US H-1B Visa Applications Accepted from 2 April - Global Visas

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As of Monday 2 April, the US immigration department will start accepting applications for H-1B skilled work visas for the fiscal year of 2013 - Global Visas.

As of Monday 2 April, the US immigration department will start accepting applications for H-1B skilled work visas for the fiscal year of 2013. The visas, Global Visas report, will be valid for employment starting on or after 1 October 2012.

The 85,000 allocation is made up of 20,000 available for foreigners who have achieved an advanced degree while studying in the US. The remaining 65,000 are available for people coming to work in the US in speciality or professional occupations.

Speaking about the slowdown in the demand for these skilled work visas in recent years, Simon, a Global Visas consultant explains an upcoming change. He alerts that, "Things are picking up again, with 65,000 US visa quotas being met by 22 November 2011 for fiscal year 2012. This was a full two months sooner than the quota was met for fiscal year 2011."

H-1B visa allows firms to employ foreigners with specialist skills in areas such as medicine, engineering, maths, architecture or science, for up to six years. It is, therefore, not classed as an immigration visa.

Global Visas report that the firms who know that they will need to take on foreign skilled workers to fill certain roles are being encouraged to make their applications as early as possible to maximise their chance of being awarded the H-1B visas they need.

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