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Get Ready To Submit The 2015 H-1B Visa Petitions

18 Jan 2014


Immigration News

All the skilled professionals who wish to work in the United States must be aware of the H-1B Visa and its capping system. This is a reminder for the submission of the fast approaching deadline of 1st April, 2014 to file the H-1B visa petitions for the Fiscal Year 2015.

Though USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will start accepting applications from 1st April, 2014, the processing of the 2015 petitions will commence on 1st October, 2014.

The USCIS will keep accepting new H-1B visa petitions from 1st April, 2014, only until the H-1B visa cap is reached. Employers need to identify the employees who may need H-1B sponsorship as soon as possible as this year, it is expected that the cap will be reached rather quickly.

As a result of the improvement and growth in the overall economic conditions over the past year, it is anticipated that the H-1B Visa cap will be reached in just the first week of April. New H-1B Visa petitions will not be accepting by any employer after the H-1B visa cap has been reached.

According to the numerical cap placed on the H-1B Visa petitions placed by the Congress, only 65,000 H-1B Visa petitions will be accepted for the Fiscal Year 2015. For individuals who have obtained a Master’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. educational institution, additional 20,000 Visas are available.

The quota H1-B Visa quota for the Fiscal Year 2014 which was opened on 1st April, 2013 has been reached by 5th April, 2013, i.e., in just 5 days. As there is no way to predict the period by which the H-1B Visa petition quota will be exhausted, employers are advised to make the decisions about their H-1B sponsorship within the next few weeks.

Preparing H-1B Visa petitions as early as possible is important, and this must be done before the 1st of April so that a complete H1-B Visa petition can be submitted to USCIS as soon as the quota opens on the first day.


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