H1-B deadline approaching

This is a busy time of year for H-1B petitioning employers who are filing H-1B applications with the United States Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) due on April 1. USCIS is predicting an even higher number of petitions to be filed this year, exceeding the over 230,000 cases filed on April 1 in 2015. The larger amount of filed cases will result in the H-1B cap being reached within several days, meaning that USCIS’ computer-generated random lottery process will be initiated again.

The increase in Requests for Evidence (RFE) that followed the 2016 H-1B cap year has prompted H-1B petitioners to ensure their petitions are as complete and accurate as possible to avoid additional delays following the April 1 deadline. Petitioners are also encouraged to utilize Premium Processing to avoid significant delays in having their cases decided.

Andrew David

Andrew David is the principal of David Immigration Law PLLC, and one of very few dual-citizen lawyers qualified to practice law in both the United States and Australia. Andrew advises individuals, small- and medium-sized businesses, and large multinational companies on U.S. immigration law and procedure.