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Employment immigration: Time to file for work visas is coming up

Many people educated in or originally from other countries often seek employment opportunities in the United States. However, even with a dream job opening, employment immigration can prove difficult to navigate. Special visas are required for working in the United States, and obtaining this type of visa is no guarantee even though thousands of them are available every year.

In total, the number of H-1B visas, or work visas, available is limited to 85,000. Of those, 20,000 are available only to individuals with a master's degree or higher from a U.S. educational institution. Employers in California may be beginning the preparations for applying for such visas if they wish to employ foreign professionals as the opening date for filing petitions is coming up in just over a month on April 1.

Work visas are obtained if a petition is chosen from a lottery conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Due to the random selection, there is no guarantee that individuals will receive the desired visas. Additionally, even if selected from the lottery, USCIS reviews the petition, and if they feel it does not meet requirements, the visas could be denied.

Because these visas are so coveted, employers may wish to do their best to bolster their chances of approval. Because employment immigration issues can become complicated, having the right information and assistance could prove invaluable. Interested California employers may wish to consult with knowledgeable immigration attorneys who could provide information and guidance when it comes to understanding the visa application process and potential approval.

Source: lexology.com, "5 Tips to Get You Ready to File for an H-1B Visa", Timothy M. Wheelwright, Feb. 5, 2018

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