Contributed by Melanie Corrin, Partner
For businesses, there is nothing more important than having a strong, dedicated workforce. For many employers with professional positions to offer, this means racing to the Citizenship & Immigration Service to file for a potential employee’s H-1B visa in hopes their case is chosen in a lottery. For the last two years, CIS has reached the 65,000 cap on professional workers in the first week. Forcing a lottery and leaving many employers without the ability to hire the employees they want.
The 2016 fiscal year begins October 1, 2015. Employers are eligible to file H-1B petitions no more than 6 months before the visa is available. Thus, April 1, 2015 is the earliest date on which USCIS can accept petitions for H-1B visas. This year we all expect to reach the 65,000 cap again on the first possible day. Quite a bit goes into filing an H-1B petition, including securing the proper Labor Condition certification, ensuring the position is a professional one, and that the individual you are seeking to employ has the requisite bachelor’s degree to fit that position. If you are interested in filing a new H-1B petition this year, please contact Joseph Law Firm and we can assist you through the process. Time is of the essence!
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