H-1B Season is Here


January 26, 2017


Dear Clients and Friends:


Please be advised that now is the time to prepare necessary H-1B petitions. The H-1B is one of the most common work visas for professionals in the United States. It is used for engineers, scientists, physicians, accountants, architects and many others.


Unfortunately, each year we are faced with a shortage of H-1B visas. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services can approve no more than 65,000 H-1B’s, with an additional allotment of 20,000 to those with Master’s Degrees from US universities. Please note that there are exceptions to these quotas, but they are very limited.


All H-1B petitions subject to the quotas should be filed on April 1, 2017. It is expected that the entire year’s H-1B quota will be reached within the first week of filing.


Prior to filing an H-1B petition, there are several preliminary steps which must be made, including ascertaining a prevailing wage, filing a Labor Condition Application with the US Department of Labor, and preparing numerous immigration forms. The employee may also need documents translated, or foreign degrees evaluated.


In order to accommodate these preliminary steps, we strongly recommend that companies begin contacting our office at the earliest possible date as soon as you have a candidate that may need an H-1B. We can begin these petitions now.


The professionals at Law Office of Adrienne J. Vaughan would be happy to speak to you about any potential employees you may be considering an H-1B visa. We have more than 15 years of experience in processing a large number of H-1B petitions of all types in all industries. With limited H-1B availability predicted again this year, it is critical that submissions be made as thoroughly and professionally as possible. Don’t risk a rejection during this critical window of H-1B opportunity. Our firm would be happy to guide you through the process. We invite you to email Adrienne directly at adriennejv@ajvimmigrationlaw.com or call to 617-840-8515.



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