H1B Visa 2018 News, Lottery, Fee, Predictions

This page is constantly updated with latest news, info, FAQs on current H1B 2018 season. Below are some topics, 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 ?
  • H1B 2018 Lottery Results
  • H1B 2018 Petitions  Tracker – Crowdsourced
  • New President Trump Administration Impact on H1B Visa 2018 Quota?
  • Latest News updates of H1B FY 2018

H1B 2018, 2019 Season is over, H1B 2020 Season Starts on April 1st, 2019.  Check out H1B Visa 2020 – Start Date, Fee, Lottery – FAQs 

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 accepted H1B Petitions for FY 2018 starting from April 3rd, 2017 until April 7th. They updated that H1B Cap was reached on April 7th, 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.

Update : USCIS Received 199,000 H1B petitions for fiscal year 2018.  H1B Lottery was conducted on April 11th, 2017.

Are you planning for next fiscal year, Read  H1B Visa 2019 – Lottery Date, News, FAQs 

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 outside 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

H1B 2018 Lottery Results – Checks Cashed, Receipts : 
One of the most asked questions is when will I get to know the lottery result for my petition. Well, this depends on many factors and there is no set SLA or date.  To put things in perspective,  last year, USCIS did a news alert indicating that they have returned all the rejected H1B petitions on July 8th, 2017. So, you can expect the last date for receiving final lottery decision around mid July 2017. …As we had about same number of petitions filed for FY 2018, it may be slightly earlier or even later in July or even early August 2017…  Few of the ways you would know, if you are selected in lottery is that, if the check that was filed with your H1B petition was cashed, or your employer gets the actual physical receipt notice in mail to them. If you filed under US masters quota, SEVIS update is another indication that you were selected in H1B lottery for FY 2018.  Ideally, your receipt numbers should arrive within 1 to 2 months…but, you never know, until you get a reject notice to be sure !

H1B 2018 Case Tracker  :
Did you apply for FY 2018 ?  With premium processing suspended, it is quite hard for applicants to know the general status of everyone to understand their situation. We have put together a tracker along with good graphs for analysis. It is completely anonymous as we do not capture your case number or any personal information. It is community contributed data, the more you add, the better for everyone, including  You !

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New President Trump Administration Impact on H1B Visa 2018 Quota?

We do not know, if this news release is directed by Trump administration or not…but, on April 3rd, 2017 the start date of H1B season, there were set of new announcements made by USCIS to report and prevent abuse of H1B program. Check out USCIS New measures to report, prevent H1B Fraud  . Besides this, as of the today ( article updated date), nothing has been officially ordered or specifically 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 ( 12,886 )

  1. Another TCSer

    TCS ers, anybody got approval mail after selection in lottery? Also for those who got RFE, how did you come to know? By email or it was updated in VTS?

      1. OneMoreTCSer

        I got approval today – with petition validity date – 8/5/2018 Is this in mmddyyy format for ddmmyyyy format?
        Will comfirm tomorrow FDFU (employer visa cell)

  2. PRay

    Hi Ram, Wanted to know from you and other experts here, how long does it take for USCIS to issue a decision once they receive the RFE response. I see, I am issued an RFE in my case on 8/7. Waiting to see what they are looking for. It was filed as a CoS but I had to come back as my assignment with current employer ended and now in India. Is it due to this reason I am issued RFE? or early to say. Anyway my big question, are we seeing anybody getting approval after submission of RFE response in this forum? Thanks

    1. Waiting for RFE notice

      I was issued RFE in my case on 21-July-2017. I contacted my employer. They are still waiting for RFE notice. Normally how long it takes to get RFE notice?

      1. Ram

        It comes in two weeks of time. Usually, You have a cut off date provided in your status. If its crossed and you didn’t receive the notice, then you can ask your employer/Attorney to request for the e-copy of it.

    2. Ram

      USCIS generally adjudicates a case within two-three months after the response is sent.During the later part of last year, the adjudication of cases after response sent took longer time. Currently the majority of the RFEs are being issued only now, so not many have progressed to further steps. From a handful of cases, I am seeing a decision being made within 3-4 weeks. Hope you will get a positive response soon. Unfortunately, for regular processing cases we nothing much to do. We need to await the notification. Good luck!

    3. 3rd timer

      I guess they will respond within 60 days, i.e, some case take 60 days and some take only a week or so. All the best for your approval.

  3. Lucky after 3 years

    Hello Ram,

    I received recently my I-797A approval notice. On the notice, it is indicated that the visa is valid from 10/01/2017 to to 09/30/2018. On my LCA the start date is 08/22/2017 to 08/22/2020. My lawyer told me that USCIS will often issue 1 year approvals for off-site H-1B initial petition. All my colleagues received approval for three years. My questions are:

    – Could my lawyer/employer request USCIS to revise the approval and change to three years? If not recommended, I assume, my employer will need to apply for extension next year. Is the process complicated and when would you recommend me to start the extension process?

    Thank you very much!

    1. Ram

      Hey Lucky, Congrats on your Approval. You need not worry. The Visa validity date and LCA date need not be the same in all cases. You need not do anything now. Before 6 months of your H1B visa expiry, you can apply for your extension. The process is not complicated as the new H1B petition. It is straight forward one. During the time of extension, you may even have the premium processing and you can get the result in just 15 days.

  4. Cyndia

    Hi Ram,

    Kudos for all the time and effort you take to respond to queries. Need your thoughts for my case.

    I am on H4 currently. My prospective employer filed H1B this April and my petition is selected in the lottery. Online status still shows as “Received”. My concern is, my employer told that my petition made through lottery only in the 1st week of July when I called to ask if they have received my unselected petition and USCIS rejection letter. Since my employer did not provide an update about my petition being selected in lottery until July, I assumed that my petition was not selected, I travelled out of US for 3 weeks in June.

    Can you please let me know about the impact my travel will have on my H1b processing. Should I anticipate an RFE? If so, what kind of an RFE will be raised? Or do I have chances of getting an Approval with CP? I don’t have Wage Level 1 and Computer Programmer concerns in my LCA .

    Please clarify. Thanks in a advance.

    Sorry for the long post.

    1. Rog

      @Cyndia – really the only impact it has is that USCIS will abandon your request for change of status (if that’s how you applied). So your H1b could get approved, but not your request for COS. It means you have to travel outside the US and obtain a visa through consular processing before entering the US an H1.

  5. WORRIED

    Receipt date 11th April 2018.
    Online status is still CASE RECEIVED.

    No decision yet. I am very worried if it i don’t hear from USCIS before 30th Sep since i wont be authorised to work after it.

    Am I alone in this situation or there are others too?

  6. Sri

    Hi Ram,

    Could you please let me know whether wage level plays a major role in H1B approval. What is the chances of getting H1B approval if the salary is 75K where the median wage of the city is 70K. Thanks

    1. 3rd timer

      Looks like people submitted their LCA with Wage level 1 are getting more (not all) RFE’s
      to justify Wage level 1 is specialty occupation. Also, the RFE’s are not related to median salary, means some one with wage level 1 can earn more than 1.5 times the salary but still may get RFE. Keep in mind your case may or may not result in RFE. I just stating what is people reporting. Good luck.

      1. Not true

        Mine and few of my acquaintances have wage level 1 and all of us sailed through with approvals. Not sure from where you got this information.

        1. Ram

          I feel not all wage level 1 petitions get RFE. As I have already stated earlier, it has to be a perfect balance between the job duties listed and salary. If there are more duties performed and only wage level 1 is provided, then it shows you are being underpaid and that’s when the RFE is raised. In some cases the job duties with level 1 salary doesn’t seem to be a specialized occupation. Hence if the petition pays the right salary to the beneficiary performing a specialized job then I am sure approval will be given. If some where one of the point goes out of place, RFE is issued.

          1. P.

            Hi Ram,

            If wage level 1 gets RFE and employer is willing to raise the salary, could that be changed during proccess or that would basically admit employer was aware employee was being underpaid?? What’s your opinion? Thanks

          2. Ram

            @P, It is not recommended to raise an amendment to increase salary during RFE phase. Employer should think of other ways to respond to this RFE. Later once getting approval, the employer can raise amendment to increase the salary.

        2. 3rd timer

          @Not true

          Well, It has been reported by many in other forums (Ex: immigirationgirl) that lot of RFE’s are due to Wage level 1 case. So, I am not saying all wage 1 applicants would get RFE but there are more chance for people with Wage level 1 LCA will results in RFE. Also, many cases this particular RFE’s can be dealt with by the employer successfully. And congrats for your approval.

  7. Trisha

    NonAD, EAC, Regular- status Received
    12 years experience with managemebt degree, offered a Sr.VP position at $250K… Yet no response from USCIS. The wait is getting me nervous. What a shame. They don’t even prioritise people with higher experience and higher education and higher salary.

    1. Oktay

      Yes Trisha I think the same thing. They should prioritize the people with white skin, blond hair and by religion! Such a shame USCIS!

        1. 3rd time lucky

          I agree with the content of the Oktay’s msg but not the tone of that.

          Having said that everyone have different profile and it is diff to prioritize for USCIS. For ex, I am US-PhD in STEM Plus 7 years experience and waiting for H1 for last 3 years. And worst, some of my friends who have similar profile of mine not even selected in the lottery. So, considering all, we are lucky that ours is selected in the lottery. Just wait for some more days. Even if you get approved you cant work till October 1st.

        2. SVP without process knowledge!!

          Nor does your lack of knowledge about the process inspite being offered a SVP position (were you for sure?)….!!

    2. Desi

      Who cares you So called Trisha, ur 250K is mere =120k in other parts of the US.
      BTW, USCIS never cares u r kind of over-feel personas and never gave weight to some useless traits.

      1. Not the typical_Desi

        Chill..cant understand why we people have a bias towards these guys… like earning more than the average, passed out of a good university and so on.

        Just accept the fact in someway or other — the person is better than us and move on..

        If you dont want to answer the question, ignore it.

    3. DontPayAttentionToThese

      Trisha,

      It sucks and the system is quite unfair at the moment, where it does not take into account any of the things like experience, salary, number of attempts etc and many well deserving candidates end up missing out due to these logistical issues. Trump is doing one thing good for sure that from next year on it will be a point based system and firms misusing the H1B system with cheap labor and putting more deserved candidates at risk will be filtered out. It was by 4th attempt this year and I finally got it and I was in the similar position as you are. I wish you all the best!

      Best,
      Mohamad

      1. Trisha

        I am glad there are some sensible people in this forum. Thanks Mohamad and Not The Typical_Desi.

        I was not trying to brag. Just that I was curious why they don’t have a better system of evaluation. Hopefully next year will be point based and give due credit to candidature.

    4. Please re-negotiate

      Salary is pretty less for an svp position. You should re-negotiate. Engineers earn this much salary now a days.
      For svp you should be shooting for $400k + huge stock options and bonuses.

    1. Ram

      Theoretically yes can be transferred but since last year many transfers were rejected for new H1B petitions when filed before October 1. So better to wait till October 1, then file a transfer.

    1. AnotherTCSer

      Though the chances are very slim for positve conversion. However, you have still small ray of hope for postive conversion.
      Good luck

      1. meaningless to hope...

        meaningless to hope…

        if you are selected.. your employer must have known about it long time back… cause cheques en-cashed months back..
        if you are not selected.. the employer must have received rejection letter by mid july.. or worst case: by end of july this year.

        so, you are not selected and your employer just ignored you.

  8. CTS_T55

    Hi Ram,

    I have got the approval notice for H1B-2018 (NON-AD-IT), Now the requirement got closed from client side from which my H1B got approved.
    My employer is asking me to raise amendment for different project and then go for stamping. I have 2 questions regarding the same –

    1. Is it possible to go for Stamping from the previous project, though the requirement is closed?

    2. Is it possible to raise amendment for different project before stamping?

    It will be very helpful if you can help me with these questions.

    1. Ram

      I would say choose the way depending on your needs. If your new project requires you to travel by October first week, then I would ask you to go for stamping with current petition and later raise amendment, travel with receipt number of amendment. If not you can choose the second way. In the first way, please ensure that you have all the required documents for stamping including client letter, SOW. As anything can be asked in interview. Good luck!

    2. NonAD_NonIT_EAC_approved

      My husband is also a CTS employee and the same situation he faced twice.
      Do not file for new amendment before stamping that creates loads of confusions.
      Simply go for the stamping as if u r going for the previous project requirements only, as soon as visa interview is done after 2 3 days file for amendment.
      Even if the requirements is closed from the visa raised project,USCIS is not aware of all these internal company projects but they just check whether certain project is there at all or not. This much info is enough for them.

    3. NonAD_NonIT_EAC_approved

      They can never ask for SOW to an employee on visa stamping interview. They can ask for client letter.
      Yes, if they have doubts they can give that slip and would mention the reason of the slip as to provide SOW and that your lawyer should provide from your company’s side and not you.

      1. Ram

        Yes I agree that they don’t ask SOW to the employee but if 221g is issued then it becomes more of a pressure and time consuming process to clear it.

    4. senthil

      Best Strategy is follow your employer,They must be knowing Better than anyone here as they do deal with Thousands of cases like this.

      1. NonAD_NonIT_approved

        No Senthil they don’t. Cts immigration team sucks big time. They called my husband after reaching USA whether he got his stamped visa back or not from the embass. . 😳🙄😒
        That Too they r from Chennai 🙄

  9. Very curious

    My employee said he submitted my MCA docs and only God knows about that. How can I know what are all docs he submitted ? My h1b is denied now as a reason that my graduation is not related to the job Iam offered.

    1. Ram

      For all non American degree, we are required to submit educational evaluation documents to prove the equivalence of our non american degree with the american one. You can request your employer to share it. You can also request them to share the entire H1B petition package of yours to see what all they have sent.

      1. JC

        Hi Ram,
        I got RFE on last week -> ‘Evaluation of Training & Expertise’ Can you please explain this, what is the response , we can provide on this. I didn’t understand this –

        Evaluation for Training & Expertise and “Evidence for Recognition of Expertise”.

        1. Ram

          JC, did you submit your educational evaluation of your education? If not, please do evaluation of your education and you many need to submit that. I think that’s the RFE is about. If you could give more details, we will be able to give more details about it.

          1. JC

            Hey Ram,
            Thanks a lot for your prompt response. Totally I agree with your explanation – Usually who will do this educational evaluations to equivalent to US degree? And another doubt is – I did 18 yrs education and my masters is related to computer field, Am i eligible to equivalent to u.s degree?

          2. JC

            Hey Ram,
            And I have 8 yrs IT experience & (10+2 +3+3)=18 yrs education and my masters is related to IT filed. Am I eligible to equivalent to US degree???
            I think, they are not submitted my educational evaluation…
            Please advise – Is it easiest query or critical ??? this is my 2nd attempt.

          3. Ram

            There are loads of reputed firm in USA who does these services for you. You can get it from them. Please contact your Attorney they will refer you to such firms. You can get it from them within a week. Yes they do for all the educational levels(Bachelors, Masters). It is absolutely easy to obtain this. Don’t worry! Good luck!

          4. Ram

            Many of these firms provide online services too. So you can easily do it from the place you are currently in.

  10. Sulav Poudel

    Hi guys,

    I have a problem around H-1B approval. I am from Nepal, but my H-1B approval notice that I received few days ago (WAC NON-AD) says that my Country of Citizenship is India. My wife was planning on applying for H-4 Visa with my approval notice, but since the country information is wrong, I am afraid I might not be able to do that with the existing approval notice. My lawyer said that they should be able to get it corrected with an explanation letter and that my wife should be able to use the explanation letter that they will draft to apply for a VISA. However, I am wondering whether I should ask them to ask USCIS to get me a corrected approval notice. Does anyone know how long that might end up taking? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Ram

      Please request your Attorney to call the USCIS customer care and explain the situation, then request them for a correction. They would explain the procedure and timelines. Since its H1B visa only your Attorney/Employer can request for correction. Usually corrections(Typographical) are done in 2 weeks of time. Good luck!

    2. PVG

      In my opinion you should change your country of citizenship. This is beneficial for you and your wife. You can easily get GC in future and your wife can easily get H4 now. One of my friend is from Nepal and he got his GC within 1 year.

  11. AM

    RFE received yesterday. Non AD first timer, 9 years work experience as large scale PMO, business analyst and technical sales. Waiting for the detailed copy. My employer has an internal requirement (BA profile) and h1b filed accordingly. Do you think client vs internal requirement is an issue? Any pros and cons

    1. Ram

      AM, The RFE may be for a different reason but I feel it might be due to
      1.The internal project. If your employer has the detailed documentation and is ready to take up any question regarding internal project, this can be cleared easily.
      2. Specialty Occupation

      What ever questions they have asked, I am sure you will be able to answer to it. Good luck!

  12. Proban

    Case approved. Below are the dates. I have also updated the tracker.

    11APR2017 – Receipt date
    29APR2017 – Notice date
    08MAY2017 – Lawyer received I797C
    27JUL2017 – Approval

    2nd attempt/ AD/ VT/ PhD STEM/ Scientist/Startup in Boston

  13. RajCTS

    CTS,

    Did anyone started receiving the “Rejection notice” those who are not picked in Lottery.

    Any reason why Cognizant still not yet start sending the Rejection notice?

  14. Totally Confused

    So I just received an offer of employment from a major well-known multinational and at a relatively senior position (think SVP level), with a start date of Jan 1st 2018 . I will likely require an H1B as no other visa seems suitable. Does this mean I’m pretty much screwed having missed the 2018 application window?

    1. Be Optimistic

      yes you have missed the chance for the cap subject 2018.

      If you have employer has decided to file only H1b Visa , then you have to file your application before the month end of March 2018. Then your application should get select in the lottery and if your application gets selected in the lottery , you have to wait for the approval. so all this procedure usually take min 6 month and you can have valid working visa from 1st Oct 2018. Phew I know this is all process and everyone has to go with this 🙁

      Just check if your employer files L1 visa , that has rather easy way than H1B

      1. 3rd timer

        L1 visa requires that the beneficiary should have worked in that company for atleast 1 year prior to initiating the VISA process i guess..

  15. aav

    Hi Ram – I got an RFE this year on H1b and we are working on few documents in support of Right to Control point in my RFE. Currently I am working at client site on L1b and my work is reviewed, performance is done by my company offshore manager and the same will continue for H1b as well. Do you see any problem in this? I heard that for H1b the onsite manager needs to be there and he needs to sign some letters like right to control, employer employee relationship etc. that need to be submitted in support of RFE.
    Thanks for your help.

    1. Ram

      Aav, In case of L1B its just a intra company transfer. So it doesn’t matter whom you report to. In case of H1B, its not the case. You will have to prove that you work only for your employer/Petitioner who applies for you.
      The USCIS processors are directed to weigh multiple factors when making the determination as to whether there is an employer-employee relationship. They must review whether the H1B employer (petitioner) directly supervises the H1B worker, and whether this supervision is performed on site or off site. If the work is performed offsite, then the method and frequency of supervision is taken into consideration. Another factor is whether the H1B employer has the right to control the H1B workers daily duties (if required). Other factors include whether the H1B employer provides the tools needed to perform the duties required, is responsible for evaluating the work performed, who provides employee benefits and claims the H1B worker for tax purposes, the use of proprietary information, and whether the end work product and result is directly linked to the H1B employers (petitioners) business.
      No matter where your manager/Lead to whom you report is you will have to prove that you send daily/Weekly reports. That manager should be working for your company. This is a basic criterion to be proven for right to control.
      There are many other ways to prove this.
      1. Does the H1B petitioner supervise the H1B employee / worker and is such supervision off-site or on-site?
      2. If the supervision is off-site, how does the H1B petitioner maintain such supervision, i.e. weekly calls, reporting back to main office routinely, or site visits by the petitioner?
      3. Does the petitioner have the right to control the work of the H1B worker on a day-to-day basis if such control is required?
      4. Does the petitioner provide the tools or instrumentalities needed for the H1B worker to perform the duties of employment?
      5. Does the petitioner hire, pay, and have the ability to fire the H1B employee?
      6. Does the petitioner evaluate the work-product of the H1B worker, i.e. progress/performance reviews?
      7. Does the petitioner claim the H1B employee for tax purposes?
      8. Does the petitioner provide the H1B worker any type of employee benefits?
      9. Does the H1B employee use proprietary information of the petitioner in order to perform the duties of employment?
      10. Does the beneficiary produce an end-product that is directly linked to the petitioner’s line of business?
      11. Does the petitioner have the ability to control the manner and means in which the work product of the H1B worker is accomplished?
      Hope your response is covering most of these points.

  16. DesiCOS

    How prevent COS,
    I’m on F1 with lot of OPT time left, until 2019. due to my bad or good or knowing or unknowing my H1b approved with COS and i797A. at the time of filing I have no idea over i797A or B or C and pros and cons.

    I wish i would have got i797B which CP, as it gives proper and right time to switch over H1 when time is right, but now I’m over between hot pan and fire as I will have to move to H1 by Oct1st with Auto COS.

    The problem I’m in at the moment is that my current employer is not happy with my near future H1b auto change of status as I will become contractor for them and Contractor status is unwanted due to many reasons and client regulations.

    2nd is my near future H1B employer, who is typical money making small body shopper want me to force to COS as I will be in with mercy of body shopper, it can give bit more money for his in flows and one more h1 guy such as me can join in his army of h1 slaves. Pity for me.

    I need guidance from serious experts here.

    Without suggesting me to withdraw my h1 petition kind tooo harsh, is there any way to prevent COS from Oct1st, 2017.

    or is it possible to file with USCIS to change my COS to i797B – consular process as it can enable to work over my F1 as long as i can or until i fly out at least.

    or any other..

    your expert advice will be helpful.

    1. Ram

      As far as I know there is no way Auto COS can be changed. But if you feel your employer might misuse your H1B please report it to USCIS or switch to a better company (Transfer H1B) after October 1.

      1. DesiCOS

        HI Ram,
        As it is not possible to stop the COS, is it possible to transfer H1 to some other employer anytime after Oct2nd with H1 status or is it possible to get into cap-exempt petition with some other employer any time after Oct2nd as the earlier petition already counted for 2018 CAP quota or my case will come under cap exempt as it is already approved in Jun 2017, but, never moved to H1 status formally or is it mandate to withdraw H1 to file for other cap-exempt petition anytime.

        What is the best link to understand cap-exempt when H1 approved with COS but don’t want continue with H1 employer

        1. 3rd Timer

          My understanding is you can transfer after Oct 1st. But make sure the first employer not withdrawn (notified the USCIS) before Oct 1st.

          You can transfer even if they (the employer send the notice to) withdraw after Oct 1st. Make sure you have the approved petition copy or at least a number. Good luck.

          1. DesiCOS

            3Rdtimer,
            Thank you for wise advice.

            I don’t have any doc specific to H1B approval as employer refusing to provide a copy. But, I can see H1B receipt # over my i20.

            Is it the same number you are referring to or is there any diff number specific to H1 Approval number. Is there any other way to find it,
            Most likely that I will not have H1b approval copy as my greedy H1 contact don’t want to send.

          2. DesiCOS

            3Rdtimer,
            Thank you for wise advice.

            I don’t have any doc specific to H1B approval as employer refusing to provide a copy. But, I can see H1B receipt # over my i20.

            Is it the same number you are referring to or is there any diff number specific to H1 Approval number.
            Most likely that I will not have H1b approval copy as my greedy H1 contact don’t want to send.

        2. Ram

          Its the same number you see it in your SEVIS record. Track the receipt number in USCIS site and check whether it is says approved. If yes, even this is enough to initiate transfer. But you can initiate it only after October 1. If you have the approval notice, its an additional plus. May be you can say to your employer that you require the approval notice to renew your Driving license and you can get hold of your approval notice. Good luck to you! Please feel free to reach out this forum for more questions.

          1. DesiCOS

            Ram,
            3Rd Times,
            Thanks to both of you for advice.

            I can see my case approved over USCIS, and just took msg PDF. Unfortunately, some of the H1b brokers in the US is literally looting someones hard work just by sitting at homes and eating someone’s hard work via billing , layers etc. Also, openly abusing H1b basis rules by not giving H1b documents to actual h1b holder.

            Not really sure in any other country this kind of anarchy is going on such as not giving documents to applicants, controlling them via billing mafia etc. Such a shameless idts controlling someones’ career.

          2. 3rd timer

            @DesiCOS,

            It is legally not required for company’s legally to share/give the approved petition with the beneficiary. They have to legally give the LCA on the date of joining. If you are in outside then up course they have to give the papers for stamping because the VO may ask during the interview.

            Though I agree with your views, I am sure you might be aware of these consultancies companies how they behave. So there is no point in venting, instead just figure out the ways how to handle. Because many of us try to take advantage of the system and it is alright if we play the game within the prescribed rules. Dont worry much, cheer up because there are people who are much worst position than you. Anyway, congrats for the approval and good luck for the transfer.

  17. GR

    My case was approved on July 5th ..Still i have not received my approval notice and ther is no update about my stamping from my employer.

    I asked them about notice ,they said they release my notice after all applied case once got the result,it means once they received all lottery case (RFE,Approval,Rejection ) results.So any way this will take time right ?

    Is it common ?is there any alternate way to get the approval notice ?

    1. Ram

      GR, it varies from company to company. May be your company is having such policy. From your post I understand that USCIS has sent your approval notice but your employer is not releasing it to you. Generally there is no harm in releasing your approval notice and proceeding for the stamping. Other application’s process doesn’t affect yours in anyway. So you need to talk to your employer and proceed for further steps.
      Congrats on your approval!

  18. Riya

    Hello Guys,

    My case got stuck in 221 (AP) and its been more than 2 months time that I’ve submitted the docs, but till date there is no update and my petition expiry date is Jan-18,

    Can any one suggest what will be the next step?

  19. 3rd timer AD/EAC

    Hi Ram,
    My H1b got picked this year in the lottery but there is no update yet on the decision. My STEM OPT EAD expires on August 31st and I’m currently in CAP gap extension. As you mentioned in your blog that USCIS processing may extend beyond October 1st, I would like to join university which offers day 1 CPT in order not to discontinue my work. Semester starts on August 21st and my CPT starts from the same day.

    Question:

    Will my change of status effect H1b application? if so, how?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Ram

      I am not too sure about CPT and reapplying F1 again.
      But my question is your H1B would have been applied in COS, if you join another college you will be issued a new i-20. Am I right? If so your previous F1/OPT becomes invalid, am I right? If that’s the case, your H1B application might lead to unnecessary RFE reg your current status.

    2. DesiOPT

      Just curious. Is it possible to work full time under the name of CPT from the day 1 in the US, if Yes then why this hck of h1a L1s bla bla, U understand that F1, J1, H1, L1, O, P visas, but each has it’s own regulation and restrictions. I never see univ with CPT full time from day 1 and no study at all…What a Univ then..with fake i20

      1. 3rd timer

        @DesiOPT,

        As per rule you are eligible for CPT after you spend 2 semesters (9 months) in USA. Some students (Ex: 3rd timer AD/EAC who is exploring) will go for 2nd masters due to maintain their status and try H1 one or more times . So, Not all but some specific univ are allowing these type of students to do CPT full time from day 1. I do hope this is legal or else International office of those univ wont give the paper work.

        Having said that, it has been reported last couple of years that the students who opted this CPT option comes under more scrutiny from USCIS. Some lawyers are not advising this option. However, this is individual choice. After all within the legal limits everyone try their luck/options.

  20. Gkg

    My employer who had applied for h1b 2018 for me, recieved I797C notice from USCIS informing that petition has been approved (on june 26). But still the status on USCIS website says “Application Recieved”. Anyone in same situation?.. Application was processed by california center.

    Also I have not recieved any formal documents from employer apart from I797C ( employer forwarded this to me which is usually issued to employer by USCIS).

    1. Same

      Yes. Same happened with me. Status still shows received. I received the approval notice and I797 and even got the visa stamped back in July.

      USCIS sends it to your employer/attorney and then the employer/attorney sends you hard copy of I797 and instructions on how to apply for the visa at your consulate.

      You should also request for “copy of the petition package”. Copy of the petition has all the documents you need. Print them and take them with you when applying for the visa.

      In addition to these, you will need to carry education proof, past experience proof etc. Make sure you check out H1B visa application doc requirements before.

      All the best. One step to go! 🙂

      1. gkg

        Thanks,
        I will be starting in after FEB 2018 ( reset time spent in USA ). So I guess I can go for stamping only after DEC 2017.

        Do consulate office require offer letter also?

        1. Same

          Yes, 90 days before start you can apply for the visa.

          You should have all the documents related to your case. Mostly they don’t ask but they can request you to show any document from offer letter to proof of education etc.

  21. Guideme Ram

    Hi Ram,
    I need your help here, my h1b got denied last year and raised MTR for same. This year my old petition was reopen on june 10 and both MTR and old petition got updated july 6th. MTR as approved and old H1b petitions as denial. But till now i did not get any notice for both.
    This my petition approve or denial? will it happen with MTR like this?
    i am confused, plzs help me understand this Ram, thanks in advance

    1. denied

      Did you raise the MTR before the 30 day window period from the date which your petition got denied ?
      I have crossed my window got crossed and will there be any chance if I raise MTR now for approval ?

    2. Ram

      I was assuming so long that MTR and the old H1B would get approved. I request your Attorney/Employer to call USCIS and check for the update. Rather than us speculating over things, it would be better if we(Employer/Attorney) talk to USCIS and get the actual happenings.

  22. Archana

    Hi Ram, what do you say about RFE on a H4 to H1. I am on H4 and my petition is picked in the lottery. Status says case received. NON AD,EAC

    1. Ram

      Archana, are you asking about your chances of getting a RFE?
      Well in current situation, I am really not sure. It all depends on what documents you have submitted, your company, what role has been presented, wage level, your experience and proving the specialty occupation.
      Whether we apply it as COS or CP, we have submitted what USCIS expects we will get approval for sure. Good luck!

    2. Ram

      I would say stay positive. Every case has a different life cycle. You may even get direct approval with COS approved. Good luck!

  23. Rajiv

    Hello, my case status is recieved and it stats we recieved your i-129 form on 4june, 2017. It is my first time h1b file. So is this possible of such dates? Bcs many people are saying case recieved date must be of april

    1. Ram

      Rajiv, Do you have your receipt notice? Does the details in it pertains to you?Does your case belong to Nebraska Center?
      Received date is usually the Lottery date for cap subject H1B. But I too heard of Nebraska cases especially having a later received date. The receipt number it self was generated in Nebraska center I believe. So that why those cases may have a different received date, I think.

  24. AD/VT/3rd timer

    My attorney informed me they have received the approval notice today. USCIS still shows the status as “Received”. All the best guys i hope everyone get approval soon.
    Thank You Ram for your valuable inputs during our wait time.

      1. Arwa

        My case got approved today online and got notified through USCIS tracking. The petition was filed at California service Center.

        1. Ram

          Congratulations. Can you please add more details like AD/Non-AD? COS/CP?Transferred? And also the job position and wage level requested for.

  25. Reposting my question and badly need of suggestions

    Denied and deadline crossed by 2 months and now planning to challenge my denial case with proper substance. I need to hear from people aprt from RAM as this is more important in taking Decision basing on few experiences in past.

    1. 3rd timer

      It is difficult to reopen the case. Also it depends on what ground it was denied in first place. Could you please elaborate of your case further if possible?

      1. denial reason

        1) I did MCA but non-computers in graduation (he asked how my degree is related to the job)
        2) How mine is a speciality occupation
        3) They want the client letter for 3 years not a mere estimate

          1. Depressed guy

            My employee said he submitted and only God knows. How come I know what are all docs he submitted ?

  26. Jayesh

    There is an update I want to share with you guys which I dont know whether its correct or not. My employer on last friday when I called informed me that they have called USCIS help line while looking out for one of employees extension status where they also asked for the h1b delay in process , all they get to know from them is that USCIS in on right track track in processing the cases this year and currently they are picking up the cases from 3rd April 17.
    veryvery Surprised to hear this. Wonder what doese that mean ? From everywhere we hears diff stories :O . (I thought to lets hear it from my own employer and here it is )

    1. Ram

      I think they are referring to the general processing timelines provided in their site but I have seen visas received after that date getting approvals and visas received before that not receiving any update yet.
      Thanks for sharing though.

      1. 3rd timer

        Yup.The helpline is same as website info. Other words, they simply give what is already in the USCIS website which we can see our self.

  27. 3rd timer-Nani

    Hi Ram,

    I got this status, do you have any idea what does that mean .

    Notice Explaining USCIS’ Actions Was Mailed

    1. Ram

      Its a NOID- Kind of a severe RFE. Its like saying we want to deny your petition but still we have given you one last chance to prove yourself. You will get 30 days deadline to respond to it. Please prepare your response with great care and send it to USCIS. Everything depends on your response now. Good luck!

  28. KKG

    Hi Ram,

    I am working as full time employee and my company attorney said they applied for h1b this year. I haven’t received either receipt or return package. when I called USCIS customer care center today, they asked my name , DOB and Alien registration number(I-94). They said they were unable to locate any records. what is your opinion on this?.

    1. Ram

      KKG, only your Employer/Attorney can call the USCIS customer care and check on the petition status.
      If your check was en cashed, your petition would have got through the lottery.
      If the beneficiary calls we wont get proper information about H1B. Please request your Attorney/Employer to call the customer care and get the update. All the best!

      1. KKG

        Ram,

        I asked my attorney to call USCIS and received no response, it’s been 10 days. Later I went to my HR and has been asking her to call USCIS ,but they keep on ignoring my requests. What are the options I have now to get the status?. In case if they didn’t file , is there something I could do for the damages?. As they said they filed the petition and now not being able to produce me with documentation.

      1. SPB

        I got 3 three years. I have been working full time for last 1 year. Many others have got 3 years. I have a friend who has worked for 2 years on L1B, he got 1 year though, I am not sure of the rule

  29. Cap exempt H1B

    Hi Ram,

    Need your valuable advice please.

    One of my friend worked for 1 year in H1B status, and then went back to his home country in 2001. Can an employer file a cap-exempt H1B now to reclaim the remaining 5 years?

    Thanks again for all the great help and support that you have been providing to so many people. Excellent!

    1. Ram

      As your friend left for his/her home country in 2001, his/her petition would have got approved before that. Some say if H1B approval has gone beyond 6 years and was never used, it cant be filed as cap exempt.
      However, a memo from USCIS’s Associate Director Michael Aytes, says the following:
      “There have been instances where an alien who was previously admitted to the United States in H-1B status, but did not exhaust his or her entire period of admission, seeks readmission to the United States in H-1B status for the “remainder” of his or her initial six-year period of maximum admission, rather than seeking a new six-year period of admission. Pending the AC21 regulations, USCIS for now will allow an alien in the situation described above to elect either (1) to be re-admitted for the “remainder” of the initial six-year admission period without being subject to the H-1B cap if previously counted or (2) seek to be admitted as a “new” H-1B alien subject to the H-1B cap.”
      So I would say, we can try filing in cap exempt. No harm in trying.

  30. Any advice??

    Hello,

    My online status shows RFE since over a month now. However, neither my employer nor my lawyer has received any mail.
    My lawyer called USCIS and they told him no RFE has been issued and the case is still under process. They also said my case might have been mixed up with another one sharing the same last name

    Masters quota – WAC

    1. Ram

      Peculiar! I would request your Attorney to raise a SR immediately and follow it up with USCIS. If they never issued a RFE then the online status must go back to case received statue or status it was in before RFE. This wrong status info can lead to unwanted confusions. Please clarify it with them immediately.

  31. Rony

    Quick Question!
    I see some approved Cases?

    Are the cases who have done Masters in US getting approval or its random approval for any one based out in any country?

    My status has been the same from 11th April …..”Case Received”

    How long should we wait?

    1. Ram

      I am seeing approvals coming both for masters and also for those which are filed for beneficiaries from other countries. I would say its highly random.

  32. AD/VT/4th Attempt

    My employer did not receive any communication from USCIS regarding if the petition was selected in the lottery or not. Also my employer did not receive the file back yet.

    Is there any chance that my petition is selected in lottery?

    1. Ram

      We cant say. Anything can happen. In this scenario, your employer can call the USCIS customer care and get the actual update.
      Good luck!

  33. H1B status

    EAC is full of RFE. My application ends with 736 and status is case received. However, both my adjacent application has received RFE. Very worried rightnow.

  34. Sid

    Hi Ram,

    Hope you are doing well.

    I need your advice on this.
    I have went through the lottery process like 5 years back , so my application was approved and currently I am on H1B. A worker with a H1B visa can remain in the US for up to six years ,so as per that my only one year is left with H1B and then I will be heading to my Home Country.

    The question is ,If I have to come back again to US , do I have to go through lottery again for H1B visa or will be consider as cap exempt ?

    1. 3rd timer

      Have to go through lottery again. One approval equals 6 years stay (this can be contininous or split up) followed by 1 year of stay outside the country (USA). After one year then you are again eligible to apply for new H1.

      However, if the number of application is less in that year you are applying (say 2019) then it may or may not be lottery. Example, we had lottery for Y2008, Y2009 and no lottery for Y2010 and Y2011.

        1. Saravanan muthuraman

          No more Lotteries I guess,present govt is Anti Immigration and may abolish H1.Only Family based immigration may exists going fwd.

        2. Saravanan muthuraman

          No more Lotteries I guess,present govt is Anti Immigration and may abolish H1. I think only petitions filed this april are the last ones,as we speak they are also 70% RFE and only 30% approved. Only Family based immigration may exists going fwd.

          1. 3rd Timer

            I don’t think so..If you know the US politics then executive branch can’t remove H1 arbitrarily. Congress required to authorise the removal and that should accept by the president. So, It is very very unlikely going to happen. But they may scrutinize more.

    2. Expert

      You will need a break of one year to reset the cycle. You will unfortunately have to go through lottery once again after the necessary break post 6 years completion to come back with another 6 years.

  35. SUN

    HI Ram,

    My case got approved on JUL 28 ( WAC).
    I have following this website from past 1 month. Thankyou verymuch for your valuable suggestions .

    1. SAM

      Hi Sun,Kindly update your qualification and wage level ,exp etc ,so that many of them can get some idea about our approvals(just predictions)

    1. Ram

      Interestingly I am not able to locate OCC 098 in the list provided by USCIS.
      https://www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-746.pdf
      Let me do some more checks and will come back to you. Nothing to panic please. They might have an updated list.

      1. Raghu

        Thanks Ram for the response. I am eager to know what OCC 098 represents. After searching USCIS list and on the internet, I did find nothing. Hence approached for your valuable info.

        Regards,
        Raghu

  36. GoonerForever

    Received RFE☹️☹️☹️ Not sure what evidence they need and have to wait until I receive my letter. I’m a Master Degree holder in US and on F1. Anyways looks like this will be the trend as USCIS is looking for new ways to scrutinize petitions. All the best. Cheers

  37. Denied and deadline crossed

    Denied and deadline crossed by 2 months and now planning to challenge my denial case with proper substance. I need to hear from people aprt from RAM as this is more important in taking Decision basing on few experiences in past.

  38. AM

    Dear friends,

    My husband has h1b approved till October 2019 and the current stamping is till October 2017. He is planning an India travel in September and intend to go for stamping. I am on H4.

    However, my employer filed h1b (under CoS) and its picked in the lottery. No approval/RFE yet. Can i also travel to India in September? Will exiting US impact the h1b visa processing in all the scenarios – petition approved, RFE or no movement by the time I travel and return.

    Another concern, considering that h4 is stamped till October, how long can or should I wait for H1B to initiate? I need to maintain a legal status.

    Thanks a bunch in advance

    1. Ram

      I second senthil’s opinion, it is not recommended to travel when your COS is in progress.
      One more question, is only your H4 stamping expiring in October or your H4 status too? Did you apply H4 extension along with H1?If your H4 is expiring, please note that for your COS to be approved your H4 needs to be active at the time of H1B approval else it will lead to RFE.
      As of now we are not sure when the H1 results will be out for all the petitions filed, so just be aware that results may come out earlier or later.

      1. AM

        Thanks a bunch Ram. I have my fingers crossed that H1B is approved before Oct 1st. My i94 is valid till October 2019, the stamping is till October 2017. The concern was, if I should travel with my husband to get it stamped in parallel?

        What if I get an RFE and it takes till October or November end to clear, will the expired stamping create further issues?

        1. Ram

          As long as your i94 is not expired, you need not worry about anything.
          You can get your stamping when ever you travel out of the country(H1B once approved or H4).

  39. DesiOPT

    Here is my case

    1. Now on F1 OPT, H1 approved with COS with LCA1.
    2. Problem is pathetic and adamant employer, not giving me approval notice or i129 or client details.
    3. Just telling me to find an real employer, he keep says he will file for LCA amendment (LCA2 for ref) once I have new employer.

    Queries.

    1. Is it possible to file LCA amendment before Oct1st, 2017 if I can find an employer with project? typically how long does it take to get new LCA.
    2. Assuming possible to file LCA amendment before Oct1st, is it possible to go for stamping with 2nd LCA prior to Oct1st?
    3. At the time of stamping, is there any problem with LCA amendments in very short time.

    1. Stop blaming

      How come he is a pathetic employer when he paid and hired and then for some reasons had a change of mind.

      you must have done something wrong and now blaming your employer

      1. DesiOPT

        Don’t get tempted to write something when u don’t know anything around the context. What the F u know. Do u want to do H1 Slavery in the US on daily basis. May be u can, but I’m not.

        If u know simple answers to my queries, do write, and the above points are basic stuff in any H1s saga, and if u know do write, else foff.

        1. Peace Out

          Dude, calm down.

          First of all, it’s an open forum, people here are to help others for free. sometimes they give you an advise whether you take it or not is up to you.

          No foul language needs to be used to say “no thanks”

          Even to me, your sponsor sounds like a consultant or something along those lines.

    2. Ram

      I have a question, is your employer asking you to change employer itself or asking you to look for a new project. If its new employer itself it means transfer of Visa and if its new client it is amendment. So can you please elaborate?

  40. Oktay

    Hi guys, how do you calculate your wage levels? I try to do it using http://www.flcdatacenter.com/ but I don’t know which occupation should I select. In the receipt, OCC is 030. So how can I get SOC number?

    1. Ram

      OCC 030 refers to occupation in system analysis and programming. This occ code can refer to SOC code with prefix of “15-” This can contain various SOC code as
      15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations
      15-1100 Computer Occupations
      15-1130 Software Developers and Programmers
      15-1131.00 Computer Programmers
      15-1121.00 Computer Systems Analysts Bright Outlook Bright Outlook
      15-1132.00 Software Developers, Applications Bright Outlook
      15-1133.00 Software Developers, Systems Software Bright Outlook Green Occupation Green
      15-1134.00 Web Developers Bright Outlook
      15-1141.00 Database Administrators
      So depending on SOC job title the SOC code varies. Hence you will require your LCA.

    2. Ram

      Sample Data obtained:
      Area Code:35614
      Area Title:New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
      OES/SOC Code:15-1132
      OES/SOC Title:Software Developers, Applications
      GeoLevel:1
      Level 1 Wage:$34.38 hour – $71,510 year
      Level 2 Wage:$44.60 hour – $92,768 year
      Level 3 Wage:$54.82 hour – $114,026 year
      Level 4 Wage:$65.04 hour – $135,283 year

  41. H1B

    I have not received any information till now from my employer after I recevied that my petiton is selected in lottery.

    Is there any chance that my petition is approved or RFE?

    1. Ram

      There are many petitions(Selected in this year lottery) which has not been processed at all. So please wait for an update. Mean while, have you received your receipt number and are you tracking it in USCIS site?
      Good luck!

      1. H1B

        Hi Ram, Tx for the response. My employer does not share recipt number till the time
        of stamping.
        It is with everyone in the company – approved/RFE cases

        1. Ram

          If you want to know a general trend of whats happening with all form I-129 have a look at
          www.worktheme.com
          https://h1bstat.ru/all-stats/

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