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January 24, 2007

FAQ: H-1B workers this year

Inquiry;

Hi Mario,

I conversed with you a few years ago. I am looking to bring in good technology H1-B candidates into Silicon Valley. This year, I plan to bring in a few and then 30-50 in subsequent years.

I was wondering if you handle the H1-B filing process, etc and provide guidance in that area. If so, what are the fees?

Thanks, (name withheld)

Mario's answer;

The H-1B visas have become seasonal in nature since we last spoke. For example for fiscal year 2007 standard H-1B visas were distributed by May 26, 2006 & advanced degree H-1B by July 26, 2006. For a breakdown on the usage go to;

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=138b6138f898d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=71919c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1____

So, if you want to apply for an H-1B for fiscal year 2007 you have to apply on April 2nd, which is a Monday. If you apply beyond this date without an increase in the number of H-1B visas available there may not be any available. April 2nd is the first day and hopefully there will be enough visas for everyone who applies on this date.

Another solution is to apply for the H-1B1 visas which were not used up for fiscal year 2006. These visas are similar to the H-1B but are restricted to nationals from Chile or Singapore.

I have a company called SACVisa which is dedicated to these visas; www.sacvisa.com

Let me know if I can assist you to bring in candidates from Chile or Singapore.

Thanks,

Mario Ramos

Posted by VisaLawyer at January 24, 2007 09:01 AM

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