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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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