On April 1, 2017 the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions. H-1B petitions should be filed by April 1, 2017 for an October 1, 2017 start date. Approximately 65,000 cap-subject H-1B visas are available for employees with a bachelor’s degree and an additional 20,000 are available to those who hold at least a US master’s degree from a qualifying public or non-profit university. Last year, there were many more H-1B visa petitions filed than the allocated number of visas allowed per year. Consequently, not every H-1B petition that was filed was accepted for processing
Due to improvements in the economy over the last few years and the fact that the cap was filled the first part of April last year, it is wise for employers to start preparing H-1Bs now. Beginning April 1, 2017, employers can send petitions to try to get into the H-1B lottery. H-1Bs require considerable preparation. Attorneys at Becker & Lee LLP have already started working on H-1B petitions that will be filed on April 1, 2017. In order to avoid paying increased legal fees to expedite at the last minute, we suggest starting as soon as possible.