H1B Visa 2018 News Quota Cap Lottery Predictions and FAQs

This page has all the latest information on upcoming H1B 2018 season, which starts from April 3, 2017.  We will keep this page up-to-date with FAQs and news about FY 2018 season. Below are various topics and FAQs covered on this page.

  • Start of  H1B Visa 2018 season ?
  • H1B Quota for FY 2018 ?
  • H1B visa 2018 Lottery Predictions ?
  • Plan for H1B FY 2018 Application ?
  • Find Visa Sponsors for H1B 2018 ?
  • H1B Visa 2018 Fee ?
  • New President Trump Administration Impact on H1B Visa 2018 Quota?
  • Latest News updates of H1B FY 2018

If this is your first year of H1B visa filing, you must read What is H1B Visa, Requirements, Process . Not to scare you, Last year, there was lottery for H1B season and for FY 2017 USCIS received 236,000 applications  .

When does H1B Visa 2018 Season Start ?
Update : USCIS released press note that they will accept H1B petitions for FY 2018 starting from April 3rd, 2017.
Typically, USCIS accepts H1B petitions for next fiscal year starting from April 1st. So, for FY 2018, the start date for accepting applications would be April 1st, 2017.  But, for FY 2018 season, April 1st falls on a Saturday, so USCIS will accept applications starting from Monday, April 3rd, 2017.   If you were wondering why called 2018, when in 2017, it is the fiscal year dates that dictate that. USCIS fiscal year is from October 1st to March 30th. So, technically the fiscal year for 2018 starts from October 1st and they accept petitions for the same 6 months before the start date and it would be April 1st, 2017.  You may read USCIS Press release for H1B 2017 Start Date 

What is H1B 2018 Quota ? Regular Cap vs Master’s Cap Quota ? 
Update : USCIS confirmed the below quota cap numbers in latest press release for FY 2018. 
To get some background, read H1B Quota – Regular vs Masters .  There have been many speculations on increasing the H1B Cap due to extremely high demand and bills proposed for the same in the past, nothing made it through. As of writing of this article, below is the H1B cap quota. We will keep this article updated as new changes come in.  The total H1B Quota as of today is 85,000 and it is split like below.

Regular H1B Quota  65,000
Master’s H1B Quota ( Only US Masters Degree Eligible) 20,000

Out of the above 85,000 quota, 6,800 are set aside for Singapore and Chile citizens as part of the free trade agreement between them. Also, check out the article with history of maximum H1B Cap from 1990 to 2017 

H1B 2018 Lottery Predictions ? 
It used to be a speculation whether we would have lottery in previous years, but in the past 4 years, lottery has become common. It is very likely that we would have lottery aka random selection for H1B 2018 season.  We have been writing predictions over the years and all of them have been accurate so far. Check out our H1B Visa 2018  Lottery Predictions – Data Analysis  to get an idea on how many H1B petitions you can expect for this fiscal year.

When to plan for H1B 2018 Application – What should be your strategy ?
It is never too late to start planning…Depending on your situation, you may fall in one of the below categories and the suggestions are described below.

  • F1 Student in USA : If you are studying on F1 visa and about to graduate in next one year, you should seriously look at finding an internship or co-op at companies that can sponsor your H1B visa. You can search for H1B Sponsors in a particular area using our H1B Sponsors Search Tool and try to get an internship to work there on CPT or OPT after you graduate. This is a strategic move and will require sometime, so plan well.
  • Working Professional from outside USA : If you are a working professional outside US, planning to work in US, especially  on H1B visa, your best bet is to find Multinational companies ( MNCs) that have major US presence and secure a job there, so that you can position internally for applying to H1B visa, when the season starts. This is a very strategic decision, you need to carefully assess your options, speak to the company if such options exist and then only choose it. There may be many people already in-line for these visas, you need to plan carefully so that you are given a slot in the company’s filing for your next season application.
  • Other H4, L1 Visas :  If you are on these visas living in USA, your best bet is to find companies just like I mentioned for F1 students that sponsor H1B visas and start interviewing and keeping the conversation going so that you can ask them to file H1B when the season starts.

For FY 2017, we have put together a Step by Step Plan on How to apply for H1B 2017 Quota, it gives a guideline on the planning and what steps exists.

How to find H1B Visa Sponsor for FY 2018 quota ?
This is probably the most asked question by everyone. It can be a tricky decision, you need be very careful to avoid fraud.

  • If you are student in the US, it is very straight forward, you find the list of H1B Sponsoring companies using the tool in an area as I mentioned above and get an internship in one of them so that they can sponsor your H1B visa.
  • If you are professional planning to arrive in US from oustide America,  it can be really tricky.  If you work for an Multinational company ( MNC), then they will have some internal process to pick the candidates and then process H1B visa for them…The other option that has been used and abused is the consulting companies route…Many a times, the H1B aspirants approach a body shop IT consulting company to file H1B for them and they apply for the same. It gets nasty with the body shop consulting companies.  The comments on this H1B Companies Reviews article are quite eye opening. I advise, you beware of the consulting companies and avoid fraud.
  • Also, WE as RedBus2US do NOT provide any guidance or assistance or sponsor anything. If someone claims that, it is pure fraud and they are trying to trick you, we are not responsible for that. Please be careful

We have an article that we wrote for previous season, you may read article How to find H1B 2017 Sponsors to find out various options.

What is H1B Visa 2018 Fee ? How much does it cost for the company ? 

The H1B fee varies by the size of the company..As of FY 2017 season, it can range anywhere from $1,600 USD to $7,400 USD + Attorney Fee. On December 23, 2016 , USCIS increased the H1B fee component of base filing fees, which was $325. The below table is updated with the latest fee updates from USCIS.  There are various fees components that make up this number range, for more details Read Summary of H1B Filing Fee 2017 – Who pays for What ? . Below is a high level summary from FY 2017 quota.  If any changes, we will update this accordingly.

H1B Fee Component Fee in USD
 Base filing fee $460
AICWA Fee $750  or $1,500
Fraud prevent & detection fee $500
Fee based on Public Law 114-113 ( if applicable) $4000
Premium processing fee (Optional) $1,225
Immigration Attorney Fee Varies from $500 to $3000

New President Trump Administration Impact on H1B Visa 2018 Quota?

As of the today ( article updated date), nothing has been officially ordered or implemented by New President Trump Administration. There are many speculations on how H1B program will become tougher with higher wages, quota limits, etc… but, nothing has been officially signed. We will update the article as new updates come in.

Various H1B Bills  in US House and Senate  – Will they be passed for FY 2018 ?
There are few bills that are introduced in 2017 and at various stages in both house and senate. There are many confusions regarding the same bills like the minimum wage will go up to $130,000 USD, etc.  Fact is that nothing has passed and there are very slim chances for them to get passed before start of FY 2018 season. You can check H1B Bills Tracker to get more details on current status. We will keep the article updated as new things are passed.

Latest News about H1B 2018 Season 
High Level Latest News for FY 2018 is listed below. But, all the Latest News are tracked on our H1B 2018 News and Updates Tracker Page. Check out below.

H1B 2018 - Latest News Updates

Most recent and complete history of all latest breaking news updates from Official sources like USCIS and Unofficial sources for FY 2018 Season.

Are you planning for FY 2018 quota ?  What are your questions ? Add your thoughts.

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Comments ( 559 )

  1. Bhanu

    Hi Mr. Kumar,

    I got an offer from a company in US as an Automation Engineer, and they already got LCA approved and going to file for H1B in April, but in i-129 form they mentioned my current address(Saudi Arabia) not the Indian Address, will it be an issue with the process?

    Your reply is appreciated

    Thanks & Regards,

    Bhanu

  2. H1B Holder

    H1B Holder
    Hello Saurabh/Kumar,

    I have question regarding my H1B. I am holding H1B Visa ( Stamped Dec’16 Valid till Dec’18) from Company XXX But due to some reason company lost its client and project and I am on bench from last 4 month .Now Question is –

    1:- If I change my company , My H1B will still be valid for later use or my current XXX company can cancel my H1b
    2:- Or I have only option to join new company who is willing to transfer my H1B side by side

    Thanks

  3. UnitedIndia

    As usual , americans are fighting with other nations . But we as indians are fighting with each other? MS student vs H1B worker from india ? Who cares , we messed up the system and very easily we are just blaming each other for it. I have a full time job and i am from a good university i still don’t have an H1B and people who i know got H1B in the lottery with out a job and their H1B got rejected because of them applying H1B with out a job! How is that fair ? This system needs to changed and we as indians need to be united not fight with each other. The system will change only when we are together and fight for the change.

    1. Agree with you

      I agree with you, masters in US or an employee from tcs /Infosys , doesn’t matter as long as you are talented . The problem is of people who are exploiting the system , they are abusing it by fake resumes , paying for multiple H1s without a job and exaggerated experience etc . If the system is clean , truly deserving people
      Will get h1s. I am also a masters degree holder from top
      School , working for a top bank here . I was unlucky in lottery thrice . I know of people who applied two h1s both through consultancies , both got picked (lucky them ) then both got rejected after 6 months . But two other people who would be more deserving lost their chance because of such abusers .Good luck to everyone who is genuine (masters or no masters ) let’s not argue over baseless things .

      1. fake

        And if you look, the fake resumes mostly come from one particular region of India – particularly aimed at getting an extra kg or 2 gold for wedding. It is these people that fly in with fake resume, unfit to do any coding / thinking, eventually get kicked out from client to client every other month – are royally abusing the system.
        The suspension of Premium processing is one good thing to check these fake people, as they can no longer shift companies after getting kicked out, as their amendment is going to take long time to get approved.

    2. H1bgenuine

      merit based system, priority to Phd and MS, quota per country for diversity and increase wages. Graduated students in the US with one genuine petition should come before others. US is capitalistic country not red cross, if you look for assistance it is better to try countries

      1. USAPatriot

        Sorry I disagree about the MS grad school distinction, which is essentially a diploma mill nowadays. Unless you are from the top 20 schools in the US, your degree is not worth the paper its printed on.

        We don’t need fresh hires from other schools but the Top20.

        I want only the best and experienced professionals to come here i.e >10 years of experience at least and working with top notch tech companies.

        1. USAPatriot

          I am also like one of you guys from India. I am just giving a buildup…
          Just think – Why will a person in US with H1B/GC/Resident really bother about this site.
          I am just wishing to clear H1B lottery this time, also my main motto is to discourage people from applying H1B so that I have greater chances this year.

  4. H1BTransfer

    Hey Geeks,

    I come to US (in 2015) on H1b through consultant “A” and then later on switches to FT employer “B” (after 3 months due to no project) but my transfer petition goes on for more then 1 year (in between ref and subsequent submission and all that) but due to no response I have finally converted that petition to PP (one of the worst mistake I have done) in August 2016 but they rejected my visa petition due to mismatch in LCA and submitted documents and ‘coz denial I moved back to India last year Sep 2016. Now I got the employer who is doing visa transfer (using consultant “A” I-797) but I have some questions on this, please help me based on your knowledge:

    1. My passport stamped visa is till Sep’17, so the attorney is saying I can travel through that visa (w/o going through visa interview) but need to have new visa petition approved. Is this correct?
    2. My understanding is that each h1b cases are different and doesn’t not impact other cases, so does my previous h1b denial will impact my h1b transfer case? If so even when mistake was identified on employer documentation side.
    3. As USCIS is temp stopping PP service from 4/3, so it is safe to do visa transfer in PP on 3/28 or 3/29? Is there any chance USCIS still rejects PP?

    Your feedback will be really appreciated!

    1. Seriously

      dude

      yours is a situation that needs an advice from specialist. Go to a lawyer and get their opinion. Don’t waste your time here and non of our opinions matter as we are not subject matter experts. The money you spend on a lawyer is worth every penny in this case.

      1. H1BTransfer

        Appreciated your concern. I talked to Attorney and they suggested that we can go for visa transfer and I can travel with my existing open dated stamped visa with new approved petition (I-797) and also there answer is aligned with lots of quora threads for the same topic. Here I wanted to see if anyone had similar experience or has been in same boat to understand some practical experience.

        1. avi

          My friend has almost same situation, he has stamping from previous employer while he had travelled out of US twice. He had approved petition from new employer. Only thing is once visa expires you won’t be entitled for dropbox.

  5. H1bfiling

    Kumar if I get RFE because of my resume or educational documents and got denied will it harm my chances of applying next year ?

    1. Abhitabh

      One denial means that the next time even if you get approved and go for stamping, they will scrutinize it and will reject again. Very low chances of approval once denied for fake stuff. However that should let stop you from applying and trying your luck

    2. USAPatriot

      It will completely depend on the circumstances. If you have all the true credentials, get a credential evaluation done, and you should be fine.

      Your employers reputation also matters a lot.

  6. H1B Holder

    Hello Saurabh/Kumar,

    I have question regarding my H1B. I am holding H1B Visa ( Stamped Dec’16 Valid till Dec’18) from Company XXX But due to some reason company lost its client and project and I am on bench from last 4 month .Now Question is –

    1:- If I change my company , My H1B will still be valid for later use or my current XXX company can cancel my H1b
    2:- Or I have only option to join new company who is willing to transfer my H1B side by side

    Thanks

  7. It's Me!!

    Hi Kumar/Saurabh,
    Could you please clarify my doubt?
    Last year I have applied for H1B through a consultant. My petition got picked in lottery but unfortunately it got denied due to employer documents issue. Some people say that I can apply through non-cap quota using my I-797 form but some say that I can apply only if it is approved.
    Could you please let me know whether I can apply through non-cap quota using my denied petition?

    1. H1B_helper...

      If denied, you have to go through lottery process again. You don’t qualify for cap exempt petition (unless your employer is cap exempt non profit organization). It is clean and clear. If any one saying otherwise, they are scamming you. Be careful.

  8. Realitycheck

    The ones who are doing MS saying dey deserve more to get H1 b ..saying dnt pay fees for visa its illegal..blah blah..my frnd who is doing MS calls me to get his assignment done..and also tells to copy from the assignmmt solution which he gave…yeah he is working in F1 visa in a store..ohh that’s not legal…plus most of MS student come to US for h1 b..not for knowledge ..dey are just jealous..how come TCS infy people came easily on H1 b ..you could also have joined These so called bodyshoppers…lols..get a life

    1. LOL really?

      Its common sense; MS from a top school and job at a top company VS Bachelors from some shitty school in India and even shitter contract work for 50-60k salary. You tell me who deserves that visa more? But at the end of the day, its not your fault. The system is broken and the outsourcing companies are obviously taking advantage of that. And although I disagree with President Trump on almost everything, I really want the merit based based immigration system to be implemented ASAP so this can be fixed.

      1. Response

        So all MS students gets job in top company …so y dey do go to desi consultancies and file h1 b visa using fake client letter and will file multiple petitions…becz a school is in US dsnt mean it’s a top school..u can make fool people who are in India…merit system..I will be having more work experience n talent than ur MS frnds..Not every MS student is talented..okay if you want merit visa and there should be exam den we will see how many u will get through 😝

        1. Lol again

          I never said all MS students get jobs in top companies; but the ones that do.. it’s very unfair for them to be in the same lottery as you guys. And with a merit based system, I doubt your Indian work experience and 2nd grade English level will count much. So good luck with that lol

          1. Response

            MS student gets 2 chances in lottery and I guess 2..3 yrs opt also…it seems luck is not in your favour. …is this ur last chance ?buddy u can do second MS with first day CPT ..dat is legal ..now go to ur Indian store /restaurant job…better utilize ur time ..search ur third or fourth sponser

          2. illogical

            Dude, what makes you think that everyone from the Indian MNC’s have shitty English & tech skills? Even graduates from IITs working for Amazon/MS/FB/Google India are going through this lottery & they get just one chance vs. the 2 chance MS guys from shitty US Universities get.
            Stop generalizing & take what’s in your way!
            Going by your logic, only Top companies can employ people and other companies should shut their door?

          3. h1b

            people who don’t get jobs here will go to us only to study ms.if ur really born talent come to india get a job within 3 months .Then u can know who is really talented

          4. Response

            Dnt always victimize urself .If American citizens say that dey deserve more thaan immigrants.Its fine. But You all guys knew what u all were signing before doing MS and dre were no hidden terms.So dnt cry.

        2. USAPatriot

          One of the key factors should be salary. Any high value job will not pay a low salary in the IT field. Star employers will pay high for all the profiles the recruit for >100k at a bare bare minimum.

          Any job that makes you do DSandA (DataStructures and Algorithms) is highly paid and those are the jobs that are eligible for H1B, not your run of the mill QA person doing manual QA.

          No disrespect to their job, but that is very low on the list of eligibility to immigrate here.

    2. Do whats good for you

      Last year i got 2 offers from employees working at big companies in usa to solve their work problems. All were opt guys.

      There is no law, people twist laws to their advantage thats it.

    3. h1b

      ur write ms holders go to us just for h1 visa only it is easy process to settle in usa.they dont have right to bluff another person.

  9. Why withdrawing last years petitions?

    I’m seeing thousands of petitions from last yeare are withdrawn while they are still in processing. Is this being done for applying afressh this year??

  10. Siva

    Dear Kumar,

    https://www.google.com/amp/m.economictimes.com/industry/tech/ites/jolted-by-new-us-regulations-infosys-decides-not-to-apply-for-h-1b-visas-for-junior-staff/amp_articleshow/57723123.cms

    As the news article suggests, Infosys is filling H-1B petitions only for people with 4+ years of experience. Last year alone Infosys filed 30,000 plus LCA petitions. Their new stand will certainly make a big impact in the number of H-1B petitions filed for this year. I suspect a similar trend can be observed among other major Indian IT outsourcing companies for similar reasons stated in the article. Do these news updates make you think that you may want to revisit your predictions or would you rather stand by it for other reasons? Eager to hear your thoughts.

      1. TCSer

        I am from TCS and my visa has been initiated. Last year TcS applied 15% of the visas they usually applied in the previous years. This year the number is pretty much the same. Infact it is more than last year.

    1. H1bfiling

      See whatever predictions he make i saw the LCA website the LCA count is already 309000 still 12 more days to go if you remove the transfer petition I am sure the count will be similar to what kumar predicted

        1. Reply CTS_CBE

          LCA should be certified before filing the petition. This can happen 3 months in advance. Though LCA based prediction may not be accurate, as it involves transfers, renewals, and new petitions, it gives an overall picture(YOY).

          http://visadoor.com/h1b/index?company=&job=&state=&year=2017&submit=Search

          It has one week old data. Not sure about the authenticity of the data.

    2. By how many?

      I see this article as well today. But I think the question is how many “junior staff” is? Anyone know from a historical data?

    3. administrator
      Kumar

      Siva,
      It is a good factor, but the people, who are in US and who missed last year lottery from other categories will try again..that will weigh in…

  11. H1Question

    @Kumar I can clearly see TCS,Infosys,Wipro,Cognizant all are filing in very less numbers.. But how you predict count to be around 230000 ? But the LCA data supports you also !

      1. H1bhelper

        Big companies offer high salaries and most of their employees have US master degrees. If visa allocation is done on merit basis (company,salary,education), they have a upper hand

    1. U

      Did you pay for filing your H1b then get ready to loose your money and in case you are caught then get ready not to get visa in any other Country

    2. Yes

      Yes, we paid for VISA… so what?..
      I have the ability to come to US on my own money & earn by doing a job which a client pays. I dont think any client pays for a job which has no value realization

      1. ReplyYes->No

        What you are doing is illegal. I am amazed to see such a daring person who can acknowledge it in a public forum. It would be really great if you are more daring and share your details so that you can nominated in “https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form”.

  12. USAPatriot

    So the reply button is greyed out on some responses to my post, which tell me the responses were sent with someone’s connivance.

    Besides that an allegation that Melania abused the system is not proved, if it was it would have come out as true, and is incomparable to the blatant fraud asians do to get an H1B… Allegations are not proof… Sorry..

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      There is nothing sent for connivance. You cannot reply to anything that has more than few about 4 to 5 levels in a thread, that’s a system feature.

    2. Reply2USAPatriot

      Thanks for falling in line. Yes, allegations are not proof. And the same allegations on ‘Asians’ abusing the H1B visa system have also not been proven.
      I do agree that some companies or consultancies do abuse the system by filing multiple petitions but remember, these are American companies and consultancies and not asian. The H1B visa requires an American employer so the blame again comes on to these american companies and not Asians. Hope you are sane and able to understand that it is not about the ethnicity but the loopholes in your system which your own companies abuse.

      1. USAPatriot

        Do you even undestand what the H1B was intended for to start with? To bring in talent not found in my country i.e Phds , Scientists and top notch professionals who are hard to find here.

        What Indians have done is make it a cheap labor importation conduit undercutting everyone and laying off Americans. My president will fix it soon, so dont worry too much.

        Google “H1B fraud” and every single one has Indians behind it including the chop shop infosys…

        1. IndianPatriot

          Your country produced no talent. More than 60% STEM graduates from your schools are indian or chinese . I have worked with the Americans in IT and believe ne when I say that almost 90% of them are dumb asses. I dare your president to stop indian companies from sending cheap labour. If he does, american economy will be doomed.

          1. USAPatriot

            Really, have you been living under a rock ? USA is the powerhouse of technology inventions.

            Our STEM graduates dont find jobs because asians undercut them. Every race has smart people including Indians but the ratio of H1Bs to smart people from asia is simply underwhelming.

            Its cheap labor period, if 1 USD becomes 1 whatever you guys use, your situation will not be as rosy. So stop living in a bubble, only the last 10 years this bubble has grown. But count your days it will all change, the fraud perpetrated for so long will hit the fan soon and ricochet.

            Code coolies are the new age factory workers.

            One guy writes on my behalf that I am a dumbass.. are you all so puerile other times as well ?

        2. avi

          Even you don’t know what you want. In one post you were trying to say that person teaching english us eligible for h1. When confronted you ran away. Such a loser. You are just 1 frustrated guy

        3. Deepika

          @ uSa patriots, i don’t know why you are so scared, h1b in a year is 85000 of which ~ 10k-12k are rejected which makes to 75k h1 visas of which 35k people will leave after 6 years, there millions of jobs around every corner of us, why are you so worried about this small number. are you afraid of your talent or asian strength. I heard some asian talented guy helped your leader winning elections.

          1. avi

            He is simply scared as he knows he is good for nothing. If he thinks he is able he would not have worried at all.

          2. USAPatriot

            We are not scared, we just want the best and brightest to be here. Send your Sundar Pichais, Nadellas and ISRO engineers.Send your SW-Architects, Principal SWEs we will take them, pay them high and retain them. That’s what all our visa programs were meant to do, and not to be used as a cheap labor raft to the US.

            We do not need your second rate talent replacing americans in the jobs they can already do. So its not to be scared or anything on that front.

            Keep in mind immigrating to my country is a privilege not a right !!

    1. Deepika

      hi, use myvisajobs.com to know the company’s rankings and how many lca’s they file every year, also visit dol site to check if they have filed an lca for your h1b…

  13. confused

    Hello geeks and gurus!!

    My last year’s application is still pending in Received status. I’m planning to apply again this year through a different employer. Do I need to withdraw my old application first? Will that old application have any impact on the fresh application?

    Thanks in advance!!

    1. USAPatriot

      Why have’nt you upgraded it to premium, if you are so dying to come to my country ? It just does’nt sound right as to why you would apply for a new petition but would not in all these days upgrade it to premium processing, to have a clear result.

      I am sure CIS is doing a good amount of background check on you.

      Maybe I should report you to the CIS for a fraudulent application ? We can get your IP and other details easily.

      1. sym

        When you were posting your comment, did you pay attention to guidelines that are glaring at you right above where you were typing?

        Do not pollute a discussion forum that is meant to help each other by sharing. If you don’t have any useful answer or info to share, you are entitled to keep quiet, just in case you don’t know it.

        1. USAPatriot

          Yups share info on how to game the system by hook or crook. My president will surely show yall the door soon.

          Share the right info, not how to be slimy.

          1. #FacePalmMoment

            BTW, do you know an immigrant is now the first lady ? She too ABUSED the visa system and got an H1B, seduced your president and finally married him to attain citizenship and is now the First Lady of the USA. Don’t believe me, read this

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melania_Trump

            Good to know YOUR president is someone who married an H1B abuser.

      1. TCSer

        Mail regarding what? I think the documents are already forwarded to FDFU and they will file the petition in April and then notify. Correct me if I am wrong.

          1. TCSer

            Dude, initiation in VtS is the first and foremost thing. They need your initiation id of ultimatix to process. If you have not iNitiated your visa in VtS till now, then I am sorry to say but ur manager is fooling you.

          2. H1bAspirant

            Yes. You are right..!! Documents are already sent to Chennai Visa Cell… All the best guys!!

  14. It's Me!!

    Hello all,
    Beware of the consultants. Recently I got a mail from USDiamonds technologies who process H1b. After my reply they called me and said they have client called Ascendus technologies and asked me to pay $3800 as other consultants ask for.
    They told me if I am willing to process I will get a call from the client. On the same day evening I got the call from a person from Ascendus. He was the same person with whom I have processed H1b couple of years ago with the name Acropetal Inc. When I asked him, he said that the company name has been changed to Ascendus. But when I checked, both the websites are present. Despite that I asked him to proceed with.
    He has created a personal mail id [email protected] (check the spelling, it should be ascendus) and sent me a mail about the process. It will be difficult to find such fraud consultants. Dont pay your money blindly with such fake consultants.

  15. Real Trump Effect

    hah! really guys! I can only see so many comments due to TRUMP effect! its simple if you want to apply H1 go apply! if u dont want to then dnt apply! no one is forcing you lol..!! it seems you are all scared nothing else LOL real trump effect i can see in the comments.

  16. A change is good for genuine people!

    Without the lottery mentioned in the USCIS notice, I think they’re gonna change how they allocate Visas to applicant.

    Priority could be given to people who have U.S. degrees, who is from a non-H1b-dependent employer, or based on the applicant’s citizenship, salaries…. No matter what, getting rid of random lottery is a good news for deserving people!

    1. H1B Massacre

      The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as science, engineering and information technology.
      Congress set a cap of 65,000 H-1B visas per fiscal year. An advanced degree exemption from the H-1B cap is available for 20,000 beneficiaries who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher. The agency will monitor the number of petitions received and notify the public when the H-1B cap has been met. 

      I suspect this year they will close the window in 2-3 days itself and not wait for 5 days.

  17. This_time_it_is_going_to_be_fun

    Few people are still hopeful that USCIS will follow age-old tradition of the h1b lottery so that they have a chance to get a visa although completely undeserving.

    Let me start with Kumar’s prediction of 210-240k applicant this year. This time many deserving people do not care about the number of visas since it is going to be fair selection this time.

    The glory days of WITCHes are over(although there are some talented people with them too). Go back build your skills and apply again. Many cannot even write a bug-free single line of code. They fix one issue and break other functionalities along the way. Most of the time they have no clue what they are doing. They try their luck by licking the asses of their bosses while deserving people are left back in India.

    If USCIS does the lottery again then it will be a setback to Trump administration as their election plank will fall flat on their face. So there is no chance of a lottery this time. Trump will make sure it won’t happen.

    There is no rule which states that the lottery is mandatory. How USCIS allocates the 65k visa is up to them and they are not bound by any legal rule there.

    Last few years I have seen spouses getting h1b visa because of this mindless lottery. I personally know few who have never seen a maths book after their 10th standard claiming to be an engineer and looting US firms.

    It is going to be a lot of fun his time!

  18. USAPatriot

    This year most probably the non-H1B-Dependent employers will get the first shot, because that’s what our govt wants to do. Discourage importation of cheap labor. The non-H1B-Dependent employers generally pay good salary and benefits, are star employers and for the most part American Businesses who hire genuine overseas talent.

    Its the H1B dependent employers who bring in cheap labor and drive down wages for all.

    So if an H1B dependent employer is filing your petition, good luck.

    The WITCH (Wipro, Infosys, TCS, CTS, HCL) might be rightfully shown the door, for flooding the petition pool with applications.

    1. USAPatriot

      I am pretty sure a good percentage of the H1B candidates will not even know how to find out if your Petitioner is a H1B-Dependent employer.

    2. TRUMP EFFECT

      Don’t float your Propaganda as if it is a Govt. Wish

      Your just promoting about some body shopping companies.

      Main concern of US Govt. to keep pull-stop for Body Shoppers – That’s why they have kept pause for Premium processing.

      WITCH (Wipro, Infosys, TCS, CTS, HCL) Exploiting the loop hole and sending guys on premium which client needs as an Urgent Requirement.

  19. Beware Guys

    MULTIPLE Filling Guys BEWARE !!!

    People who are going for multiple filing’s this year are Scrutinized by USCIS very thoroughly. They are taking enough time to respond this year, So be cautious & aware that cheating in any form will lead to rejection of your application.

    This is found on the 2018 h1b cap season page of US gov

    Multiple or Duplicate Filings

    Employers may not file multiple or duplicate H-1B petitions for the same employee. To ensure fair and orderly distribution of available H-1B visas, USCIS will deny or revoke multiple or duplicate petitions filed by an employer for the same H-1B worker and will not refund the filing fees.

    1. Dont StateTheObvious

      Off course, everyone knows same employer cant file multiple H1Bs. Different employers for 2 different job roles can. Don’t scare people by stating the obvious . FYI i am a genuine Masters /full time job in hand applicant. But still , wont scare people for my benefit. If its legit multiple attempt is fine. If you are paying consultancies for H1B and they are showing random fake in house projects , that’s a scam and you are right, it should be scrutinized.

      1. Don't Misguide

        Your Misguiding by encouraging some kind of Fraudulent activities that you are well aware of man. Don’t go for paying consultancies for H1b, You will end up in Rejection or Jail term for Immigration Fraud. That’s a Scam & Should be Scrutinized by USCIS.

      2. ChangesComingSoon

        May be I agree with you. Below statements from Whitehouse.

        “I think we’ve talked about immigration in the past I think there’s an entire comprehensive process that’s being looked at both in terms of how we’re preventing illegal immigration and then what we’re doing about legal immigration, whether it’s H-1Bs or K-1 or other visas that exist within the system,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily news conference.

        Copied from
        https://www.google.com/amp/m.ndtv.com/world-news/trump-admin-working-on-comprehensive-immigration-reform-white-house-1669950%3Famp%3D1%26akamai-rum%3Doff

  20. H1B_helper...

    No info about Lottery/Random processes in USCIS ‘s H1B 2018 news…

    If you not noted, the news update put up by USCIS regarding H1B doesn’t specify Lottery/Random process.

    I am not sure whether this is intentional. They say, “The agency will monitor the number of petitions received and notify the public when the H-1B cap has been met. ”. May be they will accept first-in-first …. or salary… or what ever they want…!

    Or may be they will do random processing like usual…

    1. H1BInternalSelectionProcessChange

      HI Guys,

      This year selection process changed. Don’t know the strategy yet, but the prediction may be based on highest pay and roles.

      Look at 2 year USCIS announcements. They mentioned about lottery process clearly. This year they did not mention the process in announcement.

      https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-will-accept-h-1b-petitions-fiscal-year-2017-beginning-april-1-2016

      https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-will-accept-h-1b-petitions-fiscal-year-2018-beginning-april-3

      Probably to look at the applications more closely, they suspended premium processing.

      All the best guys.

    2. H1 Info

      Check this out, 2015 and 2016 Random lottery mentioned clearly. This year its not mentioned at all. This cant be a co incidence. I would be happy if this becomes merit based system rather than random nonsense.

      2015
      https://www.uscis.gov/news/uscis-will-accept-h-1b-petitions-fiscal-year-2016-beginning-april-1-2015

      2016
      https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-will-accept-h-1b-petitions-fiscal-year-2017-beginning-april-1-2016

      2017
      https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-will-accept-h-1b-petitions-fiscal-year-2018-beginning-april-3

  21. Need info

    By when will we be able to know if we have been selected in lottery or not? Some people are still waiting for FY2017 results, why is that?

  22. Beware

    These days even for a $20 per hour job, people are asking for GC or citizen. Offers for H1B holders or L2 EAD holders have dried up completely.
    Speaking from my own experience for the last 6 months of job hunting.

    1. H1-Process

      Dude, I have got two offers of job change in last one month being on H-1 & sure can grab one more. Depends on your potential.

  23. PoorWaitingGuy

    latest USCIS news:

    https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-will-accept-h-1b-petitions-fiscal-year-2018-beginning-april-3

    The latest USCIS message posted, and “All cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3, 2017, for the FY 2018 cap will be rejected” — Means all the current FY-2017 pending (Received, RFE cases ) cases will be summarily rejected? Could you clarify please? Thanks

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      No, it applies to only FY 2018 cap subject petitions. Current applications that are being processed will not have any impact.

    2. Swetha Chauhan

      @Poor Guy – First of all Learn English and then Dream AMERICA.

      It’s clearly saying – For the cap FY 2018, ALL APPLICATIONS FILED BEFORE Apr 3rd – Rejected… meaning you should file after 3rd of April.

      I don’t know why these guys don’t have proper communication skills, technical skills wish to come to America and like to do Miracles.

      1. CTS_CBE

        @ Swetha Chauhan :

        Please do not behave like a Expert in all.

        @Poor Guy might be technically strong than you. Please do not try to find mistakes here. This forum is only to share thoughts, not to point out mistakes.

  24. J

    Hi Saurabh,
    I filed my H1b extension under premium, for which i got an RFE.
    After responding to the RFE, case was changed to Response received.
    Today, it changed to the below status “Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed”.
    Any idea’s what would be the possible reasons and outcome ?

      1. anugya gupta

        denial will be mentioned on the uscis site, that it’s denied, hope fully another RFE, check with your attorney, he should have rec’d a fax or email…

    1. H1B_helper...

      Sorry to hear that. Notice is issued only to let you know the decision of denial. It also tells you the option you got.

  25. Desi

    Don’t assume that less people will be applying this year. Look at ourselves. If we are desperate so are others ! Stop whining !

    1. @Desi KeepInMind

      Better Know the fact – These days no calls for consultancy based h1b candidates. One of my friend here from last 3 months, he just attended one call. Most of the job descriptions mentioning clearly that GC or citizenship needed. One strategic movement was to stopping H1b transfer in premium. This stops h1b people demand as no company waits for long time to get h1b transfer approvals. Mean while companies look for local talent.

    1. H1B TOUGH TIME

      Exactly Know the fact. These days no calls for consultancies based h1b candidates. My colleague has Processed his H1b from small consultancy and traveled to US on Dec 1st week..He has not got single call from Day1 and he got SSN number in Jan 2nd week and Now his consultancy is forcing him to go back to India after one month.He is fully tensed now.

      Guys, Think before applying through Consultancies .

  26. KeepInMind

    Know the fact. These days no calls for consultenciez based h1b candidates. One of my friend here from last 3months, he just attended one call. Most of the job descriptions mentioning clearly that gc or citizenship needed. One strategic movement was to stopping H1b transfer in premium. This stops h1b people demand as no company waits for long time to get h1b transfer approvals. Mean while companies look for local talent.

    1. RFE Giverr

      Multiple Filling’s _ Gone Mad or Watt ???

      Spoiling other chances – Spoiler
      Killing other opportunities – Killer

      Yes you should have to get RFE for Multiple filling’s using same Client letter and Address.

      You should get Arrested by doing Immigration Fraud & Deported back 2 Home Country

      1. anugya gupta

        filling duplicate mean that some other .inc is willing to offer me a job and filing an h1 to start work wiyhin his .inc…. this doesn’t mean fraud or cheat, better read the rules…

      1. WellWisher

        Dude , you are paying for your h1b that it-self is a punishable crime . I hope you know that . I will suggest do not do that , you should understand if you get caught which is likely to happen this year you will never get a visa in any country .

  27. CTS H1

    Based on your BU inputs, your H1B petition for 2018 is not being filed this year. Please reach out to your immediate supervisor or Ops POC for further clarifications on this.

    Regards
    GM

    Those who got nominated, all received this mail today.

    1. HATE BODY SHOPPING

      Bro All these Indian IT Service based companies like WIPRO,TCS,INFOSYS,CAPGEMINI do Immigration Fraud. They just FLOAT People for Money, Simply BODY SHOP the resources 2 US and MAKE Money Out of IT….. TRUMP Knows this and will be keeping a Pull-stop to this MESS Sooner.

    2. TRUMP EFFECT

      Companies like INFOSYS, TCS, WIPRO became SHITT (useless) under Trump Administration. THose companies have created enough MESS here in US, By bringing CHEAP Labor & Supply to Clients and Making Money . These INFY, TCS, WPRO have looted Indian Talent by shifting to US, Made enough money by Hard working Indian Talent. Indian IT Service based companies SUCK the blood like Parasites, Mosquitoes and make money out of it. NOW IT WON’T HAPPEN because of MR TRUMP

      1. Enough is Enough

        Atleast people from US educated & Unlucky Lottery guys get chance this year. Rather than thousands of filing’s from Major Corporates.

      1. Trump Fan

        why only 40% are going through ?? They have to reduce even to 15% to 25% .

        Piling thousands of Applications each Year – Killing American Talent & Jobs.

        Now the SCUM Master’s have become TOTAL LOOSER’s – Thanks to Mr Trump.

    3. CTS-2

      everyone didn’t get this email . it all depends on ur BU’s visa nomination normalisation process and ur delivery managers decision to go ahead or drop ur name from the list. Talk to your supervisor ASAP .

      1. Peer Zyadah

        So your unhappy that you didn’t got that Mail still. Wait until this week end bro you will surely get from BU. If not means just follow up, That i din’t received mail still.

  28. 2nd timer

    Hi Kumar/Sourabh, seeing the decreased numbers from TCS/INFY/WIPRO/TECHMAHINDRA, do you guys see any decrease in number of filings this year.

    Kumar when can we expect the predictions for the number of h1b’s this year ???

      1. Valid cases only

        Hello Kumar How come You have this information. As per my knowledge all the big MNC’s are filing only 30% compared to last year, This inf is from genuine sources . Also None of the consultancies are going to file this year. So it will be some where around 80k applications

      2. CTS_CBE

        Admins,

        As per the comments, you could see CTS files only 40% from last years count. Is there any other companies files like this?
        Whether you guys considered this reduction?

        Just wanted to know the analysis is with this reduction data included or not.

    1. TRUTH Finder

      Decreased numbers from TCS/INFY/WIPRO/TECHMAHINDRA ????

      Do you have this Pakka Information, I mean how reliable information – That the major Indian IT Service based companies are filling very less this year. Please let know everybody source of information, It shouldn’t be your guess or Assumption.

    2. HATE BODY SHOPPING

      Bro All these Indian IT Service based companies like WIPRO,TCS,INFOSYS,CAPGEMINI do Immigration Fraud. They just FLOAT People for Money, Simply BODY SHOP the resources 2 US and MAKE Money Out of IT….. TRUMP Knows this and will be keeping a Pull-stop to this MESS Sooner.

  29. Ankit

    Hi Kumar, I read you comment somewhere in the Thread that you guys are comeup with 2018 prediction, any update on that 🙂

    1. HELL BOY

      Action against fraud Consultancies mainly Indian Inc’s, Tough visa interviews, Stopping at port of Entry and asking Irrelevant questions to send back to India.

      THis time processing time will be lengthier, They won’t finalize for months.

      Lengthy processing time, lot of RFE’S, Lot of Rejections & Finally NO VISA.

    2. H1b applicant

      Redbus has already predicted 210k to 240k and their predictions every year is so right. So prepare your mind for that count.

      1. Truecaller

        Predictions go wrong or right doesn’t matter. How tough will be The Process after getting selected in Lottery or so. Will there be hardship at the US Consulate Visa Interview, will there be more RFE’s, More Visa Rejections.

  30. Prerna

    Any clue if companies like Infy,tcs are filing H1B this year ? I read the posts below but I hear different things from different people. As we are nearing the filing date, I am sure now everyone will have clear idea if their employers are filing or not ?

  31. H1b Question

    Kumar I have got job offer from 2 employers. But I have no idea wheather they will have same client or not ..Will it be a problem for me in applying when 2 have same client location ?

    1. H1bgenuine

      You might get an rfe and to prove that entities are not related. If it is the same adress, it might be a circumstancial evidence that companies are related. I would not risk. This year it is high risk. Petition will be highly scrutinized.

      1. H1b Question

        2 companies are unrelated my doubt is in case if there is a chance that they may have same client means will it be a problem ?

    2. H1B_helper...

      Good Joke…

      No consultancy does visa for free…

      Only consultancy has client…

      Getting offers for same client by multiple employers… Lol…

      Come on.. it is beyond joke to thinking USCIS as that dumb… even now under Trump… Lol…

      These consultancy people need to learn little history and discuss with attorneys…

  32. Rahul

    Hello Saurabh/Kumar,

    I got an offer from a company, the annual salary is 50000 dollars. I have read in a few articles that present min wage for H1B candidates is 60000 dollars, I can’t understand how they are offering a salary less than the minimum wage. The job location is Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Is the minimum wage currently 60k? Is there any other norms for that?

    Thanks,
    Rahul

    1. H1B_helper...

      50k, looks like a trap by consultancy to just collect the fees and escape.

      Even if selected in lottery, the chance of approval is negative…

      Please check what will be there net salary after all holdings..

      You see you need money to eat, live and commute right…

      1. Rahul

        Thanks for revert H1B_helper.

        Actually I am not applying through a consultancy, it’s a genuine employer. I am also not paying any money to them for the H1B.

        The same company had filed H1B for me last year for the same, unfortunately I didn’t get through the lottery. As per my understanding, before filling H1B, the employer needs to get LCA, so if 50K is less than the minimum wage, employer won’t get LCA and cannot file H1B right? Please clarify, I am really confused.

        1. Anjaneyullu

          Best Answer is “YOUR FIRED”
          Reason – Your n’t satisfying the Wage Limit
          Your offer letter is FAKE ONE – USCIS WILL CATCH YOU And may Arrest You or Deport YOU….. will be spending in JAIL for Immigration Fraud.

      2. Rahul

        Thanks for the revert H1B_helper.

        Actually it’s not a consultancy. It’s a genuine employer. They have also not asked for any kind of fees, so I don’t think they are trying to cheat in that aspect.

        The same filed H1B for me last year also for the same wage but unfortunately I didn’t get through the lottery last year. My doubt is if this wage of 50k falls below the minimum wage, how can the employer get the LCA. As per my understanding, the employer cannot file H1B without LCA. Please clarify. I am really confused.

        1. Amrutha

          I guess minimum wage of 60K is applicable only for H1B dependent employers. If your employer is not H1B dependent, then I don’t think you will face any problems in visa approval. Please correct me If I am wrong.

        2. H1-Process

          If the approved LCA also shows the wage that you are offered then you should be fine. You can check the wage on the FLC Data center portal.

        3. administrator
          Kumar

          Rahul,
          You need to check the minimum wage at FLCDataCenter or H1B Visa Sponsors in Albuquerque . It may be possible to have minimum wage around that, you need to verify for the job type you are applying. Yes, they will need to file LCA first and then use that to file H1B petition.

  33. Second Timer

    Hello,

    I got a offer from a company for H1B but in the offer letter the annual salary 50000 dollars. I have read in a few articles that present min wage H1B candidates is 60000 dollars, I can’t understand how they are offering a salary less than the minimum wage. Is the minimum wage 60k? Is there any other norms for that?

  34. H1B 2nd timer

    Hello Saurabh/Kumar,

    Last year you guys came out with the prediction by March 5 and you were pretty close to the actual number. How this delay this year? I think a lot of us are waiting eagerly to know your prediction!

  35. f1h1l1all are cheaters

    It is better to avoid applying for h-1b unless it is the bodyshop company like info,t cs, wipro etc are paying for the fees and you are not being charged for it any way. because most of those h-1b petitions are going to be refused as , Attorney general Jeff Sessions, who knows every thing about abuse of h-1b (thanks to Ron hira, a gujarati professor who hates south indians and h-1bs by the way), is going to issue a new memo in april giving strict guidelines to RFE as many as possible h-1bs (90 percent) and refuse them eventually. He knows every thing, even the places where one can get experience letters and fake degrees in hyderbad, bangalore, pune, delhi etc. and how big companies like infy, tcs, use a loop for never existing jobs to issue client letters etc.. so better to avoid filing for a h-1b this year till TRUMP administration comes up with a clear immigration and work visa law by the end of this year.

    1. f1h1l1all are cheaters

      Better to stay back in India as once new laws introduced , most of the companies are going to shed off their business weight to the extent of 25 to 50 percent as their revenues are going to dry up for alteast next 4 to 8 years. So better to stay back and try to keep your job. As most of the h-1bs, and all those who didn’t file for a greencard before 2017, would have to return by 2018.

      1. Shocking news

        I completely agree. I was shocked to hear this morning that one of my friends who has an MBA from the top business and working for the top tech firm is placed on administrative process when he went for h1b stamping. This is shocking! 221g is at it’s all time high I guess.

      2. HATE BODY SHOPPING

        Bro All these Indian IT Service based companies like WIPRO,TCS,INFOSYS,CAPGEMINI do Immigration Fraud. They just FLOAT People for Money, Simply BODY SHOP the resources 2 US and MAKE Money Out of IT….. TRUMP Knows this and will be keeping a Pull-stop to this MESS Sooner.

    2. HATE BODY SHOPPING

      Bro All these Indian IT Service based companies like WIPRO,TCS,INFOSYS,CAPGEMINI do Immigration Fraud. They just FLOAT People for Money, Simply BODY SHOP the resources 2 US and MAKE Money Out of IT….. TRUMP Knows this and will be keeping a Pull-stop to this MESS Sooner.

  36. CrazyPK

    Dont try to do Double/Triple filing this time, last year one of my friend filed double and both got picked, he cancelled one but the other is in still RFE now as process became very strict from last year. There are chances that double filing becomes invalid from this Year.

      1. CrazyPK

        Yes my friend has done with different employer only. Not only him I heard of 3 different cases and they are facing same issues.

  37. Ban Cheater!

    I don’t understand why the government wait so long to change this damn thing. The Visa program should give priority to people who got educated in the USA. Not human smugglers!!

    1. NearFuture

      Its priority for you but not for govt. Govt will have lot of other priority things than this. So, they will come in order. They will reform for sure. They may consider reform for existing people as well. It may have overall impact. No much future going forward. Only people will be allowed who earns very high or has PHDs.

    2. f1h1l1all are cheaters

      But you have gone to USA on f-1 promising that you would return after completion of your studies, but planned well early for a h-1b .haa isn’t that cheating. whole bunch of visas are open to fraud for cheating and US immigration laws are piece of shi.. te. those who go on f-1 and stay on are as much using loop holes in the shi..tyy immigration law of usa as much as fraudsters and scamster of h-1b and l1 visa are using. so if you dont want to call yourself a cheater go back to your home country and help your country.

      1. Enj

        Lol…Do you really think this kind of trash talk make any difference to all those who are going to file one or perhaps more applications? Please relax and dont waste your energy, because this shi..te aint gonna be solve anytime between now and April 3rd.

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