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U.S. H-1B 2018 Visa Applications Open April 3

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in How To Move To Canada, Tech Immigration and U.S. Immigration

U.S. H-1B 2018 Visa Applications Open April 3

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017.

~ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

According to CNN, in 2016 the cap of 85,000 H-1B visas was reached less than a week after applications opened; and during that time 236,000 petitions were submitted.

United States H-IB Visa Facts:

  • H-1B Visas are offered through a lottery
  • 85,000 H-1B Visas are awarded each year
  • H-1B Visas are good for 3 years
  • California seeks more H-1B Visa holders than any other state, followed by Texas and New York
  • 2/3 of H1-B Visas granted in 2015 were for tech jobs

Non-premium visa petitions took up to eight months for approval; the U.S. recently announced a temporary suspension up to 6 months for premium processing for all H-1B petitions beginning April 3.


Evelyn Ackah

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Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is hard enough in the normal course of business to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. Imagine the difficulty in gaining that status with a 36 year old developmentally disabled daughter. That was our experience. My husband had been recruited for the C.E.O. position at the Calgary Public Library. Even the process to obtain temporary work permits for all three of our family members took some time and effort. The Ackah Firm was with us every step of the way. They gave us good advice, managed the paperwork and kept my husband’s employer informed. They were also proactive by insisting that we get on with the process of permanent residency in a timely fashion. Again their experience and knowledge paid off. They utilized other legal expertise to make a case that our daughter would not be a burden to the Country or the Province. They were respectful of our point of view that despite her disabilities she had always been an active and engaged member of the community. We were pleased that permanent residence for parents and child came through fully six months before the temporary status expired.

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