With widespread media attention on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy expiration and immigration policy negotiations, it is important not to overlook the start of the H-1B “cap” case season. With no time to waste, employers must determine their need for H-1B cap filings and immediately begin preparation, well ahead of the five-day filing window starting April 2, 2018. Changes to the H1-B program in the past year, while significant, have been limited to policy and practice changes. At present, the various proposals for changes to law and regulation are still just proposals. The H-1B cap filing timing and procedures remain unchanged and, despite the challenges discussed in this advisory, the cap season is still a high priority and necessity for many US employers.
For more information, please see our advisory.