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Common H1B Cap 2017 Filing Mistakes: How To Avoid Them?


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Common H1B Cap 2017 Filing Mistakes: Find out how to avoid them.

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Common H1B Cap 2017 Filing Mistakes: How To Avoid Them?

  2. 2. With the FY 2017 H-1B quota expected to run out in the 1st week of April 2016, H-1B Cap presents twin challenges to employers.
  3. 3. 1. Filing H-1B Petition ON TIME to stand a chance of being considered in the H-1B lottery. 2. Filing STRONG H-1B PETITIONS to ensure successful adjudication of petitions selected in the H-1B lottery. CHALLENGES
  4. 4. EMPLOYERS OFTEN COMMIT AVOIDABLE MISTAKES In the rush to get H-1B petitions timely filed, that can seriously affect the outcome of the case.
  5. 5. Find Out 5 COMMON H-1B CAP FILING MISTAKES & How To Avoid Them
  6. 6.  H-1B visa category is for people who perform services in a specialty occupation.  Deficient job descriptions could adversely impact the outcome of the H-1B petition. Mistake 1: Deficient Job Description
  7. 7.  Make sure that the job description clearly demonstrates that the offered position qualifies as a specialty occupation TIP: USCIS looks at the specific duties of the offered position in conjunction with factors like the nature of the employer’s business when considering if a job is in a specialty occupation. Mistake 1: Deficient Job Description How To Avoid It?
  8. 8.  If the iCert system does not recognize a company’s FEIN, then the company needs to be pre-verified before an LCA can be submitted successfully.  This pre-verification can take anywhere from 1-5 days resulting in unexpected delays. Mistake 2: FEIN Mismatch: Overlooking Possible Delays in LCA Certification
  9. 9.  Early preparation and submission of LCA’s will allow employers to take corrective measures like pre-verification should FEIN “mismatch” arise. TIP: This will also help employers avoid any possible delays arising out of the sudden increase in the volume of LCA’s submitted during the H-1B cap filing season. Mistake 2: FEIN Mismatch: Overlooking Possible Delays in LCA Certification How To Avoid It?
  10. 10. Mistake 3: Failure to Properly Determine Previous H-1B Status  If the foreign national had previously maintained H-1B status through an exempt employer or position, he or she may not have been counted towards the H-1B cap.  A foreign national transferring from an exempt employer or position to a cap-subject employer must have a new cap-subject H-1B petition filed by the employer on April 1, 2016.
  11. 11.  When looking to hire a foreign national who has previously been in H-1B status, the employer must determine whether or not the foreign national has actually been counted towards the H-1B cap. How To Avoid It? Mistake 3: Failure to Properly Determine Previous H-1B Status
  12. 12. DO YOU QUALIFY FOR H-1B VISA? Find out. VisaPro has developed a FREE Visa Eligibility tool.
  13. 13.  Employers often commit fatal errors while entering details in the Form I-129 including errors related to start date, wages, or even using an incorrect version of the form.  Using an outdated version of the Form I-129 may result in the USCIS summarily rejecting the petition. Mistake 4: Selecting Incorrect Start Date on Form I-129
  14. 14.  Verify that the H-1B Cap petitions are being filed using the correct edition of Form I-129, and seek a start date no earlier than October 1, 2016. IMPORTANT: FY 2017 begins on October 1, 2016. Requesting an H-1B start date earlier than October 1, 2016 in the Form I-129 will result in the petition being rejected. How To Avoid It? Mistake 4: Selecting Incorrect Start Date on Form I-129
  15. 15.  A common error made when filing the H1B petition is in relation to the USCIS filing fees and filing location.  The H-1B petition will be rejected if any of the required fees is not included, or is issued with an incorrect amount, or is sent to the incorrect USCIS Service Center. Mistake 5: Filing With The Incorrect Fee or At The Incorrect Service Center
  16. 16.  Include a separate check for each filing fee. Verify that every single check has been signed and included in the filing package.  Verify that the petition will be sent to the correct service center. TIP: USCIS generally establishes specific mailing addresses for purposes of processing H-1B cap subject cases. How To Avoid It? Mistake 5: Filing With The Incorrect Fee or At The Incorrect Service Center
  17. 17. Strict adherence to relevant H-1B filing requirements is essential to ensure that a petition selected in the H-1B lottery is NOT REJECTED OR DENIED due to incomplete or improper filing.
  18. 18. Does your firm have a strategy to overcome the FY 2017 H-1B Cap filing challenges? VisaPro attorneys helped clients' secure 100% success with FY 2016 H-1B Cap filings, i.e., 100% approval of all the selected petitions.
  19. 19. To help you improve your chances of H-1B lottery selection and approvals, We’re offering you a FREE FY 2017 H-1B Cap Filing Plan Consultation.
  20. 20. In the planning discussion, we’ll cover:  The most successful components of a H-1B filing plan that you should have in place  How to pinpoint your firm’s differentiators to frame the USCIS H-1B filing plan  How your H-1B Cap 2017 filing plans compare to competitors in your industry
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