As you may know, the new year for acceptance of foreign workers in the U.S. is about to begin. Soon USCIS will officially begin accepting H-1B visa applications for 2015—and just as quickly, the quota for immigrant workers will have been met. So how can you be sure that your name will be considered?
Here are a few things all applicants must know about filing for H-1 visas in 2015:
- Dates – USCIS will begin accepting H-1B visa applications for FY 2015 on April 1, 2014 and conclude on October 1, 2014. Only employers may submit applications for H-1B visa workers.
- Caps – Although there is standard total cap of 65,000 H-1B visas issued, there are additional caps within worker categories—such as visas for Chilean workers and Singapore nationals.
- Processing – USCIS offers premium processing of applications for an additional fee of $1225. This expedites the approval process of an H-1B Visa to as little as 15 days (instead of the regular processing time of two to four months).
- Legal preparation – In order to ensure that applications are complete and workers are eligible for H-1B positions, it is recommended that employers confer with an immigration attorney to collect documents and complete the labor condition application.
Another interesting problem facing H-1B hopefuls is the uncertainty over possible new immigration laws currently under consideration. If a new immigration bill is passed in the coming months, drastic changes may be made that may require applicants to submit additional paperwork or cause delays in visa acceptance.