The H-1B CAP FILING DEADLINE for 2017 is just around the corner!
Kidambi & Associates has started processing H-1B CAP petitions for this year and we encourage you to contact us early to initiate processing.
If not familiar with our CAP intake process, kindly contact us for process steps and checklists.
Important Notes for this year:
1. Candidate Backgrounds and documentation:
Ensure degrees are related (in the relevant field) and candidates have submitted copies of all degrees and transcripts;
where the degree is an unrelated field, the candidate must possess at least three years of experience in the field to qualify for the position
Letters of experience must be detailed and provide progressive experience and skills used. Additional care must be taken to provide exact dates of prior employment
An evaluation of education and experience will be required to complete the process and takes additional time
2. Master’s CAP
Candidates eligible for the Master’s CAP must already have the degree certificate, or obtain a letter from the registrar confirming that all of the degree requirements have been met. If the educational institution does not have a registrar, then such a letter must be signed by the person in charge of educational records where the degree will be awarded.
Please have the candidate obtain all copies of prior I-20s and proper endorsement if the candidate is currently employed on a CPT
Additionally, provide proof that the candidate’s school is authorized to grant CPT and it is an integral part of the curriculum
3. Consulting Companies
Must document ability to control the work assignment of the H-1B employee
Documentation of employer-employee relationship must be submitted (contracts through the chain to the end-client)
Additionally, check and ensure the employer’s VIBE profile is updated and reflects accurately the current profile of the Company
Checks should preferably be printed and contain accurate information.
Make all checks payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Checks should be recently dated for April 1st filing
5. Recently Incorporated Entities
Please immediately schedule an appointment to go over requirements
Establish a D&B number and VIBE profile
Establish an online presence
Obtain a professional business plan and be prepared to establish qualifying H-1B work
6. New Fee Schedule
A new law (Public Law 114-113) increases the fee payable by entities that employ 50 or more employees in the United States, with more than 50 percent of those employees in H-1B or L (including L-1A and L-1B) nonimmigrant status. Please calculate and let us know you fall under this category. These petitioners must submit an additional fee of $4,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $4,500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after December 18, 2015
We look forward to working with you again!