Now that the calendar has turned to 2015 it is time to begin considering the rapid approach of the H-1B filing window. The H-1B visa is the most commonly utilized work visa for employers. While USCIS has not issued any information yet with respect to the filing window and lottery process, employers should expect 2015 to be no different than the last couple of years. The H-1B cap for the 2016 fiscal year (starts on October 1, 2015) will be hit in the initial filing window. This means employers seeking a H-1B visa for an employee will need to be prepared to file the application by April 1, 2015, to participate in the lottery for a visa.
As a word of warning, if you have individuals working for you that are utilizing OPT (Optional Practical Training) this blog posting applies to you. If these individuals haven't asked yet, expect them to be asking soon about an H-1B filing in this upcoming filing window. Considering the need to file by April 1, 2015, it isn't too early to start talking through these issues and planning for any filings.