April 1 through 7, 2014 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that the H-1B quota will be immediately exhausted).
Employers should therefore determine as soon as possible whether they have any new H-1B petitions to be filed under the FY2015 quota (for start dates on or after October 1, 2014). The quota provides for 65,000 H-1B visas and 20,000 additional H-1B visas for individuals who have a master's or higher degree from a U.S. university.
In your review, please consider the following:
Determine whether you employ any foreign nationals for whom a change to H-1B status may be recommended (e.g., F-1 and J-1 students, TN NAFTA professionals, L-1B specialized knowledge transferees).
Determine if there are any individuals you wish to consider for employment beginning October 1, 2014, who require a new H-1B petition. Example: recruiting someone outside the United States who would require an H-1B visa to work for your company.
Please contact us if you wish to file a new H-1B petition. We would like to collect all necessary information in February to allow sufficient preparation time to meet the
April 1-7 filing deadline.