I had applied for H1B through a company in April 2008 and was shortlisted for filing in the lottery system that year. For some reasons, I chose to not come to USA and instead went to another country. So did not follow up after I was informed about my shortlisting.
But this year, I want to try and come to USA for good. And I have some contacts in that company who can help me reach out to the HR and hiring managers there.
can I apply on basis of 2008 shortlist in lottery? I did not involve in any paperwork after I came to know i had been shortlisted through lottery, nor did the company convey to me if it had done any other procedure other than filing my papers in april.
do i have to go through the same company this year, in case i am considered in the quota of 2008?
what would be the procedure now for filing my usa h1b this year?
on many job sites, i see companies stating they require candidates with valid h1b as well as expired h1b. would my case fit in there?
I have never been to USA, before or after the lottery shortlist, so have very minimal idea on this.
Would i have to start afresh, as good as I never had applied before for h1b?
Appreciate any informative and useful replies from the kind readers and moderators.