Updates for employers with H1-B Employees

Time to file!

The US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B visa petitions on April 1, 2016. The H1-B visa is often chosen by companies that hire foreign nationals for positions that require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

For the next fiscal year (set to begin October 1, 2016), Congress as set a limit of 65,000 H1-B visas. There are, however, an additional 20,000 visas available for those who have earned an advanced degree (master’s degree or higher).

Job Site Changes

The USCIS guidance regarding any changes in job site for H-1B employees is now in effect. If employers plan to move H-1B employees to a site not included in the “area of intended employment” on their most recent petition, then employers must file an amended or new petition before the job site transfer occurs.

Read more here and here.