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H1B Visa 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions – Updates

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

Updated : Dec 9, 2014 (H1B 2016 FAQs )

H1B Visa 2015 season is over. Check below for H1B Visa 2016 Season.

Applying for H1B Visa 2016 ? Did you miss FY 2015 lottery ?

Check out -> H1B Visa 2016 – Start Info, Sponsos, Fees, News , FAQs 

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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  • XYZ_2014 Dec 22, 2014 Reply

    I am on L 1 and H1 B COS is in RFE Response from oct 17 2014 . I need Ans for following questions

    1. I have travelled to india in in sept 2014 . So is my COS is abandoned .
    2. What are the options for me now . Better to go India and stamp or do COS from Here .
    3. What is the best option if I need to continue on L1 on current organisation for3 months and then Join on H1B to other organisation .

    Thanks
    XYZ_2014

  • H1B-Waiting Dec 22, 2014 Reply

    EAC141475****
    RFE-June 27th
    RFE Review – Sep 22nd

    By today 3 months completed.Long waiting.Can I expect anything from USCICS ?

  • MAHESH Dec 22, 2014 Reply

    Hello friends ,I have been to US for a week with B1 visa and i am in a process of filling my DS -160 form for h1b , i am unable to decide what should i put in the section where it says :
    Do you have immediate relative not including parents in the US ?
    I have my sister who has green card , I am worried if I put this information , they might think i also plan to go and settle in US and there might be chances of rejection ?
    Can anyone suggest/assist ?
    Can anyone suggest should i provide this information ? , Last time on my B1 visa i did not put these information in ds-160

  • priya Dec 22, 2014 Reply

    Guys has anybody in 2014 got their visa stamped after 221g administrative processing? if so how many days did it take?

    any info regarding this would gives some hope to people like us…
    thanks..

  • H1b-Approve Dec 22, 2014 Reply

    Hi All,
    Today is my turn. I had attend interview at chennai, The interviws is clear and forward. Below are the questions i received.
    1.Your pertitioner.
    2.Your Client.
    3.Highest qualification
    4.onsite salary
    6.I797
    Really I would like to thank this forum, It helped me lot to prefer interview.
    All the best to all those are waiting for their turn. Thank you all once again.

  • jai nampally saibaba Dec 22, 2014 Reply

    Hi friends,

    what are the mandatory documents to carry for Visa interview?

  • om sairam Dec 22, 2014 Reply

    Hi friends,

    My petition got approved on 20/11/2014.

    My petitioner very small company that to they have established in 2014 itself. Would it be problem for my visa interview?

    Thanks,
    Anil

  • titli Dec 19, 2014 Reply

    HELLO EVERYBODY

    just wondering how long it usually takes to reach the visa documents from US to INDIA…MY employer mailed it via usps priority express..5 business days should be good enough ??

    • H1-B Dec 19, 2014 Reply

      @Titli – Did you come to know the reason from your employer as to why they took so long to send the docs to you as your petition got approved in Oct end?

      Kindly reply. It will help others too.

  • krish Dec 18, 2014 Reply

    Please provide details of MTR H1 process timelines and approval chances
    my mtr is applied now

  • Waiting RFE RR Aug Dec 18, 2014 Reply

    Waiting from August 06 in RFE RR STatus .
    My employer submitted a request on 16th Dec and they have provided a SR number stating as below. Is it that i need to wait till jan 7, to get a response on my case?

    Thank you for your request:
    USCIS will review and process the request
    Expect a reply by January 7, 2015
    Your request ID number is SR13xxxxxxxxxxxx.

    • h1bwaiting-REF-RR Dec 18, 2014 Reply

      Hi there.. even im waiting frm Aug 11th. Status is same. RFE RR. But my employer submited servicec request on Oct16th also. Still no update on both. Much worried.

      • Waiting RFERR Aug Dec 18, 2014 Reply

        Have you got any date mentioned by them to your Service Request?

    • HSD Dec 18, 2014 Reply

      Yes, they will update for your application before Jan 7. I did the same and got date 28 Nov and they provided update on 27 Nov.

      • Waiting RFERR Aug Dec 18, 2014 Reply

        Thanks for the update. It me hope for Jan 06 at least.

      • Waiting Dec 22, 2014 Reply

        Hi HSD,
        Can you tell us the update you got from USCIS ? Did your petition got approved on 27th Nov or you got some other response from them?

  • Initial_Review_Candidates Dec 18, 2014 Reply

    Anyone in Initial Review Status? Status of One of my friends was in Initial review till now but he got his packed returned in november and when his employer contacted USCIS, then USCIS told that they keep some candidates in waiting list and they process their application if necessary!

    Is it the same with other Initial Review Candidates? Mine is still showing in Initial Review status….

  • 221G Dec 18, 2014 Reply

    Any1 experienced 221g administrative processing after interview??
    How long it takes??

    • neeta Dec 18, 2014 Reply

      Im also in the same boat. Sadly in 221g there is no time bound response from uscis, it totally differs from case to case. Some get it cleared in 15 days and for some it takes up to an year.But some say it takes about 60 days from the day of interview to get a response. So the only thing to do is to submit the asked docs as early as possible to reduce your waiting period..

      • 221G Dec 19, 2014 Reply

        They didnt asked me any documents. My company is BEP. people from my project already got approvals. Vo said you will get some response in 2 days. They had to conform something from Chennai.

        • neeta Dec 19, 2014 Reply

          ok. if they have kept your passport then it shouldn’t be a bothering thing.You may hear from them soon.. by the way have you been issued white/blue/yellow 221g slip?

          • 221G Dec 19, 2014

            They returned my passport…its white slip…administrative processing check box is ticked…

    • Santosh Dec 19, 2014 Reply

      I got my 221G blue form and got it cleared after close to 100 days

      • 221g Dec 19, 2014 Reply

        Mine is also under 221(g) from september 17,2014. it crossed 90 days…
        still waiting for a mail from consulate

      • 221G Dec 19, 2014 Reply

        that is a long waiting period :( ….i dont know why VO said to wait for 2 days and she said if we dont reply in one week than mail us….

      • SFJR Dec 20, 2014 Reply

        I recieved 221(g) – resusal documet with admin processing checked… any idea if it is refused or still some chance? I was told by VO that I will b informed once admin processing is done, vo returned my passprt.. let me know if chance is realistic or topi? hav heard frm ppl that they waited forever but didnt got any update…

  • sree Dec 18, 2014 Reply

    Hi All finally my app got approved today.

    Apr 10.
    Rfe aug 1 st
    rfe replied 28 oct
    rferr 1 st nov

    Approved 17 th dec.
    EAC12142******

  • Second RFE?? Dec 17, 2014 Reply

    hi experts,
    we replied RFE on Dec 10th with upgrading to Premium Processing. then the online status changed to “Acceptance” for several days. Today morning I got update “Request for Additional Evidence Notice Was Mailed “.
    So does it mean a Second RFE??
    Anyone had same experience?

    • Raj Dec 18, 2014 Reply

      Hi,

      Mine is also somewhat similar to your case only. However, mine is moved from Request for Evidence to Request for Additinal Evidence. Still Attorney has to get the letter about additional RFE…

  • 221g Dec 17, 2014 Reply

    I got 221g…VO didnt ask for any documents…but told that they will contact in 2 days and will inform when to submit passport.
    Is this happened to any1 else??

  • Amendment to H1B Dec 16, 2014 Reply

    Hi All,

    How much time does it take to receive Amendment ? My client and location will be changed and my employer has asked me to apply for H1b amendment. Visa stamping is yet pending which wil be done after amendment is received for new client. How much time does it take to received it?Will it create any hassles?

  • Heartbroken Dec 16, 2014 Reply

    Hi,
    Finally got denial decision from USCIS after a long wait for nearly 105 days.
    Rfe Review : Aug 26
    Centre : California
    Decision : Denied
    Planning to file MTR. Can you guys let me know if there is any hope in MTR ?

    Thanks!

    • Hasini Dec 17, 2014 Reply

      My case status says – “On October 16, 2014, we received your response to our Request for Evidence.You should receive a decision or case update by December 15, 2014.”

      It is Dec 17th but still I havent got any status update. Does it mean there are more chances for getting denied than getting approved? :(

      • HSG Dec 17, 2014 Reply

        No need to worry. You should get response by Jan end. Generally they take max 3 Months , 60 working days to provide any update.

        • h1bwaiting-REF-RR Dec 17, 2014 Reply

          my case is RFE RR from Aug11th. California center. Still waiting for approval. Those time lines are approximate value. Its not promised ones. We need to wait till our turn comes. Fingers crossed and waiting. But don’t loose hope.

      • Raj Dec 18, 2014 Reply

        You can expect the reply within 90 working days. I got the update just before end of 90 working days…

  • TCS_H1 Dec 16, 2014 Reply

    Hi,

    Can any one tell me what are the dates available for PA in Chennai consulate.

    Appreciate for the help.

    Thanks,
    OM SAI RAM

    • Amendment to H1B Dec 16, 2014 Reply

      TCS team will handle it once u get in touch with them.

  • Praveen Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi All

    My case status was in RFE RR at vermont centre from oct 20th. But today the status is changed to “Date of birth is updated”. Though my RFE was not related to date of birth.

    Any inputs on this please,have any one faced the same situation.Mailed my employer yet to receive his response.

  • consulate change Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    My approved petition states chennai consulate. And i am right now in chennai. My petitioner ask me to attend from hyd consulate . Does it create any problem? Wheather VO would raise this question. Need your help please..

    • Arnav Dec 16, 2014 Reply

      You can attend from anywhere in India, VO wont even ask the reason…….Good luck…

  • Harry Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi Experts,
    I have few questions related to appeal (not MTR )
    1. New receipt number will be generated for appeal or existing receipt number will be updated.
    2. What would be next status after current denial notice mailed status.
    3.Will same officer who denied the application will review the evidence provided first and directly approve if he is ok with details provided or he is going forward to AAO.

    Thanks,
    Harry

    • HSG Dec 17, 2014 Reply

      Guys respond if you already gone through this process.

    • Appeal vs MTR Dec 19, 2014 Reply

      You can file Either MTR either Appeal or Both

      MTR : Same officer review once again and he will approve/Denied.
      Appeal : Sent to AAO higher authority officer will review your file.
      Both ( MTR+Appeal) : First sent to same officer if he/she still not convince then your application sent to AAO.

  • praveen Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi

    My case status moved to “Date of birth was updated” at vermont centre.

    Can anyone tell me what does this mean.I got the RFE related to inhouse project.

  • Riya Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    My H1 still pending with vermont centre . .
    RFE RR oct20
    Such a horrible wait . . Fingers crossed.

    • h1bwaiting-REF-RR Dec 15, 2014 Reply

      Totally agree with you. Waiting is horrible. But im waiting from Aug11 for RFE RR. Its from California center. Still waiting for approval. Lets hope for the best. Do post here once u have an update.

    • MP Dec 15, 2014 Reply

      Hi,

      H1 still pending with vermont centre . .EAC1414753XXX
      RFE RR oct14 ,keep us posted if any update

    • Vijay Dec 15, 2014 Reply

      Even i’m also waiting for update.
      RFE RR: 6th Oct

      • Waiting RFERR Aug Dec 16, 2014 Reply

        Waiting from aug 06 in rfe rr status from california centre.

    • Riya Dec 16, 2014 Reply

      Ya will post if there’s any update . . Hoping for the best.

    • Raj Dec 17, 2014 Reply

      Hey Riya… It will take a maximum of 90 working days to get the update… So you can wait till 90 days…

    • Riya Dec 17, 2014 Reply

      Finally it got approved today . .

      • Raj Dec 18, 2014 Reply

        Hey… Congrats Riya…

      • h1bwaiting-REF-RR Dec 19, 2014 Reply

        Thatz really good news. All the best for further. Also i hope our time comes soon.

  • TCS_H1 Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi Guys,

    I need help in order to initiate my spouse and daughter dependent visa.

    Do we need to fill the seperate DS-160 for spouse and daughter or we can mention those info in my DS-160.

    Please help me on this.

    Thanks,
    OM SAI RAM

    • H1B Consultant Dec 15, 2014 Reply

      Yes, you need to file different DS 160 for each applicant.

      • TCS_H1 Dec 15, 2014 Reply

        Thanks for the comment

  • Parag Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    My H1b got stamped and i will be traveling to US in Feb. However, I haven’t got my wife’s h4 stamped yet. Should I get her visa stamped before I leave for US or once I have settled there. Please note in both cases, she will travel only a after a couple of months, I have left. Personally I want her visa to be stamped before I leave, since we will be vacating our rented accommodation and she will be moving out to my parents house which is in a small town, and hence it wont be easy for her to get stamping done once I have left for US. But still I do not want to take any risk even with her visa. Please suggest what should I do?

    • H1B Consultant Dec 15, 2014 Reply

      Really does not matter for H4 Visa. Since you personal plan is to vacate your place as soon as you leave, i would recommend to initiate H4 for your wife right away.

    • Dilip Dec 15, 2014 Reply

      Hi Parag,

      it is preferable to get her stamping done when your in india because it will be easy for you to assist her in the documents required.Once you move out of india they might be asking for your I94 ,US pay stubs etc During your spouse Stamping.Though she can answer it but prefer stamping before you leave.

  • TCS-H1B Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi Guys,
    My petition got approved, but haven’t received the hard copy yet.
    Can you please let me know how to expedite the process for receiving the hard copy or how long it takes for it to be received ?
    Thanks in advance…

    • H1-B Dec 15, 2014 Reply

      When did your petition get approved?

  • Murthy Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi,
    My H1B got denied and my attorney has filed for appeal. I received new receipt number on August 15th. After 2 months, I see my receipt number got updated as ” On October 17, 2014, we updated your name for your Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal to the Commissioner”.

    1) Petition got denied as client letter is not provided. But, not sure why the receipt says that name has been updated. Can some one suggest?
    2) How many days does it take to process appeal? VSC
    3) Chances of approval?

  • TCS_H1 Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    Finally i got my petition approved. This forum is very helpful and it is giving lot of knowledge on h1-B.

    RFE date: 12th Sept
    Approved: 23 Sept.

    Thanks,
    OM SAI RAM

    • TCS_H1b_BLR Dec 15, 2014 Reply

      Hi ,

      Mine also approved on Nov 28th. Have u got a go head for Stamping?.

  • LCA VS Amendment Dec 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi guys,

    If the travelling project is different then the one applied in h1B, what should be the process. Will LCA change be sufficient or should an amendment to h1b be applied?

  • Preet Dec 14, 2014 Reply

    My spouse was on H4 and i applied for H1B for her in April 2014, and she got her visa approved on Oct 2 after RFE. Meanwhile i had also applied for her H4 extension ,on Sept 18, since she got an RFE on H1b,because i was skeptical about H1b approval(i was not aware that i shouldn’t have applied for H4 extension).Now she also got the H4 approval on Nov 18,though my employer had sent a withdrawal letter for revoking of H4 extension for my spouse, on Oct 18.Kindly help me understand,is her H1b inactive now?If she is on H4 now and in few days if her H4 is revoked because of the submitted withdrawal letter,Will she be out of status?Will i have to get her H1b renewed now?

    Please help!!

  • GKK Dec 14, 2014 Reply

    Finally its approved …
    I thank this forum for the support..

    Non AD / Regular
    lottery selected – 28th April
    RFE – 8th July
    RFE Response – 10th Sep
    Approved – 11th Dec

    Fingers crossed for stamping…

  • SFJR Dec 14, 2014 Reply

    anyone who has appeared in embassy intrvw or is planning to appear from Urooj corp please le me know ur case status

    • vikas Dec 14, 2014 Reply

      Have they asked for the client letter or any other documents?? Please share your experience at the embassy…

      • SFJR Dec 14, 2014 Reply

        thats wat I wanted to ask… r u on client or inhouse? share ur email add pls

      • FAR Dec 14, 2014 Reply

        I m planning to go within next couple of weeks, if some1 is done with urooj, plz share your experience it mite help me

  • HSG Dec 13, 2014 Reply

    Hi ,
    I have two questions related to appeal ( Not MTR ).
    1) When we appeal , are we going to get new receipt number or existing receipt number will be updated with the next status?
    2) What will be next and subsequent status?
    3) Once USICIS receive docs related to appeal , how much time they will take to update next status from denial?
    4) Same officer who denied the application will review the application first? If he is OK with the appeal evidence ,is he directly going to approved the application or further transfer the application to AAO?

    Thanks

    • Appeal vs MTR or Both Dec 19, 2014 Reply

      MTR : Same officer review once again and he will approve/Denied. (Takes 60-90 days)
      Appeal : Sent to AAO higher authority officer will review your file. (Takes 120-180 days)
      Both ( MTR+Appeal) : First sent to same officer if he/she still not convince then your application sent to AAO. (Takes 120-180 days)

  • ASHISH Dec 13, 2014 Reply

    Petition Approved. Yet to receive the copy of petition.

  • h1bwaiting-REF-RR Dec 13, 2014 Reply

    Anyone got update on RFE-RR from california center? Im waiting from Aug 11th. Its been 4 months now nd still no update. Much worried about result. Kindly let me know if anyone else in same situation. Please keep the updates posted, if any.

    • H1B Dec 14, 2014 Reply

      My situation also same. I’m waiting since Aug14th, California center. Not understanding the reason for this much delay.

  • L TO H APPROVED Dec 12, 2014 Reply

    I definitely owe a BIG thank you to this forum. Here is my H1 story, with HUGE AND DISGUSTING WAIT WINDOW obviously.
    Case: L to H
    Center: California
    RFE RR: Sep 29th (My employer flagged the RFE as “GENERAL”..do not know what that means but I’ve pretty much given every single doc (that I submitted earlier) as a part of RFE response)
    Bumped to PP: Dec 3rd (I could not have afforded to WRAP UP everything, GO BACK to mother land and wait for USCIS. It was this forum who made me take UPGRADE decision. THANK YOU ALL.)
    Approved: Dec 4th (Seriously? in one day ?? And that too after waiting for more than 7+ months)
    If your document-ducks are in row and you think your I 129 stands strong then I would suggest “RFE RR folks, play a small gamble of PP and you’ll win a jackpot”.
    My best wishes to folks in RFE RR status from 60+ days. You’ll have approval. It is just a matter of time.
    God Bless.

  • Someone Dec 12, 2014 Reply

    This forum was really helpful, thanks to everyone.
    Got my visa stamped on 9th Dec.
    Rfe- June 17th
    Rfe Responded- September 11th
    Approved- Sept 30th
    Got the documents- Oct 15th
    Visa interview- Dec 9th
    I was really freaking out like most of the newbees do but Interview was very simple, not Exaggerating, pray and believe :)
    All the best everyone.

    • H1-B Dec 12, 2014 Reply

      Are you in USA or India? Yours is big Indian MNC?

      • Someone Dec 12, 2014 Reply

        I am in India and yes, i work for an Indian MNC with BEP status.

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