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

By Raghuram Sukumar H-1B Visa 542 Comments

This is the main article for H1B Visa 2015.

Following the links below for related articles in this series

  1. [Video] What Happens Next After H1B Visa Lottery?
  2. USCIS Received 172,500 H-1B Visa Applications
  3. H1B Cap Reached
  4. H1B Visa 2015  ( this article)
  5. H1B Visa 2015 Daily Updates ( from April 1, 2014)
  6. New to H1B? Learn the basics.
  7. What is H1B Visa Lottery
  8. H1B Visa 2015 Predictions
  9. When to Apply for H1B Visa for FY 2015 (April 2014)
  10. H1B Cap Exempt Employers : How to Get H1B Visa After Quota is Full

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

In this blog post you find answers to 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 employer can apply for your H1B visa application.  H1B Visa FY 2015 Filing Date will be April 1, 2014. Its too early to say what could happen with H1B Visa law changes, if new immigration reform bill passes in USA.

H1B Start Date

What is the H1B Visa 2015 start date?

USCIS will start accepting applications from April 1, 2014.

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

Application Process

h1b visa 2015

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 2015 application will be handled by two departments

  • Department of Labor
  • USCIS

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.

Above steps will vary between attorney’s, 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 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 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 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 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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Comments 542

  1. 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.

  2. Satish

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

  3. Leo

    Hello,

    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

    Regards
    Leo

  4. 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.

  5. 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
    employer).
    And can you please tell me documents which I need to keep
    with me regarding my petition approval?

  6. 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.

    Thanks,

    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?

            1. 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

              1. 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.

  7. 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 !

  8. 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.

          Clear?

          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.

              1. Sundar

                Thank you.

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

                1.
                If my employer has applied for COS, does it
                require a separate approval other than H1B

                2.
                Is that a separate process other than H1B approval.
                I mean COS application is consider only after H1B approval by a different team?

                3.
                How long it takes for COS approval?
                4. Safest period to travel to India?.

                1. 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.

        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?

  9. 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

  10. kannan

    Hi,
    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.

  11. 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 :)

      Cheers.

    2. Sandeep Kantimahanthi

      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 Consulate guys, its hardly matters where his/her spouse works.

      So just hope your husband gets his VISA first :)

      Cheers.

  12. 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. 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..

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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 ?
        Thanks

        1. Janani

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

  17. 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?

  18. 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?

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