The Annual H-1B Filing Period is Fast Approaching!

Partner with MSEC if you are considering sponsoring a foreign worker.

There are only 85,000 H-1Bs available each federal fiscal year, and there are always more applications submitted than what is available. Last year approximately 236,000 petitions were filed and entered into a lottery for processing. If you want to sponsor a foreign worker for H-1B, it’s time to get started!

Here are three things you need to know about the H1-B filing period:

  1. FY2018 H-1B filing will start on April 3 and will last until April 7. The lottery process will take place shortly after that.
  2. The lottery process is completely random. H-1B cases selected in the lottery and later approved will take effect on October 1. F-1 international students will be able to receive incremental cap-gap employment authorization through September 30.
  3. H-1B is normally granted for a total of 6 years: 3 years initially, renewable for another 3 years. The 6-year maximum is per person, not per employer, and it may be extended in certain cases.

Do you have employees who need visas? Click here or contact MSEC’s Immigration Services Department at 800.884.1328.