The Checklist For An H1-B Visa

The Checklist For An H1-B Visa

H1-B is a working visa for individuals applying to work in the US. It is valid up to 6 years. Wonder what all documents you need to prepare beforehand in order to get an H1-B visa? Well, whether you are already in the US or are planning to head out to it, we are here with the most exclusive checklist for an H1-B VISA. If you are a student on F-1 Visa, the process of transition from F-1 Visas to H-1B Visas is right here! But for now, let us have a look at the Checklist for an H1-B VISA:

Checklist for an H1-B VISA

Obligatory Documents:

  • Your current passport as well as any old passport you may have
  • Your most recent photograph x 1
  • Confirmation page of Form DS-160 with CEAC bar code that you submitted online.
  • VISA Fees (To be paid in advanced)
  • Original Appointment letter plus one photocopy
  • I – 129 Petition Receipt #, printed on the approved Form I-129 petition along with a copy of the approval of your I-797 Form.

Supporting Documents:

The supporting documents that will be required along with the mandatory documents are:

  • Original Form I-129 plus one copy
  • A letter from your employer which lists down your reason for hire and your anticipated duties.
  • Letters of work experience from your previous employers which state your work history, the degree of experience and skill set.
  • Original Degree certificates along with any mark sheet and/or transcript
  • Related diplomas and certifications you have done.
  • Photocopies of first, last and remarks page of your most recent passport
  • All previous passports even if they have not been used for travel
  • Any evidence of extension of legal status in the US
  • Payroll stubs from your current or last place of employment and any income tax returns

For Returning Employees:

If you have previously worked in the US, then you will be required to submit the following documents as a part of the checklist For An H1-B Visa:

  • Your IRS Form 1040 and W-2 Forms for all duration of employment in the US
  • Your pay slips as well as monthly bank statements of the last 12 months
  • A letter from petitioner, if applicable, stating reason for failure to pay approved wages in the specific duration
  • Your resume
  • The names, post and contact numbers of personnel managers at your current and previous places of employment

For First Time Applicants:

If you are a first-time applicant, then the following documents are also required:

  • Names and contact information of the personnel managers at your current and previous places of employment
  • Photographs of the inside as well as outside of the places of employment
  • Names and contact numbers of at least 2 co-workers from your current as well as past places of employment
  • A complete resume and cover letter describing the job description of the current place of employment
  • Personal bank records for the past 6 months
  • The photographs of the inside and outside of the company you are applying for in the US, as well as prospectus, brochures, and annual reports included
  • Your resume and CV.

The presence of all of these documents, photographs, and copies are necessary if you want to have a smooth process of application for H1B Visa. Following this Chceklist for an H1-B Visa, prepare your U.S. Immigration Application Today!

Good luck!


H-1B Visa Applications Drop 16% from 2016

H-1B Visa Applications Drop 16% from 2016

H-1B Visa Applications drop almost 16% in Donald Trump’s first lottery. There is an upside, your chance of being awarded an H-1B visa increased!!!  In 2016, USCIS received 236,000 applications for only 85,000 available H-1B visas, or only about 36% chance of being awarded.  This year because USCIS only received 199,000 H-1B visa applications for the same 85,000 spots.  This means that the average applicants chances of being awarded an H-1B increased to 42%!!  That’s great news for talented internationals that want to stay in the United States after their education.

H-1B Visa Applications Drop 16% to 199,000

USCIS announced:

USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing.

The agency reported the H-1B visa applications drop, then conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 cap.  So having a master’s degree somewhat increases your chance because first you are placed in the pool of 20,000, then if you fail to be selected, the application is dumped into the general lottery for 65,000 remaining H-1B visas.

As announced on March 3, USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including cap-exempt petitions, for up to six months. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will also not be counted towards the congressionally mandated FY 2018 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

* Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;

* Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;

* Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and

* Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.


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Average H-1B Pay Points to Possible Trump Changes to Visa Program

Average H-1B Pay Points to Possible Trump Changes to Visa Program

H-1B pay varies greatly.  At Work Visas, we’ve written about what the changes we think the Trump Administration may bring to the H-1B Visa program.  So far, all of his executive action deals with predominantly Islamic nations.  He may turn away from such actions in favor of more popular support.  Saving American jobs from H-1B visa holders.

Every one STEM H-1B Visa holders create 2.6 other jobs for Americans.  Trump may play up the misconceptions regarding H-1B job replacement. Mostly, only a handful of IT consulting firms that hire predominantly Indian nationals.

The top eight H-1B employers, as a group, scooped up a total of 49,539 H-1B visas out of the 85,000 available. That’s 58% of the total number of visas available in 2015, according to data the USCIS provided under the Freedom of Information Act.

Say what?  Yup.  Once again.  8 companies are responsible for more than HALF of the H-1B visas subject to the cap.  A random lottery system, like the ones used to select the H-1Bs subject to the cap, requires he same percentage.  Therefore, out of the 236,000 applications that USCIS received in 2016, 137,544 were from just 8 companies.

H-1B Pay is much lower at Indian Outsourcing Companies

Amazon’s average H-1B salary is $113,000.  Wipro, Tata, or Infosys pays only $70,000 a year.  As a result legislation has been introduced to bump the H-1B pay to a minimum of $100,000 for these companies.

One benefit of $100,000 in salary at these companies is that all the other businesses have a better chance of getting their legitimate H-1B employee.

If the Indian IT outsourcing firms tried to hire fewer workers because of the increase in pay, their percentage of the applications will fall.  We support legislation targeted at the companies that are gaming the system to grow their businesses  Almost 60% of the visas should not go to only 8 companies.  If the IT talent in the Indian outsourcing firms was distributed,more businesses would benefit by employing such talent directly.

Top 5 Tips for Getting an H-1B Visa

Top 5 Tips for Getting an H-1B Visa

The top 5 Tips for getting an H-1B are simple.  It comes down to who you know and if they like you.

1. Get a STEM degree from a U.S. university

It should comes as no surprise that STEM talent receives the vast majority of H-1B visas.  According to the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) Annual Report for 2015, the top three H-1B positions are: 1) Computer Systems Analyzes, 2) Software Developers, Applications, and 3) Computer Programmers.

Bottom line: if you are reading this while still in college looking for your major, STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE. Computer science is basically 50% of all H-1B visa jobs.  So major in it!!!

2. Get your CPT while still in School

Once you majored in computer science, talk to your university’s Designated School Official (DSO) regarding your Curriculum Practical Training (CPT).  Your DSO is probably the person at the university that helped you with your F-1 Visa.  Your CPT allows you to work if certain requirements are met.  This allows you to start mining the gold that is employ-ability (after majoring in computer science).  Your network of contacts is the most important of the top 5 things to help you land the H-1B job.

3.  Maximize your OPT time

As you get toward graduation, all F-1 students can receive 12 months of Occupational Practical Training (OPT) after they complete their degree.  This OPT allows you to continue to foster your network of contacts and demonstrate your special skills directly related to your major.

But if you chose wisely and majored in computer science, you get 3 whole years of OPT time!!!!!!  There are more requirements and employers may need to consult with an attorney to properly plan for compliance with the requirements of extended OPT time, but 3 years is a LOT more time to create relationships and…..


Network, very important in the top 5.  Your network is your job.  Most people get a job because of who they know.   When an employer has a job opening, the business is thinking about the people they know that can do the job.

Be that person they know.

Get out there and hang out with jobs directly related to your field of study.

If you chose wisely and are studying computer science, send your resume to the area web development companies.  There are thousands of software shops in America, go meet the people that make them work.  Start or attend MeetUps relevant to tech.  See if your local start up incubator has student rates and get to know developers in the area.  Then compare skill sets.

5. Be like this puppy

Finally, be likable.  The puppy illustrates this point.  People love puppies.  Puppies are cute and happy to see everyone they meet.  So when you go out to network, remember the mantra “people love puppies.”  Yes, it is silly.  But people like other people that make them feel good, that like them, that are happy to see them and are positive.  If you’re in the dumps and depressed, code something, or go exercise.  But when you are feeling great to be alive, go out and network.

This is not an exhaustive list of the top 5 things to do to get your H-1B visa, but they really help.

Pick the right major.  Optimize the time you interact with possible employers.  Network in the area related to your field of study.  And channel your inner puppy when meeting people.

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