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H-1B Cap Filing Deadline Is Imminent: Immediate Preparation of Fiscal Year 2015 Cap-Subject Petitions Recommended for October 1, 2014, Effective Date

by Lane Powell PC - Seattle Office

March 11, 2014

Previously published on March 3, 2014

The U.S. government’s H-1B temporary professional worker program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals in “specialty occupation” positions that require a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Under current law, the number of new H-1B petitions that will be granted each federal fiscal year (“FY”) is subject to a quota (“cap”). This year, if demand is high, the cap for H-1B numbers for FY2015, which begins October 1, 2014, could be reached in the first week of H-1B filings, April 1 - 4, 2014. To avoid missing the FY2015 cap and to avoid ensuing complications and delays, employers who would like to hire H-1B workers should compile necessary documents and information, and plan to file FY2015 H-1B petitions during the first week of April.


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