The H-1B season is fast approaching. Every year the Citizenship and Immigration Service grants 65,000 H-1B visas plus 20,000 H-1B visas for students holding Master’s or a higher degree from an US university. The government’s year starts on October 01, and the Citizenship and Immigration Service accepts applications from April 01. Last year more than this number was filed on April 01. Thus the Citizenship and Immigration Service had a lottery and only the lucky ones got the visa. We expect the same this year.
However before we can file the H-1B visa, we need to file an labor condition application with the Department of Labor. This process usually takes about 1 week at least for a recurrent employer, and may take 2 weeks for an employer new to the H-1B visa system. This time can double during late March when the Department of Labor typically receives an avalanche of new cases.
Also because of the increased demand for H-1B visas and the finding of large scale fraud on the part of employers, the Citizenship and Immigration Service expects a large volume of documents. This is particularly true of computer consulting companies and small businesses. And it is always better to submit all documents in the front end, so that the officer has a favorable opinion.
Thus the time to start preparing for the H-1B visa for the fiscal year 2015, (starting on October 01, 2014) is right now.
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