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H-1B Quota over-now what?

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3 that all data entry for FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been completed. Only 65,000 applicants for a general H-1B nonimmigrant visa would be accepted for this fiscal year through the computer-generated random selection process, or lottery. For those not selected for an H-1B visa, the USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees.

H-1B Visa Alternatives

This year 233,000 applicants competed for the 65,000 H-1B visas available. This means over 150,000 applicants were not considered and denied the opportunity to apply. The unlucky applicants can wait and try again next year, but in the meantime there are other options available.This video gives a breakdown of the 6 alternative visas.

Need for H-1B Visas- The Time to Apply Is Now!

As H-1B season approaches, it's time to begin your application process for a spot in the lottery. Currently, the USCIS allots 65,000 H-1B visas each year. Vying for a spot in the lottery are an estimated 195,000 applicants. With three times the amount of applicants than visas available, many applicants will be unable to get H-1B status due to sheer lack of numbers.

The Problems with Current Entrepreneurial Visa Options

Stanford University hosted an event as part of their Entrepreneurship Week on Sunday, March 3 that was packed with 200 students looking for ways to get visas and green cards in order to jumpstart their ventures. As an immigration expert, Ms. Khandelwal shared her knowledge on the dos and don'ts of visas, and lamented the fact that H1-B visa holders, which some of the attendees were, cannot start up their own companies. "It does not allow you to work for anybody else," including your own business, she stated.

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