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H-1B Visa Filing Frenzy is Just Around the Corner

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April 1st, the opening day for filing H-1B visa petitions, is just around the corner. Arguably the most sought-after nonimmigrant visa, the H Visa is available for professionals to work in a specialty occupation (i.e. requiring a Bachelor’s degree or higher). If you are an employer seeking to hire one of these professionals, you better act fast as there are only 65,000 new H-1B visas available each fiscal year—and an additional 20,000 for individuals possessing a U.S. Master’s degree or higher. This quota is referred to as the H-1B CAP. Last year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received approximately 199,000 CAP-subject H petitions during the filing period and the predictions for this year are even higher! If the number of petitions filed with USCIS on April 1st exceeds the available amount of H-1B visas, which is very likely given the strong economy and lack of highly skilled workers in the US, a random selection lottery will be conducted.  
Even with the lottery, you still want to file for an H Visa as the benefits outweigh the risks: your employee will receive a 3-year H-1B visa, which can be renewed for an additional 3 years. Additionally, H-1B visas allow for dual-intent, which means you can sponsor your employee for permanent residency (i.e. green card) and they can continue working for your company in the U.S. without interruption.
Complete H-1B petition packages include the required USCIS forms and filing fees, a Labor Condition Application (LCA), information surrounding the employer and the offered position, and documentation regarding the employee. Not sure where to begin? Contact the GoffWilson H-1B Team for assistance. Our office has successfully assisted thousands of employers and employees with their H-1B petitions. Contact us today for more information and be a winner all the way around!

Filed under:H-1B Visa, Immigration Law