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Are Paying for H1B Visa 2018 Sponsors? Read This Warning First

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  • Are your H1B Visa 2018 sponsors a consulting company?
  • Are you paying for H1B Visa Application?

If your answer is Yes and Yes. Then continue to read this blog post. You would understand the problems you could face when applying for H1B Visa via a consulting company and paying for your H1B Visa? Before we get started, read this comment:

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This article is intended for H-1B Visa applicants who are planning to pay an H1B Visa 2018 sponsors (typically a consultant) and apply for H1B Visa. I’m not here to argue you should or shouldn’t do pay for H1B Visa processing. I’m here to warn you about potential loss of money (and sleepless nights) if you don’t do your homework.

WARNING!
Consider this as a Warning message for what’s in front of you in the coming months. Something like sort of  warning posted on the roads “Dangerous Curve Ahead”.

USCIS will start accepting H1B Visa 2018 applications starting in the month of April.  I’m expecting there will be lottery this year (2017) as well. I want to make sure you are warned about what to expect, if you fall under the following category of people applying for H1B Visa.

  • Are you planning to apply for H-1B Visa via a Consultant based in the U.S.A.?
  • Are you planning to apply from India or other countries? (Located outside U.S.A.)
  • Are you paying a boat load of money to a consultant to apply for H1B Visa?

If your answer is Yes to one or all the questions, then read this blog post, before you continue with the application process or maybe searching for H1B Visa sponsors who are could file your petition with USCIS.

Here’s what potentially awaits you on the other side of the process: Frustration and Disappointment. I hope, you will not be on the receiving end of bad deals with any H1B visa sponsors. But, I need to warn you.

New H1B Visa 2018 Sponsors and Season to Begin

I have been providing H-1B visa news and updates about cap count, quota updates, new laws and breaking news here in the blog since April of 2008. And I have gone through an H-1B Visa process myself even before that. Back then, there was no lottery and I was able to get into Advanced Degree Cap in the month of June.

I have read, answered several thousands of questions from applicants who applied for

  • H-1B  with Change of Status
  • Without Change of Status (COS)
  • First Time applicant from outside U.S.A.
  • H-4 Visa to H1b
  • L-1A or L-1B to H1B
  • Nonprofit H1B
  • General Cap
  • Premium or Regular Processing
  • Advanced Degree Cap

What does my experience mean to you? I know a thing or two about the H1B Visa journey that you are about the embark, especially if you are a first time applicant. I would be happy to help you reach your goal of getting the H1B visa selected in the lottery (that’s my prediction for this year). Around December and Janurary before the H1B Visa season begins, there’s several questions from the readers looking for H1B Visa 2018 sponsors.

Have you been on Roller Coaster Ride? I have been once before (and I get that brutal head spinning and humming noise that follows me entire day). One thing is guaranteed  for sure, if there is a lottery and you are applying for H1B Visa for the first time, you are going to get the same feeling as riding a roller coaster. Only difference, is that feeling of your head spinning would follow you for months.

H1B Visa Application vs IT Consulting Company

What I’m going to say here in the blog post is a TRUE Story and was recently shared with me by a member who purchased HB Visa Lottery guide. If you are paying for them to apply H1B Visa, then prepare for the worst case scenario and hope for the best.  So, here we go:

1. In March 2014, I have submitted documents to a local Hyderabad based consultant (Name removed here).

2. I had received a phone call (foreign) at night and the person interviewed me for 10 minutes. They said the call from an employer for interview before filing H-1B Visa. Sweet. I was excited.

3. The consultant told me that employer had selected me. But there is no offer letter received by me till now (Jan 2015).

4. Consultant communicated to me in May 2014 that my H-1B Visa petition has been picked in the lottery and he will share further Receipt number.

5. But Consultant keeps giving some reasons for not sharing any document of H1B petition Receipt Number. It’s January 2015 and he has not shared any information about my status of H1B Visa application.

6. Consultant wanted me to sign an agreement on Rs 100 stamp paper stating that, after getting a job and visa stamping, I shall pay three months salary to consultant on installment basis. But, I said without receiving an H-1B receipt number or offer letter I cannot sign the agreement or pay any money. So, agreed to that.

7. They are kept telling me that my case is in “Acceptance” status and not moved. But some people who applied along with me got emails that their H-1B decision has been approved.

8. They got the status update within 10 days filing for H1B Visa application with USCIS. It is for general cap applicants who got decision, approval message from Hyderabad consultant and it was not filed with premium process candidates.

9. But whatever it is, no one (me and co-applicants) got their documents or any visa interview schedule.

10. The consultant keeps on postponing dates for receipt of documents. Recently, he said that we shall get documents by End of January 2015.

11. Whenever I asked them about the status of my H-1B Visa application, visa interview, they are saying that my case is in “Acceptance” stage for past one year (almost). And they are saying that they will get my I-797 in a few days and I can attend the H1B visa interview, though my status is in “Acceptance” and my I-129 has been approved and for others they have shown approved I-129 (4 pages in pdf format).

12. No one trusts this h1b visa sponsor and almost everyone applied via his are sure that the company is a fraudster by collecting H1B Visa fees of Rs.30, 000 towards fraud verification money from 200 individuals and he is about to lift the camp and run away. But still they are there in the same premises.

13. I have also lost hopes and almost about to forget it and I’m getting ready to apply for fresh H1B Visa cap season.

So, that was the update from last week (Third Week of January).

Here’s the latest update from last week of January

I’m happy to share that my H-1B sponsor informed me through email that my I-797 has been received and he will show me I-797 document, but he gave that document only at the time of H1B visa interview. I like to know the answers to the following  questions

  • How to check my I-797 or any of H-1B details on USA official website.
  • How to confirm whether I-797 document is genuine or morphed document.
  • Is there any source to cross check with my name, passport details in any US official website.

So, you have it. That was the real story of an H1B applicant who applied from India during April 2014). Now, your experience about applying for H1B Visa, getting selected in the lottery process, attending H1B Visa interview might not be the exact same, but you get an idea.

Here’s another example:

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H1B Visa Application and Sponsors Side of the Story

Also, you have to think in terms of employers who filed your H1B petition. Why do you think this claim of fraudster, cheating consultants comes into to the picture?

The answer is Simple.  Lack of knowledge about how H-1B Visa sponsors (consulting companies) work and operate. People who are living in the U.S.A. tend to have a better understanding about this process and set expectations.

Why?

They have contacts with someone who have gone through the process. They chit chat with other friends. It comes down to the exposure to the H1B application process.

Whereas, you on the other hand, don’t have lots of friends to talk about this.

Consider an H4 visa holder. Their spouse will be an H-1B visa holder.  Their friends’ circle will include other H-4 visa spouses and H-1B Visa workers.

With F1 Visa students, they have a friend circle from their university, seniors and friends from other universities and their contacts. So, they have a network.

Even, well connected people run into issues when working with H1B sponsors. Direct Full Time hire’s will not (typically) have such problems.

When you located in India (or other country) and applying for H-1B visa, you may not have a similar set of contacts, unless you personally know someone who have gone through such a lottery process.  Even then, your only way to communicate with your employer is via phone or email.

If they don’t respond, you would start calling them cheat and fraud.

There are good H-1B visa sponsoring employers. But, you need to understand how this logistics and business of H-1B Visa is working. So, consider that you have been warned about the upcoming H1B Visa season and hope I have set a tone for what awaits you in this journey.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t apply for H-1B this coming season and that’s not my intention here. But, getting into this process without understanding and expectations can lead to pain and suffering.

How to Avoid These Situations?

Get Educated About The H1B Visa Process. If you are applying for H1B Visa through consultant’s and planning to play money, then please educate yourself about the process.

Check out H1B Visa 101 Guide (under Products). There are 3 courses related to H1B Visa Processing. They should give the required information and what you can do if things doesn’t go as planned (like loosing money).

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Comments

  1. Hi Raghu,

    My employer Company A has filed my H1 for the 2018 FY, now I’m getting better offer from Company B. Can I join Company B and if my H1 gets approved, can I transfer to Company B after October 2017?

  2. Hi Raghu,

    My employer Company A has filed my H1 for the 2018 FY, now I’m getting better offer from Company B. Can I join Company B and if my H1 gets approved, can I transfer to Company B after October 2017?

  3. So, you are no different from those fraud consultancies! You don’t have a genuine nature of helping people with their H1B filing, but you are asking them to buy your course. Pathetic man. Get a life !

    1. Author

      FYI – Experience and Information matters! I have sample contracts of desi consultants that you are likely to sign and how they would get you and real examples of people who lost thousands of dollars. And real H4 visa holders who did not know what they re getting into. You can sit and argue here of selling a course. Ask those who lost money!

  4. Hi Radhu,

    I am looking for H1b sponsor companies who can file for my h1 this April.Just wanted to know if you provide list of Consulting companies who sponsor h1b?

    Thanks in Advance

  5. Hi Raghu,

    I tried to purchase your 101 guide, but looks like your payment gateway is not working. I tried with multiple cards multiple time. Please check.

    Thanks.

    1. Author

      I saw multiple payment failed message. Here’s the message “Payment declined by customer’s bank” and last two attempts was Blocked by your bank. I had other members buy the course today. Can you check with your bank?

  6. My wife’s company was sending her to US for long term and filed H1B for her in 2013. As we did not want to loose the opportunity and did not want to disturb family as well, we decided that we will file the visa for myself. I applied with various companies and mentioned that I was looking for H1B. A company named IBS-Consulting(Ms Shylaja) approached me and asked for the money (2 lakh India rupee) for visa expenditure. With out limited resources/knowledge, we decided to go for it. We thought that if my name will not come in lottery then I will get most of the money back and if I will be failed during interview, then its my luck and made our mind ready for the loss.

    IBS informed me that I passed thru the lottery system and gave ref no # EAC1313854659. With this number, we can see the progress of the application at the visa status site but we can not see anybody’s name. It made me worry as I could not see my name. After 5-6 months of waiting, I got to know that my application got rejected and reason was that the company was not able to provide documents related to projects, client location and clarity on payments during my stay.

    Since it was not my fault I felt cheated. I spoke to John Ayyachami of the company and after much chasing and follow-up, he told that he applied for the Visa again through the company names Crescens Consulting and gave me ref no WAC1414250801 and after 5-6 months of waiting, my application got rejected again. John did not tell the reason this time.

    As we can not see the name on the visa site using this ID, I am not sure whether he applied for the visa or not. And since it failed as company itself was not eligible, so I should not pay for their failure. What should I do now.

    Company name –
    IBS-Consulting (Internaltion Business Solutions)
    255, Old New Brunswick Road
    Suite N230-A, Piscataway, NJ 08854

    Crescens Consulting Services Private Limited
    22, Gnanam Building, 3rd floor
    Tirunelveli – 627 005
    Tamilnadu.

    1. Author

      Unfortunately it’s difficult to overcome this. You should talk to an attorney for due course of action. It includes filing a compliant with DOL and so on.

  7. What’s the difference between you and those fraud consultancy ..
    Even you are selling your 101 course and they too .
    Only difference is you are marketing differently .

    If you were so serious in helping others why would you sell your tips here … ?

    1. Author

      Srinivas – There are about 3000 articles in this blog. I have covered H1B from 2007. Probably answered over 20,000 questions about just H1B. Some blog posts have 5000 comments with answers to H1B questions. I bet you did not read more than 50 comments on this article. Plus, I can decide how and when to promote my product and service. If you are serious about getting information, why not pay for it instead of trying to be a freeloader? USCIS is not issuing visa for free nor your attorney is filing your application for free. I think you have to grow-up and learn how the world works.
      Let me ask you this – are you working for free for your employer?

  8. Hello,
    I entered US on Jan 13 2013 with Company A – H1B Visa
    [ H1b Visa Stamp / I-94 ( valid till April 2015) ]

    In Nov 2013 I changed my job to Company B – H1B Transfer Petition filed on Nov 18th 2013
    Approved on March 14th 2014 I got new H1b extension and
    [ H1B 1-797A / I-94 approved for 11/18/2013 – 11/17/2016]
    [LCA approved till 11/17/2016 , Collin County, Texas]

    On March 29th 2013 I was working with Company B and left for good from USA to home country India

    Paystabs / W2 – all available for the period I stayed/worked in USA [ Jan 2013 – March 2014]

    Now I want to return to USA before the H1b expiry 11/17/2016
    I need to go for Visa stamping but
    Questions

    Option 1)
    Can a new employer Company C , file my H1b transfer, obviously premium processing?
    a) Job in same county / outside county .. what documents employer or I have to provide to get successful petition approval ?
    b) if H1b petition is approved, will I get extended date ( later than 11/17/2016) ?
    c) only once I get petition approved, I can go for Visa stamping with new petition and client letter/ job offer letters? or can I use previous CompanyB i-797A notice & CompanyC petition filed for going into stamping ?

    Option 2)
    Can I go for Visa stamping with same employer – Company B ?
    a) Job in same county / outside county .. what documents employer or I have to provide to get successful petition approval ?
    b) H1b amendment and extension needed before going for stamping?
    c) Can I just go for stamping with a client letter & offer letter if Company B provide me these docs ?

    My Visa stamping interview is scheduled for September 14th 2016 . Please guide me at the earliest

    I’m giving interviews and want to know which is the best way to get Visa stamping before time runs out

    Thank you

    1. Author

      Comments section is not a place to get help with your Visa Stamping questions that could affect your visa approval!

  9. Hi
    First of all thanks for this blog. It’s really useful. My question s I got reciept no and I checking it often. It’s case recieved ly. I accept that it needs time in regular processing. I also got the soft copy of the reciept from my consultant. All I wanted to know s can I cross check the reciept no whether it s originally the reciept is filed for me or not. Cos the consultant s not picking my call. Kindly revert.

  10. Hi, anyone applied your H1B VISA via a company called “HTC Global Services”, Chennai? If yes, kindly let me know?

    Thanks

  11. hi sir i dont understand what is the meaning of H1B visa 101 course ..i want to get the name and full details of consultancy which is genuine and doing the visa through a proper manner with no hidden things . pls give the that such details.

    1. Author

      Let me put it in another way.

      You are at Point A (and want to go to Point B (reliable consultant who want to apply for H1B).

      But, vast majority of people don’t realize It’s not just A to B. It’s A to X, Y and Z. People get burned by agents. I’m not going to hand over a list of consultants and take the blame later. But, I can educate you how not to get cheated and what sort of games they play, so you can be better prepared.

      H1B Visa 101 is a Video course that I offer to educate people who are desperately looking for a consultant to sponsor H1B.

  12. Hi Raghu,

    I have a question, hoping you will answer.

    I’m currently on H4 and talks with consultant to file H1B for current year. They have agreed to do, but, one guy is saying 4000 USD and the other guy says 5500 USD. I have heard from my friends, that sometimes(hoping not) these consultants do not even file the petition, but collect the money and tell us(the applicant) that it has been filed. And if the guy who has applied does not get selected, they return the UCSIC fee(but not the consultanat fee, even without applying.

    My question is, is there any way possible to check the petition has been genuinely filed by the consultant. Could we check the same any where?

    Pls answer the above as it could help many of us and i really hope you dont ask me to refer any other link or course.

    Thanks in advance, great job, cheers!

    1. Author

      I have answered this multiple times over last 8 years 🙂 search around the blog.

      Most people at this time look only for 2 things.

      1. Consultant who can file 2. Are they reliable

      But, most problems come after you file. Especially if you are H4, get ready for more problems down the lane.

      Most of the problems are discussed at H1B Visa 101 course.

    2. thanks raghu,

      could you please send the details of the work permit for H4 and the list of consultants pls

      thanks for your help raghu, hats off man

  13. Hi
    Do you know genuine consultancies which process H1B from India? If so please share the details.

  14. Hello Raghuram,

    I rephrased my question.

    can you share when the following fee is paid by employer when filing the petition for 2017? I’m reading there are certain fees which need to be paid to UCSIC only if the petition is picked in the lottery.

    Say these are the fees which needs to be paid , Base H1B filing fee – 325$ I’m sure this need to be paid on petition submission.

    Were these paid to USCIS after the application is picked in lottery or during petition submission? The breakdown of when and how will be helpful for everyone who are planning this year.

    H1B ACWIA fee – 1500$ (if MNC)
    Fraud Prevention and Detection fee – 500$.
    Public Law 111-230 – 2000$ or 4000$

    1. Author

      @Shiv – H1B Visa can be split into two broad options – Application Fee + Attorney Fee. If H1B is not picked in the lottery, then Attorney Fee ( service fee) will be gone. Application Fee ( everything else) will be returned. But, if consultant gonna return the fee is the question. It will be not easy to get the money back. Trust Me. Why? You can watch the H1B Visa 101 course to learn more.

  15. Could you tell when these dates are paid? Like April 1st the employer pays filing fees like that

  16. Hello Raghuram,can someone share how much $ will the employer pay when filing the petition for 2017? I’m reading there are certain fees which need to be paid to UCSIC only if the petition is picked in the lottery.

    The breakdown of when and how much $ will be helpful for everyone who are planning this year.

  17. Hi Raghu ,

    I’m currently in USA with H4 visa . Last year couple of my freinds applied through consultants and they haven’t heard back from them till date and they lost lots of money . I’m scared to apply for h1b through consultants and also its very diff to find one . Please let us know if u are aware of any genuine consultancies in USA who sponsor H1b . It would be of great help !!

    1. Author

      Yes, I do know. If you are in IT domain and buy H1b Visa 101 course, I can refer you. Why buy the course? The the exact same reason you have listed…
      people lost money ( and that’s not the end of problems) I have more listed in the course.

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