Is it that time of the year already? Looks like it!
It’s never too early to begin preparing for the H-1B cap filing season! Although there has been much speculation on possible changes to H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2017, it’s best to start thinking about and planning for your petitioning needs. Our H-1B visa lawyers in San Jose will be sure to stay on top of any significant updates.
As of now, we assume H-1B petitions for the new fiscal year, effective starting on or after October 1, 2016, will be accepted by USCIS beginning April 1, 2016. In the past few years, the number of H-1B petitions submitted has grown immensely. The USCIS this year received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions for 85,000 spots (65,000 annual cap and an additional 20,000 available to individuals with a Master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education).
If the previous few years serve as a trend, we expect the H-1B quota to be reached within the first week of filing in 2016. Employers should begin preparing H-1B petitions as early as possible so that a complete petition can be submitted to USCIS on April 1, the first day that the quota opens. The H-1B process can be complex and requires in-depth preparation and gathering of required documentation. So we advise you begin to consider your employment needs, and whether you may want to sponsor current or potential employees for H-1B status. This may include professionals who are currently employed in F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) status, TN status, J-1/J-2 status, or L-1B employees nearing the five-year limit on their L-1B status.
Learn more detailed information on this specialty occupation visa. For expert help, contact our H-1B visa immigration lawyers in San Jose today. Let’s begin planning and preparing for your H-1B needs.