• H-1B Visa Petition Period to Begin April 1

    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    February 5, 2014

    With the petition period for H-1B visas beginning on April 1, 2014, employers planning to submit petitions should do so as early in the process as possible. Last year, the Fiscal Year 2014 quota of H-1B visa petitions was met within a week.

    The government makes 65,000 new H-1B visas available each year to individuals who have not previously held H-1B status. It also allocates an additional 20,000 H-1Bs for individuals who have earned a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. college or university.

    Jackson Lewis LLP reports that demand exceeded the available number of visas by nearly one-and-one-half times last year, and a regulated lottery was held to determine which applications would be accepted. The firm notes that demand is expected to be even higher this year. Cases approved under the H-1B cap will have a start date of October 1, 2014.