H1B Visa 2015-16 News
How do I locate an H1B Sponsor?
There are a number of ways to get sponsored by a company for an H1B visa. Some of these options include searching through sponsoring company databases, starting with an internship and progressing to visa sponsorship and channels through American based universities. A list of H1B sponsors is published quarterly on behalf of the Labor Department. Another option at your disposal is to search through employment sites. There, you can conduct a more specific search with your personal information. An unofficial list of H1B sponsors from recent years can be found here. [Disclaimer : We take no responsibility for inaccuracies of unofficial data sources.]
What are the H1B Visa Fees?
When filing an H1B petition, the petitioner and/or sponsoring employer is responsible for the following fees due to the USCIS:
- Filing fee
- Fraud prevention and detection fees
- Premium processing fee (if selected)
- Employer Sponsorship fee
Other fees may be applicable to your situation or case. To determine the specifics, consult with a professional and inquire about H1B visa 2015-16 news.
What fees are my employer specifically responsible for?
By law, the employer is supposed to pay the training fee (if applicable) and the fraud fee. If the employer tell you that you are responsible for all USCIS fees, be aware that this is not prohibited and you should not enter into a reimbursement agreement with them.
If I already have H1B visa status but change to a new company am I subject to the cap?
Not necessarily but it’s important that your attorney indicates your current visa status on the forms by marking “Change of employer-not subject to cap.”
If I file under premium processing, am I subject to the cap?
You are subject to it because premium process is simply a quicker way of getting processed so if you’re applying for the first time, the cap does apply to you.
Can I have more than one H1B sponsors?
Based on current regulations, if a nonimmigrant worker intends to perform services for multiple employers than each one is required to file their own petition. If that individuals has received two approved petitions and chosen to work with an employer but later decides to leave that employer and work with the second one, no new petition is required.
Is there anyway to expedite an H1B transfer?
A typical H1B transfer must undergo the same process as filing for a new petition since each one is specific to the employer. The major difference is that a transfer is not subject to the cap since that person already holds H1B status. To speed things up, USCIS offers premium processes which ensures that the USCIS takes action within 15 days of receiving your documentation.
Why do some H1B petitions take longer than others?
If two H1B petitions are filed at the same time, there’s no guarantee that they will be approved within the same time frame. This is because each USCIS service center has a different workload so it’s hard to predict when the paperwork will be addressed. As previously mentioned, premium processing is an option to consider for rush cases.
With H1B status, am I permitted to work for my employer anywhere in the U.S?
When you receive approval for H1B status, the USCIS has taken into consideration the specific location of employment noted on the application as well as the qualifications of the employer specifying that they will comply with the prevailing wage for that area. If at some point the work site changes, you are required to submit an amendment which includes certification of the new location. Of course, in some cases you may be exempt from submitting an amended petition but it’s best to consult with an attorney before taking any course of action.
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