Category Archives: H-1B Visas

H-1B Visa Update

In years past, the problem with H-1B visas was scarcity--too many visa applicants going after too few H-1B visas. Congress capped the annual number of available H-1B visas at 65,000. Although exceptions to the H-1B cap exist, this general restriction had a devastating effect on companies that depend on recruiting talented, educated foreign professionals with advanced degrees. With the H-1B visa limits in mind, during immigration consultations in my Boston office, I'd typically advise immigration clients that if they didn't submit their H-1B visa petition on the earliest possible moment--April 1--their prospects for success were subject to chance. I described the H-1B visa application as sort of like a lottery. An element of luck existed because even if your H-1B visa application was valid and deserved to be approved, who knew whether your petition would be fortunate enough to be selected? And in years past, H-1B visas were gone within days of becoming available. READ MORE