Every time I watch the below funny video, it makes me think about how many of us try to rush in the last minute to get things done…Are you one of them this year trying to squeeze the last mile for filing your H1B petition for FY 2017 quota ?
As per our H1B 2017 Sample Plan , by now, you must have most of your documentation done and sent to attorney a couple of weeks before and have everything ready…you should have confirmation from attorney that everything is going as per plan and the application will be filed by them as planned by April 1st.
In case you have sent your documents long time ago, it does not hurt to do quick check with attorney or your employer to ensure all is well. If there are some final pieces missing, you still have about a week to fix those issues and ensure the filing happens on time without any issues.
What to check with Attorney or Employer regarding your H1B Application ?
This is probably the most busiest time of the year for many of the immigration attorneys…you may not get immediate response or even response from some of them due to the peak season time…but, it is always worth asking some of the below questions.
- Was the LCA filed by the employer ?
- If not, when do they plan to do it ?
- If done, was the LCA approved ? Can you get a copy, if so ?
- Does the attorney has everything ready for filing H1B ?
- Was there any need for education evaluation ? If so, do they have it ready ?
- What is the status on the petition preparation ? Is it all ready to be shipped ?
- Can they give Fedex receipt confirmation ? ( many may not, small attorneys or employers may give this info…but, worth asking)
If you are working with a decent employer or attorney, you do not have to worry about many of these things…but, for some reason, if you are working for a small employer and they are not aware of the H1B process, it can be tricky….
Most Anxious Time for many of you…
If you are filing H1B for the first time or second time, as you couldn’t get it last year, you must be eagerly waiting for many days like filing date, lottery date, and lottery results….I can tell you friends, reading comments on the internet/ our blog and articles like H1B Lottery Predictions for FY 2017 will make you more nervous and anxious….It is much easy for someone like me to say these words “Stay Calm and Relax”, but I fully understand it can be very hard as I have been through many such nervous moments…nevertheless, all I still believe that, you should not be too much worried and leave it to destiny…don’t get into panic mode and ruin your sleep and good days with family. If you have not, I suggest you read H1B Visa 2017 FAQs .
How has your H1B filing experience been so far ? How was your interaction with your attorney ?