H1B visa lottery not selected :( need advice

Apple / Eng DesiGuy9
Aug 12, 2017 37 Comments

Hi,
This year (april 2017) is the second time i applied h1b. and i didnt make it in lottery. April 2018 is my final shot.
I'm contractor at apple (1.5 yrs), working with a staffing firm which might be unstable situation for me at anytime. Cannot rely completely on it. Hidden risks.

As 2018 april is my last shot.. i 'd like to go with a fulltimer job for my h1b visa application. I've been hunting for new job now. My only concern is whether new company will be applying h1b for sure or not.

The reason for my skeptical thinking is.. After my Masters degree, my 1st fulltime job in a startup in Boston (april 2016) gave up on my h1b application process during last date saying that "As you have 2 other chances (2017 & 2018), you need not to apply this year. We'll apply next year for sure." In next 2 months the company was in loss and 80% of staff was laid off (Luckily not me) and told that they got a grace period of 6 weeks to show profits to investors. But i spoke to company's CTO, told him that with my visa challenges i cant work in a unstable environment and resigned my job. (Shouldn't be unemployed on my visa for long time if total layoff is done after 6 weeks). So to avoid risks i got into apple on a contracting position (front end UI Developer)with a staffing firm.

(Sorry for long story.. but its better to know to suggest me)
Now im looking for a better fulltimer opportunity. Should i look for a new job now? Or stay with my staffing firm?
Any notable firms sponsoring h1b visa? Im on OPT now. I appreciate any references (valley area).

Thanks in advance.

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TOP 37 Comments
  • Comcast / Ops
    adegv001

    Comcast Ops

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    novisync
    adegv001more
    If I was you, I will keep looking for a New position who are willing to apply h1b and when you apply h1b next year, I would also talk to couple of staffing firms to apply for your h1b as an backup. I would not simply reply on 1 h1 application.
    Aug 12, 2017 13
    • Apple / Eng DesiGuy9
      OP
      Oh. So we can say to recruiters that i can join their company after cracking interview only if my h1b is picked? Will they wait? I never heard this. @mkg
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Microsoft OuttaHere
      They usually don't wait if it depends on lottery. Unless you have a temp work permit thru OPT etc.
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Amazon mkg
      they do wait..you explain the situation before interviews..Amazon, Facebook have international recruitment events...being in US helps to find more options..
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Apple / Eng DesiGuy9
      OP
      Great. I do have work permit thru opt till Dec' 2018 ... i'll see what i can do. Thanks for your suggestions..
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Comcast / Ops
      adegv001

      Comcast Ops

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      novisync
      adegv001more
      FYI-You need not wait until your application is processed. Once your lottery is picked and you have a receipt you can get onboard with the receipt. Typically if your application is straight forward with all required documents and your education/masters degree is in the same stream that you are working, the chances of denial are less and its legal to work with a receipt number. I did it myself. I worked for my current company while I was waiting for approval for almost 8 months.
      Either way you have enough time on your OPT, if they are ok to wait while the application is being processed you can wait too. It's really up to you.
      Aug 13, 2017
  • New / Eng Elementary
    Dude, there are plenty of interesting countries other than the US. People need to stop acting like this is still the US of the 80s or something.
    Aug 12, 2017 0
  • Databricks / Eng
    datadicks

    Databricks Eng

    BIO
    Sucking data
    datadicksmore
    Another option is to find a job with one of these large corps in your own country and then get transferred as an L visa
    Aug 12, 2017 1
    • Amazon / Eng 🐼Panda
      This is a good option.
      Aug 12, 2017
  • Autodesk / Eng
    uber_cool-

    Autodesk Eng

    PRE
    bizjournals, Akamai Technologies
    uber_cool-more
    If I were you , I would just marry a citizen .. This CPT, OPT, H1B lottery, H1 transfer and then 2-3 decades of GC wait is not worth wasting your life..
    Aug 12, 2017 3
    • Amazon biatch
      Well, it needs to be a bona-fide marriage. Not like you can decide when that would happen and doing it non bona-fide would be more stressful, risky and potentially life damaging than any other option.
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Apple / Eng QBasicDude
      There are plenty of people willing to fake it for a few years for cash. Of course might be hard to fake if you are already legally married with children...
      Aug 13, 2017
    • Visa / Eng YovanKichi
      I sincerely wish I'd have done this. I had a couple of offers too. The only flip-side is that it can potentially damage chances of having a bona-fide marriage later on, in the future. My wife would not have married me if I'd have done this.
      Aug 30, 2017
  • New / Eng
    eagle2727

    New Eng

    PRE
    startups
    eagle2727more
    Google "speedy entry Canada" they have a process, if you have worked in USA you get expedited in he process and may end up getting visa and writhin 6 months... all the best buddy!
    Aug 13, 2017 1
    • Apple / Eng DesiGuy9
      OP
      Yeah .. thanks bud.. that will be my Plan B.. Plan C is doing a dual masters.
      Aug 13, 2017
  • Amazon / Product
    Sn00p_Dawg

    Amazon Product

    BIO
    Engineering + Business Analytics + Technology Commercialization
    Sn00p_Dawgmore
    Amazon would not see this as an issue during recruiting.
    Aug 16, 2017 0
  • Microsoft / Mgmt NotWithHer
    You only get selected now if you want to help #MAGA.
    Aug 12, 2017 0
  • Amazon yfUL20
    U have one year. Get Canadian perm in Toronto. Work for well known companies. Come back easy after 3 years.
    Aug 12, 2017 2
    • New / Eng
      utFg66

      New Eng

      PRE
      SAP
      utFg66more
      How to get a Canadian perm?
      Oct 9, 2017
    • Amazon yfUL20
      Don't know the details, look into it. But if u have a bit of money saved up and a university degree I believe the whole process is less than a year, maybe 6 months.
      Oct 13, 2017
  • Opus Consulting framework
    In case of next year...if the same thing happens again. You have a way of keeping job by joining first day CPT online University course, Means double masters(it's legal).
    Aug 12, 2017 2
    • Apple / Eng DesiGuy9
      OP
      Thats what i'm thinking too. So we can apply h1b again during CPT right?
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Opus Consulting framework
      Yes. But you need to check which H1B cap it goes in like student(20k) or regular(65k).
      Aug 12, 2017
  • Schneider Electric / Other
    efr1

    Schneider Electric Other

    BIO
    Quality Manager.
    efr1more
    What is your degree?
    Aug 12, 2017 1
    • Apple / Eng DesiGuy9
      OP
      Masters degree.
      Aug 12, 2017
  • IBM ghoF16
    I am in a very similar situation. Applied last 2 tries through IBM but could not get through the lottery. Last week I switched to other company based in Boston. They will be sponsoring my H1.
    Aug 12, 2017 1
    • Apple / Eng DesiGuy9
      OP
      Great. Hope our lottery gets selected this time. :)
      Aug 12, 2017
  • New / Other dbsnet
    Immediate bet is to check for non profit orgs.
    Aug 16, 2017 0
  • Apple / Eng QBasicDude
    If your nationality/country of birth allows, don't forget to apply for the green card DV lottery every year.
    Aug 13, 2017 0