“Here’s a primer on what you should be thinking about, if you or your employees hope to luck out in the lottery for H-1B visas.”
“And we’re off. The race has begun for H-1B visas–the kind allowing employers to keep their high-skilled foreign employees in the U.S.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office begins receiving applications April 1. Which means you’ve got approximately eight weeks to get your (or your employees’) paperwork in order. It’s an anxious time, particularly for workers whose current visa or temporary employment status expires anytime soon.
In recent years, demand has been so high that the USCIS has used computer-generated lotteries to randomly determine which petitions it ought to consider for the 85,000 slots available. For the past three years, there’s been a superabundance of applications: Roughly 233,000 in 2015, up from 124,000 in 2013.”
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