Everyone applying for H1B visa this year have a lot of questions in their minds and they are trying to find some answers.
I have been reading and following up H1B Visa 2009 issues for this year and have prepared a list of questions and answers that would address some of the queries you most likely have.
Again, I’m not an immigration professional, but the information here is what I have learned from reading other articles in the web, which came from experts on the subject.
Breaking News – New H1B Strict Hiring rules have been proposed for 2009. A few companies cannot hire H1B Visa workers in the U.S.
When is the earliest date I can apply for H1B Visa for fiscal year 2009-2010?
USCIS begins accepting applications on April 1 2009.
How many H1B visas are available for fiscal year 2009 – 2010?
A total of 65,000 are under the general quota, 20,000 for students to take advanced degrees at U.S. universities.
What is the lottery system?
Last year on the first day (April 1, 2007) when USCIS started to accept the applications, they received about 115,000 applications. But only 65,000 visas were available to be issued.
So they followed the lottery system, which involves the random selection of applications to issue H1B Visas. In 2008, more about 163,000 applications were received.
Will there be lottery system this year?
USCIS will accept applications for the lottery system until the first 5 days if more than 65,000 applications were to be submitted.
Unlike last year, all the applications for H1B Visa during the first 5 days will be included for the lottery system.
What happens if more than 20,000 H1B applications were received for advanced degree quota?
H1B visas will be issued using the lottery system for 20,000 H1B applications, whereas those applications not selected under 20,000 cap will be included in general category lottery system.
Can my employer file multiple H1B Visa applications?
No, not for this year. Only one application can be submitted by an employer per person.
I have 2 job offers form 2 different companies. Can both employers file H1B applications?
Yes, both employers can file H1B applications, and doing so increases your chances. However, if both H1B petitions get approved, you can work only for one employer, so choose the best one.
Is there a difference between applying through private courier services like FedEx, DHL and USPS?
I have heard and read that petitions filed by private courier services are handled differently than petitions filed using USPS. And many prefer filing petitions using FedEx, UPS or DHL.
- USCIS will accept deliveries from 6:00am – 5:00pm, local time from April 1 – April 6.
- USCIS will accept deliveries from 6:00am – 7:00pm on April 7.