Better to join in 2018 rather than 2019 ? Which companies ?

Undisclosed Boomer1
Nov 8, 2018 15 Comments

I am scheduling onsite's for Google / FB / Uber and speaking with recruiters for others.

I am on H1b and willing to join on receipt (because of a situation at current company- plus any of the above will pay twice and don't want to wait)

I know for Google it's better to join in 2018 vs 2019 (due to refreshers) - any other companies similar to this ? Are FB/Uber also similar with refresh policies ?

Wondering whether to schedule interviews quickly to join in 2018, or take it easy and join in 2019. The H1b delays (LCA plus getting the receipt) make it all the more difficult to join in 2018, but if it makes sense can push for it

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  • Undisclosed ransom$$
    Isn't there just like 3 months left for premium processing to be back? If you join on receipt, it will anyway be January. Why not take the safe route and stay an extra month?
    Nov 8, 2018 0
  • Undisclosed Boomer1
    OP
    Not 3 months ! Let's calculate. Let's say company files with premium on Feb 19th. (Btw this date can change ). Results by March beginning . What if there is an RFE ? Give it few more months ? What if there is a denial ? Much more uncertainty! Maybe in April/May timeframe I will be left with this same crappy job. At most I am risking a denial in which case the company files H1b again (know people for whom this was done). In the worst case I leave US for some time (after working for a way better company for 6-9 months) - that's fine with me - actually might even look forward to going to Canada / Europe / India for some time.

    Thing to keep in mind is that a good company will always support you even if there are issues in visa transfer - plus if one is in the long GC queue , it makes sense to stay away for a year anyway if it comes to that.

    Chances of two H1bs getting denied for a company such as G/FB etc are lesser than 5% in my opinion
    Nov 8, 2018 7
    • Microsoft HURi57
      Okay, that's good to know. Though in speaking to other folks, they were told the opposite. My understanding was that once you get the denial, at the very least there isn't a legal way for you to work for Google the following day. But maybe I'm mistaken.
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Undisclosed Boomer1
      OP
      Yes perhaps there is a time window of uncertainty ~ 6 months down the line . need to check. But chances of getting there are very low. In my case, want to get out of the present company asap. Will not mess my 6 months for a 5-10% chance of uncertainty
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Microsoft HURi57
      Yep, fair enough. I'm in the same boat and just got my receipt. I'm actually thinking in the other direction. As much as I want to join Google now, when I read all these horror stories about denials it makes me think that I won't have that peace of mind for those few months. In 2017, when PP was suspended, some folks got their approval in 2.5 months. I'm hoping something similar happens now and that maybe without the PP traffic, the regular processing stuff gets processed sooner.
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Microsoft HURi57
      And if it does get processed sooner, my fear is that it could also mean a denial could come sooner.
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Undisclosed AzXdtn
      I am in the process of transferring as well but it becomes difficult to join on receipt with that uncertainty if you have a working spouse.
      Nov 13, 2018
  • Uber GAANDUF
    need to join before 12/1 to be eligible for Uber refresher in March
    Nov 8, 2018 4
    • Undisclosed Boomer1
      OP
      Ok , thanks. cannot meet that for sure
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Bloomberg $ROPE
      Oh shit is this true? I'm gonna be right on the fence. Hopefully the lawyers don't fuck this up.
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Undisclosed AzXdtn
      @$ROPE are you joining on receipt?
      Nov 13, 2018
    • Bloomberg rope
      IDK what on receipt means. As in, once my TN gets approved? If so then yes.
      Nov 13, 2018
  • Undisclosed Random!
    If you are willing to join on receipt, I don’t see any advantage of waiting. Plus you can get your application upgraded to premium in February if PP is resumed. If not, you wouldn’t have wasted a few months.
    Nov 8, 2018 0

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