Student needs advice on H1b application

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  • #2238
     Nishant 
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    Hello everybody. I am a Bachelors of Computer Science student graduating in Dec 2014. I am looking for jobs, and want to understand what is the best course of action applying for H1 visa.

    If I find a job who is willing to apply for my H1b, should I wait for a year or two, or have them start applying in 2015 itself since with lottery system there is no guarantee.

    What are some of the advantages vs. disadvantages?

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     Amar M 
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    The H-1B visa has an annual numerical limit, or cap, of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. The first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap. Additionally, H-1B workers who are petitioned for or employed at an institution of higher education (or its affiliated or related nonprofit entities), a nonprofit research organization, or a government research organization are not subject to this numerical cap. Cap numbers are often used up very quickly, so it is important to plan in advance if you will be filing for an H-1B visa that is subject to the annual H-1B numerical cap. The U.S. government’s fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. H-1B petitions can be filed up to 6 months before the start date, which is generally April 1 for an October 1 start date.

    So to sum it up I’d say apply the first chance you get (April 1st – as stated above) so you have multiple chances; the 1st year during your OPT and then when you get your STEM extension after that you’ll have another shot.

    • #2267
       gcEZ Team 
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      Thanks Amar M. That’s a very detailed answer. It’s great to see our community growing. Please invite your friends here as well.

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     Anna Garcia 
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    I had the same question. I will graduate in Spring 2019. I’m curious to see what the numbers will be this year.

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