H-1B Employers: Ready for the Upcoming H-1B Cap Season?
The competition for H-1B professional worker visas begins April 1, 2017. Employers of recently graduated foreign students and others will vie for new visas, which are limited to 65,000 per fiscal year (the “H-1B cap”). And of these, 6,800 are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore under certain free trade agreements, effectively leaving only 58,200 new H-1B visas for other foreign nationals. Employees holding U.S. master’s degree or higher have a slight advantage. Congress carved out an exemption of 20,000 visas for this group (“master’s cap”). If a qualifying petition does not make the master’s cap, it gets a chance...Continue reading