One of our readers, Amit, shared his H1B Petition approval experience with our readers. Thanks to Amit for sharing. You can share your experience here
Background – Filing H1B visa Petition with USCIS
My company filed the H1B petition in mid Sept 2011, to provide software development services at client location in NJ, US. Client agreed to accept one resource (myself) to travel to their location, but it was not very urgent/demand requirement. My company filed it as non-premium H1B petition with USCIS. As it was Non-Premium petition, and USCIS takes long time to process such request , it was frustrating to wait and to get approval from USCIS. I followed hundreds of tickets in our internal system which manages Visa processing for all employees in my company.
As there is no response from USCIS till mid February 2012, we decided to upgrade the Non-Premium request to Premium processing. Because by this time Client and my company was very keen to get some response on my petition. The day on which we updated the H1-B petition from Non-Premium to Premium, we got RFE for that. 🙁
H1B RFE Requests
Now, RFE from USCIS requested 2 major documents
1) Client invite letter on client’s letterhead
2) SOW contract between my company and client’s organization.
It was not easy to acquire both documents. Though somehow we got client invite letter… The SOW was not renewed and we were suppose to send only valid SOW signed from both parties. (Nothing was in my hand, nothing was in my managers hand as well).
Only thing we did was just following up for that SOW till the last minute on 30th April (Which was final date to respond on RFE).
We did not get the SOW and only option we had is to respond to RFE with available documents. And we did that without SOW and kept our fingers crossed.
Now, again waiting cycle started . It was mid May 2012 and we almost considered that this petition would get rejected and we started looking for other options. The surprise came on 20th May, 2012, when we received confirmation that my Petition got approved (Without SOW). By that time we all had given up on the H1B visa due to unreasonable delays in processing and response pending from USCIS.
Phew !.. Now we have a valid Petition but there are many more issues with that.. which I will share after exercising with it.. till that stay tuned!
US H1B Petition = Its Luck Game