U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services will begin accepting H-1B Specialty Occupation visa applications on April 1, 2015, and businesses must start preparing for the process now.
Competition for H-1B visas is fierce, with only 65,000 given out each year. Human resource departments that don’t begin preparing early won’t be ready when the day comes. Using an immigration case management platform, HR departments should begin gathering government wage data for the Labor Condition Application.
The Labor Condition Application affirms the employer is offering the worker a salary equal to or higher than the prevailing wage for that type of position in the surrounding geographic region. It must be certified prior to applying for the H-1B visa, but gathering employment wage data can take months. By starting this process in January, companies can have their applications certified by the end of February.
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