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.

  • Jamie says:


    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,

  • Shalu says:


    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.


  • srinivasarao says:


    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)

    • srinivasarao says:

      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)

  • Arthi says:

    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.


  • mohan babu says:

    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?

    • Raghuram Sukumar says:

      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.

  • Simran Matharu says:

    HI Raghu,

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

  • Ram says:

    Hi Raghuram Sukumar,

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


  • Sujit says:

    Hello Raguram.

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

    • Raghuram Sukumar says:

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

  • Chethan Hegde says:

    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.


    • Ritika says:

      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 http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange 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

      • Raghuram Sukumar says:

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

        • Ritika says:

          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


          • Raghuram Sukumar says:

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

    • Raghuram Sukumar says:

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

    • murali says:

      Hi raghu

      My RFE was submitted on oct 2 2015 for the year 2015 H1b quota but still it is showing as RFE received on 2 nd oct 2015. Please let me know how much time it will take for the decision.

      • Raghuram Sukumar says:

        Did your emnployer/attorney follow-up with USCIS. I have no way of knowing the details of your case. Only they can deal with this. Keep nagging them.

  • argie dimebag says:

    Fantastic discussion . I learned a lot from the information – Does anyone know if my company might get access to a template USCIS I-539 document to use ?