Each year, USCIS accepts 85,000 new H-1B cases for processing starting in April. 65,000 of these cases are for applicants who possess a Bachelor’s degree and 20,000 are reserved for those who hold a Master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher learning. Since the demand for H-1Bs is always higher than the 85,000 available visas, USCIS accepts cases through a lottery process, running from April 3rd to April 7th. If your H-1B petition is selected and approved, the beneficiary’s H-1B status will be effective as of October 1, 2017.
Due to the short filing window for filing and substantial amount of preparation required, employers should begin planning their H-1B strategy as soon as possible. If your company is considering an H-1B visa for an existing or potential employee, please contact us for more information. Our attorneys are highly experienced with H-1B petitions and will be happy to assist you and your company through the next two months. Any employer or foreign national who has been through the H-1B cap process in the past knows it can be a stressful experience. We can help to make it as smooth and successful as possible!