The H1B Visa was established in 1990 by the federal government and pertains to immigration law in San Diego, as well as throughout the United States. Through this program, employers have the opportunity to import foreign workers each year to fill jobs that are said to require highly specialized knowledge.
However, there is a cap count to the H1B Visa which is a congressional, mandated numeric limit for petitions based on two categories. The regular quota cap is set at 65,000 for individuals who meet the H1B visa requirements. The Masters quota is set at 20,000, which is specifically for students who have a Masters degree from an American university.
For the fiscal year 2014 (beginning October 1, 2013 and ending on September 30, 2014) USCIS begin accepting petitions beginning April 1st. According to experts, the 2014 cap is likely going to be met within the first 5-7 days. USCIS recently released a press release with updated information about the H1B Visa 2014. The attorneys at Kazmi and Sakata Immigration Law in San Diego have outlined the key items to be aware of:
- The date the petition physically arrived at the office, with the correct fees and information, is the date the USCIS will use, NOT the post marked date
- Based on the interactions USCIS has had with stakeholders, they expect more petitions this fiscal year between April 1st and 5th
- If the amount of petitions received exceeds the amount required, there will be a lottery (The last lottery was conducted in 2008)
- Petitions will be rejected if:
- The petition arrives after the final cap reach date
- If the petition is not selected in the lottery
- Due to the high volumes of petitions expected, premium processing will begin on the 15th. Therefore, premium processing decisions will commence on April 15th as opposed to April 1st
- With knowledge that processing will begin on the 15th, H1B petition status will be announced after15 calendar days, which would be April 30th.
The most commonly speculated and asked questions by individuals applying for the H1B Visa is if there will be a lottery. Based on economic past data, economic conditions and statements made by the USCIS, for fiscal year 2014 there is high potential for a lottery. Therefore, it is important applicants have all paperwork filled out correctly and include the correct fees.
If you are a prospective H1B Visa 2014 applicant, contact KS Visa Law San Diego for help filing your petition. With only one chance to submit your H1B Visa 2014, professional assistance offers applicants peace of mind during this competitive and stressful application process. Our expert consultants will be able to go over your paperwork with you and make sure all items are correctly and properly filled out. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 858-874-0711.