We had H1B Visa Lottery last year for the H1B Visa 2014 quota, it seems like we may end up in a similar path this year for H1B Visa 2015. It is better to plan from now and get your things right, so that you can apply for H1B visa petition for this fiscal year of 2015. This article will focus on how to plan for H1B visa filing for this fiscal year.
When to apply for H1B Visa for FY 2015 ? USCIS accepting date ?
H1B Visa season starts on April 1st of every year. Usually USCIS starts accepting H1B visa petitions for next fiscal year starting from April 1st of the current year. What it means is that USCIS will start to accept H1B Visa petitions for FY 2015 starting from April 1st, 2014. Based on previous experience, the H1B Visa 2015 filing date would be April 1st, unless USCIS makes any dramatic changes to the start date. We are about two and half months or about 75 days away from the filing date.
Applying H1B Visa 2015 – Sample Plan
Below is the sample plan with information on what you need to do at every step. It should give you enough information and time to plan for this year’s H1B visa petition filing. Depending on the activity, you would have to carry out few activities in parallel. It is assumed that your profile is
|Month||Dates||H1B Visa Application Activity|
|January||15th – 31st|
|February||1st – 15th|
|February||15th – 31st|
|February||15th – 31st||Secure all the required documents for filing the H1B visa application. Typical set of documents you would need are transcripts, degree certificates, experience letters, etc. Read article H1B Visa Petition Filing Check list.|
|February||15th – 31st||Negotiations with H1B sponsoring companies. Usually, you will talk to companies as part of the HR round or consulting companies and finalize the offer. Read the below articles|
|February||21st – 28th||You need to finalize the H1B Sponsoring company by this week. If you have multiple offers looking attractive, you need to put them in an excel and rank them based on various aspects like salary, benefits, good will, brand, etc. If you are joining a consulting company, ensure that you know someone in that company, talk to someone working there so that you know the ground reality.|
|March||1st – 7th|
|March||8th – 24th||You need to check with your attorney and employer, if they have all the documents and everything is on track. This is the most busiest time for employers and attorneys. If everything went well and your attorney has all the paperwork, there is no activity for you. Just keep tabs on everything so that you don’t hear last minute surprises.|
|March||24th – 31st||You have no activity. Your attorney/ H1B sponsor would work with companies like UPS, FedEx, USPS to deliver your H1B visa application petition exactly on April 1st, 2014, which is a Tuesday.|
What is your plan for filing H1B Visa petition for this 2015 fiscal year ?
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You can also check our H1B Visa 2014 Sample Plan