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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  1. ad/pp/ca

    Has anyone received their return package yet? If so please write here so that we can have some idea.
    Please also mention your application type. Ex. AD/PP/CA and return package receive date

  2. anonymous person

    are there only indians who applied for h1b? I bet out of 172k dat applied 170k wud b dam bloody indians.. dey dont any wrk apart frm applying to othr countries… I wonder if othr countries apply some rsstriction den the bloody india will definitely suffocate n blast…

    1. truly indian

      well… although I m indian but me too is fed up of india n just want to move abroad… india is not like u c in dramas n movies, real india is absolute opposite, we die coz of hunger, no jobs, gals raped, robberies infact we r state of terror due to which every1 wants to leave this hell asap

      1. fuk u both

        EAST OR WEST INDIA IS THE BEST……… IF INDIANS DON’T USE H1B US ECONOMY WILL SUFFER A BIG LOW………….

  3. iGate Global Solutions

    IS THERE ANY HOPE LEFT???????? PLEASE TELL …….. SOME SAID 90% WILL GET RECEIPTS , SOME SAID SHOULD NOT KEEP HOPE HEREAFTER AS THEY DIDN’T RECEIVE ANY RECEIPT FROM PAST 10 15 DAYS………. WHAT TO DO WHAT NOT TO???????????? EMP ID : 715612

  4. Rr

    All ,

    Got the receipt number from splendtek today EAC14148*****
    Hope this helps the followers.

    All the best for everyone who is waiting for updates.

        1. spl123

          Hi rr,
          I got mail from them check is deducted….but till now no RECEIPT No….
          could you know any updated info….reg, all case results are came from splendtek…..pls provide some input…..

    1. Undergrad-PP

      Thank you for letting us know! At least seeing you getting your reciept today helps me keep my hopes up to keep on waiting!

  5. AD/RP/EAC

    AD/RP/EAC

    EAC – 14 – 137 – 53XXX
    Notice Date – April 10th
    Receipt Date – April 17th
    Status – Initial Review

    Are there anyone in this series? waiting for any status update?
    -Thanks

    1. paddy

      I’m also in that series…
      EAC 1413754***
      Receipt date: April 25th (Initial Review)
      Post-Decision: Approval: may 22nd

      I’m an AD/RP.

  6. AD/PP/VT - Fragomen

    Hi,

    Is anyone in same boat? I am AD/PP/VT and my company has filed my case via Fragomen. I have been trying to ask for an explain on my case from paralegal and attorney and they have same answer everytime which means just WAIT.
    I have tried getting in touch with my DSO last month and there was no update on my SEVIS.I requested my paralegal to tell me if the cheque is encashed, but she refused to tell me so.
    Is there a hope?

    1. Jojo

      I believe you didn’t get it but you never know. I filed my case via Fragomen with regular processing. I have not received my notice but my DSO gave me a receipt number. I assume mine got lost in the mail.

      1. AD/PP/VT - Fragomen

        ok. Thanks a lot for the information. I have sent email to DSO to check on any update. I am little wary of the way Fragomen handle things: bunch of shear unprofessional and unresponsive people. They were never transparent on my application.

        1. paddy

          Hi –

          Sorry to hear about your experience with Fragomen. I used them as well. My company is based in NYC but we used the CA branch of Fragomen. Around the 3rd week of April, I had emailed them about not receiving any news (I was panicked as many ppl were reporting that they received receipts) and they promptly responded that they hadn’t heard anything and I should wait at least 2 more weeks (this was on April 22nd) before emailing them again. Luckily on April 25th they emailed me promptly saying they had received the receipt that day.

          So I’m thinking maybe you did not make it through the lottery and that’s why they have nothing to report to you except to ask you to keep waiting. I’m not sure but I do hope it works out!

          1. AD/PP/VT - Fragomen

            Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. Well…realistically I know chances are very thin but still hoping for something good.
            Btw how does one know if he or she is wailisted?

          2. paddy

            I have no idea…but i’m assuming that the more time that passes by and you don’t receive a returned packet could possibly mean they’ve held on to it as a waitlisted applicant….just guessing

          3. AD/PP/VT - Fragomen

            Thats my understanding as well. Entire lottery system seems so much unfair and opaque to me. I work for one of the world’s top financial firm, got a degree from ivy league and here I am with my H1B. Do they even care about talent 🙁

        2. Fragomen PP non ad

          Hi , I am in a similar situation as you except I am non-ad premium. Fragomen hasn’t informed me of rejection yet. Acceptance is unlikely but they haven’t heard back either way.

  7. srikant

    Got an RFE on April 28. PP case.

    Replied to RFE on May 19th via mail.

    Status Changed to Initial Review on May 21st.

    Approved on May 23rd.

    1. non ad-rp

      Mine is also 14146 series and in Initial review only..Dont know whats the logic they are following to do the approval..i checked around 40 numbers near mine and i could see 10% of them approved and rest in different statuses…I have seen some ppl comment asking for starting letter for name, starting letter for company name, dont know if any of these is used as a logic..

      If someone has decoded how they are doing ..pls share…it will be really helpful…Anyways i have developed a lot of patience and going to wait..no other choice..i still check this website very regularly 🙂

      This page is just awesome with the wealth of info ppl give…thanks to all…

  8. RK_IBM

    Here is an update from IBM Case manager I got today – “It’s likely done for the year. Although we’ve not had any cases returned yet for non-selection in the lottery. You will be notified same day once we have any communication.”

  9. Venkata Sunil

    I am from IBM India. If I do not get picked in lottery then what options my company can explore to get me H1 (IBM does not do L1 as a policy for SAP practice). I heard of many other provisions like H1B CAP EXEMPT, H1B Premium processing….basically where there wont be any lottery. Can someone please tell me if this info which I have is correct ? Or I dont have any options left.

  10. RP/RQ

    mine is RP EAC14146… status is initial review from April28… plz let me know how many days will take to get approval….

    1. usgrad

      You can always have hope until you see your petition back. However, the chances of getting a H1B now is very remote.

  11. Sankalp_04

    Hi
    For all those curious to know on receipts, I want to hear your views on below

    A. Most key qn. Did you hear USCIS, generating receipts during last 2 weeks ?
    NOTE – I meant, generation and not, receipt at the hands of empl.

    B. Maybe, companies take time to process their records (like validation of cheque encashment / attorney commn / updating their backend records etc) before publising them to employees (esp. big mnc’s).

    So, if A is true, then, we need to keep hopes high, till June 1st week.

    C. Many mentioned here, that last yr, receipts were got in good qty in June.
    If thats correct, then, maybe, USCIS, may send out another set of receipts (as part of a final clearence of settlement, after adjusting the invalid applns etc).

    So, going by A,B,C, dont you think, its best to wait till June 1st week atleast, before calling it a day ?

  12. Bobby

    @Game Over for Wipro candidates: Dai naaya.. Native Sick Tamil language ahh? Saavadichuruvan… Moodinu iru… You want to to know the meaning of above lines ask your shit that coming out of your Bull AShhh…. I am writing in tamil too not for your Asshhh or for you [email protected]**s…. Shut the yuck up… Here tamil people are also there….You asking me to grow up.. you grow your Assh up…. Un H1 B naasama poidum poda dei poda.. kappal vyabhari……… I will giggle in my native sick tamil language…..yenna da pannuva…. Orama poda naaya naaya…… I am gonna unsubcribe from this site.. I wont see your response for this.. But you will get angry, frustrated after reading this… Saavu da Saavu.. naaya.. Sick Tamil language naa Solra… Un Shit uh Sick aagi.. Adhu stuck aagi… Vairu vedichu.. un native language la kaththi polambi ne azhuva da…. Sick Tamil language na solra.. poramboku……..Whatever you native language is ….. Let pig yuck your native language…. Let Donkey yuck your mouth and you sick native language….. You dont ask me to stop giggling…. I will giggle about you and your Ash too.. Tamilan ahh nirutha ne illa un paatan vandhalum mudiyadhu da pannada…….

    If you dont know tamil and dont understand above — Please get meaning from anyone who knows tamil.. Bye PIG Ashhhh… Your H1 B case is going to be a flop….. May god give you hell lots of blood red pain in your Ashhh for saying ‘Sick native Tamil language’.. Un moonju la yen peechang kaiya, kaala vekka………………………..

    1. Fish off

      Take your shit Monkey like Tamilian face and hide it in broad daylight and heat of Chennai to let your face cook more like a back of used Pan and charcoal….
      Get lost you Apdi pode pode, Aa ra ra Naakmukka Naakmukka Naakmukka… Curd Rice eater with dirty hands.

  13. H1Base India-R

    Is there any way to find the application status without the receipt number.One good reason why the employer/consultancy not sharing receipt number

  14. Bobby

    @Game Over for Wipro Folks:

    Dude.. I agree but one.. Lats 2 weeks no updates is shit… I know many people here who received updates on Friday and last Tuesday and last Friday… In last 2 weeks, 4 times updates were released…

    GIMS guy cheated you… He did April fool to you…

    1. Game Over for Wipro

      What if GIMS guy is telling truth. What if GIMS received updates 2 weeks before and kept to themselves to release it weekly basis.
      Whatever that guy told, I published here, its not my fault weather he made an April fool or May fool or Bobby fool.
      and stop giggling in your bull shit sick native Tamil language here which all the ppl can’t understand. Grow up Ashh!

      1. Bobby

        @Game Over for Wipro candidates: Dai naaya.. Native Sick Tamil language ahh? Saavadichuruvan… Moodinu iru… You want to to know the meaning of above lines ask your shit that coming out of your Bull AShhh…. I am writing in tamil too not for your Asshhh or for you [email protected]**s…. Shut the yuck up… Here tamil people are also there….You asking me to grow up.. you grow your Assh up…. Un H1 B naasama poidum poda dei poda.. kappal vyabhari……… I will giggle in my native sick tamil language…..yenna da pannuva…. Orama poda naaya naaya…… I am gonna unsubcribe from this site.. I wont see your response for this.. But you will get angry, frustrated after reading this… Saavu da Saavu.. naaya.. Sick Tamil language naa Solra… Un Shit uh Sick aagi.. Adhu stuck aagi… Vairu vedichu.. un native language la kaththi polambi ne azhuva da…. Sick Tamil language na solra.. poramboku……..Whatever you native language is ….. Let pig yuck your native language…. Let Donkey yuck your mouth and you sick native language….. You dont ask me to stop giggling…. I will giggle about you and your Ash too.. Tamilan ahh nirutha ne illa un paatan vandhalum mudiyadhu da pannada…….

        If you dont know tamil and dont understand above — Please get meaning from anyone who knows tamil.. Bye PIG Ashhhh… Your H1 B case is going to be a flop….. May god give you hell lots of blood red pain in your Ashhh for saying ‘Sick native Tamil language’.. Un moonju la yen peechang kaiya, kaala vekka………………………..

  15. Game Over for Wipro candidates.

    GIMS folks told that they haven’t received any receipts for the last two weeks.
    They are waiting for Reject packets to return back then they will update the Reject status in Immmigration Management system.
    They also told out of 5000 applications filed, they have received the receipt of around 2500 candidates whom they have informed individually.

    It’s game over now for Wipro Folks. Let’s not hope anything futhur.

  16. Bobby

    @Oh My God: Dont worry… Still it is not time for ‘Woooooo’ Wooooooo….

    wait for some more time…….. Yeah.. Its company not reveealing the secret.. we have to find it using Subway Surfer Key…….

  17. Oh my God!!!

    I could nt concentrate on my work.. I keep coming to this forum to see some update.. But my hope is dying day by day.. Did anyone get update of not selected through lottery.. Why USCIS is not giving update.. Or is it with the company who is not revealing anything.. oh my God…

  18. Bobby

    Chances for getting receipt no is very less now. But still some will be luck enough to get the acceptance in this thread.. Congrats to them.. all the best to them….. I lost hope…. I am not expecting anymore…. Thats it… done for me….. Ada poda.. America illaina Australia….. Trisha illanai Dhivya………..

  19. Bobby

    Machi… Naan adichu yellam vidala… serious ahh thaan sonnan… 1,72,000 vaazhkai prachanai illa……. UYIR PRACHANAI….Comedy pannala…. GIMS has said that it is very unikely to get acceptance email for Wipro.. He said 99.9%…..

    Wipro dudes of the decades….. Hope for 00.01%….. Hopikitteh iruka vendiyathu thaan…..

  20. Accenture_Julie

    Yes Last Monday, Your name starts with which alphabet? I have heard few people have received mails for confirmation.

  21. Bobby

    Wipro guys….. Latest updtae I got from Ass.Manager of GIMS.

    below is the email

    Hi Bobby,

    As per latest updated we have not got your receipt. Now there is very very less expectation to get acceptance. Though we have not got single rejection as of now.

    Regards

    XXXXXXXX

  22. H1b

    Hi,

    I could see some of the companies got updates reg their petitionslijke TCS,tech mahindra .Could you please update the latest news.

    1. Good_Hope

      Hi H1B Regular,

      Looks like some of the HCL employees got intimation through their managers and some got update in i-Aura, also learnt that they are not final set of list.

      Just keep your hopes alive 🙂

      Cheers…

      1. SomeGuy_HCL

        Thanks for initiating this.

        Since May 1st week, I have heard of only one batch released with lottery results. Few got confirmation of selection and others are still waiting updates from ISG.

        Has anyone recieved selection confirmation since the first batch went out in May 1st week.

      1. HCL Update

        Sorry I meant May 30th. Also update from ISG – they would send the list selected upto 30th May to Delivery unit heads on May 30th. So you can check directly from your senior management.

  23. CTS waiting

    Any CTS folks receiving updates. Havnt heard internally for quite some time now 🙁
    Why couldnt they just publish the names like exam results 🙁

  24. AD/RP/Vermont

    Guys I have not yet received any reciept notice to rejection packet back … but I am planning to secure admission in a grad school as a back up … this will be my second masters … I had a question about the f-1 visa stamp that I have from the previous masters which will be expiring in August … my question is do I need to have a valid F-1 visa stamp in order to get admission or will the visa get automatically extended ?

    Please help ASAP since most schools have deadlines for accepting applications next week.

    thanks

    1. AN

      I believe it will be an F1 transfer and a new i20 will be issued. I would suggest you to talk to the school admissions advisor on this. I will have to do the same.

    2. usgrad

      F1 visa stamp is not related to getting admission or I-20.

      Apply to a school, get admission and I-20. Your status in the US is valid as long as the I-20 is valid. Don’t worry about F1 visa that expires in August.

      If you go to your home country after August, get a new F1 visa with your new I-20. Most likely, you will get a F1 visa (since you already had one). If you have full funding for your degree, then the probability is much higher.

      Good luck !

    3. More Info

      You do not need visa stamp to get admission. Your visa will automatically extend upon your new admission.
      You require visa to travel out side the US.

      1. TCS_Delhi

        Don’t be depressed. Even in my accounts 50% people got email from FDFU Delhi stating that their names are picked in lottery. But I didn’t get any such mail. We (remaining 50% people) are still hoping for next slot.

        Don’t be loose your hope till mid of June !

        Thanks

          1. TCS_Delhi

            Well there is nothing like how many lists are pending.
            USCIS send the receipts for individuals not for entire firm.
            Its a time taking process. USCIS >> Local Attorney >> TCS USA >> TCS India >> Local FDFU. So from USCIS to FDFU it takes around 1 week or something, I assume. So I suspect we should keep our hope alive till mid or last JUNE. Cheers ! 🙂

    1. TCS-H1B

      TCS guy don’t worry. This time TCS is taking time. Last year they have published on 17th May. But this year they are taking time. Below ITA 90% chance to be selected. But this depends on project. Mail will come shortly. Don’t worry…..Cheers!!!

      1. tcs_chennai

        Got to know from my manager that i got selected through lottery !!

        Guys Keep hopes ..all the best for all who are waiting

  25. raj

    Hi
    can any one plz tell me the meaning of below updates by USCIS on my case.
    Previously it was:

    Initial Review
    On April 10, 2014, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case. Please follow any instructions on this notice. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you. If you move while this case is pending, please use our Change of Address online tool to update your case with your new address or contact our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.

    Now it shows:

    Initial Review

    On May 14, 2014, your Alien Registration Number was changed relating to your I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please check our website at www.uscis.gov for further updates on your case. Please wait until the end of normal processing time before calling customer service at 1-800-375-5283 for live assistance.

    ::::

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