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If your H-1B petition wasn’t selected in the FY2018 lottery, there are other work visa options to consider.
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Immigration Bulletin
 

Giselle Carson, Esq. - Shareholder - Business Immigration Attorney
904-398-0900 - www.marksgray.com

Alternative Work Visas to Consider

The cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2018 was met on April 7, 2017. USCIS announced that it received about 199,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions. This is a 15.7 percent decrease from last year. On April 11, the lottery process was conducted and the required 65,000 Bachelor's and 20,000 U.S. Master's petitions were selected.
 
With the option of obtaining a cap-subject H-1B visa for 2018 is off the table, you may wonder: what options are available to employers seeking work visas for skilled foreign nationals? What should the plan of action be for professionals seeking an employment visa?
Unfortunately, some employers must wait until April 2018, when the H-1B quota re-opens and employers can file petitions for the 2019 fiscal year.

Ongoing changes are expected to our immigration system under the new Executive Order titled "Buy American, Hire American" that President Trump signed on April 18. The order calls for "crack down on fraud and abuse" of the immigration system to protect U.S. workers and for prioritization of certain American-made goods. We will provide updates as we know more about how this EO is expected to be implemented. 

Early planning will be essential next year and more changes are expected, so be sure to consult with an immigration attorney to help plan for your successful workforce strategy.
In the meantime, employers using and seeking global talent should look into other options available to them.
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