H1B Visa 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions – Updates

H1B Visa 2015 Start Date, Fee, Sponsors, Cap count updates, News by USCIS


Updated : May 21st, 2014. (H1B 2016 FAQs )

This page will have all the information regarding H1B Visa 2015 filing like FAQs, latest news, useful articles, etc.

Did you miss FY 2015 lottery ? Looking for details of FY 2016 ?

Flash News Update  : 

  • May 5th : 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. They have announced it on their twitter and facebook pages.
  • April 18th : USCIS announced that they will begin H1B FY 2015 premium processing from April 28th, 2014. Previously they announced that they will begin, ‘no later than April 28th’. They just clarified that. You can read on USCIS website  
  • April 11th : USCIS announced that it received about 172,500 petitions for the H1B Visa 2015 Quota. Read USCIS : 172,500 Received – H1B Lottery Summary 
  • April 7th USCIS H1B Visa 2015 Cap Reached on April 7th. 

H1B Visa 2015 – Latest News Updates , Articles 

Looking for H1B Cap Daily Updates ?  Check  H1B Visa 2015 Cap count Updates Page 

Frequently Asked Questions about H1B Visa FY 2015 

When will H1B Visa 2015 Season Begin ?

USCIS accepted H1B Visa 2015 applications from April 1st, 2014. They had the window open for 5 working days. USCIS stopped accepting H1B Petitions for FY 2015 from Monday April 7th as more applications were received than the required cap of 85,000 petitions.

What would be the Cap count for H1B Visa 2015 quota ?

No changes to the H1B Cap for FY15, the immigration reform discussions did not go through, the cap limit remained same as last year.

  • Regular H1B Quota : 65,000
  • Masters H1B Quota : 20,000
  • It is to be noted that 6,800 visas every year are set aside for Singapore and Chile Free trade agreement filings, which is called as H1B1 program.

Would there be lottery for H1B Visa 2015 ?

We had H1B visa Lottery for fiscal year 2014. USCIS received about 172,500 petitions for FY 2015 . Our predictions were right, you can read the article H1B Visa 2015 Lottery Prediction analysis 

How soon should I start planning for H1B Visa 2015 ?

[ Updated : H1B Sesaon is over for FY 15, plan for next year FY 2016 ] Well, there is nothing like too early… Getting a good H1B Sponsor can be a challenge these days. You need to find a job that fits your profile and find a sponsor that has a job for you.  Some employers want to test out the capabilities of the candidate before they plan to sponsor H1B Visa. Typically, they would like students with masters from US work for them on internship or co-op.  If they like the candidate then they will sponsor H1B visa.  If you are planning to land in US from overseas countries like India, it could be even challenging to find a good sponsor. Maybe you would need to work with global IT services companies and make your way up. It can involve lot of internal process to get the process initiated… You are never early…. Read Step by Step Plan to Apply for H1B 2015 

How do I find Sponsors for H1B visa 2015 ?

This is probably the most asked question.  It can be a challenge to find a good sponsor. We have written quite a few articles on this topic. The fundamental concept of finding a good employer does not change.  You can use our H1B Visa Sponsors Database  and search for sponsors in a city or zip code. Check out the above links under 2015 latest news and updates for the current year’s article to find sponsors. You can also, read our last year’s article :  How to find H1B Visa sponsors, avoid fraud 

What would be the H1B Filing fee for Fiscal year 2015 ? 

There has not been any changes in the filing fee for the past couple of years. It did not change for fiscal year 2014.  The  H1B Visa 2015 filing fee can range anywhere from  $1,575 to $4,325  based on the size of the company (number of employees ). Also, the attorney fee can range from $700 to $3000. If you go for premium processing again that is $1225.  You can check out the detail break up of fee at : H1B Visa Filing Fee Details – Who Pays for What ?  

H1B Visa Immigration Reform – CIR – Proposed Changes ? The comprehensive immigration reform has not passed yet.  But, lets say, if it gets passed, the below changes may happen.

  • Annual H1B Cap will be increased from 65,000 per year to 110,000. If exteme demand, it can go up to a maximum of 180,000.
  • The H1B quota for STEM degree holders from American Schools will increase from 20,000 to 25,000
  • H1B Visa fees can up to USD $10,000.
  • More stringent rules on H1B visa adjudication.
  • Mandatory LCA posting on DOL website for at least 30 days, before it is certified.

You can read Summary of CIR – Immigration reform – H1B Visa and Green Card  . We will keep you posted with updates on CIR and H1B visa changes for this year, if any. Did I miss anything ?  Do you have any other questions ?

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Kalinga Singha October 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm


Hope someone can help me providing some information.
I was in L-1B status since 2010 and from this October 1st I got the status changed to H-1B, and I’m working for the same employer.
They missed to file COS for my spouse from L-2 to H-4, we have applied I-539 for her COS, and the case is pending.

We are planning on travelling to India in December, and I think I’ll need to apply for a new H-1B visa stamp at the US consulate in India before re-entering to US.
My question is – do we see any rejection in the L-1B to H-1B COS visa stamping? And if they do, which will be unfortunate, but what would be the way to re-enter the US?
I think my previous L-1B is no more valid since I got a new status, H-1B starting from October 1st.

Any information/experience anybody could share will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much in advance.


unique October 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

thank you bro

did you have any chance to ask company, nowdays


Phew!! October 24, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Finally after 7 months wait got my H1B approved.

Series: EAC14141#####
RFE date: 28th July
RFE: Right of Control
Responded:16th Oct
RFERR:23rd Oct
Approved:23rd Oct
It was a regular processing,hence was surprised the RFERR and Approval happened on the same day!


H1H4interview October 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Can I make Visa fee payment without filling DS-160 form first?
Becos I done payment first without filling DS-160 form..
Please reply early please…..


SS October 24, 2014 at 11:33 am

Question regarding visa date less than petition date.

Hi all,

My visa date is given almost 9 months less than petition date..is there a chance for correction…if possible how much time does it take?

thanks in advance.



H1H4interview October 24, 2014 at 10:54 am


How to upload Dependents Photos in DS-160 form filling.
Thanks in advance..


SS October 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

you dont have to..it will be taken at ofc for person above 14 yrs..for kids u can take photo according to specs


H1H4interview October 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm

DS-160 form has to be filled up first or Visa fee payment to be done first?
Any of these can be done first right? becos i didn’t fill DS-160 form yet but
paid fee for visa interview…is it ok? or I’ve to pay again?



TCS RFE October 24, 2014 at 6:54 am

Hello tcs folks
anyone got rfe approvals this week???


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