We are in the midst of the H-1B season. April 1, 2015 is when the applications begin to flood the USCIS with the last day to submit being likely within 2 to 4 days afterwards. Applications are being prepared earlier than ever and with a cap of 65,000 applicants that are permitted per year, it is important to have your applications prepared if an H-1B is in your sight. Although there are some exceptions, once the 65,000 cap is reached, no more applications will be permitted until the following year, 2016.
Applying for an H-1B Visa
This visa is for professionals in specialty occupations that are seeking entrance to the United States to work in their field of expertise. The applicant must possess either a bachelor’s degree or have amassed the equivalent employment experience usually seen as 12 years of progressive professional experience, or a combination between experience and education. Before filing a petition for an H-1B visa, the United States employer must obtain approval of a Labor Condition Application from the Department of Labor in the occupational specialty in which the alien worker will be employed.
H-1Bs are considered “duel intent” visas, and can be a stepping stone to a Greencard. Although the H-1Bs are issued for up to three years, with a renewal allowed for another three years, there are provisions in place to extend this 6 year period if the Greencard process has begun within certain time periods.
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