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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Under federal law (Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act), our Blog RedBus2US.com is NOT legally liable or responsible for information posted by public, general users or third parties that contains remarks that are defamatory for a company or individual.

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  • Red Apr 25, 2015 Reply

    As my consultant is not letting me go for stamping, I would like to transfer my h1 to another consultant. Can any one help in giving info reg consultants who can do this. How much money should I invest for this process ??? Experts plz reply

  • neeta Apr 23, 2015 Reply

    guys good news for people with 221g white slip mumbai . Number of white slips have been cleared this month hope it continues. I got my passport stamped after 15 business days of document submission in april.

  • uma Apr 22, 2015 Reply

    Hello Everyone,
    Need some help guys…..Do we need to file an amended H1-B incase we change our Employer Address…we happened to move two times with in 3-5 miles radius….city is same (Arlington)…any idea??
    i mean from 2013-2015, we moved two times

    Thanks in advance

  • Vijay Apr 21, 2015 Reply

    When I applied h1b last year my employer gave me an offer letter for $90000. HoweverWe agreed that 80:20salary will be worked out once I get a job offer.My petition is approved now and I am planning to take the visa interview. However my employer gave me another offer letter for 80k and asked me to take this to visa stamping interview. When I asked him the reason for change in salary he mentioned that my lca was approved for 80k it is better to take this interview. I believe when they filed the petition they would have submitted my previous offer letter of 90k. Will there be any problem in visa stamping because of this.

  • asjk Apr 20, 2015 Reply

    my Company applied for H1 in April-2015 , However , my company lawyers informed me that application stuck in security check… but till today no changes in my application status..
    experts pls advise..

    • Rewise Apr 21, 2015 Reply

      There is no definite timeline if it is stuck in security check. I applied in 2014 and waiting since Oct 2014 in RR RFE state (stuck in security check).

  • Vinit Doshi Apr 20, 2015 Reply

    Which date Result will Provide for H1 2015 Draw?

  • neha Apr 16, 2015 Reply

    My lawyer said that they are still processing and will results will be given out until 27th April.

    So hang in there..Its not yet over

  • Rock Apr 16, 2015 Reply

    My cheques aren’t cashed yet. Does it mean it never got picked?? Can any1 tell me.. It’s premium process

    • akbar Apr 16, 2015 Reply

      We will find out in the first week of may.

    • John Apr 19, 2015 Reply

      Sadly, I don’t think it picked!

  • Mahesh Apr 15, 2015 Reply

    I applied for h1 2015-16 .. Can anyone know lottery date ….

  • Red Apr 15, 2015 Reply

    I am loosing hope day by day. Weird situation , got my h1 approved in Oct 14, but my stupid consultant is saying unlike other people, I have to get a job in order to go for stamping for which he is not scheduling any interviews. All the people go to US and then attend interviews. I am not knowing whether I am lucky to get my h1 approved without much hassle or unlucky as my consultant became a pain in the ____ . No one is coming forward even for h1 transfer. I am loosing my cool :(

    • Waiting and frustrated Apr 15, 2015 Reply

      Hi,
      I completely understand the pain. I am also going through similar situation with a step ahead. I have a stamped visa.

      My company has no date when they going to send me on some project. I have one company ready to transfer. But I am just worried what this original petitioner does not leave or convince me to stay back.

      Any clue what should be done? Do I need to go for stamping again if I transfer it without going to USA for the first time?

      I have almost wasted more than 7 months now waiting.

      • Red Apr 19, 2015 Reply

        Bro…ur work is done….Only thing u have to do is buy the ticket for US….But most important climax part of my H1 movie is not finished yet…..dont even have an idea when it is going to happen….

    • John Apr 19, 2015 Reply

      Nothin belong to us, and not everything is like what we think. Living in our country is not mean living in the hell. Be happy!

  • MK Apr 10, 2015 Reply

    @ABUJABAR,

    What do you think how many person will be here sponsored by google or facebook, have you got offer form them???, i am not talking here for 1% people i am talking about 60% people who filled their petitions through consultancies or by TCS, infosys and wipro and change their company immediately after reaching to US do you think this is right???, a company is sponsoring you considering a thought that you will work in their office and people immediately start to find a new company after receiving visa, Man nothing is right or wrong here all about your passion and dream and if have a passion or dream to settle in USA no excuse will work everybody have their different choice, you know 60% people who are working in USA on OPT or L1 or even they have H4 visa getting free sponsorship from these desi consultancies only you don’t need to pay anything to them , i am in india i never visited to US but still i applied two petitions this year without giving a single penny to sponsors

  • Amit Kumar Apr 9, 2015 Reply

    What happened those who applied for H1B visa but his termed had not came for 14 – 15 fiscal year.

  • SFJR Apr 5, 2015 Reply

    got 221g abt 4 mnths bak… received emails frm consulate officer to submit further docs, submitted dox then asked for further dox, this happened thrice… after that no update frm one mnth… any1 havng any idea how long will dis admin processing take

  • h1b status changed to issued Mar 31, 2015 Reply

    attended visa interview on feb 6th, passports taken during interview no documents needed from my side or from company. march 30 status updated but administrative process, march 31 its issued …after long wait :)

  • Anand Mar 30, 2015 Reply

    Anybody still waiting for RFE results ?
    I didn’t see any further comments from people waiting for RFE results. so just curious to know.

    • Neha Mar 30, 2015 Reply

      Hi Anand,

      M still waiting. Don’t know when this wait is going to end.

      • madhu Apr 7, 2015 Reply

        Iam also waiting for RFE results from sep 2015

      • madhu Apr 7, 2015 Reply

        am also still waiting foe rfe results from sep 2015

        • Rewise Apr 20, 2015 Reply

          I am waiting since Oct 2014. anybody got approval update after RR RFE state?

    • ns Apr 17, 2015 Reply

      Hi
      Did you get any updates on your RFE.I am also waiting since Sep 2014.Any hopes at this stage?

  • Waiting_For_Stamping Mar 15, 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!

    • Tinu Mar 26, 2015 Reply

      Yes you can,
      Other employer has to file the petition for H1-B transfer.

      • Red Mar 30, 2015 Reply

        But i heard that without running a single payroll, the h1 transfer is not possible ??? I am i the same situation as well, i am still waiting for the stamping as my employer is not responding properly so thought of changing to other consultant, but that is what i heard.

        • Anand Mar 31, 2015 Reply

          Yes you can do that without running single payroll. You will find many such a people around you who did such a transfer . Just find one and ask them how they did it.

    • Anil Apr 2, 2015 Reply

      you can transfer your petition to other employer, two years back i did same and you are not required to submit any payslip. Make sure to take petition approval(I-797) soft copy when you quit ur current employer.

  • Anand Mar 14, 2015 Reply

    My case is denied finally after almost wait of 6 months.
    Vermont center.
    How unfortunate I am that only my case was denied of my employer.
    There was nothing wrong from my side as RFE was not on education or experience.
    I have no words now.
    Best luck to all who are still waiting for RFE results.
    Thanks to this forum for giving all information.

    • nh Mar 14, 2015 Reply

      Hi,
      Sorry to know that.When did you receive this information? I also have been waiting since september 2014.
      Regards,
      NS

      • Anand Mar 15, 2015 Reply

        Just Yesterday on 14th Mar.
        I worked in USA for 2.5 years earlier on L1 visa and RFE was not on my side.
        Don’t know what wrong my employer put in RFE so only my case is denied ((: . Waiting for documents to know why it was rejected.

  • srini Mar 9, 2015 Reply

    Hi Friends,

    My employer responded to 221 (g) white slip given in Mumbai one month back. Any idea how much more time they will take from mumbai consulate to validate the docs.

    thanks in advnace.

  • Prashant Mar 8, 2015 Reply

    Hi All,

    Please find enclosed sad ending of H1b status of 2014. Last year, my petition got selected from draw. After which,everything collapsed in my case. I got an RFE stating doubt in Employee & Employer status. Hence RFE was replied with supportive docs,but again it was declined. Hence my consultant filed motion to appeal with more supportive docs,again it got declined. Kindly let me know what best can be done to my case. I have travelled once to us for 3 weeks alone. Please clarify my doubts:

    1. what is E&E relationship doubt
    2. Is there is any way,I can proceed further on my case
    3. can i apply for h1b for this year
    4. If I apply with same employer,whether chances of rejection is high
    5. Any feaibility for postive outcome for this year through other sponsors.

    Kindly guide me….

    • H1B denied Mar 8, 2015 Reply

      Hi Prashant,

      When did you appeal and when did you get the decision? I have appealed on oct 26th and still pending decision.

      • Prashant Mar 9, 2015 Reply

        hi all,

        i appealed on nov2014,,got decision by jan end stating.its been declined.i m based out of delhi.

        Experts, please guide me on following points:

        1. My case was rejected due to E&E reason
        2. Is my case concluded by usics,any chances to re-appeal.
        3. I want to knw exact specific reason for this rejection
        4. Can i re-apply for ths year
        5. I have visited once to us for two weeks alone.
        6.Can i reapply using same company.
        7. Any feasibility of getting througu this year.

      • Prashant Mar 10, 2015 Reply

        I filed my first RFE by Nov and filled MTR by Nov end,got denied again by Feb :(

  • hermin Mar 5, 2015 Reply

    Hi,I am on H4 and my hubby’s H1b received rfe in sep 2014. We did not get response for many months. Then we upgraded to premium and it was approved within 4 days

  • 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.

      • Neha Mar 6, 2015 Reply

        I thought that they will respond before march 1, so as to give ppl chance for this year incase their case got rejected. But I guess we won’t have that chance now. So just hoping decision comes as approval. All the best and do let us know in case of any update.

    • Anand Mar 6, 2015 Reply

      I m in same situation. My RFE responded on 24th Sep 14. No status yet..
      any hope left ? Can’t plan anything.. and that is the worst thing in this situation.

      • Neha Mar 6, 2015 Reply

        I totally agree anand. Hope is still there since they haven’t given any decision. Just keep ur fingers crossed and do let us know in case of any update . Yours is which centre California or vermont ?

        • Anand Mar 7, 2015 Reply

          Yes Neha agree with you. Its Vermont center.
          My employer told that their all RFEs are cleared successfully except mine. They have history of at least 1 rejection every year, so I am worried lot (:
          Hope by March end all RFE cases will have some final result.

  • 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.

      • vips Apr 22, 2015 Reply

        Today I attended visa interview at chennai. I did not had the client letter and the VO did not ask anything apart from passports. Do not worry if you are from reputed MNC.
        Only thing VO asked were emp name, client name, salary and highest degree.

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