Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Fast-Changing Landscape of H-1B Visas

April 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Tahmina Watson

Immigration lawyers in King County and across the United States will begin filing H-1B visa applications on April 2. It’s a lot like Tax Day for accountants; we work around the clock for months to ensure our clients’ applications are filed during this once-a-year, five-day window. And just as we did last year, we are bracing for a tumultuous adjudication process with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Historically, this annual lottery is fraught with uncertainty and is a wicked game of chance, with hundreds of thousands of applications in the hunt for a coveted 85,000 allotted visas. But...

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