H-1B Visas for the United States now being accepted: Get em while they are hot!

H-1B Visas accepted from April 1st

H-1B Visa applications for the United States have been officially accepted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services since April 1st, 2011. These H-1B Visas will be for the 2012 fiscal year, which starts in October of this year.

The cap on the H-1B Visa is 65,000 this year, with 20,000 of those visas designated for those who have a master’s degree or higher from a United States university.

The H-1B visa is to fill jobs that American workers cannot otherwise fill, but certain occupations like government researchers, non-profit researchers, those at non-profit entities and universities are exempt from the cap.

The time needed to fill the cap has increased over the last few years. It used to take only a few days to receive enough applications to meet the quota for H-1B Visa applications, but in recent years it has taken a full cycle. This year with the economy improving, the time needed is expected to be a bit shorter. We in fact anticipate that the quota could be filled within months if not sooner. It is therefore essential to file your H-1B Visa application as soon as possible to avoid being left out.

Immigration lawyer can help with H-1B applications

It’s vital that H-1B Visa applicants steer clear of anyone who offers to help them get an H-1B Visa without a valid job offer or who offers to manufacture a job offer for you. This is one of the fastest ways to have your application denied and face prosecution for immigration fraud. These applicants can get complicated and involve a great deal of documentation and procedural steps that must be followed.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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