H1B 2017 Visa Lottery Predictions

Currently the annual cap, as set by Congress, on the H-1B category is 65,000. Not all H-1B non-immigrant visas are subject to this annual cap. For example, there are up to 6,800 visas are set aside from the 65,000 each fiscal year for the H-1B1 program under the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore free trade agreements. Unused visas in this group become available for H-1B use for the next fiscal year. An advanced degree exemption, one who has obtained a U.S. Master’s degree or higher, is available for the first 20,000 petitions filed under this. Once that limit is reached, any petitions filed for applicants with a U.S. master’s degree or higher will count against the regular cap.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) starts accepting H-1B Visa Petitions for the next fiscal year (which starts on October 1) no sooner than April 1 of that year. This means that for the 2017 Fiscal year the earliest to apply is April 1, 2016 for a start date of employment on October 1, 2016. Last year, fiscal year 2016, USCIS received nearly 233,000 H1B filings and they had to use a computer generated random selection process to select the 65,000 eligible petitions.

The expect number of petitions for USCIS to receive for fiscal year 2017 is well over the 100,000 number. The best decision to make is to hire an experienced and knowledge immigration attorney to help you in this process and to guide you to collect the required documentation needed by USCIS for a smooth visa approval. Our immigration lawyers will provide personal attention to your case. At the Florida Immigration Law Counsel we are here to assist and provide information to you. We are committed to guiding you through this process and encourage you to seek legal representation to determine if you are eligible for the H1B visa and the benefits associates with such.

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Caring and compassionate, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is a Florida immigration attorney dedicated to producing the results her clients need. She has over 17 years of experience helping both corporate and individual clients with an emphasis in employment/investment cases and family adjustment cases.

As the Managing Attorney at Florida Immigration Law Counsel, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez and her team are capable of representing and helping individuals looking to attain a Family VisaWork Visa, and Citizenship/Naturalization. Her experience successfully representing clients in front of the Department of Justice for cases involving Deportation/Removal Proceedings will lead to success in your case.

Her experience and expertise in immigration litigation has led to multiple Avvo awards and other accolades, including the Clients’ Choice for 2017 Immigration Attorney. Her clients also consistently post positive reviews on her Facebook page. Her experience has also allowed her to teach a new generation of lawyers as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, and she also regularly gives speeches on immigration matters.

Counselor Gonzalez is also experienced in helping corporate clients through the process of filing for Employment Visas, Labor Certifications, and Business and Investment Visas with the Department of Labor. She takes on the entire case from start to finish, simplifying the process for her clients and allowing them to focus on their business.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi – Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and assured in making her their go-to immigration attorney in Florida. Her goal is to ensure that those who want to live the American dream have a professional fighting for them and making the process as painless as possible.

Saman’s passion for immigration law stems from her personal life as the daughter of immigrants. Her parents were recipients of the student F1 visa in 1971. Her father came into this country with the goal to improve his life and the life of his children. He earned a PhD in Civil Engineering and Business, instilling in his daughter a strong work ethic that she carries to this day. Saman saw firsthand what it means to be an immigrant and achieve the American Dream.

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