I am reading and hearing various predictions on how many cap-subject H-1Bs will be filed this year. Some say that many US companies were discouraged by last year’s lack of available H-1B slots and were unwilling to invest the time and resources in pursuing H-1B visas this year. However, many immigration lawyers are as busy or even busier than they were last year processing H-1B petitions. Even if the number of petitions received is half of what it was last year, the allotted quota will be exhausted in a single day.
What can a company do? US companies should explore other immigration options that may be available to them such as TN, L, E or O visas. Unfortunately each of these visas have their limitations and some foreign nationals may not be eligible for any of them.
Beneficiaries who have earned Master or higher degrees from US Colleges or Universities have additional visa slots available to them.