Article provided by: Fong Ilagan, LLP
Did you know that H1B denial rates have quadrupled in the last three years? This is happening more often because the US government is cracking down on immigration and because employers are failing to file their H1B applications properly. For these reasons, more and more firms are opting to hire an H1B lawyer in Houston. Fong Ilagan provides consulting and representation for H1B clients in Houston. To be clear; a lawyer is not needed for filing an H1B application. However, many people are leaving H1B tasks to a trusted lawyer since so many applications are being denied nowadays!
Fong Ilagan also offers representation in H1B appeals cases. If your H1B application has been denied, we can represent you and help you file an appeal that maximizes your chances of having your application approved. That’s why people hire an H1B lawyer in Houston – to maximize their chances of getting their applications approved! Hiring a lawyer does not guarantee that an H1B application will be approved, but it does maximize your chances.
When to File H1B Visa Application?
If you missed the 2020 H1B cap, you would not be able to hire new H1B foreign nationals until October 1, 2020. The H1B cap for 2020 was filled during the first week of April 2019. Now is the time to identify your H1B needs and discuss your strategy with an H1B lawyer in Houston. Now is the perfect time to finalize your applicants list. You will want to make sure to have your potential employees gather and request any required transcripts and experience letters in order to obtain an educational evaluation if they have a foreign degree.
Now is the Time to Get Started
The period between now and October 1, 2020, gives you ample time to develop detailed job descriptions for your potential employees, as well as to begin acquiring supporting documentation. You will need to determine the prevailing wage and file the Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the Department of Labor (DOL). Be sure not to put this off until the last minute to avoid any costly hiccups.
By early Spring, 2020, we will want to have all of your H1B forms completed as well as a support letter and any other supporting documentation. Your H1B lawyer will mail the petition to USCIS for delivery before the deadline.
What’s Your H1B Visa Strategy?
Does your company have a strategy in place for filing your 2021 H1B petitions on time? Now is the perfect time to develop a plan and to start putting your plan in motion. Don’t wait until it’s too late because, if you miss the cap, you will have to wait another year to file.
Fong Ilagan offers free consultations in Houston for H1B filing plans. You can schedule your consultation today online or over the phone. Send us a message or give us a call if you would like to speak with an experienced H1B lawyer in Houston.