Are you an employer looking to hire a foreign national in a professional (H-1B) position? If so, dwho want to file H-1B applications for employment to commence in October, 2016 may begin doing so on April 1, 2016. We expect the entire allocation of visas (also known as “the cap”) to be exhausted within days of that date based on our experience in prior years.

Given the tremendous popularity of the H-1B visa, it is imperative that employers get their applications filed no later than April 1, 2016. In order to prepare a detailed application, we will need to hear from the potential employer as soon as possible.

There are 65,000 H-1B visas available for employment commencing in October, 2016. There are also 20,000 additional H-1B visas for individuals holding master’s degrees or higher degrees from U.S. colleges or universities, but we expect these to be exhausted by early April as well. Some employers are exempt from the cap, including non-profit or governmental research organizations, most universities, and entities “affiliated with or related to” colleges or universities.

Should you require our firm’s assistance with an H-1B application or any other employment based petition (green card applications, intra-company transfers (L visas), TN visas, etc.), please don’t delay-contact our offices at 248-645-9680.