H-1B season is here! As you may know, the H-1B is one of the most common work visas for professionals in the United States. It is used for engineers, scientists, marketing specialists and many others.
Unfortunately, each year we are faced with a shortage of H-1B visas. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is authorized to approve no more than 65,000 H-1B’s, with an additional allotment of 20,000 to those with Masters Degrees from U.S. universities. There are exceptions to these quotas, which a knowledgeable immigration attorney can discuss with you.
The first day to file an H-1B petition is April 1, 2014. Last year the quota was reached within the first week of filing, resulting in a random lottery for receipt of applications submitted during that week.
This year demand is expected to be high, and I recommend that applications be completed and prepared for submission on the first day of filing, April 1, 2014.
Prior to filing an H-1B petition, there are several preliminary steps which must be made, including the acquisition of a prevailing wage determination, the filing of a Labor Condition Application with the U.S. Department of Labor, and the preparation of numerous immigration forms. The employee may also need documents translated or foreign degrees evaluated.
In order to accommodate these preliminary steps, we strongly recommend that companies begin contacting immigration attorneys at the earliest possible date.
I welcome inquiries about H-1B visas this year. I have over eight years of experience practicing immigration law. With limited H-1B availability predicted again this year, it is critical that submissions be made as thoroughly and professionally as possible. Call us today to schedule a consultation!