MS H1b transfer

Nov 18, 2019 21 Comments

Accepted an offer from MICROSOFT in last week of October. Visa evaluationis done before the onsite interview.

Again, received an email last week from immigration team to resubmit questionnaire and documents for visa evaluation.

Any recent h1b hires at MS, could you breakdown the steps involved to file h1b transfer by MS immigration team after background check is complete? How much time it takes to file transfer after filling the questionnaire? Do we get periodic updates of whats going on from immigration team?

you are welcome to comment any other things related to MS visa transfer that help candidates like me. TIA.


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TOP 21 Comments
  • Expedia Group fly_EG
    Offer accepted - 10/23
    Background check started 10/25
    Visa process started - 11/3
    Paystubs uploaded - 11/13
    Filed - 11/15
    Receipt - 11/18
    Approval - 11/26
    Nov 27, 2019 2
    • Expedia Group fly_EG
      I responded to all requests for documents/info in <24 hrs
      Nov 27, 2019
    • That is a super quick considering how slow is the Microsoft immigration team.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • Goldman Sachs baburao1
    Going through transfer right now.they take 6-8 weeks to prepare petition is what I was told by immigration firm. I also submitted forms twice. But my recruiter mentioned usually it takes 4-5 weeks to get final approval

    Btw yoe and offer?
    Nov 18, 2019 4
    • OP
      I was assuming that premium processing is by default at MS since they have mentioned 6-8 weeks time line. Do you think I should confirm with them about premium processing?
      Nov 18, 2019
    • Goldman Sachs baburao1
      Of course.things are slow anyways here.
      Nov 18, 2019
  • Expedia Group fly_EG
    Most companies take unusual time for RFE. Expedia took 2 months too. I got my MS approval today.
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Congratulations!!
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Qualcomm rsrp
      Congrats, could you share the timeline? Document collection to filing and response from USCIS?
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Cadence CubicleDog
    I joined MS a couple weeks back on H-1B receipt. MS applied for my H-1 transfer in September. This coming week, I'll be raising a request to upgrade to premium processing.

    Although I don't anticipate any issues with visa approval, I still don't have peace of mind for having joined on receipt. I'll never do this again. The stress of dreading a negative outcome isn't worth it, especially when you have a family.
    Nov 18, 2019 2
  • Qualcomm rsrp
    Anyone in this thread who has received approval for H1B transfer? I have heard MSFT takes unusual time to respond if we get a RFE.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Qualcomm IpcE20
    Even I was told 6-8 weeks for visa transfer to be done. They do tell you what stage they are in.
    This visa questionnaire is mainly to do with documents that weren’t uploaded earlier. Then there is a H1 questionnaire. They keep you informed. Be patient, it is a slow process.
    Nov 18, 2019 3
    • OP
      H1 questionnaire?? I wonder what else this questionnaire asks as i have submitted a lot of immigration documents as part of visa questionnaire.
      Nov 18, 2019
    • Qualcomm IpcE20
      @baburao1 it’s still going on.
      Nov 18, 2019
  • New h0r4y
    Why did you capitalize "MICROSOFT"? Do you want to shout about it? 🤷
    Nov 29, 2019 0
  • Expedia Group fly_EG
    I am going through the process. Even though you filled a questionnaire, you will be asked to do it again. They do save the answers so it's a quick process. They might ask for more information then about how your education aligns with the job description. Take that form seriously and it takes some time to fill. Within a week of all paperwork being complete, o got a request for my pay slip. The application for sent to uscis within another week. I would say the process was quite fast. Sincey application is in premium processing, I should get the response in 2 weeks. My hiring manager is asking me to already fix the joining date for 2 weeks after. I might agree as I am quite keen to join and don't mind a bit of risk.
    Nov 19, 2019 0


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