Hello, I was offered a position in New York, at a consulting firm, with a H1B visa. For the moment I am in UK. The strange thing is that they offered the position without any interview at all !! They asked me to fill a "good will" form, in which I state that I shall pay back the money for filling the visa, if meantime I change my mind about accepting their offer. But we did not disscuss any salary/payment, and if they offer me something like 30k (in New York!!), it will be difficult to make a decent living . Does anybody have any experience about the steps required to go to USA with a H1B visa ? Could you, please, comment ? I would really like to know what I sign before I sign. Thank you. Best wishes, Cata Lin.
If it is std compy it has to follow below steps: 1. Initial company briefing. 2. Technical interview/s. 3. Management interview(time of offer/rejection) 4. Compy will send u the offer letter, which discussed in the step 3 and information check list for H1-B. 5. Agree/disagree offer, submit H1-B documents. 6. H1-B processing takes place 2-3 months. 7. Get ur visa stamped after receiving H1-B. 8. Compy try to hook u up w/ some client. Don't sign any documents before offer is confirmed.
The fact that it's a "consulting firm" sends warning bells to me. It may be that they don't have any work for you and they just want you on their "list" of folks. I had a bizarre interview at an IT consulting firm in New York. The guy looked like he was giving an interview for the first time and he was 15 minutes late. He said he would call my two technical references right away, and then if work came in we would be set to go. I was already thinking of other offers because of my negative first impression. Anyway, he never even called the references! And I need hardly say, I never got a work offer. So it may be that (shady) consulting firms have something to gain from "signing up" a bunch of people. Maybe Patrick has a comment on this if he's out there.... Eric [This message has been edited by Eric Barnhill (edited June 26, 2000).]
As far as I know, INS requires companies to pay the appropriate salaries for each position if they are hiring people with H1B visa. For example, for a programmer/analyst it must be around $70K a year(NY area). This is what I've heard.Of course, it depends on what title you will have and in what area you will work. This is what I heard from a lawyer. Anyway, it is very fishy that a company offers you a job but nobody tells you what title you will have and how much is the salary and etc..Anyway, they offered you the job but how come you did not ask any questions at all??