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H-1B Visa Application Acceptance Window Opens April 1

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  • February 02, 2007

H-1B visas are used by companies to bring foreign professional workers to the United States for three-year periods of employment.  The number of H-1B visas available in any given year - the current cap of 65,000 is significantly below the level of demand.  No cap-subject H-1B visas are available at this time, but beginning on April 1, 2007, employers may file petitions for H-1B visas which will have start dates of October 1, 2007.  Under the current laws, once the H-1B cap is reached, employers will not be able to request new H-1B visas until April 2008 for October 1, 2008 start dates.


Because of the high demand for H-1B visas, the H-1B cap has been reached earlier and earlier each year.  Last year, no new H-1B petitions were accepted after May 26, 2006.  This year, the H-1B cap may be reached soon after the filing window opens.  Employers should take this time to consider their H-1B needs for October 2007 through September 2008.  All H-1B cases subject to the cap should be prepared early so that they may be filed as quickly as possible after April 1, 2007.  If you have questions about the H-1B visa process or about a specific case, you may contact one of our immigration specialists through the Parker Poe Web site.