Thought Garage tops Google Search for H1B 2008

I never intend 'Thought Garage' to be a source of information on H1B visas. But regular readers of my blog and frequent visitors made it a prime source of information for H1B visas this year.  One of my colleagues left a message that Thought Garage tops Google search results for H1B 2008 ahead of the most famous immigration portals including Murthy.com. I looked it up on Google and below was the screenshot of the search results.

There is no reason for my blog to appear at the top of Google search results for information regarding H1B visas, without your turning to my blog to get the updates and sharing your experiences for the benefit of other guests. I understand for some of you, getting a H1B and working in US will be a turning point in your careers and I am quite thrilled that you considered Thought Garage as one of your sources of information. 

Thank you all.

I could not answer all questions asked by you on posts concerned with H1B 2008 Visa process, particularly certain legal aspects.  But I am sure that I shared my experiences that might provide you with some pointers. When I get some time, I will post all questions I received in emails as a blog post so that all other readers can benefit from our discussions.

I understand that still quite a few of aspirants are waiting for their final confirmation on their petitions,  I wish all of you All the Best. I will post any updates as and when available.

Thank you very much.

Comments

sridhar said…
I have done my BS in Engg from India and Masters in Technical Writing from US university. I have applied for H1B through a consultant on April 27,2007 under US-Graduate quota.
I have neither received receipt number nor rejection info till date.
Pl let me know how I can know the status of my application
Thanks in Advance
Raj Reddy said…
Hi sridhar
If u wont hear any message until june 12th means . you might think that U wont be selecetd in Random selection.wish you all the best.
Sanju said…
As JP said above that only rejeceted cases are pending and those who waiting for receipt number they have to beleive that they are rejected.. Is it true?? clear my query please
JP said…
*******LATEST UPDATE FROM USCIS**************

WASHINGTON – June 26, 2007 : The California Service Center (CSC) is experiencing systems problems that are causing delays in the printing of certain notices. USCIS believes the delays are primarily affecting approval notices for cases decided between April 2007 and the present, although production of some receipt notifications may be affected as well. USCIS is attempting to identify the source of the problem and generate the delayed notices as quickly as possible. In the interim, CSC has established interim procedures to help facilitate the needs of its customers.

• If USCIS has cashed your remittance check and you have yet to receive a receipt notice, please verify your case's status on-line using the receipt number indicated on your cancelled check. If you don't know your receipt number, please contact the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 800-375-5283 for your receipt number.

• If you believe that you haven't received an approval notice (for example - you check the online system and it indicates that your case was approved and you have not received an approval notice), USCIS encourages you to submit an inquiry to the e-mail box: CSC.NoNotice@DHS.Gov. Please include your receipt number and/or your "A" number with your inquiry. USCIS expects to respond to email inquiries within 30 calendar days.

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JP said…
*******UPDATE ON RECEIPTING DATE***********

June 22, 2007

USCIS ISSUES SERVICE CENTER RECEIPTING UPDATE

WASHINGTON – June 22, 2007 :In an effort to give our customers accurate information about current receipting times and service level commitments, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is providing the following projections concerning fee receipting and data entry processing of cases currently at USCIS Service Centers as well as the anticipated in time-compliance dates at each site.

California Service Center
USCIS expects to provide in time-compliance for receipting of form types listed below:

Data Entry: Compliant BY
N-400 6/29/2007
All other forms are currently in time-compliance.


Nebraska Service Center
USCIS expects to provide in time-compliance for receipting of form types listed below:

Data Entry: Compliant BY
I-131 7/6/2007
I-140 7/6/2007
I-360 7/6/2007
I-485 7/6/2007
N-400 7/6/2007
All other forms are currently in time-compliance.

Texas Service Center
USCIS expects to provide in time-compliance for receipting of form types listed below:
Data Entry: Compliant BY
I-485 7/6/2007
N-400 7/6/2007
All other forms are currently in time-compliance.

Vermont Service Center
USCIS expects to provide in time-compliance for receipting of form types listed below:
Data Entry: Compliant BY
I-130 7/13/2007
I-589 7/13/2007
I-751 7/13/2007
N-400 7/13/2007
All other forms are currently in time-compliance

USCIS is making every effort to address the delay in its data entry and fee receipting process. The prioritization of data entry for specific form-types was a proactive measure on the part of Service Centers to address the unprecedented level of H-1B filings received on April 2nd and 3rd, 2007, as well as the unprecedented level of filings for other immigration benefits. USCIS would like to assure its customers that the delay in data entry and fee receipting will not affect Change of Status or Extension of Stay eligibility, assuming all other eligibility requirements are satisfied. USCIS would also like to assure its customers that per existing policies and procedures, requests for Premium Processing Service will continue to be processed within 15 days. USCIS wishes to assure all customers that the original received date (the date which the document is date stamped) will be honored and recorded on the receipt notice. This date will appear in the "Received Date" box on Form I-797, Notice of Action. The received date is different from the "Notice Date", which also appears on Form I-797. The Notice Date is the date the receipt notice was actually generated.

– USCIS –
JP said…
USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing Service for
Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
WASHINGTON – Effective July 2, 2007, USCIS is announcing the temporary suspension of Premium Processing Service for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, in accordance with 8 CFR 103.2(f)(2). USCIS anticipates a substantial increase in the number of petitioning employers that will file Form I-140 petitions requesting Premium Processing Service as of July 2, 2007. This is due to pent up demand for preference visa categories for which visas will become available according to the Department of State July 2007 Visa Bulletin. The volume of Form I-140 petitions filed that request Premium Process Service is expected to exceed USCIS’ capacity to provide the Premium Process Service according to the Premium Process Service program guidelines.
Premium Processing Service guarantees that within 15 calendar days of receipt of a petition, USCIS will issue either an approval notice, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation.
This suspension will last for 30 days beginning on July 2, 2007 and ending on August 1, 2007. During this timeframe, USCIS will determine whether it is able to process these cases within 15 calendar days of receipt. If so, Premium Processing Service will once again be made available for Form I-140 petitions.
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vlnarasimharao said…
Hi,

I applied my H1 on normal process on April 30,2008,Got My EACXXX number. due to India visit on Oct 1st week I asked my employer to make it premium process,
He sent USCIS 1000$ check and required docs on August 12th,2008,Check got cleared ,got I797 No. I haven't get my H1 approval till now, Sept 8th he logged enquiry on this.
They haven't responded to that yet.
Can you please tell me How can I get my H1 approval by oct 1st week. My Present H1 will be expired on Sept 30,2008.
If I dont get the approval Can I travel to India in Oct 1 st week ?

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