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 Question: I have heard that H-1B’s and H-2B’s are going quickly. Are they used up yet?

Answer: The DHS recently published numbers of H-1B’s and H-2B’s currently used. The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows U.S. employers to augment the existing labor force with highly skilled temporary workers. H-1B workers are admitted to the United States for an initial period of three years, which may be extended for an additional three years. The H-1B visa program is utilized by some U.S. businesses and other organizations to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in a specialized field. Typical H-1B occupations include architects, engineers, computer programmers, accountants, doctors and college professors. The current annual cap on the H-1B category is 65,000. It appears that for non advanced degree holders, the cap of about 58,000 has approved over 22,000 and has about 30,000 pending. This means there are only about 5,000 left. You should get your H-1B in right away.

However, if you have an advanced degree, there was an extra 20,000 H-1B’s allocated. For the rest of the 2005 fiscal year, there have been about 10,300 that have been approved. Thus, there is still a reasonable amount left. For the fiscal year of 2006, there have already been about 8,000 used up.

The H-2B visa category allows U.S. employers in industries with peak load, seasonal or intermittent needs to augment their existing labor force with temporary workers. The H-2B visa category also allows U.S. employers to augment their existing labor force when necessary due to a one-time occurrence which necessitates a temporary increase in workers. Typically, H-2B workers fill labor needs in occupational areas such as construction, health care, landscaping, lumber, manufacturing, food service/processing, and resort/hospitality services.

Of the 35,000 left until October 1, 2005, about 16,000 have been used. There have only been about 300 used up for the first half of 2006. Therefore, there seems to be quite of bit of H-2B’s left.

Question: Do you think there is any problem with filing an H-1B or an H-2B at this time?

Answer: You never know how soon all of the visas will be used up. There are people across the U.S. who are aware that there is a limit on these visas and are trying to get their visas in right away. Therefore, you should have your visa petition prepared right away to ensure you get in this years allotment. All kinds of status problems could occur if the allotment is used up and your stay in the U.S. expires afterwards.

Question: Should we file the H-1B and/or H-2B with premium processing?

Answer: Definitely. You never know if your application will be filed one after the last one. Therefore, to ensure your chances, pay the $1,000 premium processing fee and have peace of mind.

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Are H-1B’s and H-2B’s used up yet?