Due to high demand, businesses must be ready to file their completed H-1B petitions on April 1. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allocates 65,000 new H-1B visas each fiscal year, running October 1 – September 30.  20,000 more H-1Bs are reserved for individuals who received a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. educational

Employers who plan on filing for new H-1Bs this year shouldn’t rely on the flexibility experienced last year. Employer filings for FY2010 regular cap H-1Bs in 2009 did not reach the annual limit until late in December. Most employers who anticipated needing an H-1B worker for FY2010 filed on April 1. However, economic conditions resulted