H1 B petitions FY 2012

Its that time of the year when new H1 applicants file their petitions. Linked with how the H1 applications are selected, a person gets a chance to bring his spouse and kids to accompany him on the H4 visa. So if you are one of those aspiring to work in the U.S. lock the date in your calender: April 1, 2011!

Yes, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will start accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2012 cap on April 1, 2011.  This visa gets filled by foreign workers in specialty occupations that require some theoretical or technical expertise like scientists, engineers, computer programmers, etc.
Here are some important points for H1 filing for 2012:
 

  • Please note that your case will be considered on the date USCIS receives your application/petition for which the correct fee has been paid. Its not the date you postmark the peition so hurry!
  • There is a cap FY 2012 of 65,000 for H1-B petitions.
  • Out of this 65,000, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions are filed on behalf of individuals that hold a master’s degrees or higher.
  • The USCIS will notify when the H1B cap has been met. There is no specific date for this and usually depends on how fast the petitions get filed. Due to the economic downturn, the quota for 2011 got full on Jan 27,2011. A few years back the quota would get filled within a few days!!
  • If you are renewing your H1 visa, it is not subject to this cap.
  • Information on H1 B visas exempt from the annual cap .

 

Linked to the H1 visas are H4 visas. You can apply for the H4 visa only after your spouse has received the H1 visa. There are many questions related to the application process, especially, the larger question: is it worthwhile to move to the U.S. on the H4/H1 visa?

When I applied for the H4 visa, there was never enough information available on the internet. That's when I thought of creating this forum where people can share their questions and experiences on the H4 visa. Feel free to ask any question. No question is stupid. No question is mundane. If you know what to expect, chances are that you would be happier on the H4 visa!

Remember, there are several others in your shoes so please come back and share your experiences in the H4 visa forums. 

Good luck to all the petitioners!

Admin

 

Forums: 

Update on H1B quota numbers

Update on H1B quota numbers (April 7,2011):

The good news is that the quota is not full. On the contrary there are many H1-Bs waiting to be taken. Here are the current numbers as supplied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for the 2012 H-1B cap.

Given that these numbers were printed on April 7, 2011 there is still a lot of hope for people aspiring to work in the U.S. on H1-B visas.   

The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000. The H1B cap for the Advanced Degree cap is set at 20,000. Number of filings till date are way below the cap:

Regular H-1B Cap:  5,900
U.S. Masters H-1B Cap4,500
 
Are the economists wearing rosy glasses? Do they see only one side of the story?
 
While economists and industry leaders may say that people do not want to come to the U.S. in the midst of a poor economy, there are other deep rooted reasons to this scenario.. Even though a lot of foreign professional workers want to work in the U.S. they hesitate to accept jobs as their spouses are not allowed to work on the H4 visa, which is a dependent visa issued to the spouse and children of the H1-B visa holder.
 
 
This is a major problem in the U.S. and a lot of qualified foreign professionals are turning towards other welcoming countries that do not restrict spouses from joining the work force. For example, a software engineer marries another software engineer. Both are professionally qualified but only one bags a job in the U.S. Two people enter the country but only 50% of the skill set is utilised. The other 50% is left to rot inside homes.
 
This means that ecnomists have a lopsided view of the whole immigration thing.
 
While immigration critics suggest that immigrants steal jobs, the fact is that any qualified individual that joins the country's work force will create something. It can be a service, a product, a computer application, so on and so forth. An economy prospers so long as something is created. Even Joseph Schumpeter, the father of innovation theory suggested that 'innovation is creative destruction'. If there is no work force to innovate (or say only 50% of the present skill set), the U.S. economy is likely to progress at a very very slow rate.
 
When will the country realise that the presence of skilled, knowledgeable labor is no longer an option for growth? It is a requirement.
 
We will continue to monitor these numbers in the coming months and provide regular updates but it's simple math:

U.S. is losing its a charm as a work desitnation for highly skilled foreign professionals. The quota numbers that used to get filled within a few days are now staggering.
Unless you give something to attract skilled professionals, not many will  take the bait.
Allow their spouses to work on the H4 visa and contribute to the growth. At least give them an option to work.

 

Update on H1B quota numbers

Update on H1B quota numbers (April 21, 2011)

 
Hey people,
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its 2012 H-1B cap count on April 15, 2011.
 
The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000. The H1B cap for the Advanced Degree cap is set at 20,000. Number of filings till date are way below the cap but increasing as shown on our last update above:

Regular H-1B Cap:  7,100

U.S. Masters H-1B Cap5,100
 

We will post regular updates as released by the USCIS. Stay tuned to www.h4-visa.com for updates on H1B visa quota.
 
Good luck!
Administrator

I am on OPT right now and

I am on OPT right now and applied for h1 in april 2011.

I got married in Dec 2010 in India. So, my husband is in india right now.

I want to know how soon my husband can come to US on h4 once my h1 approved?

Can he come before October 2011?

I appreciate your advise and help.

 

Hello Shweta, You have to

Hello Shweta,

You have to wait till you get your petition approved and get the I-797.  You can file for his H4 visa the day after you get the I797..:)

Let us know if you have any other questions.

Thanks,

Admin

 

[quote=Shweta]I am on OPT right now and applied for h1 in april 2011.

I got married in Dec 2010 in India. So, my husband is in india right now.

I want to know how soon my husband can come to US on h4 once my h1 approved?

Can he come before October 2011?

I appreciate your advise and help.

 [/quote]

Latest H1B cap count update

Latest H1B cap count update as posted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for the Fiscal Year 2012. Please note that these are the most recent numbers. We will continue to update as we get information on more H1B filings. 

 
Regular H-1B Cap:  9,200  (limit 65,000)
 
U.S. Masters H-1B Cap6,600 (limit 20,000)
 
If you are planning to apply for the H1B visa and H4 visa (dependent on H1 visa) please do it soon. 
 
Stay tuned on www.h4-visa.com for more updates on H1B cap counts.

I am currently working in an

I am currently working in an MNC in India and I have 3years of work experience . But my company doesnot process H1B visa's. So can you please give me advice how to apply for H1B visa from outside. As the 2012 H1B cap is not yet filled can I apply at this time. Please reply.

Hello Vineela, You have to

Hello Vineela,

You have to find a sponsor or a consultant that works with larger companies to get your H1B visa done. It is a bit challenging but not entirely impossible to do that. 

Ask your company rep if they can file the L1 visa for you (instead of the H1B visa).

Wish you good luck!

Admin

IANAL

 

[quote=Vineela]I am currently working in an MNC in India and I have 3years of work experience . But my company doesnot process H1B visa's. So can you please give me advice how to apply for H1B visa from outside. As the 2012 H1B cap is not yet filled can I apply at this time. Please reply.[/quote]

Hello Naveen, In accordance

Hello Naveen,

In accordance with the rules explained on the VFS website, you can apply upto 90 days before October 1, 2011 which is July 1, 2011 or late June, 2011. Here's the relevant VFS quote for you:

 

 
You can apply for an H1B visa up to 90 days in advance beginning of employment status as noted on the form I-797, Notice of Action, however your entry to the US is restricted to 10 days prior to the start date as noted in the Form I-797 unless you are already working on an H1B visa and have applied for a revalidation.

 

Good luck!

Admin

IANAL

[quote=Naveen]Hi,

My H1b petition is approved by USCIS and they have given my start date as 01/OCT/2011, can you pls let me know when can i  go for H1B stamping.

Regards

Naveen.

 [/quote]

Hi, I am currently on my Stem

Hi,

I am currently on my Stem OPT and my H1 has been approved very recently.

1) I wanted to know how soon can my wife in india can apply for H4 visa interview?

2)can she appear for her H4 visa interview without my H1 stamping?

3)Can she enter USA before OCT-1'ST?

Please share your inputs on this case.

Thank You.

Hi Kumar, I am currently on

Hi Kumar,

I am currently on my Stem OPT and my H1 has been approved very recently.

1) I wanted to know how soon can my wife in india can apply for H4 visa interview?

Technically you can file for her H4 visa the day after you get the I797.Check with your lawyer on this or just ask your employer's HR  Manager.

2)can she appear for her H4 visa interview without my H1 stamping?

Yes she can do that.

3)Can she enter USA before OCT-1'ST?

Not sure about that. Your change of status will occur from your H1 starting date but I am not sure if she can come anytime sooner. Check with your lawyer on this.

Thanks!

Admin

 

Latest H1B cap count update

Latest H1B cap count update as posted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for the Fiscal Year 2012. Please note that these are the most recent numbers. We will continue to update as we get information on more H1B filings. 

 
Regular H-1B Cap:  13,100  (limit 65,000)
 
U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 9000 (limit 20,000)
 
If you are planning to apply for the H1B visa and H4 visa (dependent on H1 visa) please do it soon. 
 
Stay tuned on www.h4-visa.com for more updates on H1B cap counts.

Latest H1B cap count update

Latest H1B cap count update as posted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for the Fiscal Year 2012 on June 1, 2011.
Please note that these are the most recent numbers. We will continue to update as we get information on more H1B filings. 

If you are planning to apply for the H1B visa and H4 visa (dependent on H1 visa) please do it soon.  Discuss your concerns related to H1B visa/H4 visa here. 
 
H1-B Regular Cap                           13,600 (total cap 65,000)
 
H1-B Master's Exemption                 9,300 (total cap 20,000)
Stay tuned on www.h4-visa.com for more updates on H1B cap counts.

Update on H1B quota numbers

Update on H1B quota numbers (July 15, 2011)

Welcome back!

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its 2012 H-1B cap count on July 15, 2011.

 The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000. The H1B cap for the Advanced  Degree cap is set at 20,000. Number of filings till date are way below the cap but increasing as shown on our last update above:

Regular H-1B Cap20,500

U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 12,800
Interestingly people who have done Masters in the U.S. are finding it easy to get the H1B visa as compared to others who direcly apply in the regular quota.

We will post regular updates as released by the USCIS. Stay tuned to www.h4-visa.com for updates on H1B visa quota.

Good luck!
Administrator

Latest H1B cap count update

Latest H1B cap count update as posted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for the Fiscal Year 2012 on July 22, 2011.
 

If you are planning to apply for the H1B visa and H4 visa (dependent on H1 visa) please do it soon.  Discuss your concerns related to H1B visa/H4 visa on this forum. 
 
H1-B Regular Cap                           21,600 (total cap 65,000)
 
H1-B Master's Exemption               13,300 (total cap 20,000)
 
Please note that these are the most recent numbers. We will continue to post updates as we get information on more H1B filings. 
Stay tuned on www.h4-visa.com for more updates on H1B cap counts.

Hi, I am on H4 visa now. I

Hi,

I am on H4 visa now. I wanted to apply for H1.Can I apply now for the year 2011 or do I have to wait till April 2012 to apply for H1.Please sugggest.

Your suggestion is appreciated and would be helpful.

Thanks in advance !

Swathi.

Hello Swathi: The H1B quota

Hello Swathi:

The H1B quota for 2012 with a starting date on October 1, 2011 is not full yet. According to the latest numbers, only 22,700 eligible petitions have been filed out of 65,000.

I know it can be a little confusing but if you wait till April 2012, you will not be able start working before October 2012. Try your luck as the current quota is not yet full. If you get the H1 visa you will be able to start working from October 1, 2011.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. Do share what you decide to do! That will help others in the same dilema..:)

Best Regards

Admin

[quote=Swathi]Hi,

I am on H4 visa now. I wanted to apply for H1.Can I apply now for the year 2011 or do I have to wait till April 2012 to apply for H1.Please sugggest.

Your suggestion is appreciated and would be helpful.

Thanks in advance !

Swathi.[/quote]

Many thanks for your

Many thanks for your reply...

Could you please let me know some consultancies which surely process H1. How much will they charge for it?

I also heard that there are some employers who will process H1. Could you please let me know any of such kind?

FYI- I have a 1.9 years of Mainframe testing experience in an MNC in India.

Thanks in advance !

Swathi.

Dear Swathi, You are

Dear Swathi,

You are welcome..:))

We do not know of any consultancies at this time. You should do a google search-there are many companies that file H1B visas. Just be careful of scams. Also, be mindful of the fact that H1s are hard to get these days, another reason for the low filing. Looks like you have good QA experience-- so finding the right company may not be that challenging.

I wish you all the best! Do keep us posted on what you do next. Will be helpful to many others.

Best,

Admin

[quote=Swathi]Many thanks for your reply...

Could you please let me know some consultancies which surely process H1. How much will they charge for it?

I also heard that there are some employers who will process H1. Could you please let me know any of such kind?

FYI- I have a 1.9 years of Mainframe testing experience in an MNC in India.

Thanks in advance !

Swathi.[/quote]

Be very careful in choosing

Be very careful in choosing the It Recruiting company. Try to find an out of India company, check the client list and also check the model of emplyement. Will it be with direct clients or do they have any vendors in middle. Its better to go with a company who as direct clients. 

Hi, my first h1b visa

Hi, my first h1b visa stamping is done on 25 th July , since my wife passport has not come from renewal I did not take my family with me for h4 stamping , I am planning to go US on 10th Oct.
Can you pls let me know if my family can go before Oct and get h4 stamped , if yes can you pls let me know what are the required docs ..

Thanks
Naveen

Hi Naveen: Yes definitely if

Hi Naveen:

Yes definitely if she gets her passport sooner you can schedule the H4 visa interview for. That way you will be able to travel together and she can carry all your original documents (H1 stamped passport, I797, work-related documents, etc) for the H4 visa interview.

Please go through this forum for more help on documents : http://h4-visa.com/forums/h4-visa-related-forums/applying-h4-visa

Remember this is just a forum and you will have to comply with the list of documents as described by the VFS/USCIS.

Let me know if you need more help.

Thanks!

Admin

IANAL

[quote=naveen]Hi, my first h1b visa stamping is done on 25 th July , since my wife passport has not come from renewal I did not take my family with me for h4 stamping , I am planning to go US on 10th Oct.
Can you pls let me know if my family can go before Oct and get h4 stamped , if yes can you pls let me know what are the required docs ..

Thanks
Naveen[/quote]

Yes, you need to apply at

Yes, you need to apply at your nearest consulate. You need to make prior appointement as you did for your stamping. 

 

You need to submit all the supporting documents of your file along with dependants passports, marraige certificate, wedding photos, birth certificates,

Update on H1B Quota

Update on H1B Quota 2012

 
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its 2012 H-1B cap count on July 29, 2011.
 
 The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000. The H1B cap for the Advanced  Degree cap is set at 20,000.
 
The quota in both categories is not full yet. 
 

  • Number of eligible petitions received by the USCIS :                         22,700 (total cap amount 65,000)
  • U.S. Masters H-1B Cap petitions received by the USCIS:                 13,800 (total cap amount 20,000)

 
If you file now, you can start working from October 1, 2011. Hurry if you are interested!
 
We will post regular updates as released by the USCIS. Stay tuned to www.h4-visa.com for updates on H1B visa quota.
 

Good luck!
Administrator

Hi, I have applied for H1

Hi,

I have applied for H1 recently ,I want to know about the rejection ratio for H1 ,I am currently bit nervous as I heard many H1 are getting rejected in the interview,Kindly help.

Thanks

There is no way to tell an

There is no way to tell an accurate rejection rate. If you want statistical evidence, just look at the number of applications accepted so far in each of the H1 visa categories. I have posted numbers for H1 B visa here.

Be confident. Carry all the correct paperwork. Answer all the questions accurately. 

I recommend that you register on our website to get timely notifications of replies to your questions. It's free. Also please write a name..it's easier to communcate..:))

I wish you all the best!

Admin

[quote=Anonymous]Hi,

I have applied for H1 recently ,I want to know about the rejection ratio for H1 ,I am currently bit nervous as I heard many H1 are getting rejected in the interview,Kindly help.

Thanks[/quote]

Naveen, this is really your

Naveen, this is really your call..:) The U.S. economy is not great but the job market in the technology sector is doing well. Depends on what kind of a role do you have and how excited are you to come and work in the U.S.

Please let me know if you have any other specific questions. What part of the U.S. are you planning to come? I can help you if you post specific questions.

Best

-Admin

[quote=naveen]Hi, my h1b is stamped and i need to go to US on 1st Oct... Is it right time to go there .. how is the job market and economy ..

Regards
Naveen[/quote]

  Hi, My case was filed with

 

Hi,

My case was filed with "USCIS at the California Service Center " in last weeks April 2011 or early weeks May 2011. But I have not recieved any inforamation from employyer regarding approval. I dont have application-id information to check status online. My question does it really takes this much time to process? did anybody receives the approval yet for fy 2011-2012. Pelase let me know. I thought to write a mail to my corresponing person(but i don't want disturb them). Please suggest...

 

thanks

naveen M
 

Hi Naveen M: Its best to talk

Hi Naveen M:

Its best to talk to  the person who is handling your case with your employer. Its completely ok to ask him for an update. 

Thanks!

Admin

 

[quote=Naveen M] 

Hi,

My case was filed with "USCIS at the California Service Center " in last weeks April 2011 or early weeks May 2011. But I have not recieved any inforamation from employyer regarding approval. I dont have application-id information to check status online. My question does it really takes this much time to process? did anybody receives the approval yet for fy 2011-2012. Pelase let me know. I thought to write a mail to my corresponing person(but i don't want disturb them). Please suggest...

 

thanks

naveen M
 [/quote]

    Thanks for your

 

 

Thanks for your suggestion and I come to know My petition was approved. I have couple of doubt below, Can you please post your valuable suggestions.

 

1. Currently I am working in INDIA past 3 years and going to work in same company in US and not for any specific Client. So my question like
Can I expect question like why your employer not opted for L1 instead of H1? If so what could be the answer? (I don't know the reason for this and didn't get a chance to ask)
Do I need to carry any appointment letter from my US office? if so is there any conditions on Salary?
2. Please let me have some H1B questions and answers and some suggestions.

3. And also please let me know list of Required and optional document?

4. I had B1 visa and travelled to the US three times with the same Company(recently traveled in Jan 2011 for three months) ? Can I expect any question on this?

 

Thanks In Advance

Naveen M

Hello Naveen, Great to know

Hello Naveen,

Great to know that your petition was approved. Now schedule the H1 visa interview quickly.

It is difficult to predict what questions may be asked. Sometimes they ask a lot of questions. Sometimes the process is very quick and they ask few questions.

  1. Like you have said you do not have a reason for this! Your employer filed for your H1 and you were ok with that. 
  2. Yes you have to carry a letter from your employer. This letter should clearly describe your role and an intention to hire you in the U.S. office. 
  3. You should also carry your education certificates, recent pay slips, reference information of managers with whom you work, and your CV.
  4. My spouse and I went for the interview together. The most commonly asked questions for the H1B applicant relate to the future role in the U.S. company, the employer, past employment, salary, verification of skills, education background, etc.
  5. I would recommend that you look at the list of documents required for the H1 visa on the VFS website.
  6. It is completely normal for people to travel to the U.S. on B1/B2 visa and later apply for the H1 visa. Expect questions on the nature of travel and the goals you accomplished on your last visit. Just be honest and state the facts as is.
  7. If you have questions on which Consulate to apply, read this post : How to select a Consulate?
  8. Check out a sample letter of employment for H4 visa interview to be carried by the H4 visa applicant (if your spouse is also applying with you). 

Please let us know if you have any other questions. It would be great if you can keep us posted on the questions asked during your H1 visa interview. Will help others in this community.

Best,

Admin

IANAL

 

  1. [quote=Naveen M] 

 

Thanks for your suggestion and I come to know My petition was approved. I have couple of doubt below, Can you please post your valuable suggestions.

 

1. Currently I am working in INDIA past 3 years and going to work in same company in US and not for any specific Client. So my question like
Can I expect question like why your employer not opted for L1 instead of H1? If so what could be the answer? (I don't know the reason for this and didn't get a chance to ask)
Do I need to carry any appointment letter from my US office? if so is there any conditions on Salary?
2. Please let me have some H1B questions and answers and some suggestions.

3. And also please let me know list of Required and optional document?

4. I had B1 visa and travelled to the US three times with the same Company(recently traveled in Jan 2011 for three months) ? Can I expect any question on this?

 

Thanks In Advance

Naveen M[/quote]

Thanks for all your help. I

Thanks for all your help.

I have started filling ds-160 and got couple of doubts, can you please let me know  and I have B1 visa issued in August 2008.

1. there is one question called ten-printed with yes or no option. I am confused whci option we have to use.

2. My travel date not confirmed so if choose the option tenetive but still it is asking the tenetive start date, location of stay and duration of stay? if I fill some dummy details will that be create a problem?

3. In the "Travel Companion Section" there is question like below

 

      ARE OTHER PERSON TRAVELING WITH YOU? with Yes or No option i have filled this as Yes since My wife traveling with me? is this correct?

4. I am plaaning to attend for visa interview with my wife, Can you please let me know the procedure?

 

thanks

naveen M

Naveen: Thank you for the

Naveen: Thank you for the kind remarks. Please find my answers inline.
[quote=Naveen M] 
Thanks for all your help.
I have started filling ds-160 and got couple of doubts, can you please let me know  and I have B1 visa issued in August 2008.
 
1. there is one question called ten-printed with yes or no option. I am confused whci option we have to use.
I am not able to understand your question. Could you please be more specific?
 
2. My travel date not confirmed so if choose the option tenetive but still it is asking the tenetive start date, location of stay and duration of stay? if I fill some dummy details will that be create a problem?
 
You may be asked to show your itinerary. So be mindful of what you fill here. If you do not have a travel date, just say that you plan to book tickets after getting the visa. I had already booked my tickets so I showed my itinerary. 
 
3. In the "Travel Companion Section" there is question like below
ARE OTHER PERSON TRAVELING WITH YOU? with Yes or No option i have filled this as Yes since My wife traveling with me? is this correct?
YES
 
4. I am plaaning to attend for visa interview with my wife, Can you please let me know the procedure?
It is always better for families to go for H1/H4 visa interview together. It saves lot of time, energy, and paperwork. Here is the relevant VFS guideline on how to fill forms for the family.
"Q.10 I completed the DS-160 forms separately for myself and my family, instead of filling up the forms using the family option. What do I do now?
 

Ans
You do not have to complete the application forms again for your family as a group. Families are required to have printouts of the DS-160 confirmation pages containing a unique CEAC Barcode number for each family member. When you log on to the VFS website to schedule the appointment for your family, select “Family Member / Co-Worker Travelling together” at the end of the each applicant input and then proceed to the Final Date Chart by clicking on “Continue for Confirmation.” Kindly do not click on “Continue for Confirmation” option, until you have added the Applicant Details for your entire family."
 
Naveen, I hope this helps you. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
It would be great if you can share the questions asked during your interview with us. It should be helpful to read the experience of others who have recently shared their H4 visa interview experience
Thank you,
Admin
IANAL

Helo, how are u? I am coming

Helo, how are u?

I am coming with another set of questions.

My wife and me had Passports before my marriage, so My passport does't have my spouse(wife) name and vise verse(my wife passport does't have my name) will it be a problem to attend VISA interview to attend H1 visa for me and H4 visa for her? also note that we have the marriage certifications and photo albums.

My petetion was approved in May 2011 it self and i have not yet attended for visa interview will this lead my petetion going to be canceled?

 

Thanks

naveen M

 

 

 

Hey Naveen, There is really

Hey Naveen,

There is really no restriction on the number of questions you should ask here:)) We are all ready to help to the best of our ability. Remember no legal advice is being given here.

About your passport not having your spouse's name : No, it will not be a problem at all. As long as you have other proof of marriage, certificate and pictures being the most important, you should be fine.

I am not aware of this. Ask your employer. I think you should be fine as the job start date is no sooner than October 1.

Let us know how your interview goes. Good luck!

Admin

IANAL

[quote=Naveen M]Helo, how are u?

I am coming with another set of questions.

My wife and me had Passports before my marriage, so My passport does't have my spouse(wife) name and vise verse(my wife passport does't have my name) will it be a problem to attend VISA interview to attend H1 visa for me and H4 visa for her? also note that we have the marriage certifications and photo albums.

My petetion was approved in May 2011 it self and i have not yet attended for visa interview will this lead my petetion going to be canceled?

 

Thanks

naveen M

 

 

 [/quote]

I am back with Happy and

I am back with Happy and Confuse status.

Recently  I have atteneded for H1b - VISA interview @ Chennai Office
it went pretty cool with 7-8 questions and I have received the h1b-VISA.
Now my Questions is in my passport page(h1 b visa stamped) with all my
details but there is no Company/Employer/Petetioner name in the
Annotation section,  I hear that it should be exist some where in the
stamp page but not exist in my h1b-stamp page. Please help me out
whether it is requred or not ?

 

I have made call regarding this to CustomerCare(VFS-NOIDA), they said it is not required and it is not mandotory, But still i am in bit confusion. If i travel with that at the time of Port Of Entry will I be face any issues?

 

Thanks

Naveen M

Thanks for staying tuned

Thanks for staying tuned to www.h4-visa.com for updates on H1B visa quota!
Latest update on H1B Quota 2012

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its 2012 H-1B cap count on August 12, 2011.
 
The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000. The H1B cap for the Advanced  Degree cap is set at 20,000.
 
The quota in both categories is not full yet. 
 

  • Number of eligible petitions received by the USCIS :              25,300 (total cap amount 65,000)
  • U.S. Masters H-1B Cap petitions received by the USCIS:      14,700  (total cap amount 20,000)

 We will post regular updates on H1B quota numbers as published by the USCIS.
Good luck!
Administrator

Need Clarification in H1 B

Need Clarification in H1 B Processing:

 

I work with a reputed MNC.My company has started applying H1 for me

 

However as per the process,my petition would be filed only around Oct end.Will the H1 quota last until that time.

 

How much time does it take for petition to be approved once it has been filed?

 

The only reason I did not go for L1 was high rejection rate.

 

Hello Praveen Raja, Thanks

Hello Praveen Raja,

Thanks for the question. At the current rate, it is unlikely that the quota fy 2012 will be filled at all. However, if you file your petition sooner you can start working from October 1, 2012. Request your employer to file the H1 peitioner sooner.

There is no specific time frame for processing the petitiions as each petition is unique.

Good luck!

Admin

IANAL

[quote=Praveen Raja]Need Clarification in H1 B Processing:

 

I work with a reputed MNC.My company has started applying H1 for me

 

However as per the process,my petition would be filed only around Oct end.Will the H1 quota last until that time.

 

How much time does it take for petition to be approved once it has been filed?

 

The only reason I did not go for L1 was high rejection rate.

 [/quote]

Thanks for the prompt

Thanks for the prompt response.

If I get my Visa by say ..May 2012..am I not eligible to work immediately in US ? or should I wait until Oct 2012?I was not aware of this.Please confirm

Hello Praveen Raja, Here is

Hello Praveen Raja,

Here is how it works:

The number of new H-1Bs issued each year in the United States is subject to a quota. Each H-1B quota applies to a particular financial year which begins on October 1. Applications for the upcoming Financial Year are accepted beginning on the preceding April 1 (or the first working day after that date).

For example, the H1B quota for year 2012 was open from April 1, 2011. Usually the quota gets filled quickly but in  the last few years H1 B filings have been comparably low. If your employer files on say April 1, 2011 or say June 1, 2011 or anytime in August & September (or before the quota gets filled), and the petition gets approved, you can start working as early as October 1, 2011. 

That said, looking at the current rate at which H1B applications are being filed (look at the statistics we have posted below) it is likely that the quota would be open for a longer time. For example, FY 2011, USCIS announced on January 27, 2011, that enough petitions were received to reach the year quota on January 26.

In a nutshell, the quota is open till enough H1 petitions are received. I know this may sound too complicated but let me ask you this: how soon do you want to come to the U.S.? Why is your employer wanting to file your application/petition in October end? Can it be done any sooner?

Please note that I am not a lawyer..:)

Best,

Admin

IANAL 

[quote=Praveen Raja]Thanks for the prompt response.

If I get my Visa by say ..May 2012..am I not eligible to work immediately in US ? or should I wait until Oct 2012?I was not aware of this.Please confirm[/quote]

Thanks for the detailed

Thanks for the detailed explanation :)

 

Iam planning to come to US by Mar2012.

 

My employer has already started processing H1 for me.Since its a MNC,due to process overheads- only by Oct 2011,they would file my petition.My only question,if I get my visa stamped by Mar 2012,I should be able to travel to US immediately without having to wait until Oct 2012?

Praveen Raja:  Assuming that

Praveen Raja: 

  1. Assuming that the quota does not get filled by October end, 2011 and you get your petition approved, yes you would be able to travel immediately after your H1 stamping.
  2. If the quota gets full before your employer filed your petition, you will have to wait till April 1, 2012 for the next quota to open up. If your petition gets approved, you will be able to work from October 1, 2012.

So the key issue here is to bet on how soon the H1 B quota gets full..:)

Please keep us posted on what you choose to do. That will help others as well!

Best,

Admin

IANAL

[quote=Praveen Raja]Thanks for the detailed explanation :)

 

Iam planning to come to US by Mar2012.

 

My employer has already started processing H1 for me.Since its a MNC,due to process overheads- only by Oct 2011,they would file my petition.My only question,if I get my visa stamped by Mar 2012,I should be able to travel to US immediately without having to wait until Oct 2012?[/quote]

Hi Praveen, Can you please

Hi Praveen,

Can you please share your Stamping experience like "where did you attend for it?" and type of question you have faced. So that it will be useful for who is going to attend for interviews?

 

Thanks In Advance.

Naveen M

Hi, I got a job offer from

Hi,

I got a job offer from USA and thay have filled a H1-B petition behalf of me ( 5 weeks a ago). I am living in Japan with my wife and I would like to know whether is it possible to apply H4 VISA for my wife at the same time. I mean when I apply for H1-B Visa at the US emabassy in Japan, is it OK to apply for H4 Visa at the same time.

Can you advice me in this matter.

Thank you in advance.

Yes Suresh. You can go for

Yes Suresh. You can go for the H1/H4 interview with your dependent spouse/children. It is better to go together..:-)

Make sure you get a joint appointment for the interview and carry all the correct paperwork.

Please come back and post questions from your interview. It will help our community.

Good luck!

Admin

IANAL

[quote=SureshJP]Hi,

I got a job offer from USA and thay have filled a H1-B petition behalf of me ( 5 weeks a ago). I am living in Japan with my wife and I would like to know whether is it possible to apply H4 VISA for my wife at the same time. I mean when I apply for H1-B Visa at the US emabassy in Japan, is it OK to apply for H4 Visa at the same time.

Can you advice me in this matter.

Thank you in advance.[/quote]

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