On April 1, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B "professional" work authorization petitions for foreign recruits for federal fiscal year 2012, which begins October 1, 2011.

Because the H-1B annual quota of 85,000 has not met demand each of the last several years, employers should prepare as early in March as possible so their petitions can arrive on April 1.

Employers should note that prior to filing an H-1B petition, they need to file a Labor Condition Application with the U.S. Department of Labor. That Department's processing will likely take a full week, if not more. Please contact our immigration attorney, Carol Hildebrand, at 303-299-8106, if you are in need of pursuing work authorization for a foreign professional.