USCIS H1B transfer high efficiency

Amazon / Product God-father
Aug 16, 2018 43 Comments

Just went through the H1B transfer process between two FANGs. Same PM profile at both. Timeline:
08/13: Application submitted in premium processing
08/14: Receipt notice
08/15: Approval notice

I was surprised at the speed with which USCIS made a decision. For folks transfering, these are the docs I submitted.
1)Transcripts undergrad/masters
2)Six months of payslip
3)Employment verification letter as of 08/12 since the last payslip was only until 07/31
4)Reference letter from previous manager at Amazon about the projects I did and the competencies I displayed - BAL didn't ask for it but I insisted that they add it to the application
5)Last two year W2s
6)Created my own job profile description for Labor Certificate - descriptions BAL sent were garbage. I recreated based on actual responsibilities I believe I will have in my next gig

I went little overboard on 4 and 6 but I guess it might have helped.

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  • Amazon Hmduj24
    How did you get #4 done? Did you tell your manager you are leaving?
    Aug 16, 2018 3
    • Amazon / Product God-father
      OP
      Read: Previous manager. Yes, I told him.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • Avere Systems / Eng
      DaveSteve

      Avere Systems Eng

      PRE
      Oracle
      DaveStevemore
      Wat if it was rejected? Then your manager was OK to continue in the same organization?
      Aug 16, 2018
    • Qualcomm Then what
      His previous manager not his current one.
      Aug 16, 2018
  • Juniper KekeWho
    My transfer refile came through in the same record breaking time.
    08/15: submitted
    08/16: receipt generated
    08/18: approved (status online)

    Reported on https://www.trackitt.com
    Aug 20, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    kkdou❤️me

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Sabre Corporation
    kkdou❤️memore
    LCA is only helpful in getting the labor department involved. No matter how well you draft, it is going to take you 7 business days to get the LCA approval.

    USCIS doesn't care much about the technicality of your job description a long as it is inline with the job code on your LCA.

    Receipt notice is emailed for premium applications so next day notice isn't a surprise.
    Even the decision is made within the first week for many premium applications. 2nd day decision is a little fast but I don't think you drafting your own JD or the reference letter would've prioritized your application over other applications. The reference letter might've helped in making the decision... Assuming the officer even looked at it since it is not a required document.
    Aug 16, 2018 5
    • Amazon / Product God-father
      OP
      Are you a lawyer? USCIS definitely care about job description in the cases where specialty occupation is difficult to prove - read PM profiles. I wanted to avoid that. I know a lot of people who have gotten RFE due to specialty occupation.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      kkdou❤️me

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Sabre Corporation
      kkdou❤️memore
      Job description or reference letter didn't help prioritize your case over the other cases. But, They might've influenced the decision, that I already mentioned.

      By the way, your lawyer didn't care much about the job description either.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      kkdou❤️me

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Sabre Corporation
      kkdou❤️memore
      USCIS wouldn't even know what is in the application packet until they start reviewing the case. They picked your application not knowing about the JD or the reference letter. They did not contribute to 2nd day processing.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • Amazon / Product God-father
      OP
      Yes, correct. The only place it could have helped me is in avoiding RFE situation or going into the pile that require further review before a Yes or RFE - which could have further delayed. I am speculating what caused the early processing and yes it could be pure play luck.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • What’s your new base sal? From their shoes Beyond a certain number it really makes no sense for them to suspect a Fang company and pull an RFE on them as it doesn’t fall under 1.company trying to hire cheap labor 2.question of how specialized is the role 3.provided the lawyers didn’t file under level 1 for prevailing wages , so when an application clears several checkpoints it becomes a low risk one why waste any further time on it
      Aug 16, 2018
  • What’s BAL ?
    Aug 16, 2018 1
    • Cisco / Product zettabyte
      It’s the immigration company Google contract with
      Aug 16, 2018
  • Capital One / Other Fhchdj
    If an h1b transfer is rejected then can the company file again?
    Aug 19, 2018 3
    • Juniper KekeWho
      Yes. I just got mine refiled and it came through.
      Aug 20, 2018
    • Capital One / Other Fhchdj
      That’s good!. And the company can refile as soon as they get a decline on previous petition?
      Aug 20, 2018
    • Juniper KekeWho
      Yes.
      Aug 20, 2018
  • Cisco / Product zettabyte
    That’s good to know, hopefully the immigration doesn’t apprise the management as soon as I Ask.
    With increasing issues in H1 transfer don’t want the management to know before the the transfer approval is in hand!
    Aug 23, 2018 2
    • Juniper KekeWho
      Shoot an email to your paralegal asking to keep it confidential so no misunderstanding (which they are to honor) and ask for a copy and if not what is the policy to get a copy. Fake a reason that you may need it for a loan. That way you can confirm the policy indirectly.
      Aug 23, 2018
    • Cisco / Product zettabyte
      Cool, Thnx for the suggestion!
      Aug 23, 2018
  • Nokia TmtF75
    It so simple either your degree should match or you should experience
    Aug 16, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Product God-father
      OP
      I know a SWE H1B transfer from A to G that got declined. Candidate had a CS major. So degree and experience is not the only one. This administration has made it difficult and applications are getting rejected. I just wanted to be super safe.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • What were the reasons for rejection?
      Aug 17, 2018
  • Cisco / Product zettabyte
    Hi Op, If you are at the i140 approved stage, BAL would have asked for the i140 approval notice, did your employer provide it?
    Aug 22, 2018 1
    • Juniper KekeWho
      Cisco had/still has a policy that it will give you a copy of your i140 when you quit (if that's your drift).
      Aug 23, 2018
  • Cisco / Product zettabyte
    Ooo..awesome. Congrats! Did they provide the reason for rejecting the first time around?
    Aug 20, 2018 1
    • Juniper KekeWho
      RFE evidence was not conclusive to prove a specialist is required (some template answer)
      Aug 20, 2018
  • Capital One / Other Fhchdj
    How much time does it take b/w LCA filing and submitting USCIS petition?
    My LCA was filed on 8/3 but no word yet on USCIS filing.
    Aug 19, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      ime&myself

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Sabre Corporation
      ime&myselfmore
      That's too long. LCA will be approved in 7 business days. You should've heard it by now.
      Aug 19, 2018
  • Cisco / Product zettabyte
    How long did BAL to take to apply with USCIS after you gave them the docs and filled out the questionnaire?
    Aug 16, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Product God-father
      OP
      They were really quick. All documents submitted on 07/26. They submitted LCA on 08/01 and H1B on 08/13. So within two weeks of submitting docs they filed my transfer application.
      Aug 16, 2018
  • Amazon Fizz1357
    Yes but I want to know OP’s specific degree situation.
    Aug 16, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Product God-father
      OP
      CS undergrad and MBA
      Aug 16, 2018
  • Nokia TmtF75
    If the job description contains bachelors then he should bachelors in that specialty.other wise they should change jd to masters with that speciality
    Aug 16, 2018 1
    • Nokia TmtF75
      Going by law
      Aug 16, 2018
  • Kekewho & op: thats very nice. Mine was filed on 9th and im still waiting now. The wait game is so annoying. Sleepless night
    Aug 21, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Product zettabyte
    Woah! Glad it worked out in the next shot!
    Aug 21, 2018 0
  • mediacom / Mktg mintel0_0
    Assuming you are going to switch after approval? I got an RFE recently on a transfer to A. Let me know how it goes.
    Aug 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Product God-father
    OP
    BAL has a bad reputation on Blind for being slow but I had a great experience
    Aug 16, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Product zettabyte
    Recruiter told me it’s taking 6-8 weeks overall, your experience is a relief!!
    Aug 16, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Product zettabyte
    Congrats man..that’s lightspeed!!!
    Aug 16, 2018 0
  • Amazon Fizz1357
    Congrats! What are your undergrad/grad degrees?
    Aug 16, 2018 0
  • Nokia TmtF75
    Good job
    Aug 16, 2018 0

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