If you are planning to apply for H1B visa for 2011 quota, you will have to be prepared to match up with the USCIS start date of accepting H1B visa applications this year. USICS typically accepts H1B visa petition for 2011 quota starting April 1st of 2010. Your goal is to get all your documents ready by then. You want to be first in the line. Never know as the market seems optimistic, many might be planning and you may not get a chance in even lottery. In this article, I will give you a brief sample timeline that can help you plan well.
Dates in 2010
Activity to be Completed
|Jan 10 – Jan 31th||Do homework about consulting companies.|
Search on Internet about companies. Network with people. Ask them about other companies. Get information about good companies in your sector and come up with a list. Get as many companies information as you can. You can always eliminate in next step.
|Jan 30 – Feb 10th||Do in depth research about companies as suggested in article about Things to verify before you choose an employer. Once you have done. Go to their websites.|
|Jan 30th – Feb 10th|
|Feb 10th – Feb 20th|
|Feb 20th – 25th|
|Feb 20th – 25th||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.|
|Feb 25th – March 1st||Ship the documents to employer or hand all the documents to the employer in their office.|
|March 1st – March 25th||Everything should be with your H1B Sponsoring Company by March 1st. It takes them 15- 20 days to do all the paperwork and prepare the petition by working with attorney.|
|March 25th – March 27th||The companies work with Fedex, UPS or other mail delivery systems to have the H1B petitions delivered exactly on April 1st.|
This is a sample schedule. Many companies prefer to do it even early. It gets very busy during the month of March. If you know that you are going to go with a particular H1B sponsoring company, you should send the documents even before like February 10th, 2010. The sooner the better. Remember, if you send documents before, the attorneys have time to work carefully as they have time and they will file properly. Otherwise, H1B filing will be prone to queries/ RFE (Request for Evidence).
Plan well and apply on time!
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