USCIS to Begin Accepting Cap-Based H-1B Petitions for 2020 on April 1, 2019

H-1B petitions for FY 2020 will start being accepted on April 1, 2019. So, if you are an employer who is considering hiring a foreign national, now is the time to prepare the visa application.

H-1B is the visa status for foreign temporary professional workers filling specialty occupations, which are those that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in a field directly relevant to the job. However, the number of H-1B visas issued every year to for-profit businesses is limited – only 65,000 H-1B visas are available each fiscal year, with an additional 20,000 set aside for graduates of U.S. master’s or higher degree programs (totaling 85,000 H-1B visas available).

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