In less than five months on April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting applications for the H-1B Specialty Occupation visa — the most common work authorization sponsorship route for employers seeking to hire global talent. Each year, thousands of petitions are filed with USCIS, yet only 65,000 applications are chosen for processing, with an additional 20,000 accepted for individuals with advanced degrees.
As a result, H-1B cap season — the time frame when organizations, candidates and attorneys diligently work to ensure all H-1B applications are ready to be sent to the government before the H-1B cap is met — is often a busy and stressful time of year.
But that doesn’t have to be the case. Each year, we advise anyone planning on sponsoring an H-1B worker to take a proactive approach to the application process. And that means one thing: Start early.
Five months may seem like plenty of time to prepare work visa petitions; however, many organizations don’t have a dedicated person to manage the application process. So chances are, next year during H-1B cap season crunch time, your immigration workload will compete for priority with everything else on your plate. Sound familiar?
If so, save yourself time and stress by getting a head start on the process. When should you begin? We think there’s no better time like the present.
Whether or not your candidate is chosen for the H-1B lottery is out of your control, but finding the right partner isn’t. Take your time and consider the characteristics in a partner that will help you have a stress-free H-1B application process. Is it a dedicated support team, prompt communication, case status updates, easy document submission and a second chance at the cap if you’re not selected?*
Then contact Envoy, and learn how we’ve simplified the H-1B application process for customers for nearly 20 years.
Still not convinced? Here are three more reasons to prepare H-1B visa applications early.