Get Ready... Get Set... File H-1B applications

Get Ready... Get Set... File H-1B applications! If you want to hire a new H-1 employee, the petition must be filed with CIS on April 1st.

It is assumed that this year, all of the numbers for 65,000 H-1Bs will be used by the first day in April, even though they will not be effective until October 1, 2008. Due to a legal requirement, if all the numbers are completely used on April 1st, the USCIS will be accepting all cases filed within any one of the first five business days as well. Then, a lottery will be held for all the petitions filed on those five days. There will be no more than 65,000 winners, from an estimated 150,000-200,000 filings. . If you plan on filing an H-1B petition, you should contact your immigration attorney immediately to begin the paperwork. Or feel free to contact our office at (650) 588-7100, (415) 392-3300, or (408) 998-1159, and we will be happy to assist you.