H1B Visa 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions – Updates

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

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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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interview dates October 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

any1 who knows interview dates for hyderabad consulate, please share

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Praveen October 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

Hi

My case status is in RFE response review from past 3 months at vermont centre.

Intial Review:April 21st
RFE: June 15th
RFE Response Review :July 21st.

But Earlier in the USCIS site under comments it was given that On July 21st, 2014, we received your response to our request for evidence.

But today it is showing as On October 20, 2014, we received your response to our request for evidence.

Can any one provide inputs on this.

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Post Decision Activity October 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

EAC14146XXXX vermont, today my petition approved. ** in how many days i can expect the interview and what is the max time to schedule interview.

*** PLEASE SUGGEST ***

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Post Decision Activity October 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

EAC14146XXXX vermont, today my petition approved. ** in how many days i can expect the interview and what is the max time to schedule interview.

PLEASE SUGGEST

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Post Decision Activity October 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

EAC14146XXXX vermont, today my petition approved. ** in how many days i can expect the interview.. what is the max time to ***

PLEASE SUGGEST

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HM October 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hi,
you can schedule interview as soon as you have hard copy of all required documents for interview till then be ready with your DS160.once your receive your docs take date of interview. it will take 7 Days to reach documents to your employer and if you are in India then another 7 days.

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unique October 22, 2014 at 7:56 am

Everybody has got return packages back from lottery?

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got approval October 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

I just got approval.
Vermort center
RFE Response – 28th August
Approval- 20th Oct
Got updated on system 22ndOct

Hopefully interview step goes well too.

All the best to rest who are waiting…:)

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Post Decision Activity October 22, 2014 at 1:40 am

EAC14146XXXX series, got a mail notification today “Your Case Status: Post Decision Activity, On October 17, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER”

1) shows on 17th mailed the notice, but i got mail notification today. why the diff ?
2) does it mean that my petition approved, so scheduling interview is the next step?
******** PLEASE SUGGEST ******
please suggest ***

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h1bwaiting-REF-RR October 22, 2014 at 4:35 am

I guess nothing to worry about the diffrance in dates in the site. Point to be taken is that your application is approved and next is to fill the DS160 and schedule date for personal interview.
Congratz nd All the best..!!

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Post Decision Activity October 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

EAC14146XXX series, i got a mail notification today that “Your Case Status: Post Decision Activity, On October 17, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER”

1) shows on 17th mailed the notice, but i got mail notification today. why the diff ?
2) does it mean that my petition approved, so scheduling interview is the next step?

please suggest ***

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H1B October 22, 2014 at 3:02 am

I am in the same boat. got same mail .please help us ……

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MP October 22, 2014 at 4:26 am

Your petition is approved, next step is to fill DS160 and schedule visa interview. All the best !!

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Post Decision Activity October 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

in how many days i can expect the interview.. what is the max time to schedule

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HM October 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

you can schedule interview as soon as you have hard copy of all required documents for interview. it will take 7 Days to reach documents to your employer and if you are in India then another 7 days.

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MP October 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

My petition is approved today.
Filed: 10th Apr 2014 (initial review)
RFE Response Review (directly from initial review): 2nd Oct 2014
Approved: 16th Oct 2014

Status is updated on 21st Oct in USCIS site, even though it says the petition was approved on 16th Oct.

Thanks for your help and inputs all along this hectic wait and wish you very best !!

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Post Decision Activity October 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm

hi MP,
mine also same vermont center
EAC14146XXX series, i got a mail notification today that “Your Case Status: Post Decision Activity, On October 17, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER”

does it mean my petition approved?
should i check with my employer for interview scheduling as the next step ??

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MP October 22, 2014 at 1:42 am

Yes, congratulations!! So, next BIG step is interview :) all the best !!!

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Post Decision Activity October 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

in how many days i can expect the interview.. what is the max time to schedule

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goodtobefull October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

Yes, your application is approved. You should wait till your employer receive the petition by post (which could take 2-4 weeks based on location ,attorney etc).

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JobSeeker October 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

Are there any issues if we switch in US to another employer and later come home for vacation ? Does it cause any issues while returning back to US ?

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unique October 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

Anyone else is still waiting lottery result like me!

or we are too late to wait

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ukj October 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

any update about initial review applicants?

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Poonam October 21, 2014 at 10:51 am

NO UPDATE … :-((((((

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RK October 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm

No Update

ukj, any progress on your case ? any information from Attorney or from your employer ?

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ukj October 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Nothing…. Same status.. No reply from them

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simha... October 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Same here.. still waiting..

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ukj October 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

any updates?

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bab October 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

Hi Every one,

My spouse is employed, Still she can attend dependent visa interview along with me, or she need to resign her job? could you please advise.

thanks

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SSingh October 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

Thats little funny …. why you want to deprive her with her job for your job.
No need to resign but prepare your questions like are you planning to travel with family, will she join you later, etc etc
I joined visa interview with my husband and that time I was also employed in IT company. no issues and got visa stamped.

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bab October 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

Thanks ssingh,

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H1B Seeker October 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

Hi Forum Readers,

I have scheduled my OFC and VO appointment on 27th and 28th Oct 2014 respectively @ Chennai Embassay.

Due to my employer’s request, i have cancelled the appointments.
But if i try to re-schedule the appointment, i am not able to do so, OFC dates are not visible..

Please help

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TCS_H1B_Blr October 21, 2014 at 2:29 am

Hi ,
Anybody got update for an RFE? I am waiting from august 28th (had submitted documents to FDFU) . Still didn’t get any response from FDFU .

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TCSer October 21, 2014 at 7:19 am

I am also in the same boat. Submitted RFE on Aug19th , but no updates till now.

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TCS_H1B_Blr October 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

Can we get a repy from TCS chennai if we request them to share the updates on RFE?

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TCSer October 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

If you send an email , just they will update like : RFE docs are submitted to USCIS , no further followup is required.

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Vb October 20, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Hello every one,
Any idea of visa stamping next available dates in chennai for OCT.
Just need to plan based on that, thanks

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H1B Seeker October 21, 2014 at 7:08 am

Hi Vb,

Here are the dates available @ Chennai Consulate for next 3 months:
Nov – 3,4,5,6,7,10,12,13,14,17,18,20,21,26
Dec – 8,10,11,12,15,16,17,18,19,22,23,24,29,30,31
Jan – 5,6,7,8,9,12,13,16,21,22,23,28,29,30

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VB October 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

Thank u very much buddy, All the very best…

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2nd rfe October 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Anybody here who also recieved 2nd RFE? What are the chances of approval after 2nd RFe? And does it take 60 days also for USCiS to review it?

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Ram October 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Suggestion required,

RFE date: July 30th

Till now my employer has not yet submitted the answer for RFE to USCIS,
If I count 84 days from July 30th, 22 October would be the last day for submission.

Incase if my Employer misses the deadline, what are the options for me?
Am worried, Please let me know.

Thanks/Ram

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SSingh October 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

If you are asking about options on your H1B petition then I dont think you have many options left as its up to your employer if your employer is not responding then I dont see USCIS is going to approve your petition. But I dont understand why your employer is not ready to respond to RFE.

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TCS RFE ..!!! October 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

Hi,

I have received RFE mail 3 days before and my manager is not ready to provide End-client letter requested in RFE, at present we have only BRM.. will it be a problem ?

Thanks in advance.

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SSingh October 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hi,

my case time lines:

Vermont center:
RFE on 14 August
RFE Request response review on 14 October
Wating for results

Any idea about avg time taken by Vermont center to process RFE response review and approve/reject petition ?

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HM October 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm

it may take 10 business days to 60 business. my application took 60 days to approved after REFEE status. best of luck.

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HM October 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm

RFE RR*

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rfe response October 21, 2014 at 12:55 am

@HM…can you tell the dates of your rfe response and approval…and which center

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SSingh October 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

Dont you think now USCIS has less work load after 30th Sept. as majority of petition are completed. so now they will take less time to provide the response. What I understand is Now USCIS is working only on RFEs and some cap exempt petitions. I am hoping for a 15 working days time now.

Thank you for your reply.

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TCSer October 20, 2014 at 2:36 am

Hi TCS Guys ,

Any update after RFE.. Here I am waiting from Aug19(RFE submitted to FDFU).

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Tcs_approved October 20, 2014 at 3:27 am

I got my visa approved…
Lottery selection – 30 May 2014
RFE – 16th August 2014
RFE response – 25th August 2014
Visa approval mail from TCS – 16th October 2014
(Although visa was approved on 9th September 2014 and I got it for an year i.e. 30th September 2015)

All the best for your rfe result

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TCSer October 20, 2014 at 6:08 am

For how many years you got the approval ?
what were the RFE’s?
RFE response is submitted to FDFU , or its Submitted to USCIS?

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Tcs_approved October 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm

RFE was about end clint letter,BRM letter,sow,organisational chart out of which agreement and sow has not been shared with fdfu… Visa is approved for an year…
Just wait for some more days you will get a response….

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U.S. calling October 19, 2014 at 4:10 am

Hi,
Can we take our U.S. Born 2 year old kid for H1 interview process at Chennai U.S. Consulate .? If anyone had this experience please share…
Thanks in advance…

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Bharani October 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Better don’t, my friend told during his interview the officer stared the person angrily when the child started crying.

Because they have an option to grant visa to children without visiting. So unless and untill you have to carry your kid, please try to avoid.

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U.S. Calling October 20, 2014 at 3:30 am

Bharani,
My kid is too small so I have to take him for interview,so I need to know whether it is allowed or not as he don’t require any visa as he is already a U.S citizen….

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Hope October 20, 2014 at 10:23 am

It is not an issue to take your kid with you. When we dont have a option to leave our kid with someone whom we trust it’s better to take them with us. What ‘s the big deal in it :D

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Bharani October 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Hi U.S. Calling, yes you can definately take him with you. It is not at all an issue.

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h1b_approved October 20, 2014 at 4:43 am

If visa officer gets angry with the crying child then uska pichese ek barasa rod ghusa dena..

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RFERR_Waiting October 19, 2014 at 12:40 am

Any updated on RFE RR?
Still with RFERR from 15 aug
Its more than 60 Days now
California Center
any pointers

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h1bwaiting-REF-RR October 19, 2014 at 3:29 am

Even me too in same boat.. Rfe RR feom Aug 11th.
California center. Not sure if its 60days or 60 working days.

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rfe response October 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

its 60 days….bcoz for submitting response it was 90 days and not 90 working days…

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h1bwaiting-REF-RR October 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

Ok. I came to know from my petitioner that by Oct end we can
expect the update. And also came to know that California center is slow. By that i observed one intresting point. My REF RR is on Aug11 and 60 working days would end up by Oct end. But if we just count 60days, its already over.
Anyway, have hope and we have to bare with this waiting.

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Siva October 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm

I am also in same boat… RFE review from Aug 8th. California center..Non AD…

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ukj October 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

Any updates about initial review applicants?

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RK October 19, 2014 at 3:21 am

No ukj, initial review,
is there any one else in INITIAL REVIEW without RFE or APPROVAL ?

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pharma October 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

Hi, again still no update. What centre are you waiting on? Mine is vermont.

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ukj October 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

Mine also same center..

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Poonam October 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

ya same here…no update till now…stuck at Initial review at Vermont center..

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RK October 20, 2014 at 3:35 am

Mine is also same. Vermont center

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ukj October 21, 2014 at 5:57 am

any updates?

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Bond October 18, 2014 at 3:45 am

If RFE RR takes more than 60 days , does it mean denial?

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yus October 18, 2014 at 4:07 am

Bond,
No, lil slow processing ..
we need to wait..
i know it is really tough days for us..
Best of luck..

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HappySoul October 18, 2014 at 1:57 am

Now its payback time for me to this website.
Got approval in May. No Queries no RFE :-)
Booked for Visa appointment through online or NEFT using citi bank.

(Please select account type “CURRENT” and DOMESTIC).
After making payment with in 2hours my reciept number got generated.
After that a screen is displayed to book appointment with a calendar.
Select your Visa Interview Date first and after selecting Visa
interview you will be prompted for OFC appointment.

OFC and Interview at Hyderabad Consulate

Booked for OFC on 16Th October:
It just took 15 min at OFC .
Only One question at OFC is Why US?(Answered)

Interview on 17th October:
VO: Good morning
me: Good morning
VO: Passport and Petition
Me: Given
VO: Why US?
me: Answered
VO: Employer name read out by VO after scanning my Petition.
Me: I said yes
VO: Who is your client.
Me: Answered
checked for the client but didnot find in system. Asked me to spell
out the client name.
VO: Website of your client
Me: Answered.
VO: Asked for Client letter
Given and VO verified my client letter.
VO: What is project you are going to work at client.
Me: Explained about the project and how it works.
VO: For whom this project being developed?
Me: Answered
VO: How much salary you will get.
Me: Answered
VO: Education Qualification
Me: Answered.

Golden words came out Your visa has been approved. Have a nice day.

Thanked VO and came out. So this is my experience. Be cool and be
specific VO’s are really helpful. As I see some dependents interview
during my stamping. VO’s are struggling to help dependents who are not
able to speak english. Really great gesture by them.
Wish you all the best.

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Xyzzy October 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm

If you don’t mind me asking
Where did you attend , and is ur company big or small

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Happy Soul October 18, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Hyderabad Consulate.
Mine was small bit established around 7-8yrs back.

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H1-B October 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm

@HappySoul – What did you answer for “Why US”?

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RK October 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I was silent reader of this forum from last 6 months attended the visa interview on 14th October in Chennai

Me: Good morning madam
VO: can i have passports and I797
Me: Given
VO: Which company you are going to work?
Me: Answered
VO: What is the salary?
Me: Answered
Mean time she was talking to another person for 2 minutes then she started back again she started asking the questions
VO: what is the salary?
Me: Answered
VO given my I 797 form back
Vo: Are you going to work in client location?
Me: It’s in-house project .
Vo: can i have the project document?
Me: Given, she gone through the pages.
VO; can i have your I797 again
Me: given.
she started asking the question to my wife
VO: what is your highest Qualification?
My wife answered
VO: your visa is approved and given me the I797 and pamphlet
Me: Thanks you madam and we left the counter.

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please suggest October 17, 2014 at 11:58 am

Hi friends
My situation is too different.my h1 application was approved by end of September2014.my current US employer sold their company very recently .I don’t know whether the new employer will send the papers or not. If they don’t send the papers what is my next step pls suggest.

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SSingh October 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

What do you mean by papers ? You mean I797 or some other papers for visa stamping ?
I dont understand why new mgmt wont provide you the documents. but if they dont then your options :

If you have minimum h1b petition number with you then you can search for another employer who can file for your H1B any time as now you are cap exempt.

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Denied October 17, 2014 at 11:49 am

So I got denied, but still wanted to share my dates with you.
RFE: June 16th
Lawyer answer: August 28th
RFE: August 29th
Denial: October 16th
WAC California
Don’t have the reason for denial yet, but will share, when I know.
Good luck to everyone still waiting, because this is just luck, nothing else.

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Visa_Approved October 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

Hi everyone, I ‘hv been a silent observer of this forum since April. “Admins” thanks to you guys for creating this forum.
Yesterday I, along with my wife, appeared for our visa interview at Mumbai consulate. Mine was a straight forward case as I am directly employed by my employer. Here’s my case history and experience:

Case history:

Petition selected: 6th May
RFE: 13 th May (very simple RFE on educational background)
RFE replied on: 1st July
RFE Response review status: 3rd Aug
Petition approved: 8th Aug

Interview experience:
VO: Namasate! Good afternoon.
We: Good afternoon.

VO: Can you give me your passports please?
We: Given.

VO: Can I have your original I 797?
I: Given.

VO: So you work for XXXX?
I: Yes I work for XXXX.

VO: What kind of project will you be working on in US?
I: Explained in about 30 sec.

VO (to my wife): When did you get married?
She: answered

VO: When is your husband’s b’day?
She: answered

VO: What did you give your husband on his last b’day?
She: answered

(At this point I was feeling she was getting more interviewed than I did :)

VO (thinking for more questions): What’s ur husband’s favrt color?
She: answered

VO: where did you guys go for your honeymoon?
She: answered

VO: how did you find the place ?
She: it was awesome.

VO: Alright sir your visa is approved. You should be getting your passports back in 3-4 days.

After we reached home I checked the status of the application and it was “Administrative Processing”. Today it changed to “Issued”.

For all those who have already got approval “congratulations!”. For all those who are awaiting result “best of luck” and for all those who didn’t make it through for some reason or the other “there’s more to life than it seems”… I am sure there are better things ahead.

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Cmss October 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Hello

Congratulation to you
I have only one question yor petition got approved 8aug and you attended interview few days back. Why so much time between approval petition n interview ?

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Visa_Approved October 20, 2014 at 5:25 am

Thanks Cmss, I couldn’t attend it before because we (both I and my wife) had to get our new passports and I had some other project commitments that I needed to take care of before focusing on the interview.

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Cmss October 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for reply

I ask u because my employer revived approval petition
1 and half month back but my employer is not
Arranging visa interview .
Do u know what could be the resion for the delay?

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Visa_Approved October 21, 2014 at 1:20 am

If you’ve already received approval on your petition then the only reason that I can see is that your employer might not have the actual start dates from your end client. This ofcourse is based on the assumption that you are not directly employed but working in an EVC model. Again this is just a speculation and believe me no one apart from your employer would know the exact reason. Why not just email/follow up email your employer if you haven’t done so already.

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Desp October 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

Hi, any idea on best case and worst case timelines for a L to H COS filed under premium? (I know worst case is 15 calendar days :) but wanted to know if ppl have experienced any deviations)

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Diwali October 17, 2014 at 7:48 am

All,

Wishing you all a very happy Diwali Week…

May this new year brings lot of Good News’s in your Life..

Hope for the best

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Information October 17, 2014 at 3:38 am

Hi experts,

I need small clarification for agreements.

1)consulting agreement.
2)service agreement.
3)Master service agreement.

is above three are same or different ?.please suggest me friends.

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H4 PP name change October 17, 2014 at 3:37 am

Hi guys,

Wanted to know if name change in the passport is mandatory for H4 Dependant visa. I am planning to raise dependant visa for my wife . Can we go for stamping with her retaining the name before marriage. We have marriage certificate and photo album

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diana October 17, 2014 at 5:24 am

Hi,
I think there is no need to change the name on passport if she still goes by her maiden surname officially. If name is changed officially then you might have to.

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TCS_approved October 17, 2014 at 7:03 am

Name is not changed on passport yet. We are thinking to submit the docs to pp authorities India. But that might take a long time for the new changed name pp to come.

I was just wondering if we can go ahead with her maiden name.and i can raise H4 for her and take her along fior the stamping.

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Diana October 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Yes go ahead. :)

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Hope October 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I never changed my name after wedding and came to US on H4 Visa. We can get passport with name change using tatkaal which is like a premium processing but still I didnt consider my name change because of many issues. We have to provide each time the supporting documents right from DMV office for Driving License to getting a GC.

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H4 PP name change October 20, 2014 at 6:05 am

Thanks a lot for the replies. Decided not to go for name change for my wife and will raise h4 with her old name.

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2nd RFE October 17, 2014 at 3:28 am

Mine was RFE RR Aug.5, then after the long wait it went back to RFe on Sept. 30. My lawyer received Rfe letter Oct 5 and it was asking for long list of documents from my employer ( taxes, quarterly wages, license etc). They said 2nd RFe is very unusual, but still keeping my hopes high:) if it’s meant to happen it will in God’s time:)

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Bond October 17, 2014 at 12:21 am

Can RFE RR take more than 60 days?
If anybody got approval from RFE RR after 60 days, please share the details.

May 29 : RFE
Aug 18 : RFE RR
By Oct 18 i should get the decision, till now i haven’t got any updates.

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krish October 17, 2014 at 12:44 am

We are in the same boat
minę is rferr from 15 aug

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Aj_Hyd October 17, 2014 at 1:31 am

Mine is in RFE RR from July 17th and recently on Oct 1st it chnaged to Initial Review. 90 days till now after RFE RR.

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rfe response October 17, 2014 at 1:37 am

@Bond…which center??

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Bond October 17, 2014 at 1:51 am

California

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Bond October 17, 2014 at 2:12 am

I checked with my employer regarding the delay, those guys also dont know why the case is taking so much time. If the case hasn’t moved in a week or so, employer is planning to open a ticket.

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akspirit October 17, 2014 at 5:13 am

same here. RFERR since early August. California center. as far as I know there are still many people waiting in the line (RFERR >60 days).

Perhaps USCIS tries to squeeze $1500 out of us…

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Bond October 17, 2014 at 6:29 am

Whats ur RFE RR date?

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Hope October 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Me too.. I got 2 RFE and in Aug 18th I got RFE RR. By tomorrow it will be 60 days. It is just a time line and not a promised duration. Let’s hope for the best :D

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2nd RFe October 17, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Hope what was your second RFe all about? And what was the first if you don’t mind:)

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221(G)-Query October 16, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I got 221G by VO asking client letter. My Employer sent required docs after week time but if I ask them to forward those docs, they are not doing it. Is there anyway to ensure that employer really responded and sent docs to Embassy ?

Thanks for your help.

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RMM October 17, 2014 at 5:44 am

Try to trust on your employer.. if they can file for you H1 then they would have submitted client letter as well..

Confidentiality might be an issue for your employer.. and they never give you or tell you about that…so dont worry..

your Visa will be stampped soon…

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Sairam October 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Hi experts,

I need small clarification for agreements.

1)consulting agreement.
2)service agreement.
3)Master service agreement.

is above three are same or different ?.please suggest me friends.

Thanks in advance.

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Nandan October 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

My petition was also denied because my Doctrate degree is not from a “non-profit” institution. My employer has made the appeal, keeping my fingers crossed and waiting for the result

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H1b visa October 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Do you how much time it may take to get the appeal decision.

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ukj October 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

any update about still initial review applications?

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RK October 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Same, Initial Review

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ukj October 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm

RK,
according to my employer, he instructed his lawyers to call USCIS about my application. if no proper response , he will upgrade to PP next week.. No idea… whats going on….

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RK October 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Hi ukj,
Please let me know your case progress.
Today my employer informed that there are 2 more people like me from the employer in initial review.
I asked them to check with attorney to call USCIS to know the status of my case.
Will hope the best, All the very best to you

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ukj October 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

RK,
Sure.. i will update you…
Thanks

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h1b got denied October 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Hi all, after so much of await, my petition got denied by uscis yesterday. is any one on the same boat? did any one try to reappeal? got any results?

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H1b 2015 October 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Did u get to hear abt any reason the denial.Was ur petetion ever thru RFE ?? Plz reply

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H1B VISA October 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Mine got denied too. My employer is appealing but they are not disclosing the reason for denial.

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krish October 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm

This is indeed sad
What was ur rfe type
Minę is rferr from 15 aug

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TCS_Chennai October 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

After my lot status on may 15,TCS just sent my approval request today.Its a nice journey in this comments section.Thank you all for all your valuable info.
Today i just checked the petition number they gave in approval request.
I was shocked.
It was approved on JULY 10.But TCS sent just today.
TCS sucks.

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TCS_approved October 17, 2014 at 12:41 am

Dude,

TCS send s the approval mail only wen it receives the documents for US. U shud be thankful to the company who has filed for h1b and u havent paid anything from ur pocket. Needless to say company will benefit from u but then again u will experience something which laks of associates are still dreaming about.

Cheers !!! and All the best

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Poonam October 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

H4ToH1

My H1b application is at Initial Review since 10th April. I am on H4 visa now. Do I need to apply separately for h4 to h1b conversion once H1b petition is approved ? or it would automatically convert H4 visa to h1b? Guyz please reply!!!!

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H4soontobeH1 October 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm

There is an additional document you need to file called Change of status. My guess would be your company filed that with your H1B docs. Once you get approved for H1B, read carefully if the Change of Status (COS) was approved as well. Otherwise you will need to go out of the country to get the COS approved.

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Hope October 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

Hi Poonam, I have applied for H4 to H1 and yes, the employer would have filed a seperate COS from h4 to h1 which needs to be approved with your H1. I am waiting too from Aug 18th with RFERR status.

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