The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions on April 1, 2013. There is an annual limit of 65,000 H-1B numbers available each year for foreign nationals with Bachelor's Degrees and an additional 20,000 for those holding U.S. Master's Degrees. In light of what appears to be a rebounding economy, we expect that the annual H-1B cap will be exhausted more quickly than in the last four years. As a point of reference, in 2012, the H-1B visa numbers under the Bachelor Degree allocation lasted for only two months.
In light of the expected demand for H-1Bs, employers who would like to sponsor a worker for an H-1B petition should act quickly. In order to maximize your chance of securing an H-1B, it is critical to file the H-1B petition on April 1, 2013. If you need assistance in filing an H-1B case or have other business immigration questions, please contact Geetha Adinata, email@example.com, Charlie Roach, firstname.lastname@example.org, or BrianCunningham, email@example.com, all of whom are members of our Business Immigration practice group, or the FordHarrison attorney with whom you usually work.
Topics: H-1B, USCIS, Visas
Immigration Law Updates, Labor & Employment Law Updates
DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.
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