On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for professional positions. Although petitions may be filed beginning on April 1, the start date for the employment can be no earlier than October 1, 2016.

Please review your employment needs now to determine whether you wish to sponsor any of your current or potential employees for H-1B status. This includes those professionals already employed by you in F-1 Optional Practical Training status, TN status, J-1/J-2 status or L-1B status, and any individuals you may wish to bring on board on or after October 1, 2016. 

As has been the case in recent years, we anticipate that the H-1B quota will be fully subscribed within the first five business days following April 1. In 2015, USCIS received a total of 233,000 H-1B petitions for 85,000 spots (inclusive of petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption).