Updates
February 3, 2014

The H-1B is the main visa used by U.S. employers to hire highly skilled, professional, foreign workers. Each year on October 1, approximately 65,000 H-1Bs are made available (with an additional 20,000 for foreign nationals with masters degrees or higher from a U.S. university), and once these visas are allocated, the H-1B window is closed until the following year. In 2013, all of the available H-1Bs were snapped up by employers during the first week of the filing period! In fact, employers filed applications for twice the available number of H-1Bs, leading to an H-1B lottery. Because even greater demand for H-1Bs exists in 2014, we suggest employers begin planning now for the coming H-1B filing season.

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