H1B Season Is Already at Peakload, According to Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C.

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Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C. reports employers are preparing earlier-than-usual H1B cap cases for the 2016 fiscal year.

Immigration Attorney

Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C.

Only 65,000 new H1B petitions can be approved every year with another 20,000 of those petitions carved out for foreign-born persons with a U.S. master's degree or higher.

H1B filings for the 2016 fiscal year won't begin until April 1, 2015, but Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C. says her firm has already started preparing cases due to unusually high--and unusually early--demand.

“H1B cap cases are the bread and butter of temporary employment visas for foreign-born persons who recently graduated from USA bachelor's degree or advanced degree programs," Figenshau explained. "However, the U.S. government limits the number of petitions which can be approved each fiscal year.”

H1B cap case petitions are business immigration cases that are used in large part by new grads with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math. U.S. businesses can use H1B visas to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require in-depth knowledge of a certain subject.

Only 65,000 new H1B petitions can be approved every year with another 20,000 of those petitions carved out for foreign-born persons with a U.S. master's degree or higher.

“There are many employers who need H1B visas who believe there is plenty of time for filing April 1st, yet most employers who have any experience with H1B petitions know it's a best practice to prepare the paperwork well in advance,” Figenshau explained.

Still, the high volume of early requests at the end of the fourth quarter has hit the national practice of Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C. and other immigration lawyers across the country harder than usual, even though Figenshau's practice braced itself for the annually recurring peakload need period.

“Consistent with many immigration law firms, our company is working six days a week with all hands on duty because we really have to provide coverage for H1B cap petitions in addition to the day-to-day work that is not peakload in nature," Figenshau said.

The firm is also working hard to troubleshoot problems as they arise to keep the level of quality high and operations running smoothly. Each petition filed with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services is reviewed several times by at least 3 law firm staff members to different people to make sure everything is in order before it gets couriered to the Federal Express Distribution Center on March 31.

The government typically notifies applicants of the acceptance or rejection of their working visa by mid-April or the beginning of May.

About Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C.

Susan Cho Figenshau, P.C. is an immigration lawyer with 20 years of experience in immigration law. She represents employers in numerous fields, including technology, telecommunications, healthcare, educational and more. To learn more, visit http://strictlyimmigration.com.

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