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04.9.2013   |   Articles / Publications

Burr Alert: H-1B Visas for Foreign Professionals Are No Longer Available for FY 2014

Employers seeking to hire foreign professionals may be out of luck this year. On April 5, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the statutory cap on H-1B petitions for FY 2014 has been reached, just five days after the application process opened. Any employer who did not submit an H-1B petition on behalf of a professional foreign worker on or before April 5 will likely not get another chance to petition for that employee until next year. USCIS announced Monday that it used a random lottery system to select petitions from among the 124,000 submitted for processing. As the statutory caps are 65,000 for standard petitions and 20,000 for professionals who hold a U.S. Master’s Degree, the numbers indicate that approximately 1 out of 4 timely submitted petitions will be rejected.

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