5 Ways to hurt yourself in H1B Race

5 Ways to Get Yourself Hurt in H1B Race – What NOT to do !

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1) Missing the deadline for the H1B Lottery : Usually, USCIS starts accepting new H1b visa petitions starting in April, and USCIS in theory continues the accept petitions until the cap is reached. However, in the last few years the cap is reached very quickly and USCIS resorts to computer generated random selection aka H1B Lottery. So, if  your employer’s H1B petition doesn’t reach USCIS by appropriate time you will be left out of the lottery. Hence, it’s of paramount importance to send the H1B visa petition package to USCIS right on time. Also, applying for a new petition needs a few weeks of lead time to prepare the case, file LCA etc. So, followup with your employer and keep in touch with the HR/Immigration teams through out the process. This is especially true if the sponsoring employer is not used to filing new H1B visas.  Bigger companies who apply temporary work visas for many employees, may easily miss an individual. So either ways you need to be on top of the process. Of course, be courteous!

2) Applying multiple H1B petitions through the Employer and it’s affiliated companies : As stated above with lottery becoming the norm in the past few years, some people try to increase their chances by applying more than one petition. USCIS in general doesn’t prevent multiple petitions. However, there are caveats. If the same employer applies multiple petitions for you, both will be rejected and USCIS also doesn’t like if an employer and it’s affiliates both file for the same candidate. So, if you are thinking of increasing your chances by getting multiple employers file for you be careful to get into this sticky situation.

3) Applying multiple H1B visa petitions for the same end client project through different employers : This is another special case of filing multiple H1B Visa petitions, especially with the so called “EVC” ( Employer –  Vendor – Client ) aka IT consulting model. If totally different employers file the petition for the same individual and for the same end client role then expect more scrutiny and rejection from USCIS.

4) Paying the H1B Fees yourself : Your employer is the one who should pay your H1B application fees. But if your sponsoring employer insists that you do, then you may want to stay away from such employers. If USCIS finds out that the fee came from your pocket then you will be in trouble. However, if you want to upgrade your petition to premium processing, it’s OK for the employee to pay the premium fee.

5) Employer’s failure to Meet General Requirements : This is one of the common reasons for H1B Petition rejection. Your employer should have legitimate business, tax filings and the ability to pay you etc. They should be able to prove it fair and square when USCIS asks to. Do a thorough analysis of your employer’s past H1b success/failure rates etc. Check H1B Sponsors for an employers past H1B visa filing history.  But remember, not all employers who have never applied for H1b in the past are bad. There are many good small, medium scale companies and startups that never had to apply in the past. As long as they are a viable business with long term prospects you should be OK. However, you may have to be more actively involved with them throughout the H1B application process.

Overall, if you are new to the H1B process, educate yourself about the process to avoid unnecessary trouble. Any other things that can hurt your chances in H1B race ?  Share your thoughts.

Also, you may read 5 myths about H1B Approvals and Premium Processing

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Pattam Onnu is a fellow immigrant and blogs about immigration, career and other personal experiences on https://frontsimple.com/


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Comments ( 13 )

  1. Doctor24

    Im a doctor working for a private office who has filed H1b in 2016 and I had started working for them since October.
    Now I have a better offer from a different company. Can I transfer my H1b to new employer without any risk. I have to give a 90 day notice to my current employer. If my current employer fires me and revokes my H1b while in 90 day period.Will i be put of status? Can I still transfer my H1b.
    Please advise.

  2. John_h1


    I have two employer who is filling for me, both are unrelated and different companies. My question is if both petition got picked up, will I get to choose with whom I wants to go for stamping or I have withdraw one before getting approval.

    1. Priya

      ….so many experienced people are waiting…..for h1b genuinely……two companies are sponsoring you ……if you get selected in both……don’t you feel you are taking somebody’s chance …..I wholeheartedly sup port Trump ……he Should abolish this lottery system
      ……only DESERVED Candidates should be selectec

      1. kp

        @Priya agreed. but what to do ? may be we can start a new white house petition (definitely one wont be enough)

        – do more scrutiny on fake resumes
        – do more deeper background check
        – ban eb1-c
        – revoke visas for tax evaders
        – and many more

    2. Nicola

      John, It will be my third time and I have a Master degree. It’s because of people like you. I hope Mr. Trump will finally terminate this abuse.

      1. Melissa

        Agree, this would be my 2nd try. I already have a job in USA for 3 years holding J1. I need this visa to keep working in my company. Its not fair that there is no special visa for people who already work in USA. They should not compare me to people who come from other country without any working experience in USA.

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