Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC
Immigration & Compliance Law 
It's almost H-1B time....



On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service will release the H-1B visa numbers for the 2014 fiscal year.  While October may seem like a long way away, H-1B petitions can be filed beginning April 1, 2013 - six months in advance of the H-1B start date. 


On April 1, tens of thousands of H-1B petitions will be filed to claim one of the 85,000 H-1B visa numbers (20,000 of which are reserved for those who have received a Masters degree or higher from an academic institution in the U.S.).


Last year, all 85,000 H-1B visa numbers for the 2013 fiscal year were exhausted by June 13.  This year it is anticipated that the visa numbers will be exhausted much sooner - possibly even within the first week in April.


If you think you may need to file an H-1B petition on April 1, and have not already brought this to my attention, please contact me as soon as possible so I can evaluate the case and let you know if the H-1B petition should be filed this year.  This includes filing H-1B petitions for F-1 students whom you currently employ under Optional Practical Training (OPT).


I will be initiating all known H-1B cap cases over the next week or so.


Remember that most individuals who have not previously held H-1B status will be subject to the H-1B quota.


While the H-1B quota will likely increase for next year under Immigration Reform, it is also likely that the government filing fees associated with H-1B petitions will increase as well - possibly by $1000 - which is another reason you may want to file this year.


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If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided in this email, please don't hesitate to contact me.




Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC
Leila Freijy, Esq.
2701 Troy Center Dr.
Suite 410
Troy, MI 48084
248.287.4115 (fax)

(Of Counsel to Ellis Porter - Immigration Attorneys)