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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 ?

23775 comments… add one

  • H1B denied Mar 4, 2015 Reply

    Can we apply a fresh H1B from another employer, when MTR is in progress?

  • Neha Mar 4, 2015 Reply

    HI all..

    Is there anybody else who is still waiting for RFE response Review result. USCIS received had sent the response on Sep 23. Still no response. It is really frustrating to sit back and just keep waiting.

    Mine is Calinfonia Center

    • JAV Mar 5, 2015 Reply

      I am on the same boat. USCIS updated the status as Response for RFE is recieved on Sep 17. Let us hopefully wait. April 1st the next year’s filing will start. I think they should take decision before that.

  • raj Mar 4, 2015 Reply

    Hi friends
    is Clint letter and offer letter is same pls clarify as I’m not a IT guy.

    • Madhu Mar 4, 2015 Reply

      No, both are different. Offer letter is from your employer for your onsite transfer stating job description and salary details.
      Client letter you need to get from your client which clearly indicates your role and responsibilities at client location.

      • raj Mar 5, 2015 Reply

        Thanks madhu
        If I’m going to direct employer place for work Clint letter is not required. am I right.

  • Divya Mar 2, 2015 Reply

    Please help me out with this situation:

    I’m on H1B with company A which is valid till Sept 2015. Now I don’t have a project and hence have to go back to India.

    Q1. Is there a way I can retain my H1B and not travel to India also.

    Q2. Now If i apply for COS to H4, will I forgo my H1B?

    • neeta Mar 3, 2015 Reply

      1. You can transfer your H1B to different employer if you can find another job shortly.
      2. Your H1B will not be valid once you change to H4.

  • AnkitH1 Mar 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi People ,
    I am in strange situation, filed h1b last year, got picked in lottery, received an RFE in Aug, RFE responded in Sep 2014, but no response since then, my consultant suggested to file for PP , and i did the same on Jan 30, status on USCICS does show PP petition received, but its almost 4 weeks now, and no response received again. Anyone in similar situation? Any one who could guide ?

    • Meg Mar 4, 2015 Reply

      Can u please tell us if u get any update…

  • Waiting_For_Stamping Feb 27, 2015 Reply

    Hi All,
    I am working in a MNC for a US client project. My H1B was filed in anticipation of some work at client location in US and my petition was approved in October’15 itself till Sep’ 2017, stamping is still pending as there is no such assignment at client location in US as of now and it is not expected in near future too.
    My query is if I quit my current company and join a new one, would I be able to use my current approved petition? If yes, what will be the procedure to use it. Please help

    Thanks in advance!

  • Red (Waiting for stamping sooooo long) Feb 26, 2015 Reply

    Hey guys, My sponsor is still not responding reg my stamping. Are there any scenarios in any year that u have heard or known of where inspite of being a big and well known consultant, they did not send their h1 approved candidates in India for stamping and their h1 lapsed??Plz tell me if anyone know anything reg such

  • h1b seeker Please help me Feb 26, 2015 Reply

    HI friends,
    I am working in TCS and i have PA on March 2nd at Hyderabad Consulate. My petition is approved without RFE, and i dont have client letter(i am no longer working for that client project , so he wont give that letter).I heard VO is issuing 221g if we dont submit the client letter at the time of interview. Can some please help me how to get out of that situation.
    What should i do , if VO aks for client letter.

    • Red Feb 26, 2015 Reply

      wat u heard is right bro…..Client letter is the very first document that VOs are looking for, if not now, go for the interview later, but go with Client letter instead of going and getting a 221G….again waiting for that decision later is more horrible…..

    • Shri Feb 27, 2015 Reply

      Per my knowledge, you need either one of these – a valid MSA or a Client letter. This is not a legal opinion. I went with a valid MSA only. Of course VO never asked any of my documents but the MSA was part of the filing too and the client relationship was a long-term one. Your mileage may vary.

  • IBM India Feb 25, 2015 Reply

    I have New Delhi consulate appointment on 2nd Mar 2015, I have checked nearest metro station is Race Course, can ay body tell how about auto services from metro station to consulate??

  • sud Feb 23, 2015 Reply

    Guys…Got rfe results …I am from texas and got 3 results from our consultancy, all three denied….USCIS is working fast on RFE queries …good luck for all the other folks who are all waiting.

    Centre- Vermont
    RFE- responded on July 27th
    EAC141385XXXX

  • Red Feb 22, 2015 Reply

    @Admin

    Plz create a seperate thread for the ppl who got their h1b 2015 approved and are waiting for visa stamping….

    • Kumar Feb 22, 2015 Reply

      Red, We have H1B tracker for such cases. It is just that people do not use that. I think a blog article is not the best way to track. I plan to re-build the tracker to be more friendly.

  • Sai Feb 20, 2015 Reply

    Dear all Friends, Kindly give your reply
    Here I have one difficult situation if you have any answer pls reply,

    Currently I am working with ‘A’ company,
    My approved petition on Aug 2014 with ‘B’ company (Interview is pending)
    I got Good offer From ‘C’ company.

    If I will Join C company Will it be Impact on my H1b interview ?

  • Nicky Feb 18, 2015 Reply

    Almost near to 6 months …aug28th Still RFERR ..EAC14138***** .
    Any approval guys this week? Can we expect all pending cases can be cleared by March..??!!??

    • KK Feb 19, 2015 Reply

      Same here…its been more than 5 months now and still no change in status. Any body is still waiting who has applied via pvr america?

      • KSV Feb 24, 2015 Reply

        Hi KK,

        I am from PVR america. Last updated on Aug 14th. RFE Received.

        • RFE Response Review Feb 25, 2015 Reply

          Hi KK and KSV,
          I am also from PVR America..

          • RFE Response Review Feb 25, 2015

            More than 5 months here too..

          • KSV Feb 25, 2015

            Hi,

            Can you drop ur mail ID. I will mail u

          • RFE Response Review Mar 2, 2015

            Hi KK and KSV (of PVR America),
            Were you given the reason for RFE ? (I was only told that the RFE was related to the employer and received no more further details in spite of repeated requests). If you know the reason for RFE, What was it about ? Also my current visa status is H4. How about you both ?

          • RV Mar 4, 2015

            I got my h1b visa approved from PVR America yesterday.

        • RFE Response Review Feb 27, 2015 Reply

          After waiting for more than 5 months on RFE, My Application was finally denied.
          Receipt date – May 15 th
          RFE – july 21st
          RFE Response – Sep 16 th
          Decision Denied – Feb 26th

    • RFE RR waiting Feb 20, 2015 Reply

      Same here. Waiting since sep 2 . Really frustrating. Is there something that can be done to know the decision

  • Sree Feb 18, 2015 Reply

    Hi All,

    Chennai

    OFC Date : 15th Feb
    Intrview : 17th Feb

    OFC process was very smooth and finished before time.

    Visa nterview was at 7.30 but we wre called at 7.20 am to form th queue.

    VO :: Pass your passports.

    VO: Which Company your working Present?
    Me: Answered XYZ

    VO: what did they do ?
    Me: Answered

    VO to me again : How long have you been wth this company/
    Me: Answered.

    Vo: how much salary
    Me: Answered

    VO: Who is your client?
    Me: Answered

    Vo: C;ient letter
    Me: Answered

    VO: show me your docs 797B and I129
    Me: Answered

    VO: I am approving your visa. Have a good day.

    That it 18 th I got my passport Thanks All.

    • Red Feb 18, 2015 Reply

      Congrats bro…waiting for my day :(

  • Sowmya Feb 17, 2015 Reply

    Hi Guys,

    I got RFE twice and on website I should get a decision by Feb 3rd. My receipt number starts from EAC14148… I am seeing in the comments, people with EAC14148 are still waiting for results.. Can we hope for best? Any suggestions?

  • Rod Feb 16, 2015 Reply

    I got an RFE in may, responded in july, was supposed to have an answer by september but nothing was send.
    Last week my lawyer told me they sent her an email saying Your petition received supervisory review prior to
    denial being sent.
    Anyone know what does that mean???
    What is supervisor review!???

  • Bond Feb 15, 2015 Reply

    Following is the satus od USCIS website
    “On February 13, 2015, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC14136XXXXX, to another USCIS office. That office now has jurisdiction over your case ”

    a] What does it mean? Is it a good sign?
    b] How much time to get the decision?

  • SS Feb 13, 2015 Reply

    How many of you still waiting in RFERR status. I have been waiting for 5 months now from 10th Sept.

    • Waiting H1B Feb 13, 2015 Reply

      Mine is in RFE review status from Sep 22nd onwards… EAC14147…. Vermont center. Lost almost all the hopes.

      • Anand Feb 13, 2015 Reply

        Mine is waiting Since Sep24. EAC14148……. Vermont Center.
        Can we categories on this site, so we can come to know who all r waiting on RFERR and members give there updates, so we can guess what is happening.

      • Krish Feb 20, 2015 Reply

        I am also waiting .RFE response is given..Since Sep’14 there is no response..I am planning to convert it in PP now…Will it be helpful ..or should wait for some more time?

    • Sashi Feb 15, 2015 Reply

      Hi ,

      I was in the same boat like you for the past 6-7 months ,
      my petition was approved y’day after 2 RFE’s , you’ve waited for so long wait for some more days, I thank this forum for constant updates on the visa processing .

      • Anand Feb 16, 2015 Reply

        Good.. Congrats!
        which center ?
        can you give us brief details like when 1st RFE received, when got USCIS response after your update on 1st RFE to uscis ? and similarly for 2nd RFE.

  • H1B and H4 approved Feb 13, 2015 Reply

    Hi All,

    OFC Date : 11th Feb
    Intrview : 12th Feb

    OFC process was very smooth and finished before time.

    Visa nterview was at 11:00 but we wre called at 10:10 am to form th queue.
    Surprised to see that no token was given to us. And we were asked to follow a queue and wait for our turn. Fingerprints were matched. and then we were made to stand in front of a counter to wait for our turn. We could easily listen to the questions VO was asking to the person before us.

    VO :: Pass your passports. I did and wished him morning

    VO: Which Company do you work with?
    Me: Answered XYZ

    VO: Who is your client?
    Me: Answered ABC

    VO: What is your role?
    Me: Reconfirmed if he want to know the role at the client side and answered.

    VO to my wife : How long have you been married

    VO to my wife : What will you be doing in the US

    VO to my wife: Where will you be staying in the US

    VO to me again : How long have you been wth this company/
    Me: Answered.

    VO: I am approving your visa. Have a good day.

  • H1- Waiting for Stamping Feb 12, 2015 Reply

    @Red – Did you hear anything from your employer finally on stamping?

    • Red Feb 12, 2015 Reply

      Yesterday, i spoke to him. He says the same thing that he has to find a job and nothing has come up yet, that suits my profile. But says that the market has just started and nothing to worry. Fingers hands legs everything are crossed. What abt u??

      • H1- Waiting for Stamping Feb 12, 2015 Reply

        @Red – Same response – They are working on it. Not revealing real reason for the delay. BTW, did you get Approval Notice Soft Copy (I-797) from your employer?

        • Red Feb 13, 2015 Reply

          Ya bro I got that Longback in October itself…Did u get it?? Any other plans???

          • H1- Waiting for Stamping Feb 13, 2015

            @Red-No, I have not yet got any documents (not even soft copy) from my employer. Heard that US market are little slow during Jan/Feb and also may be due to Tax seasons.

    • Interview pending Feb 20, 2015 Reply

      Dear Friends , @Red @H1 waiting for stamping
      I am also in same situation, My H1 approval done in Aug 2014 but still awaited for interview.

      Here I have one difficult situation if you have any answer ply reply,

      Currently I am working with ‘A’ company,
      My approved petition on Aug 2014 with ‘B’ company (Interview is pending)
      I got Good offer From ‘C’ company.

      If I will Join C company Will it be Impact on my H1b interview ?

  • H1B Seeker (Visa Stamped) Feb 11, 2015 Reply

    Hi All,

    My Sincere thanks to REDBUS2US / EXPERTS / FORUM FOLLOWERS / SUGGESTERS and OTHERS as wel :)

    Today i got my passport(s) with Visa Stamped :)

    Feeling Very Happy Happy & Happy !!!

    But the thing is Visa is valid till end of Sept 2015 :( Let me work out that later.

    Thank You All Once Again !!!

  • Krishna Feb 11, 2015 Reply

    I received another rfe latestly in the month of January and my employer submitted them on 09 feb and mentioned in site to wait till 10 apr. Fingers tightly crossed.
    If going wrong this time, I could not even submit for this year..

    Luck and God should favour me

    • Anand Feb 12, 2015 Reply

      After how many months you got 2nd RFE after your status become RFERR first time? Mine is still pending in RFERR since almost 140 days for first RFE.
      1st and 2nd RFE was on which questions ?
      If I really get 2nd RFE then it will go to May 2015.. (:

  • Swathi Feb 10, 2015 Reply

    Hi,

    Did anyone of you apply for H1 through Splendtek last year and get through stamping successfully ?

    Thanks

  • SS Feb 10, 2015 Reply

    Hi All,
    Today, I got an email from my employer that my h1b got approved.
    Not updated in the USCIS site yet. it might take some time to update.

    Q: right now i am in Europe, Can i schedule and attend interview from Eupore country instead of going back to my home country (INDIA) ?

    • Red Feb 11, 2015 Reply

      Yes u can, the stamping can be done from any US consulate in the world, many of my US frnds have done it from Jamaica, canada and few others….What did your employer say??? Once also confirm with them

    • Anand Feb 12, 2015 Reply

      Was it in RFE ? and for how long ?

      • Raj Feb 23, 2015 Reply

        Request for Evidence. Depends on the kind of VISA that you have..

  • Abhishek Feb 9, 2015 Reply

    Hi,

    My H-1B Petition was approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in August 2014. I am looking for a Project in my company and probably this year end or next year i will be able to travel to US. Now my question is that till what duration is this approved Petition valid? for an year or two? So if i do not get chance to travel in 2015 then will the petition valid for 2016 also? Thanks a lot for your help.

    • neeta Feb 10, 2015 Reply

      A H1B petition once picked in lottery and approved, is valid for 6 years.

    • Red Feb 10, 2015 Reply

      Are you planning to go onsite, i mean for a company which you are working in India???

  • h1b visa interview feb 6th Feb 9, 2015 Reply

    attended visa interview on feb 6th , got 221g no docs required from employee/employer side, they have taken my passports, interviewed by lady VO, let me know any one in similar situation and how long it will take for approval.

    questions they have asked.
    employer name
    current employer name
    salary in US
    highest degree
    about project i am going to work on
    roles and responsibilities

    questions to my wife.
    highest degree
    are you working in India?

    • H1B Seeker Feb 9, 2015 Reply

      Hi h1b visa interview feb 6th,

      I was in the same situation as i attended the visa interview on 31st Dec 2014 and got the same 221(g) BLUE Sheet (No documents required, but just they need to do some more additional administrative processing)

      Jan 30th i got a mail from US Travel Docs to approach the nearest Visa Application Center. I received a sealed envelope in that “Please submit your passport(s) to your nearest visa application center” was ticked.

      I have submitted and waiting for my passports.

      In your case, your passports were retained during the interview itself, so expect an early response or just wait calmly for the email from US Travel Docs.

      All The Best !!!

      • h1b visa interview feb 6th Feb 10, 2015 Reply

        thanks for reply H1B Seeker, will wait :(

  • Red Feb 8, 2015 Reply

    As I mentioned in my earlier messages that my h1 got approved on oct 2nd, since then my petitioner says he should find a job for going for the stamping process and making months delay which was not the earlier process. Due to their delays, all my time is getting wasted and not able to plan anything. If these morons dont want us to come to US, then why the hell did they accept to file for us?? if my employer does not give any response, can I come to US on a student visa?? What are the approval chances of my student visa as there will be questioning in the consulate saying that u have a h1 and why u coming on student?? What are the chances of getting student visa approved in that case??? Any experts plz reply.

    • Sanju Feb 8, 2015 Reply

      You have some options:
      1). You can transfer your h1b to another company
      2). You can bug your company to find a project for you
      3). You can go on a student visa, but then again there is a good chance that he may ask you the reason for h1 and then again for f1. So you have to be prepared for the answer.

      Another option is, you can get in touch with us and we can market your resume to find a project based on your skill set. Once you get a project, you can go for the visa stamping.

      • Red Feb 10, 2015 Reply

        We cant transfer the h1 to another without running a single payroll right???

        • H1- Waiting for Stamping Feb 10, 2015 Reply

          @Red- have you got I797 soft copy from your employer?

        • h1b hopeful Feb 10, 2015 Reply

          @Red: You can. I have done it.

          • H1- Waiting for Stamping Feb 10, 2015

            Do we need I797 soft copy or receipt number, of approved petition, is enough for h1b transfer?

  • prabhu Feb 7, 2015 Reply

    Hi ,

    My H1b petition is approved and valid till august 2017. And i will be travelling to US only after a year. Can i go for stamping now ? because i am worried there will be expiry date for visa stamping as well. Is that true ?
    Can some one please guide me ?

    Thanks you

  • Unlucky at last movement Feb 7, 2015 Reply

    Dear friends

    My petition was approved in sep 14, after RFE.( RFE submitted in July). Still my interview was not organize by employer . When I ask my employer they are saying that we are searching job. It’s all most 5 months but not any good news for me.

    Now i have no hope and working on plan B. concentrate on current organization .

    All the best still who r waiting for intew and RFE .

    • Red Feb 7, 2015 Reply

      same situation with me also bro….my employer told me that he is also searching for job since Jan, my visa got approved on Oct 2nd. Well we cant consider Oct,Nov and Dec as that is a dead season, only their time starts from Jan. Even I am thinking about plan B.

  • h1b hopeful Feb 6, 2015 Reply

    By God’s grace, finally I have my affair in order. This forum has been very much helpful during the long tenure (more than 1 year 3 months). I would like to share the synopsis of my story for the benefit of the community.
    Step 1: found a sponsor (not necessarily a job)
    Step 2: Got the petition approved
    Step 3: Found for a job in the city of my liking
    Step 4: Got h1b transferred.

    It is a tedious effort and required lot of patience. I often contemplated abandoning the H1 chase wondering whether it is all worth it, as I already had a very high paying job in India (22 LPA).

    Below is my timeline:

    Nov, 2013-Feb,2014: Started looking for sponsors. Emailed resume to nearly 80-90 companies asking for sponsorship and a job. (Had primarily targeted small firms and desi consultancies because large corporations generally do no prefer to wait for 6-10 months for a open position – nearly impossible unless you are already working for them). Got a response back from only a few of them. In-parallel, was networking with friends in US asking them for any sponsor contact info.
    March (1st week), 2014: Shortlisted 5 small companies whom I though are not fraud.
    March 3rd week, 2014: Finalized 4 companies to apply for visa.
    March 4th week, 2014: constant follow up with the companies to ensure the petition is filed on time and reaches uscis on Apr 1.
    April, 2014: Sat back and waited.
    May 2nd week,2014: Got picked in lottery through 1 company, did not get picked in lottery with 2 other company and the last one turned out to be a fraud.
    May 4th week, 2014: Got RFE
    Aug 3rd week, 2014: RFE responded to by the employer
    Oct 1st, 2014: Petition Approved.
    October – November, 2014: Job hunt. US job market is very slow during the end of the year.
    Dec 1st week, 2014: Got an interview and cracked it.
    Dec 2nd week – Jan last week, 2014: Got H1 transferred to an Indian MNC and then joined the client.

    Hope this helps/encourages/keep-the-hope-alive for all the aspirants on this forum.
    And thanks to the forum, its owner and the admin for providing such a platform.

    -Signing off !!

    • priya Feb 7, 2015 Reply

      Hi h1b hopeful,
      Congrats!!!
      One question you had H1B stamping from your petitioner or got it from new company after transfer.

      Regards,
      Priya

      • h1b hopeful Feb 10, 2015 Reply

        @Priya: New company after the transfer

    • Sanju Feb 8, 2015 Reply

      Who paid for the h1b filing with all the 4 companies?

      • h1b hopeful Feb 10, 2015 Reply

        @Sanju: I would abstain from answering this in a public forum.

        • h1friend Feb 12, 2015 Reply

          @h1b hopeful, Congrats… You should be super lucky.

          I have a question.. In case if you would have got two petitions picked in lottery and both were in approval state, what will happen. Will both get approved and get to choose to select the employer to stamp or will it get rejected considering it as duplicate petitions for same employee name. Appreciate your help here. I am sure you would have prepared for this.

          • h1b hopeful Feb 15, 2015

            @h1friend :

            It is perfectly within the bounds of USCIS rules. You can apply through multiple petitioner and in case multiple petition gets selected in the lottery, each of those petitions will be individually judged on the merit of the case. Multiple petitions can get approved, then it will be your call on which petition to take your case forward with.

            I am not sure how this impacts stamping, whether the VO will have all this details on his computer screen at the consulate and will it adversely effect your stamping chance. My case was a COS (H4->h1) and hence I haven’t gone for h1b stamping yet.

    • TryingSecondTime Feb 21, 2015 Reply

      Heartiest Congrats !
      I had applied for H1-B through my current employer but couldn’t crack through lottery.
      Now I am planning to apply through multiple Employers like you did last year. Can we connect on this as your guidance will be very helpful.

      • h1b hopeful Feb 23, 2015 Reply

        @TryingSecondTime :
        Unfortunately due to the rules of the forum we cannot exchange email id’s or phone numbers.

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    • H1B Seeker Feb 6, 2015 Reply

      Hi San,

      As per my knowledge and understanding, its 3 Years..

  • san Feb 6, 2015 Reply

    Hi Guys,
    My visa is approved for 1 year. Does any one knows about the max years I will get when I apply for extension ?

    Thanks,
    San

    • H1B Seeker Feb 6, 2015 Reply

      Hi San,

      Is it stamped for 1 Year? (2015-2016)

      Yes, you can get it extended but all depends on your Employer.

      • San Feb 6, 2015 Reply

        Thanks, what is the max years employer can request for extension ? My employer asked for 3 years while filing H1 petition but I got it only for 1 year.

        • H1B Seeker Feb 6, 2015 Reply

          Hi San,

          As per my knowledge and understanding, its 3 Years..

  • Kumar Feb 5, 2015 Reply

    Anyone still waiting for RFERR? I have been waiting for 5 months now and still not decision.

    • Anand Feb 5, 2015 Reply

      Mine is still in RFE RR since 4.5 months.
      My employer called uscis and they just says ‘in process’, no any concrete response.
      have u checked with your employer, what they says ?
      I don’t understand what algorithm is there to process cases, as some cases gets decision within 2-3 weeks and some takes 4-5-6 months.
      Our case still in RFE does it mean they haven’t looked at our case or there are various steps to work on RFE and our case is somewhere in the middle of these steps ?
      only guesses.. guesses..guesses.. and little hope (:
      Experts plz advise.

      • HSD Feb 6, 2015 Reply

        Its all about luck. You can,t do anything on that ,you have to wait no option other then that. Hope for the best and prepared for worst. Be ready with your back plan and act accordingly. Keep in mind whatever is happening is happening for good and Say All is Well, All is well.
        That’s all you can do.

  • ram123 Feb 4, 2015 Reply

    my application still on initial review since very long time. any other applicants with same situation?
    Thanks

  • 221G Feb 3, 2015 Reply

    Dear H1B Seeker,

    Did you get any update after 2 update in CEAC? Please let us know If it is approved.

    • H1B Seeker Feb 3, 2015 Reply

      Hi 221G,

      No updates in CEAC, but i got mail from US Travel Docs (Twice) saying your passport is ready for pick-up.

      I was totally confused as the passport(s) were with me, today i had a chat with Consulate. They assisted me to get in touch with VFS Pick up Location.

      • sairam Feb 5, 2015 Reply

        Hi,
        I am also on same boat.
        Can you please send me your mobile number on the below email address?

        [email removed spam alert ]

        • H1B Seeker Feb 5, 2015 Reply

          Hi Sairam,

          Request you to approach the nearest VFS Office to your location.

          Hope you will hear GOOD NEWS from them !!!

          or

          Do a quick chat with the consulate where you had been for Stamping.

          If still didnt work out, then do reply

  • Happy Feb 2, 2015 Reply

    Visa approved today at Chennai. VO asked only 2 questions – who is your employer and who is the client. Asked for only passport. I work for an indian MNC.

  • Visa Approved Feb 2, 2015 Reply

    OFC on 21Jan and Visa interview on 22Jan @Chennai.
    Cleared after 1&half hour Query.

  • OFC Mumbai Feb 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi guys,

    I have my ofc on 11th feb, just wanted to know if they allow us to carry our luggage since i shall be directly reaching the ofc centre. else are there any places where we can keep our luggage.
    Please help

  • Arun Feb 1, 2015 Reply

    Hello ,
    I have question regarding H1B visa
    I dont have experience letter of first company in which i had worked on May 2000- Nov 2002, I did mine Professional Practice as part of GNIIT program in this company

    Please suggest what to do, As for H1B visa requirment is to give all exprenece letters.

    Should I not show this company in Resume , if i don’t show then question comes of GAP ?
    Please suggest

  • ismail Jan 31, 2015 Reply

    i have a doubt. please clarify

    Suppose i do my masters , i shall get an opt for 29 month( nearly 2 years). Which means i can only apply for H1b twice . What if i am not picked in the lottery?? Any plan B on which i can bank on??

    Please reply.

    Thanks

  • Initial Review Jan 31, 2015 Reply

    Is anybody still at Initial review or case was withdrawn h1b status? plz help n reply. My status has been changed from initial review to case was withdrawn and my employer is telling it’s an error in the uscis website. Is anybody sailing in the same boat??? plx reply

    • KP Feb 12, 2015 Reply

      The same thing has happened to one of my close relatives and her employer said that there is nothing to worry about because it is a glitch in the system…Not sure about whats the truth as there is no way to confirm

  • Red Jan 31, 2015 Reply

    Any h1 seekers from India, done with the approval and waiting for the stamping ??? My h1 is approved but, stamping is not done yet. Is there any process to transfer h1 consultant from one to another??? because my present sponsor is delaying my stamping process. Any one in the same situation as me ??? Plz respond

    • H1- Waiting for Stamping Feb 1, 2015 Reply

      @Red – I too in the same boat. What’s the reason for delay in your case?

      • Red Feb 1, 2015 Reply

        As i mentioned earlier, my consultant said that he is looking a job for me, after he arranges interview and i clear it, then he arranges stamping process which takes lot of time and is stupid. All the people from india go to US and search for jobs their itself, as even the employers their prefer the ones who stay in US. So I am thinking what to do. Absolutely freaking my brains out. What about U ?? why is your case getting delayed??

        • H1- Waiting for Stamping Feb 1, 2015 Reply

          @Red – In your case, at least you know the reason for the delay. In my case, I have no clue.

          • Red Feb 2, 2015

            Did u call them and ask why is the delay?? coz in my case they dint tell me either, i myself have called them from India and being calling them.

          • H1- Waiting for Stamping Feb 2, 2015

            @Red – yes, they said they would let me know. but don’t reveal the reason.

  • Anand Jan 30, 2015 Reply

    Anybody still pending with RFERR?
    What your employer/Attorney says on RFERR ?
    Mine is crossing almost 4.5 months, same status (:

    • RFERR_op Jan 30, 2015 Reply

      Mine too still waiting .What can be the decision of USCIS ?

      • SK Jan 30, 2015 Reply

        Same case with me as well, waiting for around 5 months. This is soo frustrating, I wonder if this is happening only for 2015 applications? What would be the deadline to approve 2015 applications?

    • nh Jan 30, 2015 Reply

      Same case here.Have been waiting since Sep 8,2014 on RFERR. 2016 application dates are approaching.No idea what to do.

    • Aksipirit Jan 31, 2015 Reply

      Try to ask your petitioner/attorney to give USCIS a call.
      My case was stuck in RFERR for 5+ months, no case update and no docs from USCIS. Eventually my petitioner gave them a call. Guess what? They said my case was approved 5 months ago… (california center)

      • Anand Feb 1, 2015 Reply

        Yes. My employer called USCIS and USCIS just says case is ‘in progress’ , they don’t give any update if case will be approved/denied. But as days passes probability of getting approval becomes weak (:

    • Anu Feb 2, 2015 Reply

      Same here with me. RFE review since 26/Sep. You can find additional comments from others waiting like us from the link:
      http://redbus2us.com/waiting-for-h1b-visa-2015-petition-status-updates-case-numbers/comment-page-6/#comment-696876

  • Mm Jan 29, 2015 Reply

    Nothing to do last year and this year may be increase your chance can I learn your sponsor company bytheway you should find one master program or there are certificate programs in california university 9 months I want to attend as well

  • Arohi Jan 29, 2015 Reply

    Hi,

    I did my bachelors in mechanical engineering from a university in US(2008-2012)..got a job and have been working for the comanh since 2013 january..my company doesnot sponsor h1b but i found an american contract company that is willing to sponsor h1b this year..they applied for last year aswell, but didnt get into lottery.,,does being rejected last year increase the chances this year?
    And with 4 years of bacheors in engineering and 2 years of work experience in the related field qualify for 20,000(masters cap)..please let me know Asap..my OPT expires june 02,2015 and i’m kind of worried

    • neeta Jan 30, 2015 Reply

      Not getting picked up in lottery last year does not increase chances this year. There are people who got though lottery in their first attempt and some after 5 attempts .It is totally based on luck..And coming to eligibility for masters cap , one should hold a maters degree (MS)in the US or Ph.D if in indian education. So, to increase your chances of picking up in lottery apply from multiple employers which is legal too..hope this helps

      • ismail Jan 31, 2015 Reply

        @ neeta

        can one file H1b 5 times? I mean how can one do that , when the max opt period is 29 moths ( ~2 years).

        Suppose i do my masters , i shall get an opt for 29 month( nearly 2 years). Which means i can only apply for H1b twice . What if i am not picked in the lottery?? Any plan B on which i can bank on??

        Please correct me if I am wrong.
        Kindly reply

    • gokul Feb 26, 2015 Reply

      Hi,
      my case is same as yours. completed BE mechanical in 2008-2012 and working in an IT company. Now the Company is initiating H1B visa for me, But specific team from my company who is responsible for H1B applying , rejects my application saying not sufficient IT experience, as my IT experience is 2.7 -( 3 months yet to complete 3 yrs). you have same case of mine and yours got approved. Please let me know how to proceed, or how to get other employer to sponsor for me.

      A piece of information will be more useful for me. I got my rejection yesterday (25/2/2014). if u give me info i call ask my employer again stating this reason.

  • srini Jan 28, 2015 Reply

    hi experts
    VO asked me to send soft copies to email id. but as docs size is big is it ok if I drop the docs at consulate

    TIA

    • Rajan Feb 17, 2015 Reply

      My last year H1b petition is in approved status but My Employer is not able to find project to me I am unable to go for stamping. Please suggest can I fill a new petition now for 2015-16.

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