Friday, March 22, 2013

Before you Fly–Tips

 

Choosing your Airline Carrier:

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Emirates
  3. Etihad Airways
  4. Gulf Air
  5. Saudia
  6. PIA

Unfortunately there’s no direct or non-stop flight from Pakistan to United States. So the best option available is a one-stop flight. You have plenty of options available, as shown in the list above.

It is advisable to check fares with all the carriers, because the fare plans of these carrier works in a mysterious way; it is quite possible that the carrier which you chose for your last flight and which was the cheapest fare at that time, might not be the cheapest one now; these carrier shuffle their prices; different market actors have impact on how and what fare they would settle for upcoming season.

General sentiments about different carriers are:

  1. Qatar Airways – Best Quality with Cheaper rates
  2. Emirates – Leader in Quality Services; Somewhat more expensive
  3. PIA – Enriches your faith in God ;)

Register with Frequent Flyer before Flight Reservation:

Almost every airline carrier has their frequent flyer program, get your self registered online, before doing the flight reservation. During your flight reservation mention your frequent flyer number to earn miles/rewards, etc.. In case, you forgot to do that, you can register and claim your miles/rewards after your travel as well, but there’s a time limit to do that, so do check with your airline carrier about the time duration.

Luggage / Baggage:

Generally following luggage / baggage is allowed:

  1. Two pieces, not to exceed 23 kg and a maximum dimension of 158 cm each
    • Maximum Dimension = length + width + height
  2. One piece, not to exceed 7 kg and 50 x 37 x 25 cm
  3. Laptops and laptop bags have to fit within your hand baggage allowance

However, it is recommended to check explicitly about the allowed luggage / baggage from your chosen airline carrier.

Carrying Original Documents:

Make sure, you have at least one photocopy set of all your original documents. Keep both original and copy in separate bags/suitcases.

Purchase a Prepaid SIM Card:

If you are not already carrying a Prepaid/Postpaid SIM from Pakistan, it is recommended to purchase a prepaid SIM Card. It will be helpful when you will return back, because quite shockingly, the Jinnah International Airport Karachi do not have any public Telephone Booth Facilities.

Shoes without Laces:

If you want to keep yourself safe from the hassle of tying and un-tying the laces every now and then during security passes, I would recommend to use shoes that do not have laces.

Currency Exchange:

It is advisable to exchange your currency from Pak Rupee (PKR) to US Dollar (USD) earlier, because the Currency Exchange Dealers in Jinnah International Airport have higher currency exchange rates and you will get fewer dollars against your pak rupees as compared to what you can get elsewhere from the Karachi city.

How to Secure Your H-1B Visa: A Practical Guide for International Professionals and Their US Employers by James A. Bach and Robert G. Werner

 

How to Secure Your H-1B Visa A Practical Guide for International Professionals and Their US Employers by James A. Bach and Robert G. Werner

Excerpt taken from Amazon’s Book Description:

The H-1B visa is the gateway for the world’s best and brightest to live and work in the United States as IT professionals, engineers, scientists, professors, doctors, nurses, and researchers. How to Secure Your H‑1B Visa guides employees and employers alike through the maze of H-1B laws, policies, and procedures. This road map lays out the whole H-1B process from petition to visa to status maintenance to visa extension and, ultimately, to permanent residence in the US for you and your family. It shows you step by step exactly how the H-1B process divides up between the employer and employee. It identifies the points where the two tracks converge and the H-1B employer and employee need to pull in tandem.

Navigation icons tell you at a glance whether a topic concerns employees and employers equally or primarily one or the other. Sidebars highlight pitfalls, liabilities, and disasters to avoid; tips and exceptions to leverage for success; administrative and enforcement trends and late-breaking changes; and special conditions that apply to nationals of particular countries, such as India and China. Ancillary chapters cover complementary visas for family members and H-1B substitute visas for professionals with particular skill sets or from particular countries, such as Australia and Canada.

The authors are Silicon Valley immigration lawyers with 60 years combined experience handling professional work visas. Whether you are an international professional desiring to work in the US for the first time, an international student in the US wishing to remain after graduation, or a hiring manager or HR specialist for a sponsoring entity, this short book will show you how to secure, maintain, and leverage your H-1B visa and answer all your questions about:

  • quotas and exemptions
  • RFEs and consular interviews
  • dual representation by the employer’s lawyer
  • LCA compliance, auditing, and penalties
  • serial H-1B employers
  • termination and benching regulations
  • reconciling filing deadlines with expiration dates
  • transitioning from academic to affiliated to private H-1B employment
What you’ll learn
As a result of reading How to Secure Your H-1B Visa, foreign professionals will learn:
  • How to optimize the outcome of your non-immigrant skilled worker visa petition
  • How to ace your interview at a US embassy or consulate and answer an RFE
  • How to maintain or change your and your family’s status in the US
    Managers of US companies with skilled worker needs will learn:
  • How to include international professionals in the development of your HR strategies
  • How to coach your foreign hires to cooperate in the petition process and avoid pitfalls
  • How to avoid fines, penalties, and other hazards
Who this book is for

This is a practical, accessible, and affordable short book for both individual foreign professionals (especially IT workers) who want or already have an H1-B non-immigrant specialty occupation work visa (or a treaty-substitute or alternative visa to the H1-B) and also for their US corporate sponsors (especially small-to-medium enterprises and startups in the IT sector), showing foreign employees and US employers how to work in perfect sync to nail that H1-B visa, hang on to it, and leverage it.

    Table of Contents
    1. Introduction

    2. Overview of the H-1B Petition Procedure

    3. The H-1B Annual Quota

    4. Eligibility for H-1B Status

    5. Complementary Roles of the H-1B Employee, Sponsor, and Attorney

    6. Employer Inputs to the H-1B Process

    7. Employee Inputs to the H-1B Process

    8. Labor Condition Application Compliance

    9. H-1B Investigations and Penalties

    10. Maintaining H-1B Status

    11. Termination of H-1B Employment

    12. H-1B Alternative Visas

    13. Summary

    14. Appendix 4

    15. Appendix 5

    16. Appendix 6

    17. Appendix 8

    18. Appendix 9

    19. Appendix 10

    Purchase from Amazon

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Affidavits to support your New Birth Certificate

     

    As discussed in this post, you will need new Computerized Birth Certificate in English from NADRA for Green Card or Permanent Residence processing in future.

    If you do not have the original old birth certificate that was issued the year you were born, than you need 3 Affidavits to support your birth certificate. We are not talking about the new computerized birth certificate here, it is the original old birth certificate. For example, I born in 1979, if my original old birth certificate was issued the same year, than I don’t want any additional Affidavits to support this document. But, if my original old birth certificate was issued after 1979 than I will need to support this document with 3 additional Affidavits. However, actually, in my case I did not have any old birth certificate, so I get my new computerized birth certificate issued from NADRA. And therefore, I need 3 additional Affidavits to support this document.

    These 3 additional certificates should be from

    1. Mother (or close relative), if alive
    2. Father (or close relative), if alive
    3. Close relative who was present at the time of birth

    Affidavit (Mother):

    affidavit mother to support new birth certificate

    Affidavit (Close Relative):

    affidavit relative to support new birth certificate

    New Computerized Birth Certificate for Green Card / Permanent Residence Processing

     

    As discussed in this post, you will need new Computerized Birth Certificate in English from NADRA for Green Card or Permanent Residence processing in future.

    The new Computerized Birth Certificate from NADRA looks like:

    new computerized birth certificate nadra

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    New Birth Certificate in English from NADRA–Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items

     

    This post is a part of series of posts that makes up “Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items”.

    Why New Birth Certificate from NADRA?

    Older birth certificates are in Urdu Language and in order for them to be used in processes in foreign countries (Green Card processing, for example), you need to get a new one issued from NADRA.

    Location / Address / Map

    Any NADRA Swift Registration Center NSRC.

    NSRC @ Awami Markaz, Shahrah e Faisal, Karachi.


    View Larger Map

    Timings:

    Monday through Saturday – 9:00 to 17:00 PST

    Fees & Duration:

    • Fee - PKR 50
    • Duration – 5 days

    Required Documents:

    1. Photocopy of CNIC of your parents
    2. Original Birth Certificate, if you have one
      1. If you do not have original certificate, than an application from your parents, confirming the date of birth
    3. Photocopy of your CNIC

    nadra birth certificate form

    Process:

    1. Fill the form, shown above
    2. Attach all the documents mentioned above
    3. Submit the form and documents to any NSRC
    4. Get the receipt

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    International Driving Permit–IDP– Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items

     

    This post is a part of series of posts that makes up “Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items”.

    Why International Driving Permit?

    An International Driving Permit is not a driver license. The permit only verifies that you hold a valid driver license in your home country. Your foreign driver license, not the International Driving Permit, allows you to drive in USA.

    You are not required to have an International Driving Permit to drive in USA, but the permit has value. The permit verifies, in several languages, that you have a valid foreign driver license. A police officer who cannot read the language on your foreign driver license can read the permit.

    Location / Address / Map


    View Larger Map

    Timings:

    Monday to Saturday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Friday - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Lunch Break - 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Required Documents:

    1. Three recent Passport size photographs
    2. Photocopy of Valid Passport and Valid Visa Copy
    3. Photocopy of Local Driving License
    4. Photocopy of CNIC
    5. Medical Certificate

    Fees & Duration:

    • Fee ~ PKR 600
    • Duration – Same or next day.

    Process:

    1. There’s a Post Office opposite to the Clifton Driving License Branch. Go there and buy stamp ticket for International Driving Permit.
    2. Go to the Reception Area and ask for International Driving Permit form
    3. Fill the form, paste the stamp ticket on the top right corner.
    4. Attach photocopies of documents mentioned in the section above
    5. Keep original documents with yourself which you may have to show to the Driving License Branch Officials.
    6. Attach photographs
    7. Submit the filled form with all attachments.
    8. There’s a fee which you have to pay
    9. You will have to appear before the License Authority to get your IDP approved and collect it at the same time.

    international driving permit idp license

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Protectorate of Emigrants Stamp on Passport–Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items

     

    This post is a part of series of posts that makes up “Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items”.

    What is Protectorate of Emigrants Stamp?

    For every Pakistani citizen, who is going abroad for any reason, it is a mandatory requirements to get NICOP, Life Insurance and Protectorate of Emigrants stamp on his/her passport. It is IMPORTANT to note that without the Protectorate of Emigrants stamp, ASF/FIA/Custom officials at the airport will not allow you to get onboard.

    protectorate of emigrants stamp

    Location / Address / Map:

    Protector of Emigrants
    Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment
    14-J, Block No.6, Near KFC,
    Nursery, PECHS, Karachi.
    View Larger Map

    Timings:

    Submissions are only allowed during 09:00 and 12:30 PST. On Friday submissions are only allowed during 09:00 and 11:00 PST

    Required Documents:

    1. Original Passport – with H-1B Visa Stamp
    2. 4 Photocopies of #1
    3. Original I-797
    4. 3 Photocopies of #3
    5. Original Computerized National Identity Card CNIC
    6. 4 Photocopies of #3
    7. Original National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis NICOP – If you have have applied for the NICOP and have the Token issued by NADRA, than this NICOP Token would also suffice.
    8. 3 Photocopies of #5
    9. Original Employment Offer or Contract
    10. 4 Photocopies of #7
    11. Resignation Letter given to previous employer
    12. NOC if your last employer was a Government functionary
    13. Life Insurance
    14. 2 CNIC Photocopies of your blood relative i.e. Father, Mother, Siblings, Children – required for Life Insurance
    15. Bank Challan Receipts
    16. Information Form
    17. Photographs – At least 4.
    18. For #4 and #17 above – If you have more, keep them with yourself, because it’s my experience that our government departments are too obsessed with collecting Photographs and Photocopies of CNIC. The amount of photocopies of documents these government department requires, each one of them “attested” with a 17 or higher grade officer is just insane! I believe this is the main reason why stationary guys and notary public guys are still in business :)

    Fees & Duration:

    • Fees – Total PKR 6,500 – See breakdown below:
      1. State Life Insurance – PKR 2.000
      2. Employee’s Welfare Fund – PKR 2,000
      3. Protector Registration Fee – PKR 2,500
    • Duration – Same day

    office of the protectorate of emigrants and nadra

    Process:

    • IMPORTANT TIP: Go straight to #10 i.e. the Helper Guy. You will see a man, in his late forties. Ask him about the process, he will guide you step by step, fill your forms, challan, etc, make your file ready to submit by yourself and will accept any nominal fees from you for his services. He doesn’t seems to be greedy as you usually see such places. Seems educated and very polite person to talk to. In my experience, the government should hire him for helping people in such a great manner. But then I thought, may be when he is hired, he might become one of those that are sitting on government seats!
    • For all those who can remember the steps and can go through the process on their own, read further
    • Go to #7 i.e. Reception Area and tell them that you want the Protectorate of Emigrants Stamp on your Passport.
    • They will ask to show the required documents
    • They will issue you the Information Form, NBP Challan etc.
    • Now, you will have to submit Challan and Fees to three different banks; National Bank of Pakistan, Habib Bank Limited and United Bank Limited.
    • See the map below to locate these:
      View Larger Map banks nbp hbl ubl
    • Go “inside” HBL first and ask for “Employee’s Welfare Fund” Challan. Fill the challan, submit PKR 2,000 and get the receipt.
    • Go to the window of NBP, the one which is on the far right side – see the small red circle mark on the image map above. Submit the challan along with PKR 2,500 and get the receipt.
    • Go “inside” UBL, fill the “Deposit Slip” with following details
      • Account# – 621-7
      • Title of Account – State Life
      • Amount – PKR 2,000
    • Submit the Deposit Slip along with PKR 2,000 and get the receipt.
    • Go to photocopy shop and make copies 2 copies of all the receipts
    • Go back to the Protectorate of Emigrants Office, fill the forms, attach photocopies, photos, Challans, and other required documents, mentioned above.In what sequence? please ask that Helper Guy I mentioned in first point, because I just forgot the sequence :)
    • Present this file (containing all documents, challans, etc) to Reception Area i.e. #7 in the image above.
    • You will then be asked to take this file to the Protector of Emigrants Registration Section show at #16 in the image above.
    • The Protector of Emigrants Registration Section will check all documents and will send the file to the Protector of Emigrant Officer
    • Protector of Emigrant Officer will sign, emboss on Passport and forward the file to the Briefing Section
    • At 15:00 PST the Briefing Section will conduct a session where he/she will brief all the newly protected individuals with all the necessary aspects of rights on foreign soil, protection of Government of Pakistan, Insurance matters, Incident and Health Hazards, etc..
    • After the briefing session, you will be handed over your original documents which includes the Protectorate of Emigrants Stamp on your Passport.

    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    Post H-1B Visa Stamping–National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis–NICOP

     

    This post is a part of series of posts that makes up “Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items”.

    What is NICOP:

    NICOP (National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis) is a registration document to be issued to a valid/legitimate citizen of Pakistan. It is actually an English version of your Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC).

    nicop one

    nicop two

    Location / Address / Map:

    Any NADRA Swift Registration Center (NSRC).

    TIP: If you are also planning to apply for Protectorate of Emigrants Stamp, then, there’s a NADRA Swift Registration Center NSRC inside the same building hosting the Office of the Protectorate of Emigrants.

    Protector of Emigrants
    Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment
    14-J, Block No.6, Near KFC,
    Nursery, PECHS, Karachi.
    View Larger Map

    Timings:

    Monday through Saturday - 09:00 - 17:00 PST

    Required Documents:

    1. Passport
    2. Computerized National Identity Card – CNIC

    Fees & Duration:

    1. Normal – 30 days – PKR 4,500
    2. Urgent – 15 days – PKR 5,000
    3. Executive – 7 working days – PKR 6,000

    Process:

    1. You will be asked to show original CNIC and Passport
    2. Official of NADRA will fill a form and get your signatures
    3. Your picture will be taken
    4. Your finger prints will be taken
    5. You will be handed over a print-out of completed form
    6. You will have to get this printed completed form, attested with a 17 or higher grade officer
    7. You will than have to submit the attested form to NADRA
    8. On submission NADRA will issue you a token, carrying unique number to track your case and as a proof of evidence that your NICOP is actually in process.
    9. TIP: if you have to get the Protectorate of Emigrants stamp as well, you can use this NICOP token instead of waiting for the NICOP card.

    Tracking or Checking Status:

    You can check the status of your NICOP application online via NADRA website:

    http://www.nadra.gov.pk/index.php/search/tracking

    Verify H-1B Visa Stamp–Annotation–Cancelled Without Prejudice–KarachiVisaQuery@state.gov

     

    This post is a part of series of posts that makes up “Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items”.

    us-visa-sample

    • Check that your Passport Number is correct
    • Check that your name is exactly like it is mentioned in your Passport
    • Check if your Date of Birth is correct
    • Check Issue and Expiration Dates
    • VERY IMPORTANT – Check if your Employer/Sponsor Name is mentioned in the “Annotation Section”. I’ve personally experienced this problem, that my Employer/Sponsor Name was not mentioned in the “Annotation” section of the H-1B Visa. And, in fact, it was the official of Protectorate of Emigrants, Karachi, who first identify this problem and suggested me to contact US Consulate or Embassy.

    If you find any discrepancies in your H-1B Visa, contact US Consulate immediately using the email address:

    KarachiVisaQuery@state.gov

    Always mention your full name and passport number, when writing email for US Consulate on any matters related to your H-1B Visa.

    After I sent the email, I received a call from US Consulate, after 3 days and they asked me to submit my passport to American Express again and the problem will be rectified in a couple of days and that I will receive a call from American Express when my passport is ready to be collected again.

    After 3 days I received a call from American Express to collect the passport. When I pick up my passport from American Express, I noticed that they have stamped a new H-1B Visa Stamp on my passport and have cancelled the older H-1B Visa Stamp which was missing the Employer/Sponsor Name and wrote “CANCELLED WITHOUT PREJUDICE” on top of the H-1B Visa Stamp. Cancelled without prejudice – means that it was not due to any fraud or fault of yours.

    h-1b visa stamp on passport

    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Post H-1B Visa Stamping Action Items

     

    I will now discuss about post visa stamping action items in a series of post, these includes:

    1. Verify H-1B Visa Information – Verify if all the information mentioned in your H-1B Visa is correct and no information is missing.
    2. Get your NICOP – National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis – from NADRA
    3. Get your Passport Stamped by Protector of Emigrants, Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment
    4. Get your International Driving Permit (IDP) [OPTIONAL]
    5. Get your new Birth Certificate from NADRA [Required for GC in future]
    6. If you do not have the old Birth Certificate than you need 3 Affidavits; One from your Mother and two from very close relative; testifying your Date of Birth [Required for GC in future]
    7. Before you Fly – Tips

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    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    221(g) Administrative Processing and the Actual Visa Stamping

     

    On the day of your H-1B Visa Interview at US Consulate or Embassy, when Visa Officer finished asking questions, he/she will conclude the interview by letting you know whether you succeed or failed in the interview. If you succeed, there are two cases:

    1. The Visa Officer hand over to you a 221(g) Administrative Processing Form and say that Administrative Processing is required in your case.

      It is possible that the Visa Officer will ask for some more documents related to you or your Sponsor, which you and/or your Sponsor has not submitted throughout the process. Not that these documents were required initially, but they might need them in your case for further clarification.

      It is also possible that they don’t ask for any further documents and your application still have to go through the Administrative Process.

      The actual amount of wait might also vary from case to case. Generally they give you the time of 6 to eight weeks, but in actual it can be less or more than.

      “After the interview, many visa applications necessitate further routine but required administrative processing, an integral part of the visa adjudication process that can be neither waived nor expedited. Individuals whose applications require this processing will be informed of that fact at the conclusion of their interview. Most administrative processing is completed within 60 to 90 days of the visa interview, but some cases do take longer. We cannot predict how long this processing will take for any particular case.”

      Source - http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant_visa_faqs.html

       

    2. The Visa Office will inform you about an estimated time frame when your H-1B Visa will be stamped on your Passport.

    UPDATE – You can now Check your Visa Application Status Online, click to read more

    In either cases, once your H-1B Visa is stamped on your Passport and your Passport is ready to be collected from American Express, you will receive a call from American Express representative to come and pick it up.

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Possible Interview Questions That May Be Asked By Visa Officer During H-1B Visa Interview @ US Consulate or Embassy

     

    1. For which position you are going?
    2. Which company you are going?
    3. Are you married?
    4. How long you’ve been married?
    5. How many kids you have?
    6. What is the age of your kid?
    7. Please show me the birth certificate of your kid?
    8. To Wife – Where were you born?
    9. To Wife – Have you ever travelled to any foreign country?
    10. To Wife – Was your marriage arranged or love?
    11. To Wife – Was your child born full term?
    12. To Wife – What time in the day was he born?
    13. To Wife – When you were married?
    14. How many children you have?
    15. Where in USA are you going?
    16. How do you come to know about this Job Opportunity?
    17. How do you know the person who referred this job opportunity to you?
    18. For how long that referrer (in #8) is working with his current company?
    19. On which position that referrer (in #8) is working on?
    20. Is he/she (referrer in #8) still working with his current company?
    21. Is he/she (referrer in #8) currently in USA?
    22. What compensation will you get?
    23. Will your employer be providing you the accommodation?
    24. What was the interview process in your new Company?
    25. Were they telephonic interviews or in-person?
    26. Where you are graduated from?
    27. Do you have any business card or employment letter of the current job with you?
    28. Do you have a family in USA?
    29. When do you plan to join your Company?
    30. Tell me briefly about your travel history in last 10 years?
    31. Tell me some of the clients of your company (which you are going to join in USA)?
    32. What position will you be having?
    33. What’s the business of your Company?
    34. What is your last degree?
    35. Where did you work after you graduated?
    36. Where are you working right now?
    37. Does your current employer knows about your H-1B processing?
    38. How many employees your company have (the one which you will join in USA)?
    39. What will you going to do in your new company?
    40. So you studied Mathematics? What is Integration?
    41. What is a Stack?
    42. What is Debugging?
    43. What is a Code Comment?

    Please Share Your H-1B Information ANONYMOUSLY to Help Others

     

    Dear readers,

    I’ve setup a live form at the right side of this blog. If you have applied for the H-1B Petition ever, you are requested to kindly fill this form. This effort is to anonymously collect and publish the data for common good of all.

    You can also view all the submissions made through this form, at the bottom of this page.

    Thanks!

    Syed Muhammad Humayun

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    Updates on Companies in Pakistan, Sponsoring H-1B Visa

     

    Very recently I get to know that Systems (Pvt.) Ltd. is also sponsoring H-1B Visas. They have offices in Karachi and Lahore:

    Head Office
    Chamber of Commerce Building, 11 Sharae Aiwane Tijarat, Lahore, Pakistan

    Karachi Office
    E-5, Central Commercial Area, Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Karachi, Pakistan

    The information that I got is that they have sponsored quite a lot of candidates in recent years and in fact laud themselves as being the front runner in H-1B sponsorships as far as the counts are concern.

    Their US front is Visionet Systems - http://www.visionetsystems.com

    So, I’ve updated the original post and if you guys have information of other companies in Pakistan who are sponsoring H-1Bs, please let me know. Drop me an email or a comment on any of these posts and I’ll update the relevant posts. Thanks!

    Companies who sponsor H-1B Work Visa for USA in Pakistan

     

    One of the most frequently asked question I encounter is, which companies (local or foreign) are sponsoring H-1B Visa’s in Pakistan? I’m listing down a number of IT & IT Enabled Services (ITES) companies who are known to have sponsored candidates from Pakistan in past 5 years or more. And, I personally know and have met the candidates from these companies (except one).

    Company in USA

    Local Representation in Pakistan

    Macrosoft Inc.
    2 Sylvan Way 3rd Floor
    Parsippany, NJ 07054
    http://www.macrosoftinc.com/

    Macrosoft Pakistan (SMC-PVT) Limited
    42-A, Abu Bakar Block,
    New Garden Town,
    Lahore, Pakistan.
    http://www.macrosoftpakistan.com

    Netpace Inc.
    12657 Alcosta Blvd.
    Suite 410 San Ramon,
    CA 9458
    http://www.netpace.com
    Netpace Systems (Pvt) Ltd
    1003-4, Park Avenue,
    Shara-e-Faisal,
    Karachi 75400, Pakistan.
    http://www.netpace.com
    NetProSys Inc./ Progressive Systems
    (They seems to be out of operations by this name. And, unconfirmed news is that they have been acquired and/or re-branded by/as RaaWee, Inc. (see below)
     
    RaaWee Inc.
    Eastside Atrium,
    800 E. Campbell Rd, Suite 201,
    Richardson, TX 75081
    http://raawee.com
    Sidat Hyder Morshed Associates (Pvt) Ltd
    Beaumont Plaza, Beaumont Road
    Karachi 75530, Pakistan
    http://www.sidathyder.com.pk
    NorthStar Technologies Inc.
    161 Kimball Bridge Road
    Suite #200
    Alpharetta, GA 30009
    http://www.globalnorthstar.com

    Sibisoft (Pvt.) Ltd.
    National IT Park
    Suite # 1214, Caesars Tower
    Shahrah-e-Faisal
    Karachi - 74400, Pakistan
    http://www.sibisoft.com

    360training.com, Inc.
    13801 N. Mo-Pac, Suite 100
    Austin, Texas 78727
    http://www.360training.com

    Softech Corporation (Pvt) Ltd.
    # 502, 5th Floor, Anum Empire
    Shahrah-e-Faisal,
    Karachi, Pakistan
    http://www.360training.com
    Visionet Systems
    4B Cedar Brook Drive
    Cranbury, NJ 08512
    http://www.visionetsystems.com
    Systems (Pvt.) Ltd.
    Chamber of Commerce Building,
    11 Sharae Aiwane Tijarat,
    Lahore, Pakistan.
    http://www.systemsltd.com
    Royal Cyber
    55 Shuman Blvd, Suite 1025, Naperville,
    IL 60563 USA.
    http://www.royalcyber.com
    Royal Cyber
    Suite # 1101-1104, 11th Floor,
    Ceasers Towers (National IT Park),
    Main Shahrah e Faisal,
    Karachi, Pakistan.
    http://www.royalcyber.com

    Besides the ones mentioned above, there are other ITES companies that have presence in Pakistan and are on the record to have sponsor H-1B visas. However, it might be possible that the actual candidates are sponsored from other countries (where they also have presence besides USA and Pakistan). I’m not personally, or through my contacts, aware of any sponsorship cases by these companies:

    Company in USA

    Local Representation in Pakistan

    Mentor Graphics Corporation
    8005 SW Boeckman Road
    Wilsonville, OR 97070
    http://www.mentor.com

    Mentor Graphics (Pakistan) Development (Pvt) Ltd
    Floors # 5-6-7-8th, Ali Tower
    105 B2 MM Alam Road Gulberg III
    Lahore, Pakistan 54660
    http://www.mentor.com
    TRG  
    NetSol IR  
    Mixit  
    Primatics Financials  

    In the end, there are companies other than ITES sector that are also on the records to have sponsor H-1B visas:

    • National Bank of Pakistan
    • Pakistan Link
    • Pakistan Publications Inc
    • Taj Software Systems Corporation (Indian company, but have known to run ads for Pakistani candidates in Pakistan as well)

    On the Interview Day - US Embassy/Consulate’s Interview Process for H-1B Visa Applicants

     

    This post is a part of series of posts that makes up “The Complete Process Trail for H-1B Work Visa”.

    • Try to reach 10 to 15 minutes early on the interview day. Please note that it is not recommended by the Consulate to reach earlier than 10 to 15 minutes.

    h1b visa usa karachi consulate pakistan

    • Parking – If you are on personal conveyance than you can park your vehicle at the locations highlighted with green lines, in the picture below:

    h1b visa usa karachi consulate pakistan - parking

    h1b visa usa karachi consulate pakistan - details

    1. Outside the premises of US Consulate Karachi - The security personnel will register your entry by asking your Name, Passport Number and Check In Time
    2. Main Gate – Through which you enter into the US Consulate Karachi’s premises.
    3. Security Check – You will asked to hand over whatever folder, file you have. Besides that you will be asked to take off your leather belts, wallets, glasses, keys, in fact any thing that is other than your clothes. Once checked and satisfied, they will return your items back to you.
    4. Walk way to the main waiting area.
    5. Waiting area with a shed and seating arrangements for applicants
    6. Waiting area with a shed and seating arrangements for applicants
    7. Entrance gate to the building
    8. Finger Printing Area – Your finger prints will be taken and your height will be measured. They will also ask in which language you want to give the interview, if you have already not checked it on the sticker that was pasted by American Express on the back or front of your passport.
    9. The final waiting area – Contains at least 9 or 10 rows of 4 seats each like:
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    10. Interview Counters – Visa Offer’s Interview Counters – Total of 5 or 6.

    The total process from your entry into the premises as mentioned in #1 above, up till your interview and exit, it would take around 2 and a half hours or so. The actual interview with the Visa Officer will be just around 15 minutes or so.

    Finally, what Visa Officer will ask in the interview? stay tuned for next post on this.