If you were not lucky enough to win the H-1B lottery in 2017, you should start to prepare for your new H-1B petition for Fiscal Year 2019 as soon as possible, probably now.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services usually starts to accept H-1B petitions exactly six months before the start of the next fiscal year. As Fiscal Year 2019 starts on October 1, 2018, USCIS will probably start accepting H-1B petitions for FY 2019 from April 1, 2018. Since April 1, 2018 is a Sunday, USCIS should accept from April 2, 2018.
As of the today, the FY 2019 H-1B Cap count stays the same: 65,000 for H-1B Regular Cap, additional 20,000 for H-1B Master’s Exemption. Also, 6,800 visas among the total 85,000 visas will be set aside for the citizens of Singapore and Chile as part of the Free Trade Agreement with Singapore and Chile. The H-1B filing fees include $460 basic filing fee; $1,500 ACWIA (American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998) fee when employers have more than 25 employees or $750 when employers have 25 or fewer employees; $500 Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee when employers seek the initial approval for you; $4,000 when employers have 50 or more employees in the U.S. and more than 50 percent of these employees are in H-1B, L-1A or L-1B status; and $1,225 Premium Processing Service fee which is optional.
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Yimin Chen is the founder and principal attorney at Chen & Associates. She has been licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey for over a decade. She is also admitted in the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern District of New York, the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuit.
She focused her practice on bankruptcy, family and commercial litigation. She has represented both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy cases. Yimin Chen has helped her clients through various legal issues from divorce and custody battles to shareholder disputes. She has a unique blend of litigation talents as well as negotiation skills to bring various solutions to meet the demands from her clients. Her compassion to her clients and ambition to fight for them bring her high reputation in the clients.
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