BGAI published a note.
H1-B applications from now until October 1
BGAI Now that the Fiscal Year 2011 H1-B 'cap' has been reached, it is time for companies to start planning for October 1 starts.
Unless a potential H1-B worker already has that status and wishes to change companies or unless the company is not subject to the H1-B "cap", no additional staff can be added until October 1. The earliest the company can apply for those positions is April 1. As incredible as it seems, now is the time to start that process. There are currently rules in place to extend the OPT status of potential workers, but last minute planning can cause stress for everyone involved.
Of course if the initial number of applications is less than the cap, filing can be later. Because of the uncertainty and costs involved in filing, the USCIS is considering changing to process to have a kind of reservation system. To me it smells like a lottery. With the uncertainty put into the process by the Department of Labor's extended filing process, there is already a great burden placed on the companies.
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