2019 H-1B Employment Visa Lottery


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will begin accepting H-1B Visa petitions on April 1, 2019 with a start date of October 1, 2019.

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. explain the visa program as follows:

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty or its equivalent. There are 85,000 visas (the “H-1B Cap”) available each fiscal year with 20,000 of those reserved for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher (the “Master’s exemption”).

Employers who plan to file an H-1B petition should begin preparing documents now to be ready for April 1st.

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The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. on January 15, 2019, written by Benjamin A. Nucci.

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