Wednesday, December 5, 2012

H-1B Work Visa–Complete Process Trail


Below, I’ve summarized complete H-1B Work Visa Process Trail. Later on, I’ll pick each one of them and will walk you through every step in detail, to help you understand the process completely:

  1. Find an H-1B Sponsor and Pass their selection criteria
  2. Receive and Accept the Offer Letter from the Sponsor
  3. Send related documents to the Sponsor
  4. The Sponsor will file Labor Condition Application (LCA) with Department of Labor (DOL)
  5. Once LCA is certified, the Sponsor will file H-1B Petition I-129 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and USCIS will send the I-797 Receipt Notice to the Sponsor.
  6. Once approved USCIS will send an Approval Notice I-797B
  7. The Sponsor will send the I-797 along with other documents to you
  8. Submit H-1B Visa Application DS-160 online on USCIS website.
  9. Submit DS-160, documents and Fee to American Express and get your interview scheduled in the U.S. Embassy or Consulate
  10. Appear for the Visa Interview at US Embassy/Consulate 
    1. Possible Interview Questions That May Be Asked By Visa Officer During H-1B Visa Interview @ US Consulate or Embassy
    2. On the Interview Day - US Embassy/Consulate’s Interview Process for H-1B Visa Applicants
    3. 221(g) Administrative Processing and the Actual Visa Stamping
    4. Check your Visa Application Status Online
    5. Check Current Visa Application Processing or Wait Time
    6. Delay in Visa Stamping – Send Inquiry to US Embassy or Consulate
  11. Once approved, you are eligible to fly to USA


  1. You can also add that Sponsor cannot file for H-1B Petition before 1st April nor After November (or when the application closes which this year was in June 2012).
    Secondly, even if your visa is approved you cannot enter the USA before 1st October of applied year.
    petition approval and visa approval are two separate process which can take approx. 6 months

  2. No luck for designers :(

  3. No luck for designers :(

  4. Why designers are not considered?

  5. @Fahad & @Faraz - This is only due to the preferences of companies who are sponsoring candidates from Pakistan, otherwise, there are jobs in all categories in USA market, be they developer or designer or else.

  6. Sir, can you please share the average / estimate salary ranges for each major position (i am Software Engineer with 2 yr experience) and other common benefits that most of the U.S. base companies are proving to us ??

    1. Checkout this