If you are planning to work in America on H1B visa, it is very important that you plan the process as it could get hectic at the eleventh hour. If you currently work for a company and the same company is sponsoring your H1B visa, your immigration attorney would be behind you with proper planning and some of the below mentioned activities in plan may not apply to you. But, if you are pursuing your own options of looking for a H1B sponsor and applying for the H1B visa in FY 2013 quota, then proper planning will help you. Below is a sample plan that is based on my experience. Some of the activities can run in parallel.
Sample H1B visa 2013 Plan
|Month & Date in 2012||Activity to be Completed|
|Jan 1st – Feb 15th||Basic research about H1B sponsoring companies. Networking with existing H1B workers to get correct information. You need to come up with a large list of companies that are in your domain. Check out data at FLCDatacenter website or use our Green Card Database|
|Feb 15th – Feb 25th||You need to dig into the details of the companies like the number of LCA approval, denials, GCs filed, etc. Check out the article : Things to verify before you choose an employer.|
|Feb 10th – Feb 25th||Accumulate all the required documents required for H1B visa application like below|
|Feb 15th – Feb 25th||You need to talk to H1B sponsoring companies. Make it a goal to call at least one of the consulting companies in your list to find out the offers.|
|Feb 25th – March 1st||Decision phase : put up all the H1B sponsors offers and decide the company based on the offer and benefits. Talk to few people who work in that company and collect additional information as needed.|
|Feb 20th – March 1st||Collect all the material that is needed for the H1B visa. You only need copies, DO NOT give any originals. Read this article for complete list of documents you need for applying for H1B visa petition.|
|March 1st – March 5th||Send all the documents to employer or hand all the documents to the employer in their office. You only need to give copies.|
|March 5th – March 25th||You need to follow up with your H1B employer, if they need any additional documents. They will file for LCA and get other things going.|
|March 25th – March 27th||The H1B sponsoring companies work with Fedex, UPS or other mail delivery systems to have the H1B petitions delivered exactly on April 2nd ( April 1st is Sunday).|
We have put a similar plan couple of years ago, check it out : H1B Visa Application Planning
Do you have any suggestions for the plan ?
Any lessons from previous experiences related to H1B application planning ?