This year, as in prior years, the number of H-1B petitions to be filed is expected to be high for both the 65,000 quota as well as the 20,000 additional numbers provided for holders of U.S. master's degrees. Employers should begin preparing lists of current employees who may need to have their status changed or future employees who will need to apply for H-1B status now. Our immigration group can assist you in gathering the required documents for these H-1B petitions now.
Please note that the new H-1B petitions, which are subject to the H-1B cap, can only be filed for receipt as of April 1, 2008 — but can be prepared further in advance. In addition, it is important to note that last year's cap was reached within the first two days of the fiscal year, and many H-1B petitions were rejected through a random lottery established by Congress for such circumstances.