Get Ahead of the Cap! The 2015 H-1 Visa Season Begins on April 1, 2014

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.

To stay ahead of the latest 2015 H-1 visa news, browse our news articles or call 415-221-2345 today to speak to an experienced San Francisco immigration attorney.

Vaughan de Kirby
California Immigration Attorney
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