Amazingly, H-1B non-immigrant visas are still available for foreign nationals eligible to work temporarily in the U.S. in a professional/specialty occupation. By Congressional mandate, 65,000 H-1B visas are available this fiscal year for workers who possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree and who work in an occupation that requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. An additional 20,000 H-1B visas are available to those with a U.S. Master’s degree or higher. Although a worker with a new H-1B petition cannot begin work until October 1, the petition can be filed six months earlier (beginning April 1). In the immediate preceding years, large numbers of H-1B petitions were filed soon after April 1, with the quota being filled often long before the start of the fiscal year. This year, largely due to the recession, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services reports that as of August 7, 20,000 visas remain available for Fiscal Year 2010 under the 65,000 H-1B cap. So for anyone seeking to work temporarily in the U.S. in a professional occupation or an employer seeking to hire a foreign national who meets the eligibility criteria, there is still time. Contact us today for a consultation.