It is recommended that employers file on or about April 1, 2014, to secure a slot for employment beginning October 1, 2014. Companies employing students on OPT (Optional Practical Training) with work visas expiring in the months between April and September, 2014, may have the opportunity to extend the work of students until October 1 with a timely H-1B visa application filing.
It is important for companies to carefully prepare their applications as the CIS has increased its scrutiny and regularly requests additional evidence from employers. Employers need to work with counsel to develop detailed explanations about why the employee qualifies for this visa.
For more information about H-1B visas and other immigration matters, please contact Joel Pfeffer or Elaina Smiley.