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    I applied for an H-1B visa on June 12th, 2004 in preparation for a job
    in Iowa which starts on August 26th, 2004.

    Does anyone have any idea how long these things usually take?

    Thanks,

    Omar Mirza

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    Time for H-1B visa?


    "Omar Mirza" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    I applied for an H-1B visa on June 12th, 2004 in preparation for a job in Iowa which starts on August 26th, 2004. Does anyone have any idea how long these things usually take?
    Do you really mean "visa" (a document that gets stuck in your
    passport), or do you mean approval of the petition that the
    employer submits to get work authorization for you (and which
    you can subsequently use to get a visa if necessary).

    Petitions take a few months (I think 3 or 4 is typical at the
    moment) unless the employer pays an extra $1,000 in which case
    they usually take less than 15 days. The start date for any
    approved H-1B petition will be October 1 at the earliest this
    year, apart from some special employers.

    Visas take a wide range of time depending on the applicant and
    the Consulate at which they apply. Typically a few weeks, but
    sometimes 6 months to a year or more if the Consulate decides
    to do a security check.


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      Time for H-1B visa?

      "J. J. Farrell" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected] link.net>...
      "Omar Mirza" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] om...
      I applied for an H-1B visa on June 12th, 2004 in preparation for a job in Iowa which starts on August 26th, 2004. Does anyone have any idea how long these things usually take?
      Do you really mean "visa" (a document that gets stuck in your passport), or do you mean approval of the petition that the employer submits to get work authorization for you (and which you can subsequently use to get a visa if necessary).
      I mean the latter. Thank you for the clarification.

      Petitions take a few months (I think 3 or 4 is typical at the moment) unless the employer pays an extra $1,000 in which case they usually take less than 15 days. The start date for any approved H-1B petition will be October 1 at the earliest this year, apart from some special employers.
      That's bad for me. Is there anything I can do to speed up the process
      of my peition has not been approved by the start of my employment?

      Thanks,

      Omar

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        Time for H-1B visa?

        Omar Mirza wrote on 7/18/2004 9:41:
        Petitions take a few months (I think 3 or 4 is typical at themoment) unless the employer pays an extra $1,000 in which casethey usually take less than 15 days. The start date for anyapproved H-1B petition will be October 1 at the earliest thisyear, apart from some special employers.
        That's bad for me. Is there anything I can do to speed up the process of my peition has not been approved by the start of my employment?
        No, there is nothing to be done.
        There is a quota for H1s, and the quota for the current fiscal year
        had been filled by February 2004.
        Fiscal year 2005 starts on Oct. 1, 2004, so any H1 approved now can
        only start from Oct. 1.
        Your prospective employer should know that (if they actually have
        hired a lawyer dealing with these things...)
        The only exception is for "institutes of higher learning" and the like,
        i.e., universities and research institutions.

        -Joe

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