The U.S. government’s H-1B temporary professional worker program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals in “specialty occupation” positions that require a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Under current law, the number of new H-1B petitions that will be granted each federal fiscal year (“FY”) is subject to a quota (“cap”). This year, if demand is high, the cap for H-1B numbers for FY2015, which begins October 1, 2014, could be reached in the first week of H-1B filings, April 1 - 4, 2014. To avoid missing the FY2015 cap and to avoid ensuing complications and delays, employers who would like to hire H-1B workers should compile necessary documents and information, and plan to file FY2015 H-1B petitions during the first week of April.
What Are the H-1B Cap Numbers?
During the dot-com boom, the H-1B cap was temporarily set at 195,000, but as of October 1, 2003, the cap returned to 65,000. Of those, 6,800 H-1Bs are allocated to citizens of Singapore and Chile under trade agreements with those countries, reducing the number generally available to 58,200 for all workers from other countries.
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Topics: H-1B, Immigrants, USCIS, Visas
Published In: Immigration Updates, Labor & Employment Updates
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