H1B Visa – Process, Fees, Requirements and Cap Numbers

Welcome to H1B Visa Knowledge Base. Here you will find (almost) everything you need to learn about H-1B Visa. There are several (short) videos for you to watch and learn about various stages, steps and topics like Cap Count, Lottery, Deadlines, Processing times, Employers, Jobs to Visa stamping.

H1B Visa 2018 (April 2017)

  • Application Accepted – April 3, 2017
  • Fiscal Year (FY) – October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018
  • Main Blog Post for FY 2018 – H1B Visa 2018

H1B Visa 2017

  • Application Accepted – April 1, 2016 to April 7, 2016
  • Fiscal Year (FY) – October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017
  • Main Blog Post for FY 2017 – H1B Visa 2017

1. What is H1B Visa

H-1B is a non-immigrant dual intent visa, which allows companies to hire foreign workers for specialty occupations.

2. What is LCA for H1B Visa?

LCA stands for Labor Condition Application.  Certified LCA is required to apply for H-1B Visa to USCIS.

3. Receipt Numbers to Processing Times

After H1B Visa application is submitted to USCIS, next stages include:

  • Lottery Process
  • Receipt Number
  • Processing of Application
  • Processing Times

4. H1B Visa Lottery Process

The USCIS will conduct a random selection of petitions if a number of applications received is more than available H1B Cap limits.

Following Flowchart H1B Lottery Process  provides additional details on how lottery random selection happens.

5. H1B Visa Case Status and Various Stages

Following video explains the various stages of H1B Visa application case status. Even though USCIS updated the website to the new format, you can get an idea of what to expect from the previous case status.

6. After H-1B Visa Application is Approved

What to expect when your H1B visa petition is approved by USCIS?

After your H1B petition is approved, you will get Approval Notice. This Approval notice is a form called I797. There’s three kinds of I-797.  Here’s the Difference Between I-797A, I-797B, and I-797C.

 

 

H-1B Quota or Cap Numbers

There is a limit on a number of visas available per fiscal year.

  • General Cap – 65,000 per year
  • Advanced Degree Cap – 20,00 per year
  • Cap-Exempt – No Limit

As per USCIS Fiscal starts on October 1 of each year and ends on September, 30 of next year.

If you have completed an Advanced degree from a U.S. Universities, there is an additional 20,000 H1B cap. In previous few years, H-1B  cap was exhausted in the first week of H-1B filing.  Links to H-1B  Cap Count updates table.

Employers that fall under Non-Profit and Research organizations can sponsor H1B, which are Cap-exempt.

H1B Fiscal YearH1B Filing DateCap Reached
2005April/1/2004October/1/2004
2006April/1/2005August/10/ 2005
2007April/1/2006May/26/2006
2008April/1/2007April/2/2007 (lottery)
2009April/1/2008April/7/2008 (lottery)
2010April/1/2009Dec/21/2009
2011April/1/2010Jan/26/2011
2012April/1/2011Nov/22/2011
2013April/1/2012June/11/2012
2014April/1/2013April/5/2013 (lottery)
2015April/1/2014April/7/2014 (lottery)
2016April/1/2015April/7/2015 (lottery)
2017April/1/2016April/7/2016 (lottery)

How to Get the Visa

Refer to this details blog post about – How to Get H1B Visa.

  1. Within the US (from different visa type)
  2. Apply for H1 while you are outside the US (say India)

Processing Time

If H1 application is submitted under regular processing, it can take up to three months for USCIS to review the application and make the decision. If Request For Evidence (RFE) is issued, then it might delay the process.

By paying additional $1000, H1B petition can be submitted through Premium processing. USCIS will take 15 days to decide on your petition status. When USCIS receives your H1 petition, Receipt number will be assigned and mailed back to the petitioner. You will have to ask your attorney or employer for the receipt number.

USCIS the H1B receipt number, you can check the status of your application at USCIS Case Status Online web page.

Application Deadline

There is no deadline to apply for H1b petition. IF H1B cap numbers are available, you can apply any time. For example, USCIS will accept H1 petitions form April 1, 2015, for FY 20156 with the start date of October 1, 2015.

Students on OPT can continue to work for the employer, when H1B is approved with Change of status, then your status will automatically change from F1 OPT to H1B.

Working in the USA on H1 Visa

USCIS will issue H1 for six years in total (2x block of  3 years). H1B holder can work only for the employer who sponsored their H1B Visa. It its illlegal to earn income other than employer while on H1B.  It is possible to have concurrent H1B, that will enable you to work for two different employers.

Students used to prefer working on OPT (Optional Practical Training) as long as possible. Because, under OPT status, you are not required to pay around 7% FICA (Social Security and Medicare) Taxes. You will get additional 7% income. H1B holders are required to pay  FICA taxes.

Note – This page will be frequently updated. Always seek professional help from Immigration attorney. Immigration law in U.S. is complicated, based on your unique situation, the attorney will able to give you the right solution.

Stamping and Interview

After H1B Visa is approved, there are several cases that would decide if you need to go for H1B stamping. [Video – H1B interview  Mock Interview]

  1. With I-94: Generally, if your H1B  (I-797) is approved with I-94 then you can start working from the start date and you should be already in US.
  2. Without I-94: You must get H1 Visa stamping before you can start working. This happens when H1 is approved without Change of Status.
  3. Outside US: If your H1 is approved while you are living outside the US.

173 Comments

  1. NK on August 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Hi HSB,

    X company in India filed and sponsored my H1B visa in 1998 and then I went to US for 2 years and returned.

    In 2007 I joined company Y in India and they did H1B transfer for me. In 2009 I resigned this company and my H1B was still active till 2010. But I did not go to US from this Y company.

    In 2010 while H1B was active, I joined Z company in India and Z company’s US subsidiary did H1B transfer for me. After this I went to US while Z company enforced a 2 year bond on me and I returned back to India on their instruction, in 2010.

    Now, in 2012 the 2-year bond is fulfilled and I have resigned Z company, the H1B is still stamped and active and now after my resignation was accepted by them, they are asking me to retain my passport with them for H1B cancellation (I think retention passport of an employee against employee’s will is human rights breach), or otherwise asking me to pay visa fees despite the fact that I joined them with an active H1B, also went to US through them and did not deny to travel, and also fulfilled their bond.

    Without passport they are not providing me the Relieving Letter or Release Letter, which I am supposed to get already, after the notice period has been fulfilled since the acceptance of resignation by them. Despite the fulfillment of the bond I am being harassed. They should give me Release Letter without asking for passport or visa fees. How could I overcome this issue? Thanks in advance!

    Kind regards,
    NK



  2. NK on August 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Hi!

    X company in India filed and sponsored my H1B visa in 1998 and then I went to US for 2 years and returned.

    In 2007 I joined company Y in India and they did H1B transfer for me. In 2009 I resigned this company and my H1B was still active till 2010. But I did not go to US from this Y company.

    In 2010 while H1B was active, I joined Z company in India and Z company’s US subsidiary did H1B transfer for me. After this I went to US while Z company enforced a 2 year bond on me and I returned back to India on their instruction, in 2010.

    Now, in 2012 the 2-year bond is fulfilled and I have resigned Z company, the H1B is still stamped and active and now after my resignation was accepted by them, they are asking me to retain my passport with them for H1B cancellation (I think retention passport of an employee against employee’s will is human rights breach), or otherwise asking me to pay visa fees despite the fact that I joined them with an active H1B, also went to US through them and did not deny to travel, and also fulfilled their bond.

    Without passport they are not providing me the Relieving Letter or Release Letter, which I am supposed to get already, after the notice period has been fulfilled after their acceptance of resignation. Despite the fulfillment of the bond I am being harassed.



  3. raj on June 8, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Hi,

    Can anyone clarify my confusion.

    I used to work for company A . Company A filed an H1B petetion for me. Before it gets approved I joined another company B. After joining B , I asked A for the receipt of the petetion. The sent the petetion receipt to me which is now approved.

    Before leaving A I asked them to cancel it. But now I want to get my petition transfered to B.
    1). Is it possible for A to cacel it once it is approved ?
    2). And how to transfer it to B?



  4. Shruti on June 7, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    Hi,

    My company has applied H1B for me this year.
    My Concern is , that I have an old passport which has expiration date of april 2013. I have an H4 Visa stamped on it which got expired in 2006. This was stamped as a dependent of my X husband.

    I got divorced in 2006 and got remarried the next year. Now I have a new passport with my husband’s name on it.
    My question is, as I have got my new passport I think my old passport is no more valid , USCIS has still asked for photocopies of my old passport. I only provided photocopies of first and last page. I did not provide copy H4 visa page, which got expired in 2006. Moreover I have never travelled on that H4 Visa.

    Will it be an issue for my H1B.
    Does any one has any idea. Thanks



  5. RizZi on June 6, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Hi All,
    My case is very completed and sad. As I got stamp my H1B in 2011 and due to delay in project i could not travel to USA and meanwhile I had vacations I planned to travel to US on B1. So I applied and my H1B cancelled and even they did nto stamp my B1 and same time I got email from my employer to travel to US. So now embassy is saying that I need to reapply on same petition for H1B visa. My question is that I applied from ABu Dhabi before so now can I apply from my home country using same petition ? And how much the chances of H1B stamping again. Need your guidance and help. I am very much frustrated.
    Regards.



  6. Mack on June 5, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Hi,
    Considering the updated count of 55600 as of 4th June, do you think its wise to initiate preparing for LCA and filing of H1B Visa from toay 5th June? My problem is, if I give go ahead to my company , I have to sign up one year bond. And it may happen that before filing petition , cap gets over.



    • swathi on June 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Hi Mack,

      Me too in the same situation as urs.If u get any replies 2 ur question let me know plz.

      Thanq.



  7. Toofan on June 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Hi,

    I am currently staying out of US and I have got my H1 B visa approved as of 01Jun2012. My employer want me to travel to states for some training for a period of one month on my existing B1 VISA. Please advise if this travel could adversely effect my H1 B VISA stamping.

    Regards,
    Mohit



  8. RAVI on May 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    If I have H1B approved petetion ( not with I-94) expired on May 2011

    If I want to file now H1B , Will I come under Cap exemption ?

    I am currently on L1B



  9. Sheela on October 4, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    I have completed M.E, Computer Science (India) in 2009 and came to US shortly after my marriage. I’m on H4. I wanted to know if there is any company that will hire me as a fresher or What other options do I have to work?



  10. Robert on September 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Hi,

    I am working in company A, and they applied my L1B visa extension got RFE on sep 20th 2011. Meantime company B applied my H1B visa as primimum process on sep 23rd 2011 and got receipt also. My L1B extension RFE, I have time to answer till Dec 12 2011. Anyway my company A will take 1 month to prepare answering for RFE. What will happens my H1B result? Will it continue and get the result within 15 days? Or will they put hold/wait till my L1B RFE anwers submit?

    Please suggest some thoughts.

    Thanks
    Robert



  11. bavani on September 27, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    hi,
    i m bavani. i have done MSc. biotech from the University of Mumbai, India. Currently i am residind in chicago, IL.
    I am on H4 visa and i want to know about the companies which sponsor H1B visa for biotech people. i actually do not have work experience in India .

    please help me out in finding a company which will sponsor my H1b visa



  12. Renuga on August 30, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    I had applied for a H1B in the year 2008 and my petition got approved by US government.(I have attached the receipt notice)
    I had some personal issues, so I had to come back to India without getting it stamped.Since I could not go back to U.S immediately , my consultant cancelled my petition.
    I checked the USCIS website, it says “post decision activity pending”
    I would like to know if H1B  is re-initiated ,will it fall under the H1B cap for this year?



  13. Koyelbayan on August 25, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    First I need to say this, I’m completely ignorant about the visa requirements. I’m planning to take GRE and to apply for Fall 2012. I’m an international student from India. Can you please throw some light on it?



  14. HSB on August 22, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Yes, you schedule interview for them. But, why didn’t you go as a family when you went for stamping?



  15. sreeni on April 10, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    hi



  16. Sonesh on April 8, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Regualr : 5,900

    H-1B Master’s Exemption :4,500



  17. Roopa on April 6, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Hello

    Iam F-1 student currently persuing my masters in US.Iam about to graduate in may.I have my visa only until May 2011.Can you suggest anything so that I can extend my Visa.Currently am working as an intern and probably they might offer me an H-1B.Is it not possible to visit my Home country until I get H-1B?What if an emergency situation arises?I am from India and its difficult to get stamp again if I go there in my opt.Is it ok if I go to Mexico for stamping as there is no change of status.Am afraid if I get rejected in India.I wanted to use my opt i.e., 28 months but if I have to go to India for anything I should have a valid visa and so I think I must search for a sponsorer.Please suggest me in this regard

    Thankyou



  18. Zafar on April 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Can I work full time (8 am – 5 pm) on F1 Visa (while studying 6 pm -9 pm, only twice a week for 2 years)? The University says they'll give full time course degree/certificate after two years. How far this is true?

    After I get F1 Visa, can I apply for job online before arriving to US?

    B/c I am thinking to cover staying cost, from my job. Could anyone please let me know.

    Thanks!



  19. SANGEETHA.T.R. on March 31, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    i did mba in marketing from madurai kamamraj uiversity and presently working in middle east since 2008 in financial dept. how can i find one exployer to provide me H1B visa. please advise



  20. maryam gharavy on March 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    i have a question if some one have H1B visa can he take hish wife with him to and requst a visa for his wife too?



  21. Subhadeep on March 23, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    Hi ,

    This might look like a silly question , but I have this doubt for quite a while. I have a B1 visa , and I will be travelling this March end to US for 45 days. After my return , I am looking to my employer to file for H1b , so that I can travel as early as possible on a work-permit. So if my employer files for H1b-premium this May end , can I travel by July ( assuming 1 month for visa processing and visa stamping ) ?



  22. Rizwan Aslam on March 16, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Hi

    My H1B has been approved by USCIS. Now I have to go for visa stamping. But as I saw the questions and answers on some of the websites, that most of the time Consulate officer asking for Client Job offer letter which I dont have. I have my company Itinary and Agreement. Even I asked to my company that provide me that letter from client also but they are saying that we cannot apply for job for you to our client until you get the H1B visa. So I am very much confused. Kindly give me some good solution of it. Also tell me that if I will unable to provide these documents, they will reject my visa or they will give me chance to provide these documents?



  23. Sharva Reddy S on March 13, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Hello,

    I Have completed my bachelor's in computer science engineering and i am working as software test engineer and now i want to apply for H1b visa can any one suggest me about how to apply and wat needs to be done. And wat are the consultencies that are offering H1b give me helpful information please. I appreciate that.



  24. Anjali on March 5, 2011 at 6:51 AM

    i have completed my bachelors in commerce in india. now i m pursuing masters in commerce. its my first year. I want to apply for H1 b visa. can i??? nd if yes den how can i find d employers from us who can sponsor me?????



  25. maher on February 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    hi, i am a teacher of chemistry, with a master degree in analytical and environmental chemistry, I have 13 years of teaching experience in JORDAN and UAE, I am looking for an offer as a chemist or a teacher in USA, anyone help me or give me helpful information pleas.i appreciate that



  26. Zafar on February 25, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    I have B1/B2 visa. Can I apply for Job in USA?

    Or

    How do I find an H1-B sponsoring company? How long does it take if I start now?

    Or

    What are the other alternatives to get job in USA directly (not thru parent company in India).

    Could anyone please let me know?

    Thanks!



    • HSB on February 25, 2011 at 5:30 AM

      You can apply for job while you are in USA in B1/B2, but to work for the employer, you need H1B.



      • swetha on February 27, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        when my employer gives me pay he will deduct the taxes and pays tat taxes to US govt,Rite?
        So those r not filed.



  27. swetha on February 24, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Hello All,

    Its really urgent!!!!!!

    I am so tensed, Highly appreicate information.

    Today I had H1 stamping at hyderabad consulated and I received 221g yellow form.

    Can any one say what are the chances of getting visa? What does yellow form means?

    They asked me about W2 forms and I dint had them with me.My employer said they filed tax for me but I realized that they dint do that through Visa officer.

    Can you suggest me what is the best way to proceed.

    Thanks in advance.



    • HSB on February 24, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      What – employer is going to file your taxes? Give us more information to help you. Did you ever file taxes while in USA?



    • rama on March 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      Swetha,

      In that yellow form, they supposed to ask you to submit the w2 forms right. if yes, ask your employer and submit them as soon as possible.



  28. rudresh on February 1, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Hi,

    I am already working in US with F1 CPT(2nd masters) but I have different Masters completed on which i can file my H1B in april 1st. My question is suppose my case is files on 1st april and approved within a month then, when the earliest I will be on H1. Will it be from 1st oct or before?

    If I want to go to India in June for Stamping then, Can I get it stamped and enter US in with that H1 in June..?

    Thanks Rudresh



  29. satheesh on January 19, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Hi , You are free to travel on L2 and you can apply for EAD. Once you get your H1B Approval you can apply for change of status and then start working in US> You dont need to travel back for visa stamping as its already approved and they will issue new I 94 .. One good thing is in L2 you can work and there will not be restrictions like you need to be such billing or in Only IT job . L2 is kind of a gift to work in US.



  30. Vijay on January 11, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    Someone in the above page said like,

    "Yes it looks like June is getting cleared in Nov, so Dec will clear July and Jan will clear August!!!"

    This has been found to happening right and What about the case of RFE's then??? Wouldn't they be considered as normal one's (without RFE)??

    Below is my case;

    Visa: New H1B

    Type: Regular

    Center: VSC

    Receipt Date: 08/30/2010

    RFE: 11/23/2010 (additional fees)

    RFE Response: 12/09/2010

    PP: NO

    Approved: Waiting……

    Field: IT

    And my Employer doesn't share receipt number with employees most times. So, when can I expect to have the approval?? Jan??

    Thanks!!



    • Ranjan on January 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

      who is your employer?



  31. Mak on January 4, 2011 at 7:07 AM

    ANYONE WHO CAN HELP ME.

    I am daily reader of HSB

    I just got my H1.

    I have couple of questions and I believe that only u can help me lot.

    My uncle is here and he applied for my parents(who are in india currently) for greencard/citizenship.

    I am unmarried and according to CSPA law i am under 21(i am 17).

    Can i apply for greencard with my parents?

    I am looking for the lawyer to process such complicated file/case.

    I am waiting for your reply, HSB.

    thanks



  32. gj on January 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Do you know how often case status updates are done on egov site? Is it daily or weekly?



  33. aaditya on December 28, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    i had got 24 backlogs in engineering.i have finished my electronics engineering with an aggregate of 52% from mumbai university.i m really weak in technical but i really have a deep desire to do my masters from US.currently i m doing a job in a not so reputed technical firm.my gre score is 1500 and toefl is 108.are there any chances that the visa officer grants me a visa.plz help



  34. rahul on December 25, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Rahul.

    i am on part time h1b. I would like to call my spouse on H4. So i wanted to know if its possible for her to come on h4 when i am on part time h1b.



  35. Ali on December 22, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Dear
    My name is Ali . I am MA of cultural anthropology at central Azad Tehran university,Iran.
    My field research is cultural anthropology and monography . I am very interested to continue my studies in your university.
    I am looking for scholarship. I should be greatfull to admission to that university as Ph.D student.
    I am waiting to hearing from you soon.
    With the best regard



  36. AD on December 15, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    Hi HSB,
    Yesterday i had an interview and they issued a 221(g) form and stated that please submit more documents and all are related to my employers,then we will process your visa, retain my passports and original documents, Kindly suggest what does i mean by,



  37. Kavya on December 14, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Hello,

    Received RFE recently for project agreement and end client invite letter. I couldnt get the client invite letter for legal issues however managed to get letter from onsite lead, member of my company (within the company). We have submitted this letter and project agreement to USCIS. Would they consider the letter??

    Any problem of denial here??



  38. Rob on December 3, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Hi,

    Just wanted to ask if it is true that pay stub to be submitted for h1b should be within 30 days?

    Thanks,

    Rob



  39. Ranjan on November 6, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Hi,

    My employer has filed H1B Visa. They are saying my application is pending for LCA location posting. Now what does that mean, can any one please let me know what is LCA means.

    Thanks,

    Ranjan



  40. Mayur on October 27, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    @HSB:

    I got the approval from USCIS.. I am planing for my H1B stamping @ Delhi Consulate.. Can you please tell me which are the main documents they are asking during interview time.. and questions they asked ?? please share the info as soon as you cann….. And can they ask — why you choose the Delhi consulate for an Interview..??????????

    Thanxs…



    • Ranjan on October 27, 2010 at 5:37 AM

      Hi Mayur

      Can you plz tell me through which consultant you applied H1B



    • HSB on October 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM

      Search in the blog for H1B Visa Stamping Documents.



  41. Raj on October 26, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    USCIS received my H1B docs on June 01, still it is showing Initial Review status only. Any one applied on June and received the petition? Anyone have clue on this? I am worrying, because it is in same status for 5 months.



    • Mayur on October 26, 2010 at 11:24 PM

      Hii..Raj

      USCIS receiver my H1B docs on 8 Jul.and I am happy to inform you that I got the approval on 8 sept.. it took 2 month… and I also got some of the docs from my company as well… as per your case I guess you have to talk to you consultancy accordingly and ask the other employee who already got the approval…. Just keep your finger crossed… I wish you will get soonn…..Thanxs..



  42. MIHIR on October 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Hi HSB

    ANYONE WHO CAN HELP ME.

    I am daily reader of HSB

    I just got my H1.

    I have couple of questions and I believe that only u can help me lot.

    My uncle is here and he applied for my parents(who are in india currently) for greencard/citizenship.

    I am unmarried and according to CSPA law i am under 21(i am 17).

    Can i apply for greencard with my parents?

    I am looking for the lawyer to process such complicated file/case.

    I am waiting for your reply, HSB.

    thanks



  43. Mihirdarji2008 on October 2, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    I am on H1.
    Can I file for green card with my parents who are in india and sponsored by my uncle.
    I am 25 but according to the CSPA act I am 17 and unmarried which I think are the conditions for the law.
    I am looking for the lawyer in Nj to file my greencard.
    Please advise me if I am wrong.



  44. Mark on September 23, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    @HSB

    My company is sponsoring me for an L1 visa this year.

    I am also planning to go for MS in the fall. If the L1 visa is granted how will this impact my chance of getting a visa for my studies?

    Should I ask them to proceed with the same or to stop the process?



  45. Sonia on September 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Hello All,
    My current visa status is H4.I have experience in Software quality Assurance and Automation Testing for web based applications.But i’m looking for sponsorers to sponsor my H1B.Can anyone send me contacts for consultants.



    • Mayur Patel on September 27, 2010 at 7:39 AM

      Hii…Sonia

      I got one consultants. And if required more details then maild me… They already put my file.. I got the receipt as well…and in few days I will get approval as well.. Two of my frds also got the visa through this consultant.

      Hope this information will help you…!!



      • Richi on September 27, 2010 at 4:34 AM

        Hey me too looking for a consultants who can sponser H1B. Could you please give me the contact details of the consultants.



        • Sesh Rangasami on December 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM

          You can write to me. I can work with you.

          Sesh



      • Pra on September 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM

        Hi Mayur,

        I am having an unused H1. I am looking for an employer urgently who can get it transfered. Can you please help me with the consultant details that you have filed your H1 with? Any help in this regard is highly appreciated.

        Thanks,
        Pra



        • Sesh Rangasami on December 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

          Pra,

          You can send your resume if you are currently at US. If you give me your contact number, I will call you back.

          Sesh



      • Sonia on September 28, 2010 at 10:29 AM

        Hi Mayur,

        I don't have your mailId..so can you please share details about that consultant.

        This forum doesnt let me post my email..i guess.so can't send you my contact details.



      • Suresh on October 14, 2010 at 2:48 AM

        Hi,

        I am looking to try for the H1B Visa in this year quota, But didnt find any reliable consultants for processing visa. Can you let me know (email me) the list of consultancies/companies for that.

        Thanks,

        Suresh



      • anoop on December 26, 2010 at 11:10 PM

        Hello Mayur,

        I graduated this semester and looking out for sponsorship, can u please forward me the contact of consultant…

        Thank you very much.

        Anoop



    • jagu on September 30, 2010 at 6:50 PM

      hi sonia if u get any information pls let me know coz i have also h4 visa mail me



  46. Zafar M on September 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Hello guys.

    My lawyer filed RFE on July 12, 2010. It is already more than 60 days and haven't gotten respond from USCIS to my H-1B case.

    As my lawyer says: he put in an official service request with USCIS complaining about the length of time.

    What does it mean? Can anybody help, please?

    Anybody had this kinda situation?

    Thanks

    Zafar



    • Edi on September 17, 2010 at 10:02 PM

      Hi Zafar
      I had the same problem,
      I got RFE,but I sent them back the evidences they had requested on 6th of may at VSC.
      My RD was on 19th of April and my status changed to approved on 13th of september.
      don't worry if u have provided them the proper documents.



      • Zafar M on September 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM

        Thanks a lot Edi.

        I feel OK now.

        I hope everything will be OK.

        You helped me 🙂



  47. Zafar on September 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    I have 4 yrs exp in survey programming with good knowledge in Java/J2EE and Dot Net. How do I find employer to sponsor me H1-B. Is H1-B quota still open. Could anyone please let me know…

    Thanks!

    Zafar



  48. Elnaz on September 13, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Hi friends…

    I'm working in US already, Does anybody know how long it take that my employer could apply for my Green Card after I came to US??



  49. harry on September 6, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Visa approved on 19th Aug. No hard copy yet..How do uscis send the copy..Is the delay normal



  50. yana on August 29, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    roy,

    my company says they will file for extension the same month of its expiry,im worried . what are the req for filing extension? please advise



  51. anonymous on August 26, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    Hi,
    I applied for a h1b visa in 2008 from a consultancy in India. I recieved RFE on march 2009. After RFE on August 2010 i recived a mailfrom USCIS saying that"
    On May 15, 2009, we mailed a notice acknowledging withdrawal of this application or petition I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. If you have not received the notice within 30 days of May 15, 2009, contact our customer service at 1-800-375-5283."

    Can the consultancy dat filed H1b Visa for me can withdraw my application without my consent.



    • Jack on September 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

      They can. Since the petition is filed by the employer, they can withdraw it.



  52. Shashank on August 23, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Hi Guys ,

    I have 3yr of exprenice in HR and IT recruitment,I have a bachlor Degree in Business management with HR ,So Want to know can i apply for a job in USA, How is the Job market for my Current role and will i get a H1b Visa for my role ,i have upload my Cv in Job Board However no calls nor no emails What is the best way to Find which Companies sponsor H1b Visa



    • Dan on August 23, 2010 at 5:11 PM

      Hi Shashank,

      The job market in the US is still pretty tight – particularly for HR. There are a good number of HR people out of work over here, meaning that companies aren't likely to need to sponsor an H-1b for somone.

      The US department of labor keeps statistics on companies that have sponsored h1b visas in the past year. These lists are accesible on any number of sites. The problem with them is that the companies listed don't necessarily sponsor visas for everyone. They've likely done it only in certain circumstances where they had to. Employers typically sponsor because they can't find a US authorized person to fill the role. It's easiest to find these companies if you're here in the States and can meet with hiring managers. That's why studying in the US on an F-1 can be an effective strategy to getting a US job.



  53. Rams on August 22, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Hi

    Currently I am working in MNC company in chennai, one of the US company ready to give offer, but they asked me you can have visa to work in US, but I don't have Visa if possible can I get process Visa in my own expenses since US company is not ready to sponsor (spend).



    • Dan on August 23, 2010 at 5:13 PM

      You'll need a US company willing to hire you and participate in the visa process in order to get an H-1b. There are components of the filing process that you are prevented by law from paying for.



  54. Nita05 on August 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    SD, I have the same question "will all the ‘initial review’ cases have a decision before Oct 1St?" Anyone??? this is really important to me to know. My app was submitted on April 30th at the Vermont Center. And my Status still shows "initial review". I am really worried.



    • Varun on September 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      I filed for H-1b extension (premium procesing) on 30 august, got positive decision on 7th sept.



  55. suresh on August 18, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Is there anyone here who applied H1 by consultancy working for a client and got it approved ? Please let me know cause I am worried .



  56. George on August 16, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Hi

    I am working for a small company 7 Employees and about 1 Million Revenue . Pay scale is 40k/Year. They are ready to file my H1 . Its a direct hire . And I can apply in Masters Quota . Is it safe if I start application now ?



  57. SD on August 15, 2010 at 4:41 AM

    Hello all,

    My app was submitted on jun 17th at the vermont center. I have a couple of questions and will appreciate all the responses.

    1. The recent visa fee hike. Will that affect the 'initial review' cases??

    2. Will all the 'initial review' cases have a decision before oct 1st?

    3. Any case from vermont center having the visa approved in 2 months through normal processing?

    Thanks-

    SD



    • Suresh on August 16, 2010 at 8:22 AM

      Did you apply in premium quota ?



    • Andy on August 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM

      Hi,

      I have the same case. My application submitted on 7th June, Vermont Center, Still it shows Initial Review. But its H1B transfer. My initial H1 approved last year. so, Can any one tell me how long it will take to get result?

      Thanks,

      Andy



  58. xxxxx on August 14, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Hi

    I want to know as per the new rule consulstancy can not process H1B with out having client. May I ask you the same question after completing MS in US how it is possible to get H1B visa. How you can say that few years from now they will be working in US.. how it is possible, are the rules going to change.



  59. preet on August 11, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Hello Friends,

    My H1 Petition was received at USCIS on 16 April in CA center. Still my status shows "Initial review". It's going to be around 4 months now. I am wondering why is it taking this much time….

    Are there other folls whose status is same as mine…..?

    Thanks..

    Preet.



    • davin on August 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

      Hi, Preet, I have applied on 27 May at Vermont center, it still shows initial review.

      Pls can you tell what is your case status now.



      • preet on September 1, 2010 at 10:02 PM

        It's still "Initial review". Mine is at California center.



        • Nitin on September 6, 2010 at 8:44 PM

          Hello Preet,

          Mine also exactly the same case as yours. My petition was received at USCIS on 16 April in CA center. Still my status shows “Initial review”.

          What is yours?



          • preet on September 9, 2010 at 9:13 PM

            Still in "Initial review". I seems to be loosing patience……



          • Nitin on September 20, 2010 at 2:51 AM

            Mine is still in "Initial Review". What is yours Preet?



          • Nitin on September 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM

            I got my VISA approved on 27th Sep. 🙂



    • Varun on September 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      filed for h-1b transfer (premium processing) on 30 august, got result by 4th Sept
      Vermont service center.



  60. Dip on August 11, 2010 at 2:58 AM

    Hi I am Dip and I got stamp of H1B visa four months before but my employer told me that US market is not good now so they told me walt few months.Now four months is over and my employer is not calling me yet.Should I search another job in US .Is it possible to get job in US now a days . I am a Civil Engineer.What is the good way to search job there.

    I am planning to come US and search a job there, is it good and easy way.

    Can I get a reply from anybody?



  61. Diyos Ko. Maawa po K on August 10, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    Hi HSB…

    what could you say about this? do u know someone with the same status before? what were its outcome?

    On August 5, 2010, your document I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER was processed and mailed to the address on record. If you have not received it within 30 days of August 5, 2010, contact customer service at 1-800-375-5283. If you move while your case is pending, please call our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283



    • bharathi on January 12, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      Hi,

      i do got same problem can u pls tell me what happend with ur case after getting this mesg……i don't know what to do after getting this mesg…i told my employer but nothing from his side …i am in worry….



  62. Prince on August 9, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    Hi,

    I am an Indian working with a US based company X in India. They applied my H1B under the quota of 2011 and we have received an APPROVAL NOTICE. But, Company X has still not sent me for stamping.

    Can I now, transfer the H1b to a Company Y? I am not sure about the rule of transfer H1B approval before stamping when you are not in US.

    I have following doubt.

    1. Can H1B approval transfer possible without getting stamped from Company X ? What is the Rule?

    2. If it is possible to transfer approval before stamping even if candidate is outside US. Is this will create any problem in stamping of my H1B from Company 'Y'?

    Kindly help me clarify these doubts.



    • Prince on August 11, 2010 at 3:55 AM

      Hi,
      I appreciate if anyone has some clue on this situation.



  63. Edi on August 1, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Hi everyone,

    For guys whose case are approved now,

    could plz u help me to find out how much it took for ur online status to become "Post decison activity" from “Initial Review” or “Request for evidence"?



    • DarkPrince on August 5, 2010 at 5:17 AM

      Hi Edi,
      It took me about 1 month. I constantly checked the status each day.
      It might differ from case to case also.



      • Edi on August 6, 2010 at 11:37 PM

        Tnx DarkPrince

        hope to be the same for me 🙂

        it's been 4 month since I applyed for H1B!!



  64. preet on July 26, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Guys,

    My petition was received at USCIS on 16 April. Since them my status is "Initial review". application processing center is California. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    Has there being any case where petition is approved without furnishing actual work contract information. Earlier i heard that USCIS would be expecting each petition to show work contract before a petition is approved.



    • DarkPrince on August 5, 2010 at 5:19 AM

      Hi Preet,
      In my case I guess my company has not furnished actual work contract information. But i got my case approved.



  65. Joseph Cyril Rajan on July 25, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    Dear Friends,

    I’m one of the active members of HSB (since 2008). I’m very happy to inform HSB that I’ve got my H1B Visa stamped today after having waited for almost two years since I appeared for the entry visa interview at an US Consulate.

    My H1B Visa was approved during May 2008. I appeared for the entry visa interview during September 2008. By mistake my case was stuck on red tape and was kept pending under administrative processing. I kept sending emails to my immigration attorney almost every week. And my attorney in turn persistently followed-up my case at the State Dept. in order to clear my case out of Dept. of Homeland Security. At last after two years my entry visa has been cleared.

    So I would advise all my friends in HSB not to give-up hope. Keep following up. One day you would get clearance for sure. Good Luck to all my friends seeking H1B Clearance.

    I’ve put up my resignation with the current employer. I’ve scheduled to depart to the US on 2nd September 2010.

    My salutation to HSB. Thanks for all those wonderful support and the valuable information that is being provided by HSB.

    Joseph



    • DarkPrince on July 27, 2010 at 4:57 AM

      Great news!! all the best!! 🙂

      Success for your patience..



      • Joseph on July 27, 2010 at 9:37 PM

        Thank you my friends for your wishes. Good Luck!



  66. abhi on July 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Friends..My case was received by USCIS on 16th April… Still it reads "Initial review".
    Are there many more people in the same boat ?. My reciept no. is WAC******** , which apparently means being processed at California centre.
    I think this delay is a little unusual….Any comments HSB ?. Thanks !!



    • Mancy on July 26, 2010 at 4:51 AM

      Abhi,

      Yes, I am sailing in the same boat. My receipt number starts with EAC…… being processed at the Vermont center. It says initial review for the last 3 months.

      I am worried!

      Mansi



      • Anonymous on July 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

        My petition was received on April 15 for California center. Still in "Initial review" status.

        Does any petition that got approved till date was filed without actual work contract details. I heard that all petitions should be able to give work contract details else petition would be rejected.

        Preet.



        • Abhi on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

          Lets Hope for the best.

          It would be intresting to know if they processed any pettition under regular quota filed around 15th April yet. I did read in a post below that for one person in the regular quota .. filed on 16th april ..got approved on july 6th.. Am waiting since 3 weeks after reading that .. I keep saying to myself all ezz well 🙂 🙂



      • chi on July 29, 2010 at 12:45 PM

        Even my case is pending from last 3 months at Vermont center for H1 trf.

        Just watching USCIS website every morning but no sun-rise since last 3 months :).



        • Abhi on July 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM

          Friends , just to do some analysis , how many of you are waiting for over 100 days in regular processing and general cap .

          Wait time since petition received as of today for me : 104 days



          • Abhi on July 31, 2010 at 5:37 AM

            Got Notification today that My Petition is approved.

            All the Best to all of you .. you guys will get soon too

            Cheers 🙂



          • Mancy on July 31, 2010 at 11:34 AM

            Hey,

            Congrats! Did you receive the notification via email or your case status showed decision approved?

            Wanna know coz its still showing initial review for me.. 🙁

            Mancy



          • preet on July 31, 2010 at 12:24 PM

            Congrats Abhi.

            For me it is 104 days as of July 31.

            Did you filed through a consultancy. If yes did your petitioner gave work order or contract executed between consultancy and client.

            Preet.



          • abhi on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 AM

            Hi Preet and Mancy,

            @ Mancy : Both , Since i had registerd for notification through mail , i got notified in mail as well (along with the update in the USCIS link)

            @Preet : Nopes , my employer filed for me.

            You guys will get too may be coming week 🙂 All the Best



          • Edi on August 2, 2010 at 9:26 AM

            Hi Abhi,

            do u know how much time did it take for ur case to be approved after the status of "request for evidence" ?



      • Mayur on October 26, 2010 at 11:33 PM

        Hey Mancy,,

        I got my aprroval on 8th of OCT within 2 month .. Just keep ur finger crossed you will get it soon…



        • Mancy on October 27, 2010 at 7:42 AM

          Hi,

          My Vis has been approved already. I even got it stamped in India. I had posted the comment long ago.

          But thanks for the wishes anyway



          • Mayur on October 27, 2010 at 9:38 AM

            Hey Mancy..

            Congo for that… I a planning to go for stamping @ Delhi Consulate… please let me guide.. and also tell about the preparation…Thanxs..



  67. Annk on July 19, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Hi Friends..!

    i got my H1b stamped and upto i am waiting for the opportunity to go to US. Please Guide me

    My question is if i resign to the current employeer let say " A" and new employeer "B" will transfer my visa to their company.

    is this the similar process i need to follow as i did previously. For example go to US assambly and give the interview again. Or employeer will do by their own.

    Question 2: if my current company " A" will cancel my H1b before it get transferd to Company" B" , will i be able to apply again through the Visa Cap or their will only interview i need to go through.

    Thanks in Advance



    • DarkPrince on July 19, 2010 at 11:10 PM

      Hi,

      Can anyone answer this question, considering the situation that we would have not traveled to US even once on H1B for company "A"?



    • Annk on July 21, 2010 at 9:10 AM

      Is anyone have anwser of my questions.. kindly reply..?



    • HSB on July 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

      With Neufled memo things are bit tough. You have to consult and immigration attorney. Don't ask for help in forums for your case.

      You will not come under cap, if your H1 is already approved.



      • Annk on July 23, 2010 at 2:23 AM

        Thanks HSB !

        I will find out the way to get the details.. !!

        its regarding Employee-Employer Relationship.. !!



  68. DarkPrince on July 17, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Hi,

    I have submitted my case in April 2010. and my current status is "Post Decision Activity". What will be the next step from here?



  69. Rohan Chawla on July 14, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    Hi All,

    My employer has filed an H1-B visa for me and received the file number on June 21 2010.

    In my case status it shows Post-Decision activity.

    Can anyone let me know,wat does that mean,and by when Can I expect an interview call

    Warm Regards,

    Rohan Chawla



    • javed on July 15, 2010 at 2:37 AM

      hi Rohan,

      My case is also same like yr..my employer told me that interview process will start oin month of october….thx



    • DarkPrince on July 16, 2010 at 4:17 AM

      Looks like a good news.

      I have been tracking it for a while for my case. And even I am in the same status "Post decision activity". 🙂

      Keeping my fingers crossed for the stamping date. 🙂



  70. Saran on July 13, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Hi,

    My company wants to process H1-B Visa for me. Will it be advisable for me to go through with it at this time? I mean, is there a fair chance of my application being selected?

    As of 07/09/10 there were 24800 eligible visa applications. And they have not said anything about the number of petitions that were received for the fiscal year. So is there any limit to it?



  71. Darshan Subramanyam on July 11, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Dear Happy School,

    My company has applied for my H1B. I have one query to discuss regarding this, my wife's name in my Passport is that of her Maiden name, Immediately after my marriage I had to renew my passport and at that time I did not have enough documents and time to change my wife's name to the new name, so I went ahead using her maiden name. Later her name got changed as per my name and now I want to get her passport done. For getting her passport with her new Married name,
    1. Should I change her name in My passport first and then apply for her passport or
    2. Keeping her name the same old Maiden name in My passport can I just proceed for her passport with the new Married name in Her passport.

    I have already submitted my passport for H1B processing, so what should be done. I do not think it is a good idea to change my passport details now.
    Please advice.

    Thanks,
    Darshan



  72. JR on July 7, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Hello HSB,

    My H1b visa is approved. Can you please give some insight on visa stamping. What all documents are required and the procedure.

    Thank you in advance.



    • HSB on July 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM

      Above post is updated. Refer to the last section about H1B Visa interview and Stamping.



  73. DarkPrince on July 7, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    Hi,

    I have a question w.r.t H1B Transfers.

    Once I get my H1b visa from my present company, say "A", Can I transfer it to company "B", without ever traveling to USA? How does this work out?



    • HSB on July 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM

      You would have to talk to an immigration attorney.



  74. DarkPrince on July 6, 2010 at 4:11 AM

    Hi lakhnavi,

    I am also in the same boat and my status is "Initial Review" as of today.

    My case was submitted in April, 2010.

    When will I be called for an interview? Or I will have to go through the LOTTERY system first?



  75. Rachel Green on July 6, 2010 at 3:46 AM

    Hello HSB,

    Hope you're well.

    I found your blog very helpful as some points were eally something I have been hunting for.

    I'd like to seek your advice on getting a visa through a consulting company. I am a non-technical progessional with 4 years f work experience. I have been quite a lot of research on how I can get H1B.

    Most of the consulting firms that I have approached are not willing to help me as I am a non-technical professional. I have posted my resume on almost all job boards; however, it has been tough luck so far.

    I am very much willing to invest efforts in getting a work permit for the USA.

    Please advise on how I should I go about looking for a job. Can I ask a consulting firm to process my H1B and then look for a job OR should I keep searching on job boards, which doesn't seem to be a very effective way?

    Many thanks,
    Rachel Green.



    • HSB on July 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM

      Best bet for you is to go to US for higher education.



    • javed on July 13, 2010 at 4:25 AM

      may i know yr education background? because my company sponsoring h1b visa even u dont have tehnical exp..just reveal yr education background….thx………



    • Dan on August 23, 2010 at 5:02 PM

      I agree with HSB. Your best bet is to study in the US on an f-1 visa, get access to 12 months of OPT and spend time meeting people – especially alumni of the school you attend. H1-b's are tough to get on job boards. HR departments are screening those who need sponsorship in order to make thier pile of applications smaller.



  76. lakhnavi on June 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Hello everyone,

    Like a lot of us here, I'm waiting for my H-1b application to process, and the anxiety only mounts higher now that it's almost time, as per the 'national average' of 2 months. So, I'd like to start a comment thread so we can know how many other people are in the same boat as us and how many are off it.

    Post the date your application was accepted for processing by USCIS and your decision status (whether Initial review, RFP, Accepted or Denied). I'll start:

    April 20th, Initial Review (awaiting decision)



    • E.A. on June 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM

      Hi Lakhnavi,

      You have a very good idea but in order to analyze correctly what is going on with the status of our applications you need to give more infos as:

      1. Vermont or California center

      2. general or Master's cap

      3. regular or premium processing

      5. date application filed

      6. date application received

      7. case status

      8. last update (LUD)

      Good luck,



    • lakhnavi on July 6, 2010 at 2:24 PM

      Hey all,

      for those still waiting I have good news. My petition got approved July 6th, filed on April 16th. Regular quota, small consultancy. Read hanuman chalisa and hope for the best, your approval might be around the corner.

      Cheers!



      • Harsh on July 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM

        congrats..can you tell it was california or vermont…



        • lakhnavi on July 7, 2010 at 7:48 AM

          it was vermont



      • DarkPrince on July 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM

        Congrats lakhnavi!!

        Did you check your status in the "https://egov.uscis.gov" site?

        Can you please tell me what was the status shown for you?

        I see "Acceptance", "Initial Review", "Request for evidence", "Testing & Interview", "Decision", "Post Decision Activity"in the website.

        And currently I am in "Initial Review" status.



        • lakhnavi on July 7, 2010 at 3:52 AM

          darkprince,

          It went straight from initial review to post-decision activity in my case.



      • monty on July 19, 2010 at 2:57 AM

        Congrates!
        Can you please write me your consultancy name,number,email id.



      • preet on July 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM

        Congrats Lakhnavi…

        Can you tell me if you consultancy provided client work order / contract info with H1B petition.

        Preet.



      • Surya on August 26, 2010 at 6:23 AM

        Hi Lakhnavi,

        Have you received the Visa documents yet?



  77. suchitra on June 22, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    hi everyone

    i have got approval for h1-b, my question is, "i lived in uk for 4yrs and used to work there and then i came back to india 7 months back but now am going to uk in 10 days, can i go to us consulate in uk or will i have to come back to india to attend interview"? . is there any condition that person should live in the country for 6months to attend that country consulate?

    can any one help me please



  78. joe99 on June 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Hello everyone,

    I wanted to ask if an H1b person can go home back and forth to their own country? I was recently given a working visa last year and I was thinking about going home to visit but I was approved here in the US and it was a change of status. If you have any information regarding about this please let me know. Thank you.



    • E.A. on June 16, 2010 at 8:56 AM

      Hello Joe99,

      If you have already a h1b visa you can travel everywhere in the world.

      You need to be more precise about your case : working visa and change of status ? or h1b ? the rules are different regarding the type of visa you have.



  79. sasidhar on June 12, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    I Got H1-B visa from company A and stamped in Dec 2008, valid till Oct 2011. There after i got L1 visa from company B,traveled to USA on L1 for 6 month, returned to India and my L1 expired on April 2010, but during my L1 stamping previous stamped H1-B didn't cancelled by embassy..can i travel to US on my H1-B visa? is my H1-B is still valid yet? or do i have to do re-stamping ? when i consulted couple of peoplem, they are telling that since i had already traveled USA on L1 USCIS automatically cancel the previous H1-B and re-stamping is required to travel again. So Please advice. Thanks,Sasidhar



    • E.A. on June 16, 2010 at 9:01 AM

      Hi Sasidhar,

      I am afraid your friends are right. At this point, I think you need advice from an immigration lawyer.

      Good luck,



      • pratap on August 18, 2010 at 7:17 AM

        Hi,

        I have always seen people mentioning that any existing H1B would be cancelled while L1 stamping. However, I would like to understand if there is any particular situation or circumstance where H1 does not get cancelled while L1 is stamped?

        My current company is sponsoring for my L1 VISA, I too have an H1 (stamped) from a different employer which is valid till May'2011. However, I have not used my H1 till date. i.e., I have not travelled on this H1 till date. So, just wondering what are the chances of getting the L1 stamped without getting my H1 cancelled?

        Regards,

        Pratap



    • Pratap on August 18, 2010 at 7:10 AM

      Hi Sasidhar,

      Thanks for posting your case on the website, and I should say that you are quite lucky. I have always seen people mentioning that any existing H1B would be cancelled while L1 stamping. Your note gives me a bit of releaf. However, I would like to understand if you had any time before travelled on the H1B VISA that you still hold. i.e., was your H1B used any time at all? If not, then logically you should be able to travel without any problem. If at all you have used your H1B prior to travelling on L1, then may be you might have to go for stamping again.

      By the way, just want to check which consulate did you go for VISA stamping?

      My current company is also sponsoring for my L1 VISA, and like you, I too have an H1 (stamped) from a different employer which is valid till May'2011. Just wondering what are the chances of getting the L1 stamped without getting my H1 cancelled?

      Regards,

      Pratap



  80. Aarif on June 12, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    Hi Friends, is it possible to pursue part time mba while working in USA on H1B?
    If yes please provide more details regarding the same. What if i am sacked while my part time mba is still going on? do i need to switch to F1? I have many such questions so it would be great if someone could help me with this.



  81. cymphilly on June 10, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Hi all,
    I'm new in this blog. I have questions about H1B visa.
    I will graduate from a nursing school and will get master degree in nurse practitioner. One of my friend of my sister, who is a doctor, is willing to hire me. He is planning to open a new doctor office in my state. If so, I maybe the only one nurse practitioner in this new office. So my questions are :
    (1) Can I apply for the H1B if this doctor is my employer?
    (2) Will there any illegal issue if this doctor employs me as the only one nurse practitioner in the office?
    (3) If my sister will be one of the owner of this doctor office, is there any illegal issue arised from my H1B application?
    (4) How, when and where can I apply for the Labour Certification?
    (5) does anyone tell me all the steps to apply for the H1B visa if I want to do so by myself?
    (6) Can I (F1 student) apply for H1B visa if the company can wait for me to start working again until I get the approval?
    (7) How much will my employer pay for me to apply for the H1B visa? If my application is not accepted, can my employer get back all the fees that he paid for my application?
    Thanks so much for all your help and responses.



    • HSB on June 10, 2010 at 6:31 PM

      It's better of you ask an Immigration attorney. You can check with (bashyamspiro.com)



  82. xyz on June 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Hi,hsb,

    I want to ask few questions regarding the nursing and h1b

    from few internet website i got information that in the usa registered nurses do not need H1b visa for working they can file I140 petition(greencard)directly without H1b after their graduation or after obtaining licenses .

    so what do you think i want to know more about this

    and if it is true i think it is the easiest method to get green card



  83. Shyam on June 9, 2010 at 7:03 AM

    Friends,

    I am currently working for an MNC in chennai and I have an offer form an US based firm to apply for H1 B..I have close to 7 yrs of exp into IT….the whole issue is that i have done my bachelor's in Mechanical and not into CS/IT….can this be a barricade in me getting a visa…please comment….thanks in advance…



    • HSB on June 9, 2010 at 7:52 AM

      Nope, that will not be a problem. DO you have offer through consulting company or same MNC is applying for H! and who is going to pay for H1B?



  84. Arun on June 7, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Can a 3 months old registered start-up tech business sponsor H1B to its employee?



  85. yana on June 2, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    hi anybody please,when is the right ime to apply for h1b extension/renewal? do they grant extensions? please shed some light on this. thanks in advance ….



    • E.A. on June 7, 2010 at 7:36 AM

      Hi,

      If you need an extension, yes apply now, the immigration centers are not overwhelmed !

      There is no such thing as "extensions granted" but if you have a job and genuine documentation I do not see why you will not get your approval…

      So, good luck,



      • yana on June 8, 2010 at 11:53 PM

        Thanks E.A. appreciate ur reply!…i'm applying for extension on the same month my validity expires,i do hope it's Ok…Thanks again!



        • GAUTAM CHOPRA on June 25, 2010 at 6:36 AM

          hey im an engg student from bangalore india… rather i just completed my engg… in e.c. dat is…. and now im thinking of coming to us for an MS… but with d primary aim of getting a job after completing my MS… but the general perception here is dat there anre no jobs/ very difficult to get a job in US… can u just help me out here…. cause u got a job dere…



          • HSB on June 25, 2010 at 7:16 AM

            Be optimistic like thousands of other students. Everyone applying for US will have the same aim and have same questions. What differentiates you from them? they took the chance and you are debating. Few years from now they will be working in US and you might be still in India.



          • Anonymous on September 23, 2010 at 4:54 AM

            @HSB- As per the current strict H1B rules its very difficult to find sponsership. So how someone can be optimistic. I agree 2/3 year back situation was different and MS student were getting job even though with out experience. But now as per the current situation consultant who used to prepare fake CV for MS student to get job are not willing to sponser H1B.Everyone suggesting the same thing get a internship and you can get H1B sponser through them. My question is why any employer will sponser H1B to inexprienced MS student instead of sponsering any skilled, exprienced and talented professional from India.



    • roy on August 18, 2010 at 4:55 AM

      you can apply 6 months in advance of the date of your visa expiry. If you did not complete your 6 years in US you will get your extension.



      • yana on September 7, 2010 at 12:16 PM

        hi roy ,

        my h1b is expiring this month, my employer said it's ok..is it still ok to file on the same month of expiry? im worried about the lapse in status if i dont make it on time…