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

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

h1b visa 2015

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
  • 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.

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.

567 Comments

  1. argie dimebag on September 7, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    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 ?

  2. Chethan Hegde on December 9, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    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.

    Regards
    Chethan

    • Ritika on December 10, 2015 at 2:47 AM

      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 on December 10, 2015 at 8:20 AM

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

        • Ritika on December 10, 2015 at 10:54 PM

          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

          Regards,
          Ritika

          • Raghuram Sukumar on December 11, 2015 at 11:56 AM

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



    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 10, 2015 at 8:19 AM

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

    • murali on February 16, 2016 at 9:17 AM

      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 on February 16, 2016 at 12:40 PM

        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.

  3. Sujit on November 4, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    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 on November 4, 2015 at 6:40 AM

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

  4. Ram on September 7, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Hi Raghuram Sukumar,

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

    Thanks
    Ram

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 8, 2015 at 6:51 AM

      You have H1B1 and it usually not full. Talk to a employer.

  5. Simran Matharu on May 19, 2015 at 3:35 AM

    HI Raghu,

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

  6. mohan babu on May 6, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    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 on May 6, 2015 at 8:23 AM

      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.

  7. Arthi on March 23, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    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.

    Thanks,
    Arthi

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 23, 2015 at 9:48 AM

      You need to hire an attorney and send a request via them to employer.

  8. srinivasarao on March 23, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Hi,

    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 on March 23, 2015 at 6:03 AM

      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)

  9. Shalu on February 28, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Hi,

    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.

    Regards,
    Shalu

  10. Jamie on February 2, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Hi,

    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,
    Jamie

  11. Sujata on January 21, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    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.

  12. Satish on January 18, 2015 at 2:50 AM

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

  13. Leo on January 8, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    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

  14. taha saifee on January 2, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    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.

  15. monika on August 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    If 221g form is given during interview, can we reapply to another employer using same petition

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Don’t mess with another visa interviews when 221(g) is in process.

  16. Mithra on August 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    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?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Say, you are going to India for a marriage and they have not other choice to give it to you for stamping.

      • Mithra on August 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Thanks Raghu.

  17. vijay kumar on August 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    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

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Depends on what you are doing in Sydney. Do you plan to go to India from Australia before going to U.S.A.?

      • vijay kumar on August 5, 2014 at 7:24 AM

        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 !!!

        • Raghuram Sukumar on August 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

          Then why not attend stamping in India? you can attend in Sydney as well.

          • vijay kumar on August 6, 2014 at 6:15 AM

            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?



          • vijay kumar on August 6, 2014 at 6:18 AM

            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



          • Raghuram Sukumar on August 6, 2014 at 10:58 AM

            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.



          • vijay kumar on August 7, 2014 at 8:41 AM

            Thanks Raghu for all your help and information



  18. H1 Interview on July 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    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 !

    • KD on July 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Hi,
      I had the same doubt when I went for my stamping. But it didn’t cause me any issue.

      • H1 Interview on July 17, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        Thanks man !

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      You shouldn’t have any issues.

      • H1 Interview on July 17, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        Thanks Raghu.That’ some relief !

  19. Sundar on July 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    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?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      You can come back on H4, but you would have to leave the country again before Oct 1, get H1 stamping and enter USA.

      • Sundar on July 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        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 ?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on July 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

          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?

          • Sundar on July 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

            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.



          • Raghuram Sukumar on July 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM

            I wouldn’t quit unless H1 is approved.



          • Sundar on July 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

            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?.



          • Raghuram Sukumar on July 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

            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.



      • Sundar on July 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Hi Raghu, It would be a great help if you could give me your suggestion on my below question.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on July 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

          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.

          • Sundar on July 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

            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?



  20. Narayana on July 11, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    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

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 11, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      You can travel in L1 and your husband can travel in H1B.

  21. kannan on July 2, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    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.

  22. Narayana on June 26, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    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.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 27, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Your question is not clear. What problems?

    • Guest on June 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      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.

    • Sandeep Kantimahanthi on June 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      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.

  23. Janani on June 13, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    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

    • BigB on June 17, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      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.

      • Praveen M on June 20, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        When your colleagues got rejection mail?

      • Ronnie on July 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Hey have you recieved any updates recently.. Same is the case with me no updates on my application yet.

        • padma on July 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM

          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..

      • mrudula on July 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        hi, any updates from your end? did you receive the package back? I am still waiting for mine.

    • Vinoth Kumar on June 30, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      Hi
      u got any update ?

  24. Raghuram Sukumar on June 11, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Here’s how to transfer H1B visa before H1 start date in October.

    http://192.138.19.181/h1b-transfer-before-start-date/

  25. Sakthivel on June 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    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.

  26. coolgoks on June 9, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    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.

  27. Syed Rizvi on June 8, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    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

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      You may be able to use your approved I-797. Talk to new employer or their attornyey.

  28. Ak on June 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    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 🙂

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Refer to other blog posts on this topic and I posted bunch of video interviews that covers the same topic.

      • Ak on June 10, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        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

      • Hms on June 11, 2014 at 2:45 AM

        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

        • Janani on June 11, 2014 at 6:32 AM

          @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

        • Vinoth Kumar on June 16, 2014 at 3:27 AM

          Same here

  29. Reddy on June 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    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?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on June 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Why do you want to take that risk? What id your employer revokes H1B application?

  30. Vishwa on May 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    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?

    • HopesAlive on May 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      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?

      • Vishwa on May 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Mine is non-AD. Processing center is California

  31. Nishant on May 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Still waiting.Anyone in General Quota are receiving Receipts offlate?

  32. H1B Aspirant on May 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Received the good news just a while ago. I guess RP/Non AD still there is a bright chance.

    • ramu on May 28, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Hi.. you applied through any consultant or it was applied by your working company.

    • nishant on May 28, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      Did you get it through company?General quota?

    • Bala on May 28, 2014 at 4:40 AM

      Congratulations.. Did your employer apply for your H1B visa?

    • H1B Play on May 28, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Hi ,

      What was the notice date mentioned in your form

    • Optimistic on May 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Did you get receipt number or you got the information about check clearance from your employer?

  33. Ak on May 20, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Any regular processing applications got approved

  34. Raghuram Sukumar on May 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    New Video on H1b Visa Receipt Numbers – http://192.138.19.181/h1b-visa-2015-receipt-number-updates/

    • yyyy on May 20, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Hi right,
      Mine s rp. Can you please let me know how long I can wait. Is there any hope still

  35. Zoe on May 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Does any non PP got approved?

  36. shettered on May 17, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Was planning for H1 application many days, my employer was keep saying go for H1. on 29th of March just 2 days before my H1 application my employer / company and attorney told me it will be a very tough/hard call to go for h1 application as i have no work experience in this field ( though i send all my documents certificates CV payment in January ) I just passed my graduation in Business Information Technology (3yrs) from University Of Greenwich ,England. Now my question to you all people will they reject my application coz of my Graduation which is 3 yrs instead of 4 years and no experience in I.T field ? please reply me can’t sleep whole night !!

  37. Avinash on May 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    @happyschools:disqus so do you think is there any HOPE left now to know if one is selected in lottery or not?

    • Avinash on May 15, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Also, do i have to wait to get the H1 package back to apply for F1 visa OR i can apply for it right away (i have all documents available for student visa) ?

      • Sriram on May 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        You can start applying. You need not wait for the package

  38. Unique case-- Expert assistant on May 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    My H-1B petition was filled on 1st april toward AD/RP in Vermont center. My work location as per application is Richmond VA and our company head quarter is in Chicago IL.

    Last week, USCIS sent my H-1B Cap Petition back, stating that it was reviewed for acceptability, but determined that a different Service Center had jurisdiction over the place of employment, and was therefore being rejected.

    My lawyer resubmitted my application back on Monday with the explanation that It was filled with correct USCIS center.

    I have following question….

    When USCIS say, they reviewed my petition for acceptability does that mean they reviewed my application to place it in the lottery and made a mistake or my application got selected in lottery and then during review they made an error ?

    If USCIS made an error and didn’t even considered my application toward lottery can I legally appeal USCIS as mistake was on their end ?

  39. SR on May 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    I have got H4 and my employer had filled for a new H1B this year. My employer says that they are still expecting an update from USCIS if my petition got picked in lottery or not.

    My query – is there any way to convert h4 to h1 in case the lottery results doesn’t turn up in my favour?

    Thanks.

    • OPTIMISTIC on May 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      there is no other way to change from H4 to H1. Only one can try next year.

  40. Sidvin on May 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    @happyschools:disqus I am currently on H-4 Visa and I had decided to apply for H1B this year but I found out from one of the consultancy that my H1B visa will not get approve as I have done my Masters (MBA) from a private institute in India which is not accredited and I have B.SC degree from Mumbai University but it is 3 yrs course so I am not eligible on the basis of Bachelors also. But no other consultancy provided me with this information. I wanted to know if this is true that “A person who has done his/her masters from non accredited institute is qualified for H1B ” and what all options do I have?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Refer to the video in the article and I have few other videos as well. It talks about qualification.

      • prashu on May 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        hi raghu i still dont get my recipt no or return package wt it mean?

  41. Sunita on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Is USCIS sending the receipt number in alphabetical order? I am still waiting for the positive response.

    • Bala on May 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Not sure Sunitha. But, I’m also waiting to get the receipt number

    • Aashish on May 15, 2014 at 3:59 AM

      I am also waiting for the same. Not sure if receipts are coming with last name Alphabetical order.

    • Optimistic on May 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Any updates from anyone ?

  42. Ravi on May 14, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Got receipt number from my employer. What is the status “Initial Review” means?

    • Mohit on May 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Hi, Was your check encashed before itself? Non-Ad is it?

      • Optimistic on May 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Do we have still any hope on getting the receipt ?

        • Bala on May 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

          I like you nick. Lets be that way.

    • maddy on May 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      “Initial Review” means that your H1 petition got picked in lottery but decision whether to Approve or Deny your H1 is still under processing.

      • Ravi on May 15, 2014 at 1:41 AM

        Thanks Maddy.

  43. FrustratedByUscis on May 13, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Same here buddy 🙁

  44. RK32 on May 12, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    My H1B Application got selected(Regular Quota) in lottery………All the best friends those who are waiting for lottery results…….

    • ABC on May 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      From which company u got H1B?

    • naanavanillai on May 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Whats the date you came to know about your lottery results?

  45. Rohit on May 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    I received and email from my wife’s employer saying that check for her H1-B package was cashed. This is good news, right?
    Please let me know.

    • maddy on May 12, 2014 at 3:20 AM

      This means that the application got picked in lottery. Congrats

      • Guest on May 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Congrates Rohit. A general question apart from you case to everyone. How employer know that check cleared is for specific employee? Are they filing for only 1 employee or they issue checks from different different accounts and keeping track of it? My question is for example if any employer files 30 H1-B and out of them 11 checks got cleared. How they will understand which 11 employees are selected until they get receipts??

        • Rohit on May 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

          Check number…. 🙂

  46. Cxz on May 10, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Hi,

    My H1 visa application(non AD/RP) was filed on apr 1st and I did not hear back from my employer.

    Few of my friends got the news regarding their H1 application. Is there a hope even now for me?

    Did any one of you guys got news on your applications after may 5th??

    I have read in this blog, that in 2013 applicants received notifications for applications filed in April in June 2013 also, could this be the case now as well???

  47. Rohit on May 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Hi There,
    Is there still hope for non AD/RP or is it all over?

  48. kumar on May 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Hi Raghu, I got my Receipt number last week. I have one quetion for you. Right Now I am working on L1 B and I do have travel plans to India this month. Is any issues if I travel to India while H1 processing?
    Thanks,
    Kumar

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Change to Premium, get approval then travel or talk to your employer who applied for H1

  49. karn on May 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    FYI… My H1b approved today… AD/RP.. Further details awaited from attorney

  50. George Alex on May 8, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I just got my H1B approved. that was so fast!

    • Jai hanuman on May 8, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Is it ad or non -ad, which center?

      • Alex on May 8, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        hmm.. sorry for my ignorance, whats ad , non-ad.. did you mean advanced? yes i have a us phd … center is vermont

        • Jai hanuman on May 8, 2014 at 3:12 PM

          Oh that’s great. Congratulations. Ad is advanced degree, non -ad is bachelors or equivalent degree. Thank u. Congrats again.

          • Alex on May 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM

            thanks. and good luck to you! .. also thanks to Raghu for this wonderful blog



          • pradeep koneru on May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

            congrats Alex, is your’s premium or Regular?



    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Congrats. Long journey to Green Card begins.

      EB2 – 10 years
      EB3 – 15+ years.

      • roblinda on May 8, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Mine got approved this morning AD, PP, it was status change from OPT to H1b.

  51. Avinash on May 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    [non-AD/non-PP] Now the frustration is building up, don’t know how long shall i wait. @happyschools:disqus this blog is definitely more sensible than others. it would be much better if posts are in chronological order, right now its all mixed up.

  52. FrustratedByUscis on May 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Y do they need such a long time for a lottery result.. We all have many things to decide after tis result.. Y is uscis frustrating everyone.. Just to say yes or no..processing can take months accept it..but the result is taking months..#frustrated to the core

  53. maddy on May 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Firstly, congrats to all those who got their receipts and good luck to those who are still waiting. Don’t loose hope.
    My H1B status details
    Non-AD/PP/VT
    Filed on 01/Apr/14
    Received receipt on 17/Apr/14
    Approved ( Post-Decision-Activity ) on 30/Apr/14
    So I would like to know if there are people whose H1B status is approved and are waiting for notice from USCIS?

    • Alex on May 8, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Mine is.

      • maddy on May 9, 2014 at 2:26 AM

        Alex, U received the notice or you are sailing in the same boat?

  54. Query on May 7, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    Hello Raghu, Any idea by when USCIS inform about not selected in the lottery ?

  55. RK on May 7, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Just now recieved my EAC Reciept number.. Long process awaiting …All the best for others to receive their acknowledgment reciept.

    • Query on May 7, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      which company ?

  56. pradeep koneru on May 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Hi, I am AD/PP/Vermont, lost my hopes, but I heard that people are even getting receipts today even for PP applications from vermont center. I also heard the vermont center is so much screwed that today they sent Approval to candidates who haven’t received the Receipt number. Not sure how much accurate this info is, heard it from a friend. Any one heard any thing like this?

    • Reddy123 on May 8, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Yes Pradeep. Even My employer said that my application is picked up in lottery and no Receipt is received till now

      • pradeep koneru on May 8, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        oh ok congrats,good for you, is your’s AD/PP/Vermont?

  57. Nisha Mittal on May 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    people are still getting reciepts, so don’t loose hope…

  58. mpreddy on May 6, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    hi all,
    I have applied my H1 on april 1st..still i did not get any responce from the employer. still how many days can i wait with hopes? can anyone please help

    • Nisha Mittal on May 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Hi, my employer told me to wait till this week

  59. BLP on May 6, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Non AD/RP – Anybody got update from Accenture

  60. AD/RP on May 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Any AD/RP still waiting?

    • YYYYY on May 5, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Can Any one tell me ,whether we can still wait for lottery results ?

      • Pani77 on May 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Am waiting too.. I have my collegues who have received results on 25th APRIL.. I am the only one who is waiting since 15 days.. not sure now.. losing hope..

    • Ravi on May 8, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      I am also waiting for it. No updates yet. Anybody from Tech Mahindra got the receipts?

  61. Rohit on May 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Hello Everyone,

    I dont think many applications got selected for COS dependent Visa to H1, is this my assumption or is it true, please if someone has gotten a receipt or an approval for visa COS h4 to h1, L2 to h1, F2 to H1, please post their experience……..

    • Nisha Mittal on May 6, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      i am in same boat and still waiting…

  62. Rohit on May 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Has anyone gotten a receipt or an approval for visa COS h4 to h1, L2 to h1, F2 to H1

  63. GK on May 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Raghu
    Non Ad/Rp
    as the update says that data entry has been completed fy2015..does it mean those who havent received receipts till now are out of it???

    • Rohit on May 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Can u please post the link where it says thry have cpmpleted the data entry

      • GK on May 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        its a twitter update from uscis
        and i read it here only

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 3, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Refer to other discussion on this same topic.

  64. dc on May 2, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    anyone received confirmation of receipt from Employer Cognizant-regular processing

    • guest12 on May 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      I got recipt number on apr 25 cts regular processing

      • Guest on May 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        congrats

  65. Lottery Sucks big time on May 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    My wife’s lawyer just sent her following email.

    USCIS announced today that data entry of all FY15 H-1B cap petitions has been completed. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the lottery. Unfortunately, your case was not selected in the lottery and will not be considered this year.

    Is this the case with anyone else… ?
    I thought there was still a hope….. Its too soon for this.

  66. Saurabh on May 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Finally got the receipt number today. Non AD/RP/California. Finally can breathe easy. Wish luck to all who are still waiting..Jai Ho

    • N on May 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      wac14XXX ?

      • Saurabh on May 3, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        yes

  67. WashingtonDC on May 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Non-AD, Regular Processing, Vermont Center, attorney received receipt today. 5/2/2014

    • XYZ on May 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Congratulations! May i know what was the notice date?

      • dc on May 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        04/28/2014

        • Suhasini Enaganti on May 6, 2014 at 7:20 AM

          wow that nice still some hope left

          • Avinash on May 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM

            hi, i m non-AD/non-Premium still waiting. how much reliable is the post for USCIS data entry completed. Do i still have some hopes? How long can i wait?



  68. pk on May 2, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    H1B petition filed by lawyer under non-AD (bachelors) but PP processing. No receipt nummber received till now (May 1, 2014). Does it mean the HiB petition was not picked in the lottery? Please send your views/ share your experience. Thanks very much.

  69. niku on May 2, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Any idea when is the lottery result date for regular processing Diploma Computers degree? As my employer had filed for me but no updates received yet? till which date the results will be coming as my BE friends have recieved. really too much worried. Please Raghu Reply

  70. Srini on May 1, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Hi guys,
    Bachelor and Regular fee here.
    I apple 10 applications and I got 7 receipt numbers from my consilting lawyers. I sill weight on the other tree. My questions is

    1. Since I will only work one h1b, can I transfer my others to my friends and sell them?
    2. When I can transfer my visa to my other boss? Do I file now or after I get to American.
    3. Do they ask technician questions in the visa interview? I have many job deceptions.

    Thanks guys! God bless! 🙂

    • what?? on May 2, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      You applied for 10 ??? OMG.. what happen with the other 6? You are taking people opportunities for something that you are not even going to take! It would be more fair if this 6 extras receipts go to the next in the waitlist (and I hope it does).

    • XYZ on May 2, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      dude… do u know even what is H1??? one you killing opportunity for others and at the same time u wasting other receipts u got so far…. Coz, you cannot transfer (‘sell’ in your words) H1 to anyone. how sick this is… here genuine people are waiting for their luck and you are thinking of making money out of it?!?!

      • Deepa on May 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        I had 2 companies to sponsor , but applied for only 1 thinking it will be unfair to others but see people here they have applied for 10 application ridiculous.

    • AD Guy From US on May 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I don’t even have words to describe my disgust….

    • dc on May 2, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Disgusting.

    • geust12 on May 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      That;s not fair, how can u think of selling.. and you killing opportunity for others

    • riya on May 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      U r such an a###.. You have wasted 6 spots. I had 2 companies to sponsor , but applied for only 1 thinking it will be unfair to others and now I didn’t get the admit. I have to go back on CPT because of people like you. Seriously this is very disgusting and shameful act. You don’t deserve those 6 admits. And moreover you want to sell them. How ridiculous of you. Same on you [email protected]#$$

    • Alex on May 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Is this a joke?

  71. Matthew on May 1, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Hey hope you can help. If I haven’t received a receipt yet and my sevis record hasn’t changed then is that a confirmation that my packet wasn’t picked? Has the lottery ended?

    I hate the waiting.

  72. Bala on May 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Hi Raghuram,I have a peculiar question in mind,here is my question.
    According to the H1B Quota almost all 85000 applications are filtered from lottery and are ready to process,say suppose if at-least .5% of the applications are denied in the process (say 425 or even less than that) what happens to that denied 425 vacant quota,will it be filled with other applicants(who are those applicants?) or will it be 85000-425 = 84575 filled for this year?
    I am just asking this with curiosity,please don’t mind if it is hurting any one..

    Regards,
    Bala

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      I wish I knew the answer. I doubt anyone other than USCIS knows the answer.

    • guest on May 2, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      I am wondering what happen with people like Srini has done here. Applied for 10 and got 7 receipt. It would be so sad that these 6 extra spot not got to anyone.. it is really unfair.

      • Rumour on May 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        I think he(Srini) is kidding or trying to make us angry,his words say so,nothing to worry about these type of comments..

        • Saurabh on May 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

          I agree with your thoughts. He is just having fun seeing our plight and looking at reactions.

        • Alex on May 8, 2014 at 3:17 PM

          The guy is just trolling us.

    • Baigan on May 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      I don’t think USCIS will run the lottery again to fill the vacant quota.

  73. Deepti on May 1, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    H1B Approved. Receipt date: Apr18
    Approval date: Apr 30
    Non ADPPVermont

    • Red on May 1, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      adenti….apude approve kuda ayipoyinda???

      • Deepti on May 1, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        hmm avnu!!! Thank God!!

  74. Red on May 1, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Non AD / Regular processing receipt received dated 24 april….Got the email from employer yesterday……Thanks to the almighty….hope i get the visa too….Gud luck to all of you….

  75. Raghav on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    I have applied through my employer and the current status is : Process started by the Attorney. What is mean by this? How do I know whether selected through lottery? Reply on this is appreciated.

    Thanks.

  76. SSS on April 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    I applied in NON AD/PP. I am still waiting to hear from USCIS.
    I did not get picked up in lottery till now. Does anyone think do i still have chances?

  77. Joelson Roy J on April 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Finally received my receipt today! Non-AD/Regular/Vermont SC
    EAC141425XXXX

    • Ravi on May 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Hi,

      My petition too selected in lottery Non-AD/Regular/Vermont SC.

      Could you please let us know what is your case status now.

      Thanks.

      • Joelson Roy J on May 26, 2014 at 5:25 AM

        Hi Ravi,

        My petition status shows ‘Initial Review’. What’s your petition status?

        Thanks!

        • Ravi on May 26, 2014 at 5:27 AM

          Same here. Thanks for quick reply.

          • Joelson Roy J on May 26, 2014 at 5:29 AM

            With pleasure, Ravi!



          • Ravi on June 12, 2014 at 1:58 AM

            Hi Joelson Roy J,

            Any status update? Still mine is in Initial Review state. If I am not wrong, our petition should be approved within 2 months from the date of receiving it.Right?



  78. Suhasini Enaganti on April 29, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    hi raghu i applied h1b in dalls,texas so which center it come in a texas center or vermont center.

  79. Vikram on April 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Anyone who filed H1B via BALGLOBAL? Have you received receipts Non AD/RP?

    • Renu on May 1, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      Hi. I’ve filled through BALGlobal. may i know which company u r from?

      • Vikram on May 1, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        CSC…how about you? Did you get an update?

        • Renu on May 2, 2014 at 5:55 AM

          hi.. i’m also from CSC. Got update on BAL site. my application got selected 🙂 wat abt u?

          • Vikram on May 2, 2014 at 5:58 AM

            congrats…i have not got yet…when did u get…what date was the processing



  80. Hope for Thursday lottery on April 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    RP / Non AD / Vermont. No news yet! Sevis is not updated. I guess it’s game over… But Don’t forget the check the other lottery result online this Thursday at noon though! Finger crossed!

    • mhd on April 29, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      which result u r saying

      • Hope for Thursday lottery on April 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        The green card lottery! 50,000 quota per year!

  81. rntw on April 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    h1b ‘approved’ for my spouse PP/AD. My h1 no news regular/no ad 🙁

  82. Non AD, Regular receipt on April 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Just received Non AD, Regular receipt from my employer IBM India.

    • Non AD/ RR on April 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Full name plz

  83. Joelson Roy J on April 29, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    My friend just received his receipt from Vermont SC. Non-AD/Regular

    EAC141435XXXX

  84. VKS on April 28, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Finally the wait is over!!!. My Petition is picked in the Lottery for NON AD/RP category. The reciept was sent to my attorney from Vermont..
    Good luck to all & don’t lose hope!!

  85. pentiumvii on April 28, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    me neither…
    no news even if it’s not selected

    • Hannah on April 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Did you have premium processing?

      • pentiumvii on April 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        I was told that I have PP.

  86. Vinod on April 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    My employer has filed my H1 on April 1st through Premium process, I haven’t got any update if it is even picked in lottery or not till today. What does that mean? Do I still have chances of getting considered for processing?

  87. FN on April 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Is there a post where people who have been selected in the lottery can comment to keep each other updated on the results, approved, denied, rfe etc. ? if not, can there be one soon, as PP processing starts today and hopefully some of us will start seeing results or updates. Thanks.

  88. Riya on April 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    I have applied in premium processing advance degree and I haven’t heard anything back from the employer. My OPT is expiring in June. WHat are my options to keep working in US. What are the universities which provide 40 hrs CPT from 1st semester? Could anyone please list the universities in California (West) or in New York area (East coast)? Please help

    • Sunil on April 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Sullivan university ,ky
      Goldey beacom
      ITU ,ca

      • Riya on April 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Thanks

  89. Aysha on April 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Any news about Vermont Service Center sending receipt numbers to Non – AD/RP/VSC ? and how long will it take? what are the chances?

  90. Suhasini Enaganti on April 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    hi raghu any body get back the package that they didn’t select in lottery?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      I think there was one person in this thread who got the rejected package.

      • Supriya on April 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        was it for PP/Regular, AD/non-AD?

  91. Saibaba on April 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Any idea when is the lottery result date for regular processing B.E degree?

    • Saibaba on April 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Any updates on this?

  92. Guest on April 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    when would we get our regular processing receipt number? I haven’t got any update from my employer.

    • lucky on April 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      i got it yesterday, california non Ad/ RP

  93. Saurabh on April 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Guys ,
    One of my colleague got his receipt no yesterday. RP/NON-AD/California.
    Both our cases were file together for California however I don’t have any update. Since he has got the receipt and I am still waiting does that mean game over for me

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Refer to the other comments and read the blog posts, videos to understand how H1b process works.

      • Saurabh on May 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        Finally got my receipt dated 10th April today. Non-AD/RP/California. Finally breathing easy after tense days. Best of luck to the guys who are still waiting.

    • Saurabh on April 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Having said that both our cases were delivered at the same time on 1st of April through fedex. If USCIS gives a number to each petition for lottery then they will give it in the order of them arriving in the centers and will mail the receipts in increasing order.Correct me if I m wrong if anybody knows about the process?

  94. anonymous on April 26, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    did anybody from vermont nonAD/nonPP/Regular quota get receipt today?Is there any last date or deadline to get receipts?

  95. HP on April 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Raghu,

    my employer informed me last week friday that the check given in my application is being processed but we have not received the receipt number so for. My application is Non AD/PP . Does it mean im selected in lottery.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Most likely Yes.

      • hp on April 27, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        Thanks finally got my receipt number non AD/PP/Vermont. But when I checked it in the site it is telling case not found. Any idea from when I would be able to check the status

  96. NonAD-Reg Pro on April 25, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Got it !!! Non AD & Regular Procession WAC-14-XXX-XXXXX…Notice Date
    18th April..Got today afternoon !!! thanks to God and All the best to all of you !!!

    • Vikas on April 27, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      Getting receipt means you are ready for stamping H1B or it means are selected for lotery process??

    • srinivasa on April 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      Vermenent?

  97. lokesh on April 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Yes, I have received…it means I have been selected in draw of lottery?

  98. H1B aspirant on April 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Check related to H1B is accepted. Does it mean picked up in lottery?

    • HP on April 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Even my employer has informed that my check got deducted last thursday but still i have not received the receipt number. He is 100% sure that i have got selected in lottery . Fingers crossed.

  99. anonymous on April 25, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    any non AD/ non PP ,REGULAR guys get reciepts today?

    • lucky on April 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      yes got it today, california, non AD/ non PP

  100. C on April 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Has anyone under RP/Non-AD got selected in the lottery so far?

  101. H on April 24, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Any updates on RP Gen cap ??

  102. fwd on April 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Hi all,

    Non AD, general quota here.
    I have not received any info from USCIS, but if there has been no change in my SEVIS (I asked my DSO), does that mean I did not get the lottery?

    • fwd on April 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      under Regular processing.

    • C on April 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Same boat.

  103. Rohit on April 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Raghu,

    Just wanted to check, if the H1 processing has been complete for some pp cases. I heard that USCIS will start processing H!-B for PP from April 28th. Has that changed, I see some receipt numbers in WAC have received approval, what does this mean?

  104. Priyanka on April 24, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    Hi Raghu
    My case is under Non-AD Regular Processing CA centre. Is the Result out for this category and start sending mails of receipt number or is there any date from when they will start sending.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 24, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      There is no deadline.

      • Priyanka on April 25, 2014 at 4:19 AM

        so is the process starts for this or not?

      • Deepa on April 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Hi raghuram,

        please let me know if u have any update ,by when will i come to know if i am selected /not selected in lottery(PP/Non AD/Vermont). I want to join college if i am not selected in lottery . College admission last date is May 5. I am confused to wait or go ahead with college.

  105. ABC on April 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Need Help!!

    I received a paper from Department of Homeland Security with a receipt
    number. When i put it in the USCIS case status tracker i get “Intial
    Review”. IS this being accepted in lottery? My HR doesn’t believe so and
    thinks this is only receipt that they got my application. But she is
    fairly new. Can i accept this as good news?

    • vk on April 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      u r one of the lucky to win lottery. congrat!

  106. ABC on April 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Hi Raghu!

    IS a letter from the Department of Homeland Security an indication of being picked in the lottery??

    • vk on April 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      s if it has eac********* or wac********

  107. Raghuram Sukumar on April 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    April 23, 2014 : New updated posted : http://192.138.19.181/h1b-visa-2015-cap-count-updates/

    • lucky on April 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      non AD/non PP selected. California. Dated April 10th

  108. RA on April 23, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Selected in Lottery AD/RP/VT
    Received – April 10th
    Notice Date – April 17

  109. ashwin on April 23, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    By what time regular non-ad lottery result will come.

    • ARB on April 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      In a day or two, since non-AD RP will be sent through regular mail so receipts will keep coming for 2 3 weeks.

      • lucky on April 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        today got the good news. My application is selected. non Ad/ non PP California. Dated April 10. Good luck guys

        • Renu on May 1, 2014 at 7:36 AM

          a Happy day…!! my application selected in the lottery. Non AD / regular processing/ general cap . All the best for all 🙂 🙂

          • Praveen on May 20, 2014 at 3:51 AM

            Hi Renu,
            How did u come to know? did u got your reciept number?
            your Employer informed you about your selection?



    • rao on May 2, 2014 at 3:09 AM

      I got news from my employer, My application was picked in lottery. Non AD/RP. All the best guys..

  110. hoper on April 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Just want to understand , did anybody got receipt number for Premium Processing in General cap today or PP in General Cap is all finished . did not here anything from Employer still … getting afraid

  111. Raghu on April 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Can you check semis through any website? I don’t think so, it will only tell you that if it is paid or not

  112. vv on April 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    WAC1413753899: Has got an approval already.

    Not mine though.

    • Raghu on April 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      is it new case for H1B 2015?

      • vvg on April 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        not sure dude. My number is around this and my case is new. For me it says initial review.

        • vvg on April 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

          aren’t all I129 petition for new H1B. I might be wrong.

  113. Sundaralakshmi Chandrasekar on April 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Regular Quota – Premium Processing – still waiting… Any chance for good news???

  114. Raghuram Sukumar on April 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I’m updating the commenting system. I know the timing is wrong, but to give a good experience for large number of comments, I had to make this change. All your old comments are safe and it’s being imported into this system. Sorry for the this switch. You will have much more features with this commenting system.

  115. Raghuram Sukumar on April 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I’m updating the commenting system. I know the timing is wrong, but to give a good experience for large number of comments, I had to make this change. All your old comments are safe and it’s being imported into this system. Sorry for the this switch. You will have much more features with this commenting system.

  116. Pooja on April 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Any updates for Regular Processing , Non AD???

  117. anil on April 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    When H1B regular process will start.

    Thanks,
    Anil

  118. PL on April 21, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    I got the receipt today. Masters/Normal processing. Aab life mein ek cheez ke baare mein nahi sochna padega. Got through this bakwaas lottery system.

  119. JM on April 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Emailed my school international office – found out that my SEVIS has been extended till Oct 1, 2014. So happy! Thank god I was selected in the lottery – really relieved now.

    Should be receiving the physical receipt in the mail any day! Good luck to all those waiting – it’s a horrible feeling. Don’t lose heart; this is just the FIRST round of notifications to go out. There will be many more notifications for AD/RP going out. I think there may be notifications going out AD/RP all week this week and maybe even longer.

    Advanced Degree/Regular Processing
    California Center

    • Abdul on April 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Hi and congrats dear.
      Can u plz check ur status been change here on this site and let us knw if any changes been reflected here
      https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/dhs/loadSearchPage.do

      • Vish on April 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        What happens if my OPT is valid until Jan 2015? Will my SEVIS be changed? Or the Sevis gets updated for the selected person in the lottery, only when they don’t have a valid status?

  120. Imrul on April 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Both the attorney and my employer received the receipt notice today. It says they received it at 10th and issued the receipt notice at 17th. Regular processing Advanced degree and Vermont service center.

    The EAC number shown on the receipt notice returns a “not found” on USCIS website.

    Check of processing fee for my wife’s status change has not been cashed yet.

    • Maddy on April 22, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      got noticed from my attorney with the form I-797C saying recieved on 10th and Noticed on 15th , and USCIS Web site(https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard/ProcTimes.do) shown as “Your case can not be found at this time in My Case Status”.
      is there any other way to know my status?
      So how do i belive that my reciept number is correct or not?
      suggestions please!!!!

  121. Raghuram Sukumar on April 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Hopes fading for H1B applicants who haven’t received receipts in Premium Processing. Check for updates for April 21, 2014

    http://192.138.19.181/h1b-visa-2015-cap-count-updates/

  122. BH on April 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    filled under regular processing (Master’s quota). Just heard from my employer that it was selected for processing

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Your update confirms what I have posted.

    • Vg on April 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Which Center?

  123. Riya on April 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I have applied h1b in premium process and I have done masters in US. Legal team is saying they havent heard any update for my application. How do I find out whether my application has been selected in the lottery or not. Is the legal team hiding anything from me. Please help. All my friends who applied through premium and Advance degree has got the reciepts. I am tensed and dont know what is going on with my application.

    Thanks,

    Riya

    • AJ on April 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      they already start sending mails to regular process so I dont think so we have any chance, still wait till tomorrow.

  124. AJ on April 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Is that any chance for Premium Process US student?

  125. Saurabh on April 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Hi ,

    Any update on Non Premium/Non/ AD/Regular Processing

  126. AAA23980 on April 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Regular Quota – Premium Processing – still waiting to hear the news of getting picked in the lottery? Is there any chance left? My employer has asked me to wait until April end.

    • JM on April 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Don’t panic. Receipts are still being sent out. Wait until end of April at least.

      You could also check with your school’s international office. Ask them to check your SEVIS record to see if your OPT has been extended to Oct 1, 2014 or not.

      Good luck – I know the horrible feeling of just waiting with no information.

  127. KN on April 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Raghu,
    Any info on RP – whether AD cases will be notified before non- AD?
    Thanks

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Nope. It will come in the order USCIS decides to process.

      • Bhaskar on April 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Raghu – I understand Notifications for RP is by snail mail and not an e-mail. Is the hard copy sent to the Attorney or HR or candidate?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on April 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

          Attorney.

          • Bhaskar Reddy on April 23, 2014 at 8:53 AM

            Thank you.



        • Raghuram Sukumar on April 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

          Nothing comes to candidate.

  128. rakesh on April 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Ad regular processing(AD/regular /CA) any body got it?

    • Sreedhar on April 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      I see this in the other site.
      inally!!! 🙂 April 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Finally got picket up in the lottery.
      AD/ Non-Premium… got regular mail to the lawyer.

      Reply

      p April 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Congrats! California or Vermont?

      Reply

      Finally!!! 🙂 April 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Its California.

      All the best guys!

  129. V on April 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Regular, Non-Ad, waiting

    • Prathi on April 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Me also in same boat.Non-ad /reg waiting…

  130. Wil on April 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Raghuram,

    If my lawyer gave me a receipt number, EACxxxxxxx172, does it mean I am selected?

    • rakesh on April 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Yes

  131. Rohit on April 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Hi There,

    Has anyone received any update on NON PREMIUM/NON AD

  132. Non-AD/Regular/VT on April 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Raghuram,
    My employer checked if the checks have been cashed and they were not cashed yet. Since I am regular/non-AD/VT, does this mean they might have still not started the process for regular/non-AD?

  133. Raghuram Sukumar on April 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Sign-up to receive updates about H-1B, Green Card and Career Tips : http://192.138.19.181/get-h1b-updates

  134. RV on April 18, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    I have lost the hope. But still is there any chances of expecting receipt for .. non AD/PP/Vermont?
    Congrats to all who got selected.

  135. Deepti on April 18, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    I checked the status using receipt number provided. It says invalid!!! EAC1XXXXX. Could anyone check their status??? Why does it say invalid??

    • rahul on April 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      @ Deepthi it takes 1 or 2 days to get reflected . Dont worry.

  136. h1bupdate on April 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Is any got receipt in the category AD and regular processing?

    • Anita on April 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Still waiting please update if you get it !

  137. Charlie on April 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Hello,

    I received the below response from my Attorney. What does that mean??

    “This year, because the demand far outweighed the supply, all cap-subject H-1B petitions received between April 1, 2014 and April 7, 2014 were placed into a computer-generated lottery system. At this time, we are very pleased to inform you that your petition was selected in the lottery and that your case will be processed in the coming weeks.”

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 17, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Congrats. Don’t say what that means.

    • Sonal on April 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Was this regular or premium category?

      Thanks-
      Sonal

  138. Raghuram Sukumar on April 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Latest Update from USCIS on Premium Processing : See April 17, 2014 section in following article.
    http://192.138.19.181/h1b-visa-2015-cap-count-updates/

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      This means regular processing will be delayed. No official updates.

      • Q on April 18, 2014 at 5:28 AM

        Raghuram, do you think it will delay only the processing for regulars, or also sending their receipts out? I was hoping that everybody would get at least the receipt by Apr 28, even the non-PP.

        Thank you!

  139. Spartans on April 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Non Ad regular processing. .. any body got it?

    Or soon will we get update around monday or Tuesday

    • will get it on April 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Should start by monday for non AD and RP

    • srinath on April 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I guess it wud start from 28

  140. sen on April 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Hi,
    Still its long time to go,but curious any one got receipt number for Non AD,Regular Processing from California.

  141. ARB on April 17, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Non AD/ Regular still waiting 🙁

  142. Hunter on April 17, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Did anyone received the Receipt Number today (17 Apr ) Hoping that we are still receiving receipt number. Mine was filled in PP . but no answer yet.

    • Deepti on April 17, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      I m in the list Non AD /PP Still waiting. But I heard that receipts will be sent till last date. So still hoping to hear +ve. Fingers Crossed

      • srinath on April 17, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Stil waiting…al d best

    • Deepti on April 18, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      Thanks God. Got it on Apr 17 .
      All the best for others

  143. Hopeful on April 17, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    Any update on Non-AD/PP/Texas? Have people started receiving receipts for Non-AD as well??

    • ARB on April 17, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Someone posted on another blog that he/she received receipt number for Non AD/PP.

  144. Rahul on April 17, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    Has anyone who applied regular and Non-AD got a receipt? Last year I missed in the lottery. So this year is really imp for me 🙁

    • Arpit on April 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Hi Raul,

      Could you please share the way of staying in US and be on job after not getting selected in lottary?
      Thanks!!

      • Raghuram Sukumar on April 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        You will be in USA TO WORK. not sure if I got your question right.

        • rahul on April 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM

          I was in USA till last year on L1B and my stay was maxed out ( 5 years ).So my employer filed h1b for COS from L1B to H1B but I had to come back to India as my h1b was not picked last year:-(. Hoping this year it will be picked.

  145. Cindy C. on April 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I got an email that my case was selected. Thanks god 🙂
    Case # WACxxxxxxxxxxxxx from CSC
    AD PP. Receive date: today morning, 4/16/2014
    Bless all other people who are still waiting. I know how stressful it is, because that’s what I experienced. Thanks all the posts that helped me here.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 16, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Congrats

      • AD on April 16, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Congrats.. It does help others and myself (AD/PP/CA) here too , as candidates are still receiving their Receipts (some of them mentioned its all completed for AD/PP ) and they will atleast till the specified date (April 28th for PP)..

        • M.A on April 17, 2014 at 6:24 AM

          It seems that if you don’t have got any information till date (after 7 days) , which means that you are not selected . I was filled in PP but have not got any information till date . Can anybody confirm ?

  146. Non-AD/Regular/VT on April 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Is there any way of knowing how many undergrad or masters people applied? Also, will all the lottery results be announced by the 28th of April?

  147. Rohit on April 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Any update on regular processing? when we are expecting receipt numbers.

  148. VR on April 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Any AD/PP applicants still waiting like me?

    • SDV on April 16, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Still waiting.. AD/PP/California

      • NB on April 17, 2014 at 6:06 AM

        Still waiting.. AD/PP/California

    • AD on April 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Yes.. still Waiting and just going with the USCIS message that they will process PP latest by April 28th .. So, we do have some time to look for the receipts to come in atleast till April 25th for AD or Regular Processing till April 25th . I hope they would have scheduled that way as once they send out the receipt then it actually means that they need to get the processing for PP within the next 15 days of the receipt . So, they will be having a schedule on how many receipts to forward that could be taken care keeping their capacity of processing it in that time.. So,, lets hope..

  149. Eagerly Awaiting on April 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Hi, I have applied for my wife on non-AD PP from Vermont center. Is there still a chance?

  150. AD on April 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Hello Guys,
    Anybody received returned package with filling fees, which shows not selected in lottery?
    Thanks,
    AD

    • AD on April 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Any answer would be helpful…
      thanks!

  151. Dan on April 16, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Glory be to the Lord. I just received email from the lawyer that my application is picked up in the lottery. I was so desperate since this is the last chance to apply. This site has been so helpful to get updates and a lot of information. Thanks every one and I wish you good luck.
    NON-AD/PP

  152. NM on April 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Still waiting for PP AD. This is my second year and am not sure what the result will now be. Is there still a chance for AD PP ?

    • VR on April 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      In the same boat. AD/PP no news yet. The wait is killing me.

  153. RV on April 16, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    non AD /PP/ Vermont no information yet? Still can I hope for selection?

  154. Maddy on April 15, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    My petition was filed under AD & PP to the vermont center. I haven’t got the recepit number. Its already 15th. should I expect that its over? Or there is still chance to hear back till 28th? Has such happened in past for AD, PP.

  155. BR on April 15, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Any updates on Master’s Degree (regular) ?

    • Anita on April 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Still Waiting please update if you hear anything !

  156. SAISRI on April 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    L1 TO H1 COS . WHEN WE ENTER RECIPT IT WILL AS
    I539 APPLICATION TO EXTEND OR CHANGE NONIMMIGRANT STATUS OR
    we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case. Please follow any instructions on this notice

  157. Nina on April 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Hi everybody;
    Has anyone under AD regular heard from his employer/attorney regarding the receipt or rejection?
    Thanks!

    • JM on April 15, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      I haven’t heard yet. AD/PP here.

      I think they’re notifying all the PP cases first .This would make sense too – Data entry for PP happens first before the RP. Once the data is entered, then a receipt # is sent out. Since all the PP data is being entered right now, it seems only PP receipts are being sent out. After this, the RP receipts will start coming out. It’ll be interested to know when the data entry for RP will start; some people are saying the earliest it will start is next week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope we hear something by the 25th of April. My entire life is on hold right now because of this. =/

    • Anita on April 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Still waiting for the AD regular please let us know if you hear anything !

  158. Happy on April 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    got my receipt number . PP

    • Rohit on April 15, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Congrats…

    • Maddy on April 15, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      which center? masters??

  159. ss on April 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    What are the chances of getting through the Lottery, if applied for H4 to H1 cos?

    Thanks & Regards,
    SS

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Getting selected is one part, getting approval is another issue.

      • AP on April 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        For PP/Non US masters/VT center, approximately how long it should take to receive e-mail to attorney if case is selected..? any judgement…?

        • Rohit on April 15, 2014 at 6:06 PM

          Keep your hopes up until you hear back from USCIS. There is no fixed time mentioned anywhere on USCIS website for them to reply.

  160. NM on April 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    I did not receive anything till now. Mine was AD/PP. I am assuming its all over else I should have received something till now. I spoke to Attorneys and they have not received anything upto now. I understand Non-AD/PP have been going out now. Is there anything still left that could happen ?

    NM

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Keep your hopes up.

      • TY on April 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        My husband just got his receipt number from his employer around 5 pm today (15th), so there’s still a chance. Best luck to everyone.
        AD/PP/VT

  161. Sumit on April 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    RG/AD with PP only will get all the receipts in this year Lottery, no scope for the ones without PP, right?

  162. Roma on April 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Has any one recieved receipts from VT for RP/non-AD/ General Quota?

  163. Rohit on April 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I got a receipt number, just want to make sure, it means I got selected……right????

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Yup.

      • Rohit on April 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        Great, Thanks Raghu

      • Saki on April 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Was it AD PP or regular?

        • Rohit on April 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

          It was AD/PP

    • SP on April 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Hey Rohith, Was your application under Masters degree + Regular Quota? How did you get the confirmation… E-Mail from attorney or Post Mail from attorney. Your reply is greatly appreciated.

      • Rohit on April 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        It was AD/PP. I got a mail from my HR.

  164. francois on April 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Just received my receipt number via regular mail (no email for some reason).
    Premium processing / Regular quota / California Center

    Good luck to all of you guys, I know how terrible it is to wait without knowing.

    • uthra on April 15, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Hi All
      any updates on regular processing

  165. someoneyoudontknow on April 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    I just got my receipt number. Got selected in the lottery!

    • Rohit on April 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Was yours AD/PP????

    • Chaitanya on April 14, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      U r rq pp or ad pp?

      • someoneyoudontknow on April 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        AD PP

        • Rohit on April 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

          Okay, Congrats………………….

        • Chaitanya on April 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

          Congrates 🙂

  166. Rohit on April 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Hello Everyone:
    I have not yet received a receipt number on my case. I am AD/PP.
    Should I give hope or is there any hope left yet?

  167. Muthu on April 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    when will employer receive receipt numbers for non premium/non master cases which selected in lottery?

  168. rajesh on April 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    very good web page

  169. AAA23980 on April 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Wben will the employer get to know the receipt number for premium H1B? Is there a way to know the receipt number myself?

  170. AAA23980 on April 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    How can I be sure that my employer has filed my H1B? Because the receipt number is generated only after the document is picked in lottery. Correct me if my understanding is wrong.

  171. uthra on April 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Hi Raghu
    I have filed my h1 b via employer through regular procesing…let me know when i would get to know my results..
    Thanks in advance

  172. Chaitanya on April 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Hi,

    I am pp/ad still didn’t get receipt. Should I hope to receive it on Saturday too or it’s holiday ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I wouldn’t expect in Saturday

      • Chaitanya on April 13, 2014 at 4:13 AM

        Thanks raghuram , you made some relief at least on week ends 🙂

  173. Rohit on April 12, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Hi Raghu,
    My employer filed my application in advanced degree/ Premium Processing, I haven’t heard back anything. Is there a deadline that USCIS has for sending notifications for applications that were selected in Random Selection.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Nope.

      • AD on April 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Hi Raghu,
        Will they be sending everyday a specific amount of PP applications selected on AD through email on daily basis for another week or 2 (or atleast before 28th April) .. do they do it just to make sure that PP applications has to be processed from the day of receipt (within 15 days)..

        • Raghuram Sukumar on April 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

          It’s based on how much they can handle. Expect before April 28.

      • Rohit on April 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Thanks for your reply Raghu, I guess what I am trying to find out is when should I start making other plans???

        • Raghuram Sukumar on April 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

          Wait till you hear from USCIS.

  174. AD on April 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Will all the applicants who had applied on PP based on AD/Masters should get an email in any specific time or it is usually they send it out in once the lottery is conducted – within 2 days or a weeks time ..

  175. NM on April 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    My petetion was filed as AD Premium. I did not hear back anything till now. Also, as of yesterda my SEVIS was not updated with anything. Does this imply anything or am I checking this too early ?

    Please help.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Sevis and h1 are not updated/related. It can take a while. Keep me posted.

      • NM on April 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Thanks Raghu. I believe thats a ray of hope still left. Till yesterday, I thought it gets updated. I got this understanding from this article: –

        h1bwiki.com/h1b-2014-lottery-result-check-opt-candidates/

        Not sure if SEVIS takes time for any updates.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on April 11, 2014 at 4:35 PM

          That’s not an reliable way when USCIS is handling so many applications. USCIS informs SEVIS and they will update it. USCIS can’t update SEVIS directly. Why disturb your IO office when you should be getting updates from your employer.

  176. Raghuram Sukumar on April 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Sign-up to receive updated ONLY about H-1B Visa.
    Link to sing-up – http://goo.gl/HFfEtj

  177. Sasa on April 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I got the receipt number just now from my employer. Does it mean I was selected?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Congrats. Can you check the stays and send me a screenshot?

    • KMR on April 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Congrats!
      Did you apply for premium processing?

    • Sasa on April 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Yes. My employed filed for premium processing.
      But, when I enter my receipt number in USCIS website, I get the following message.
      Your case can not be found at this time in My Case Status. Please check your receipt number and try again. If you need further assistance, please call the National Customer Service Center at 1.800.375.5283

      • Raghuram Sukumar on April 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        Keep checking.

      • Anju on April 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        dont worry will take 1-2 days to get updated in system .comgrats though ..I have applied in master quota regular so keeping fingers crossed

        • Sasa on April 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

          Thanks !All the best to you.

      • Lottery on April 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Any update on change of status, I am in the same boat, waiting to see some status update

  178. Raghuram Sukumar on April 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM
    • NM on April 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Hi raghu
      A quick question. I checked with my college and my sevis record was not updated until yesterday. Does that imply anything or did I check too early ?

      • Raghuram Sukumar on April 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Sevis will not be be updates if you get h1 receipt.

  179. PJ on April 11, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    Now that USCIS have announced that they are completed with random application selection for this year through lottory, when can i expect whether my application is selected in lottory ?

    Thanks,
    PJ

  180. Deepti on April 11, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    The lottery process is done on Apr 10th.

    Now this wait is killing me ……

  181. Naveed on April 11, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    As the lottery has been conducted on April 10th, my employer applied for regular processing, by when we get the confirmation about If I got selected in the lottery or not.

    Please suggest.

    Thanks,

  182. Kawal Deep Singh on April 8, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    As per the news the H1 B capp is full now….I just wanted to ask if i resign from my company or in any other case….Will the company be able to change their h1 b request…can it be transferred one employee to another…????

  183. Sonu on April 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Hi , raghu i read in a forum that lottery is in such a way that every employer gets chance and some of the application gets selected. My employer has 2 new h1 including mine . Is this true ? If so i am thinking only 50-50 chance for me and another guy

  184. Surya on April 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Updates Please

  185. Suresh on April 7, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    H1B visa filing done on 1st April 2014. When can i expect the lottery results. Please let me know.

    Thanks
    Suresh

  186. sv on April 5, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Hi,
    I have a query.
    Is there any chance that big established companies can influence the selection of H1B’s. If their employees get rejected in the lottery, it will affect their requirements for the whole year…rite? Most of the companies recruits new employees for some new upcoming projects. I heard that there is a filtering before the lottery and some big companies application will be selected even before the lottery. Is this true?

  187. Satya on April 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    What are your predictions for the h1b count this year ?
    Thanks,
    Satya.

  188. sandy on April 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Whats the current count of applications for h1b no info after 3 days?

  189. ashwini kumar on April 3, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    hi raghu,
    ques 1. when my employer pays the H1B fee.
    ques 2. If i have summited my document to my employeer for visa and signed a contract, can i ask dem to withdraw my application.
    ques 3. whne the lottery result will come.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      First question is incomplete.
      Contacts laws will not be typically applicable in USA. Here employment is at Will. They can fire you at anytime and you can quite the job anytime.

      Latest Updates – http://192.138.19.181/h1b-visa-2015-cap-count-updates/

  190. saswat on April 3, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    Hi,

    Mine H1b is filled on April 1st so can you tell me how long it will take to get the receipt number from USCIS.

    Thanks,
    Saswat

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      USCIS will issue receipt number only if your case is selected in the lottery.

    • Saswat on April 4, 2014 at 3:02 AM

      Thanks Raghuram for the update

  191. Deepak on April 2, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    This was awasome article to the begineers like me and really gained lot of info.

    Thanking You !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  192. Patil on April 1, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Hello Raghu,
    I am really thankfull to post your answers for all queries asked from people like me.
    I have 12+ yrs of exp in IT and my employer applied for the H 1 B for the cap 2014-15 on this april 2014
    I was there in USA from Oct2011-Feb2012( about 5 Months) On B1 Visa as My company forced me to stay for 5 months as i had my I-94 issued for 6 Months.
    I so my I-94 was valid from 2nd Oct2011-1april2012.(6 months). and i returned to india after staying there for around 5 months.
    In May2012, I attended the L1B Visa Interview at Chennai and asked about usual questions & abt 5 months stay on B1. i gave a logical answer which my company told me to explain but my visa L1 got rejected. and also consulate cancelled my existing B1 Visa as they are cancelling B1 visas whoever goes for L1 from my Company. Consulate asked me to apply again.
    (I guessed My B1 cancelled because of 5 months stay on B1 even though i had 6 Months I-94.Later i collected a letter from company to keep with me stating why my stay extended ..!!! . It is just for my future in case required)
    So now my worry is that does it be a problem for me for my H1B ??.I am tensed too much.. Please help me.

    Thanks
    Ms Archana Patil

    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      H1B approval and B1 and L1 rejections are not related. But, during your H1b Visa interview, they might bring-up this same issues. There’s nothing you can do about that now. Hope for the best.

      • Patil on April 5, 2014 at 6:09 AM

        Thanks Raghu for your answer.
        Archana

    • John on April 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Hi Archana
      I am in a similar case.
      Let’s wait the lottery first and worry about the interview later, step by step.
      Good luck

  193. srinivasa k on April 1, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I have filed H1 petition on April1, 2015. When will be i get message weather my application is pick in lottery or not?

  194. Shwetaj on March 31, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    My question is regarding validity of contract with employer. My employer asked me to sign 4 years of contract that says if I leave the company before above mentioned period, I may have to pay 25000$. The date on which I signed the contract, I was not employee since I am on H4 and can be eligible to work from October 1st, 2014 only. The contract says that this amount will recover that damage due to confidential nature of my job and also will recover my training investments. Do you think it is legal? Since the contract talks about employee-employer but I was not employee on the date of signing. Moreover they have not given me any written offer as they say we have offered you verbally. If after getting H1, I transfer with another employer, can they file case against me? The contract was simple one page word document sent to me on email with no stamp or logo of the company. Please guide me.

  195. Abdul on March 31, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    HI Team,

    Appreciate for your updates on H1B. I have some queries. Please clarify.

    My LCA for 2015 is done. after filing H1B, If i get a new project with another client before lottery, will that be a problem. or lets say i am selected in lottery and stamping also done. in this case, if i switch the company, is that a problem??

    WAiting for your reply.

    Thanks,
    Abdul

  196. Suddarshan on March 28, 2014 at 5:13 AM

    Hi Rahu,
    In the current Company i am working, my employer has offered me for H1-B. Have submitted all my educational & Company Documents. I have recieved a LCA form & have signed it. What is the Next step & tentative time to know about H1-B approval.

  197. Sanjay on March 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Hi i want to know that educational certificates will be verified for H1B visa .. please give me detail reply

  198. Ram on March 26, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    In fact, I did not know that multiple employers can file H1B for the same person. I’m filing only thru’ a single consultancy this time 🙁

    I can smell the heavy demand this time – My friends & I were able to get a handful of consultancies (desi ones based in the US plus pure foreign ones) who were ready to sponsor H1B without charging even a single penny. No fees asked from us; No contract/bond and no original certificates asked.

    I feel I should’ve done more research and gone thru’ this website much earlier… no worries, next year is always there!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 26, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Ram – Yes, multiple employers can file for same person. If you scan through the comments, you will notice number of people filing via multiple employers. Single employer multiple petition = Rejection and no filing fees returned for all applications.

      • MNC on March 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        The probability to getting selected in the lottery is same for a guy applying one H1 compared to a guy applying for 2 H1′s from different employers?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on March 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

          More applications better the chance.

  199. Neha on March 26, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Hi Raghu,
    I am coming to US on H4 in May. When will be the next deadline for H1? Further what are chances of H4 to H1 conversion?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 26, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Neha – Next year deadline will be April of 2015. Instead of H4 to H1, I advise to take H4 to F1 to H1B.

      • Anu on March 31, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        I too feel the same ,i approached many consultancies and no one is willing to do h4 to h1 i don’t know the reason .I already have masters again am planning to convert f1.

        • Kiara on April 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

          I am in the same situation. Which field are you both in ? I have also done my masters from India in Finance and just completed CPA. All I know is all consultancies want IT people.

          Does that means people from finance have zero chance?

          Is anybody in same situation??

          • Raghuram Sukumar on April 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

            It’s tough to get H1B via direct employers for non-IT field unless you switch from OPT to H1B. Best route is ti get Masters, Then OPT, then job and company will file for H1.



  200. Thanneer on March 25, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    If a person get’s rejected in the final chance for H1B, what are the options available and how much time available from the date of rejection.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      There is no grace period.

      • Thaneer on April 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        Thanks Raghu

  201. ak on March 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    HI ,
    I have a question i am applying H1-B from different employers is it legal to do that can i cancel one if both applications got picked in lottery any help is highly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    AK

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Your employer have to withdraw the application. I’m not sure if that will give opportunity for one more person.

  202. Vasanth on March 24, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    Hi Raghu,
    I wish every candidate filing for H1 B this year, a GOOD LUCK….
    My Questions:
    When we can expect the lottery results for this year after successful H1 B filing.. ?
    Whats your predication on this…?
    Thanks
    -Vasanth

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Read the post about predications. Lottery results by mid April.

  203. MAXPAYNE on March 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Did anyone here know about guys who applied for multiple H1′s last year… out of which one got selected in lottery and the second one isn’t?

  204. Amit on March 20, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    My manager asked my profile details and said, he is sending my name to H1B lottery. my question is, he has not yet asked for any documents from my side. so without any docs, can he send my name to H1B lottery process which is opening on April 1, 2014.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 20, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      I think he passes your info to HR or attorney. Ask him to move the process faster. You don’t have lot of time left.

  205. Jain on March 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Hi,

    I am currently on H4 visa, I have applied for MBA school in USA and I will get a decision around April 15th. I want to do my MBA but in case I am denied the admit to the school on April 15th H1B filing would have been already done, so I want the consultancy to file my H1b to be on safer side.

    So my question in case I get an admit from School I will file my F1 and at the same time my employer would have already filed for my h1b , will it be an issue.

    Thanks

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      There is something called last action rule. Which petition gets approved last will hold. So you have to be careful about timeline. I would start school in H4 and convert to f1 after a semester to be sure.

  206. Siva on March 17, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Common Guys,
    Please post some news/updates which you got it from employer or attorney to bring the awareness to candidates who are applying this year. We have only 2 more weeks ahead.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      There is not much update. Lottery is for sure.

  207. Nadeem on March 16, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    hi!
    Could you please tell about requirement for advocate for H1b visa.I am currently Practice in Pakistan as an advocate.

    Regard
    Nadeem

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Being an advocate I thought you should be able to figure this law. This page gives all the info you need.

  208. Auro on March 14, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    Hi Raghu,
    I had applied for my H1B last year and my petition wasn’t selected in the lottery. This year my attorney’s are applying for my H1b again but with the same LCA used last year. This means I will get a 2 year H1B when approved. My basic question is: Is it ok to apply with the old LCA ?

    Auro

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Is your LCA valid?

      • Auro on March 27, 2014 at 4:44 AM

        Yes, My LCA is valid for 3 years from 2013-2016.

  209. Kiara on March 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Hello Raghu,

    I was educating myself with H1b Visa process and came across this website,You have beautifully explained the whole process and made it simple to understand.

    If you can please help me to analyse my situation,it would be really appreciable.I am in USA on H4 visa,have done my Masters in Management in India and recently completed Certified Public Accountant(CPA) exams in USA.

    I am looking for job opportunities in accounting/finance industries,Now I know that majority of IT/computer jobs have upper hand.

    But is it really possible for me to find a job sponsorship? Lot of people have told me its very difficult and not possible.But I really want to try to get a job and since I am so near the H1b deadline,why not try harder.

    Any inputs/advice that you would like to share,Also anyone who knows that are there any possibilities.

    I have dreams,I want to work to turn them into reality by taking Action 🙂

    • Nisha Alexander on March 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Hi i am also in the same situation.I am in J1 visa status right now.If you came across any consultancies or so please let me know.
      Al the best.. 🙂

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Lot of Indian students do this mistake -concentrating only in school not on personality dev or job search or resume. You need to do the ground work to find a job. Looking for a job 10 days before h1 cap start date is not right approach.

      • Kiara on March 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Hey Raghu,
        Thanks for replying back.Yes the lesson well learnt to start the process so late.I was really now aware of all the process.

        Well can you atleast tell me some ways to approach for H1b.I am not losing hope here,if not now then next time.Sobbing for not trying hard wont get me a job,Will try my best to update myself for all H1b job application.

        The only hitch I am facing is there are not many companies out there who are willing to sponsor H1b esp my field which is Accounting/Finance.The other way is going through consultancy firms but there are none that i know.
        Will keep trying.
        Thanks

  210. swetha on March 11, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    hi, iam an engineer with 8+ years of expereince in IT industry and i dont have any sponser, please guide me as to how to aplly for h1b visa
    thanks,
    laxmi

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      If you don’t have a job or sponsor by now then up can’t apply for h1 this year .

  211. Arun on March 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Hi, my employer received approval in May 2013 for my 2014 H1B petition from Dallas. This is my first H1B petition. My employer has registered and working office in San Jose in addition to office in Dallas. My employer will in March 2014 apply for H1B transfer from Dallas to San Jose. Employer is saying both Dallas & San Jose addresses will be added in H1B transfer documents.
    My question : Is it possible to declare both Dallas & San Jose addresses & with these both addresses, can H1B possible to transfer to San Jose. Do you think, i could face any problem during stamping of H1B in India.

  212. xyz on March 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    r u planing to do a google search trend analysis for predicting H1b demand for FY2015?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Of-course, I will do a predictions. But this time I’m taking a different approach 🙂

      • xyz on March 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Looking forward to it.

  213. NISHA on March 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Currently i reside in United States in J1 visa status. Can i transfer it ti H1b directly? (Section 212(e) does not apply).

    • Lisa Anderson on March 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Yes, as long as your J-1 status does not expire before Sept. 30. The H-1B, when filing through the cap, only becomes active on Oct. 1st which means your status must be maintained until Sept. 30.

  214. Sonal on March 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Hi,

    I want to know the total H1b Cap for 2015 and total H1b visa fee including H4.

  215. venkateswara babu on February 27, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    Hi sir,
    I completed my B.Tech in mechanical in 2002 from then i worked as a asst prof in private engineering college. Later i completed my M.Tech in 2010 in computer science and continued the as associae prof. Now i want to apply for H1B visa. Is it possible to get it or not.

  216. giridhar on February 24, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    can multiple H1 B be file for different employer.

    Is there any rejection if lottery process for 2015 is applicable or even not applicable

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 25, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      Refer to another comment thread in this. I have answered the same question.

  217. Sweta on February 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Hello,
    I applied H1B through a friend’s company in USA. They have already have H1B approvals in past. My question is would visa interviewer at consulate investigate this fact, as the job offer is via personal relation so there might not have been any attempt to recruit a local US worker. Would that create an issue, my friend and me had stayed together in US for multiple years and paid taxes from the same address.

    Appreciate any inputs in this regard.

    Thanks.

    Sweta

    • Sudha on February 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Shouldn’t be an issue if the company has less than 15% employees on H1B. Otherwise do not volunteer information as interview and you would have to mention seomthing like you posted CV on known company’s carrier page and approached by them and interviewed.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM

      Let me see if I understand your question – Are you planning to attend visa interview with previously approved H1B Visa?

      • Sweta on February 25, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Raghu,
        yes, it’s based on previously approved H1B petition. Appreciate your comments. thanks.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on February 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

          You shouldn’t have any problem if you are able to answer the questions asked. If H1B is already approved by USCIS, then Visa Officers are looking to see if you satisfy the requirement to get the visa. Good Luck. Let me know if you have more questions.

        • Sweta on March 3, 2014 at 12:43 AM

          Thanks Raghu. I think you are right, the job-offers validity etc would be part petition approval process and wouldn’t be left until visa interview. So I would answers all questions to the point. If they decide it’s wrong then I would be ok with it.

          Sweta

  218. Mohamed on February 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I just started my preparation to file for H1B through a consultant. Is the one month enough to file. Is it anything like labor approval before filing on April 1, 2014.

    Can someone tell me the necessary documents that i need to get it ready.

    Thanks

    • Syed on March 2, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      Mohamed it will be a favor if you can you tell me which consulting firm do u refer on my email address

  219. Jatin on February 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    Thanks a lot for confirming. That link is really funny.

  220. Jatin on February 22, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Hi,
    I am applying H1B through three employers. Will my name be considered three times in lottery? or just once. Please let me know.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      3 Employers? Are you paying for all 3 employers? USCIS considers 2 application from same employer as duplicate.

      • Jatin on February 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        I have been selected by 3 different companies for H1B. Is that legal? I know that same employer can not file for same employee but in my case 3 different employers are filing. If it is legal will my name be considered 3 times for lottery or only once?

        • Raghuram Sukumar on February 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

          3 different consulting companies?

        • Jatin on February 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

          In other words, will H1B filing through multiple employers increase my chances in lottery?

          • Raghuram Sukumar on February 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

            I figured you are doing this to increase your chances. Few years back, there was a guy in this blog, who applied from India through 5 different consulting companies, so he can live high life ( buy bmw) http://192.138.19.181/h1b-visa-2010-consultants/ You remind me of him. It’s legal to apply. Good luck.



          • Rakesh on April 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

            That post was very interesting. Just wondering ..what did Raju do? has he filed multiple petitions? and what wast the outcome?



          • Raghuram Sukumar on April 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

            He vanished due to harsh response from readers.



          • Rakesh on April 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

            hmm…thanks for letting em know.



        • Jatin on February 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

          Hi Raghu,Yes 3 different consulting companies.

        • Jatin on February 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

          Hi Raghu,
          In case I apply through multiple employers and in lottery if my applications get selected for multiple employers, do I get an option to select an employer?

          • Raghuram Sukumar on February 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

            Didn’t I answer the same question to you earlier or is it different Jatin. Search the comments.



      • Jatin on February 28, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Hi Raghu,
        My earlier question was whether applying through multiple employers is legal or not. As this is legal what if multiple application gets selected in lottery. Do I get a chance to select an employer as I can not work with more than one employer or USCIS will decide on that. Please let me know.

  221. JOGINDERSINGH on February 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Dear Raghu
    My 6th. Year of H1B expired on Oct 10,2014
    My employer filed Labor only in July 2013
    They filed H1B extension Oct 08,2013 saying by the time RFE will come your labor will be approved
    RFE came on Oct 26,2013 to reply in 87 days
    RFE replied saying company thought Labor will approved
    Feb 06 Denial came
    What can I do ,I have Family ,House and Car in US
    My employer now says get F1 and CPT
    I am still working at client place
    Can I get CPT and stay in US till labor approval
    My I-94 expired on Oct 10,2013

    • JOGINDERSINGH on February 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Sorry
      My H1B expired Oct 10,2013 not 2014

    • munna on March 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Buying a House is risky and unadvisable on Visa. Wait for Green Card first before buying a House. Have you already applied for Green card? EB-2 or EB-3?? Joining University for F-1 and then getting CPT in first semester is not that easy.

      • Raghuram Sukumar on March 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Buying house is not risky. It’s completely depended on one willingness to take risk. I got my home when I was 25 and before marriage.

  222. srinivas on February 15, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    hi,
    I’m applying for H1B visa 2015.Graduated in 2007. In 2010, I got job in software field. Those (2007-10) 3 years I didn’t do any job, I was preparing for some competitive exams & learning software courses.

    my question is : while applying visa, are the 3 years (2007-10) Idle time create any problem ? Can I leave as is while filling the form?
    I learned from someone/where it is not good to have Idle time.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Ideal time is not an issue with H1B Visa applications or H1B Lottery selection. God luck with your H1B application for this year.

      • srinivas on February 17, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        Thank you Raghuram for your quick respone.
        I would like to know about its impact during visa interview?

  223. Swapnil on January 28, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Hello Sir,
    I am a MCA graduate with 2 years of work exp(.NET) in India. I want to apply for companies or consultancies in USA to get job and visa sponsorship from them. Please tell the list of genuine consultants/employers in USA who will employ candidate from India in IT sector.

  224. Swapnil on January 28, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Hello Sir,
    I am a MCA graduate with 2 year of work exp(.NET) in India. I want to apply for companies or consultancies in USA to get job and visa sponsorship from them. Please tell the list of guanine consultants/employers in USA who will employ candidate from India.

  225. sanjeev kumar on January 26, 2014 at 4:27 AM

    Hi Sir,
    My h1b filing application is in process from employer end. I am concern about my last name misspelled in certificate. I understand that you have already posted on this issue in your blog but would be thankful if you go through the situation below and provide you valuable input.
    my name in passport, 10th, 12th & Bsc degree/ certificate is : sanjeev kumar
    But my name in MCA degree/ certificate is : sanjeev kuamr
    So it’s kuamr instead of kumar
    Would there be any problem?
    Do I need to really get my name corrected in MCA documents? Or any affidavit need to produce
    Please help me with this information

  226. Manesh Gandhi on January 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Dear Raghuram,
    Please send me H1B VISA application form with the list of required documents with time schedule.
    Whether the premium rejction applications will be added to general?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 24, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      You don’t have to worry about h1 application. Employer will take care of that.

  227. Sundar on January 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Hi, I’m currently on L1B VISA valid till May 2014 and I94 valid till Feb 2015.

    My employer is filing for H1.

    In this case, can I continue to stay in USA after my VISA expiry based on I94 and then continue working in H1 from Feb 2015.

    Please let me know. Thanks in advance.

  228. bhuvaneshwari on January 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Hi

    I am on H4 with 3.5 years experience in business objects
    Could you mail me genuine consultancies to file my H1 as whoever I speak to demands very high fee.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      How much are they asking to file H1?

      • bhuvaneshwari on January 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        around 6k..please help me with genuine consultancy names

        • JOGINDERSINGH on February 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

          Pay them by check Ask them to Give a
          receipt.
          do not give on any different company name or personal check or cash

  229. Hendry Bharath on January 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    HI,

    I have completed my BBA and doing my Masters in MBA in distance.Currently I am working as an Admin in an MNC in chennai.How can I personnaly apply work Visa.Am I eligible to get a Visa.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      You can’t personally apply for H1B. You need an employer to file your visa application.

  230. Suma sri on January 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Hi Raghuram,

    Currently I am on a H4 and planning to apply for a H1B this April (for year 2015) . I would like to know is it possible to file visa through more than one company? If so, what would be the case if both get approved and is there a way that I get back money for the other.

    I am also looking for H1B Sponsor. Can you please suggest the Genuine Sponsoring companies details if you have any idea .Could you please advise on these? I have an IT experience in India for 4 years.

    Thanks,
    Sri

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Can you file H1B with more than one company – Yes
      Can you get money back if both approvals come through – No
      If there is lottery and you got selected din lottery but application is denied – you can’t get money.

  231. Mano on January 21, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    Hello sir,
    In my certificate surname and passport surname has slit spelling mistake it will be any problem for appying H1B visa

    Ex : certificate surname :Rangaswamy
    Passport surname: Rangasamy ‘W’ is missing
    Please let me know it will be any issue

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      My guess – It shouldn’t be a problem. But, in future you will be forced to use the name based on your passport. Best option is get name corrected in the passport.

      • mano on January 22, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        Thank you sir…

  232. pratik kumar on January 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Hello team, I have completed my BCA- bachelor of computer application in may,2011, and from june 2011 till date I am working in IT. Kindly let me know if I can apply for visa for 2015.
    And also I am doing my distance master degree, and have completed my first year.
    Education- BCA+ distance mba
    Work exp- 2yrs 7 months.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 18, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Do you an employer who can apply for your H1B?

      • pratik kumar on January 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Yes I am working in a IT company and my employer apply for iur H1B

  233. Rahman on January 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Hi,
    In case my employer process H1B premium and I am getting my visa approved by the month of May, Can I start working from May month OR have I to wait till Oct 1st

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 16, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Depending on your visa status and WHERE you are located. Will you be applying from USA or outside USA?

      • Rahman on January 16, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        I am in US and in L1B now and going to apply for H1B. My visa gets expired by May and my employer also asking to leave to India. SO before that I wanted to apply. They may ask me to leave by Jun. So asking. 1) If I apply premium will they give start date for working prior to October 2) If not, can’t I stay right? 3) If the sponsorship company will send me the H1b approved petition to my india address? Or have to come here in B1 visa and get that (I have valid B1 visa) Thanks for reply. Please reply to my above questions too.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on January 16, 2014 at 11:43 PM

          1. You can start working only after October.
          2. Leave the country. Get stamping, then come to USA.
          3. Employer should send papers to you.

        • Rahman on January 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

          You said depends upon the location inside or out of USA. So Can’t staying in US give the COS date prior to Oct?

          • Raghuram Sukumar on January 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

            If you in student F1 Visa and have OPT, you can continue to work in OPT. For L1B, that’s not the case. COS comes into effect from start date of H1B, not the day when they approve H1B ( say May). Let me know if this helps.



        • Rahman on January 17, 2014 at 9:55 AM

          Thank You Raghuram

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