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H-1B Filing Season Opens April 1, 2015

January 2015

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones

Hoping to hire new H-1B employees under the FY2016 H-1B cap for employment beginning October 1, 2015?  The first day to submit petitions for new H-1B employment is April 1, 2015. 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) grants H-1B status to 65,000 professional workers each year (plus 20,000 holders of U.S. graduate degrees), on a first-come, first-served basis.  As the economy improves, demand for new H-1Bs is growing.  Often, the cap is filled on or soon after April 1.  In other years, USCIS awards H-1Bs by a lottery system because it receives more petitions than the cap will allow.  Because we cannot predict the volume of filings in any year, we recommend that all H-1B petitions be submitted on April 1.  (Petitions for extensions of H-1B status or to transfer individuals with existing H-1B status to new employers may be filed throughout the year). 

If you have any questions about H-1B filing issues or Tydings' business immigration practice, please contact Melissa Jones at 410.752.9765.  For your information, Tydings offers a full spectrum of business immigration services, including H-1B, L-1, and P-1 visa petitions, TN and B-1 support letters, and all processes related to employment-based permanent residency.  We also offer H-1B/LCA compliance audits, I-9 audits, and advice on work authorization issues for foreign and U.S. workers.

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