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Attention Employers: H-1B Quota for Fiscal Year 2013 Opens on April 2, 2012

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012

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In just a few weeks, USCIS will begin processing H-1B petitions for work beginning Oct. 1, 2012. The H-1B regular quota (often referred to as a “cap”) for the upcoming year is 65,000. There will be 20,000 slots for individuals with U.S. Master’s degrees or PhDs.  The first petitions will be accepted on April 2, 2012.

Employers typically use the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to hire foreign workers in a professional position requiring at least a bachelor’s degree. If you are planning to add one or more H-1B employees to your staff between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, now is the time to begin your preparations to ensure that your petitions are filed while visas still remain.

chicago immigration attorney lawyer masters degree PhD STEM opt f-1 student h-1b j-1 petition labor certification RFE USCIS If you currently employ J-1 trainees, F-1 students on OPT, or individuals wishing to change to H-1B status and wish to continue their employment, you must file their H-1B petitions promptly to ensure they can remain in the U.S. after their current status expires.

The U.S. economy is on the rebound, and much has been written in the press about shortages of skilled professionals in high-tech fields. If H-1B trends from the last business cycle are any indication of the demand for H-1B workers in the new fiscal, the regular quota may well be exhausted in 4-5 months.

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In recent years, USCIS has been issuing more and more Requests for Evidence (RFEs) to employers filing H-1B petitions on behalf of foreign employees. H-1B denials are up dramatically as well.

It takes knowledge, expertise and painstaking effort to prepare high-quality H-1B petitions with all of the accompanying evidence that USCIS is now looking for. With a strong, well-established H-1B practice, Immigration Law Associates is your ideal partner for facing today’s H-1B challenge and getting the approvals you need to keep your business growing.

Call us at (847) 763-8500 now to ensure that your H-1B petitions for employees starting in October can be filed as early as possible.

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