The USCIS begins accepting H1-B visa applications on April 1st every year, exactly six months before the deadline on October 1st of that same year. Each year, there are 65,000 H1-B visas available plus an additional 20,000 for advanced degree exemption. This year, there were more than enough petitions submitted to fulfill the statutory H1-B visa cap and the advanced degree exemptions by April 7th, 2014. That’s less than one week after the USCIS began accepting applications.
So when should you have your H-1B visa ready to submit? Yesterday! Last week! Last year! You must have your petition ready to go on April 1st to have any reasonable chance of approval.
Rates of application increase every year, so if you’re thinking about having your H1-B petition approved for the fiscal year of 2016, you have six months to get all of your ducks in a row. This means you’re on a tight schedule. One bottleneck is often having your foreign credentials evaluated for US equivalency. Since H1-B positions require a specialty occupation, which require specialized degrees, certifications, and licensing, you need to have your foreign credentials evaluated to prove that you have the correct qualifications for your US job position.
Most credential evaluation agencies will only work off of your original education documents. This means you waste time digging them up, mailing them overseas, and risk losing them entirely.
At CCI, we want to save you the time and headache of having to do this. We understand that you’re on a tight schedule and the last thing you want to do is worry about shipping vital documents overseas. For this reason, to best serve you we will work off of copies of your original documents. We also have the authority to analyze your education in detail for your evaluation so we can assess the academic content of your degree. Since education systems across different countries have different standards, it is essential to write a detailed evaluation spelling out your course content and work experience in terms of how it translates into US college credit hours.
For a free consultation, visit cciFree.com or call us at 1-800-771-4723.
This article was written by Rebecca Little