• H-IB Filing Period for October 1, 2007 Start Date Commences April 1, 2007
  • February 23, 2007 | Author: Sarah Lea Tobocman
  • Law Firms: Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. - Miami Office; Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. - West Palm Beach Office
  • We wish to remind employers that April 1, 2007 is the first day USCIS will accept H-1B petitions filed on behalf of nonimmigrant employees for the fiscal year starting October 1, 2007. On this day, adjudications will open for the 65,000 general H-1B numbers and 20,000 H-IB numbers for nonimmigrants with Masters Degrees from U.S. institutions, which are allotted each year by Congress. Of the 65,000, 6,800 are reserved for Chile and Singapore Free Trade H-IB visas, resulting in 58,200 for all other nationalities. Although employers can file on April 1, 2007, they cannot request a start date earlier than October 1, 2007.