Cap on H-1B Visas for FY 2020 Reached Within 5 Days

Each year, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants 85,000 H-1B visas to applicants in “specialty occupations”. This cap has not increased since 2004, and has been greatly outweighed by demand over the last few years. Within the first five days of the 2020 fiscal year application filing period, which started on April 1, 2019, the cap was reached, as 201,011 petitions were received by April 5. This marks a 5% increase in petitions from the previous year.

Immigration legal experts at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have lamented that the limitation on the supply of high-skilled foreign workers is detrimental to continued economic growth of the U.S. economy. H-1B visa holders and applicants are filling a critical and ever-growing void in the U.S. economy by providing needed expertise, particularly in the Information Technology (IT) and tech development industries. Without meeting the demand for these talented foreign professionals, future growth and innovation are stifled.

Even as the economy and labor demand has continued to grow in the past several years, the maximum accepted applications has remained steady for the past sixteen years. The number of applicants has surpassed the numerical cap of 85,000 for the past seven years. The next opportunity to apply for an H-1B visa is April 1, 2020, which would have a job start date of October 1, 2020 or later, depicting on when a decision is reached on an applicant’s case.

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Jennifer Grady, Esq. Speaks to Canadian Entrepreneurs at SelectUSA Canada

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Ms. Grady on a panel about US immigration considerations for Canadian entrepreneurs, along with US Customs and Border protection officers

On April 12, 2018, cross-border attorney Jennifer Grady, Esq. spoke to a group of 100 Canadian entrepreneurs and US Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) at SelectUSA Canada.  SelectUSA is a U.S. government-wide program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Since its inception, SelectUSA has facilitated more than US $25 billion in investment, creating and/or retaining tens of thousands of U.S. jobs. In addition to the annual Summit in Washington, D.C., it puts on local roadshows and events in countries around the world.

DSC03023Ms. Grady’s topic, “Moving people across the border: Immigration considerations for investors“, provided an overview of considerations and options for moving key personnel to the United States.  In addition, she provided tips on applying for visas and Green Cards based on investment, employment, and temporary business visits.  She was joined as a panelist by executives from the U.S. Consulate in Calgary, and Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Continue reading