
    is not ready to share me the receipt number and also they have not shared methe petition approval details. Is this fine?
    Will I have any problem if they are not ready to share me
    any details regarding me the application (in case if I need to change my
    And can you please tell me documents which I need to keep
    with me regarding my petition approval?

  16. vijay kumar

    Hi Raghu,
    I’m holding Indian passport and my petition got approved on June and I’m planning to take the H1B Interview in Sydney itself.

    Do you think, attending H1B interview here in Sydney is good idea or else from India.

    Couple of my friend are suggesting me to take an a interview from India itself .

    At presently I’m totally confused . Could you Please do the needful.


    Vijaykumar Kol

      1. vijay kumar

        I’m doing job in IT here and applied H1B on same job itself.

        Yes I have some plans to travel India before I start to USA.

        Please guide me !!!

          1. vijay kumar

            I’m working here as a contractor and my contact end here 31st March’15 & Travel to India for stamping in contract time means loss of pay & risk to my job contract because of this reason I’m avoiding to travel India.

            However, Please guide like what could be the difference attending interview from Sydney or India?

          2. vijay kumar

            I want to take the minimum risk in H1B interview, if really required to attend interview from India I’m ready for it but before doing that one even I want to know chances from here

          3. Raghuram Sukumar

            Your situation is like chicken and egg. And I don’t have an black and white answer. You should have given all this info when you first posted your question. From what I see, you have to go to India not on vacation, but breaking your contract just for stamping. So, if H1 is stuck in 221(g) or denied, you can’t go back to AU. Am I right?

            So, do you even have a choice now? Approval of H1 depends on your interview, employer, VO’s questions.

          4. vijay kumar

            Thanks Raghu for all your help and information

  17. H1 Interview

    To the H1B experts of this forum,

    Please let me know will there be any problem during interview if the passport photo is different to my present appearance ? The passport was issued 7 years back and there is a considerable change in my appearance(Weight decreased and face becomes lil small as well)

    Thanks in advance !

    1. KD

      I had the same doubt when I went for my stamping. But it didn’t cause me any issue.

  18. Sundar

    Hi All,
    I am in US on H4 and my H1B is in initial
    review. I have to go back to India next week. So if my H1b gets approved while I
    am in India, should I go for visa stamping or can I come back in h4 itself. Will
    it make any difference if I travel before/after
    Oct 1st as H1B validity
    generally starts at that date.

    Could you please suggest?

      1. Sundar

        Thanks Raghu for your quick response.

        I have to go back to India since I have to
        join back work. Since my h1b is in initial review I am not able to decide
        whether I should quit from here itself or go back and join work and quit when my h1b
        gets approved(To be on safer side). Could you please suggest on this as well ?

        Just to confirm what I understood is
        correct, I can return anytime in H4 (no diff before/after Oct 1st)and I should
        go out of US to get h1b stamped and start working here when my h1b gets
        approved or else I can do the stamping and come back and start working directly.

        So Is this the case if I am not going back
        to India and H1b gets approved while I am here on H4? Should I go out of US and get h1b stamped ?

        1. Raghuram Sukumar

          After Oct 1 – You can come in H4 or Get H1B stamping and come in H1B.

          Before Oct 1 – Only in H4.

          Not Travelling : Your status will become H1 from Oct 1, provided your employer filed COS (which they should have). You don’t have to go to get stamping if H1b approved while you are in USA. You can get stamping when you plan your usual vacation/trip outside USA.


          1. Sundar

            yeah :) Thank you.

            Please advise on the risk involved to quit my job in India while H1b is in initial review. Do you suggest that option?
            Sorry for shooting the question one after the other. Your suggestions would be very helpful.

          2. Sundar

            Thank you.

            My petition got approved. I have few questions about COS.

            If my employer has applied for COS, does it
            require a separate approval other than H1B

            Is that a separate process other than H1B approval.
            I mean COS application is consider only after H1B approval by a different team?

            How long it takes for COS approval?
            4. Safest period to travel to India?.

          3. Raghuram Sukumar

            You have to read about Change of Status process.

            COS is considered abandoned if you travel while application is pending.

            COS is done only for people who are applying while they are in USA (not from outside).

            Approval can sometimes come without COS. I have seen that even with COS application, but that’s rare.

      2. Sundar

        Hi Raghu, It would be a great help if you could give me your suggestion on my below question.

        1. Raghuram Sukumar

          Your status will not change from H4 to H1 on Oct 1, if you leave the country.

          Traveling while COS/H1B is in process would be considered abandoned when you leaves the country. So, H1B will be approved, but now COS. So, you have to travel again, get stamping and enter USA.

          1. Sundar

            Thanks again!.
            Please advise on the risk involved to quit my job in India while H1b is in initial review. Do you suggest that option?

  19. Narayana

    Hi Raghuram,
    My husband has applied for H1B. He got selected in lottery and his petition also got approved. Still his VISA interview is not scheduled.
    I am working also working for an IT firm in AUTOMOTIVe domain. As there are some openings in U.S, in my company they are planning to apply L1 for me.
    Whether this will affect his H1B VISA approval? Please provide your response.
    Thank You

  20. kannan

    Please help Me. I am cap exempt on 2010 and got an RFE, but my petition was denied(not rejected) in RFE stage.

    Now the new employer had filed a H1B petition for me and still there is not response from USCIS.

    Please let me know if a new employer can apply for H1B transfer for me in 2015.

    Please help.

  21. Narayana

    Hi Raghu,

    My husband has got his h1b petition approved. Currently i am also working in an IT company. I am not planning to resign and apply for H4 as we did not have any plans until his VISA gets stamped. Whether this will create any problem in his VISA interview?

    Please reply. Thanks in Advance.

    1. Guest

      Hello Narayana,

      it doesn’t effect Husband VISA approval , if You are working in IT sector.
      And Once he got the stamping, you can resign and process you H4 visa. For the VISA guys, its matters less where your spouse works.

      So just hope your husband gets his VISA first :)


    2. Sandeep Kantimahanthi

      Hello Narayana,

      it doesn’t effect Husband VISA approval , if You are working in IT sector.
      Once he got the stamping, you can resign and process you H4 visa. For
      the Consulate guys, its hardly matters where his/her spouse works.

      So just hope your husband gets his VISA first :)


  22. Janani

    Hello Raghuram Sukumar : This is janani here .. Trust you are doing good..My case is .. I have filed H1B with an Employer . He says he has not yet received an update .. . Amt also not yet debited neither he got back the papers . He says its very confusing ..
    What is the probability .. Any idea .. Kindly inform pls

    1. BigB

      Same case for me.. They advised me to wait until USCIS return the filing amount. For few of my collegues they confirmed the petition was rejected. Please advice how long we need to wait.

      1. Ronnie

        Hey have you recieved any updates recently.. Same is the case with me no updates on my application yet.

        1. padma

          Hi, pls let me know if you heard anything from your employer on your case..even I don’t know anything on my case..still waiting..

      2. mrudula

        hi, any updates from your end? did you receive the package back? I am still waiting for mine.

  23. Sakthivel

    Hi Raghu, I have a stamped visa with XYZ but not travelled and got expired which was initiated during 2011. If i apply for H1B with same XYZ will it come under cap exempt or not.
    Your reply will be much appreciated.

  24. coolgoks

    Hi Raghu,

    My petition got approved on Jun 3 (Regular-Non AD) which was filed by Company A. I work for Company B in India and they are now willing to get my petition transferred to them and post me in their US location.

    Could you please clarify or point me the steps (risks if any) involved in this kind of transfer.

  25. Syed Rizvi

    Hi Raghu, I was picked in lottery of 2008 but due to market crash in US the employer had to close the business n I never came in US. I hav the scanned version of i797C, I applied dis year too but so far didnt got any news regarding packet acceptance /rejection in lottery… can I avail that i797 or the lottery result of 2008 as 6 years hav passed… ur guidance will be highly appreciated

  26. Ak

    Hey Raghu bro!!

    Last year i was not selected. This year, thanks to got, my receipt no. is wac14143*****

    i just checked today that the person who is two no. less and who is two
    no. more than my no., have been approved yesterday. and many more near my number have been approved or given RFE.

    What does this mean?

    When will i get my approval. My status is still showing “Inital review”

    How are they approving… is it random or based on company or name?

    is Approval process still not decoded till now by you or any expert :)

      1. Ak

        Which post… Can you please specifically tell because I am not able to find any blog video where approval process is decoded.. Only thing mentioned is that regular it takes few months

      2. Hms

        HI Raghu
        I got the update from my employer that they are still waiting for the lottery confirmation.
        Few of the team mebers have recived it.
        are there any chances to get additional acceptance ?

        1. Janani

          @HMS- same here .. Even my employer says he is still waiting for the Lottery confirmation ..
          @Raghu – Do we still have some hope ?
          Janani Gopalan

  27. Reddy

    Hi Raghu,

    Can we transfer h1 during Cap-Gap to company B from A? Also can we start working with new company before October 1st?

  28. Vishwa

    Got my receipt # from my employer today. I guess they got it earlier but gave it to me now. Receipt # WAC-14-140-51XXX. Regular/NonPP.
    Can anyone help me find out the actual date the receipt was generated?
    140 is equivalent to?

    1. HopesAlive

      I believe its 140 days starting Oct 1 2013 which does not include weekends & holidays. Is yours an Advanced Degree & which one is the processing center?

  29. Nishant

    Still waiting.Anyone in General Quota are receiving Receipts offlate?

  30. H1B Aspirant

    Received the good news just a while ago. I guess RP/Non AD still there is a bright chance.

    1. ramu

      Hi.. you applied through any consultant or it was applied by your working company.

    2. Optimistic

      Did you get receipt number or you got the information about check clearance from your employer?

    1. yyyy

      Hi right,
      Mine s rp. Can you please let me know how long I can wait. Is there any hope still

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