Employers should assemble corporate documentation and submit LCAs to the Department of Labor as early as possible so that they are ready to file when the FY 2015 H-1B cap season opens on April 1, 2014. Filing LCAs early can also help safeguard employers against the effects of another federal government shutdown in the event that Congress does not reach agreement on the debt ceiling.
With just eight weeks to go before the start of the FY 2015 H-1B cap season, employers should be working with their immigration counsel to gather necessary documents and submit required labor condition applications (LCA) so that they are ready to file cap petitions during the week of Tuesday, April 1 through Monday, April 7, 2014.
Demand for the 85,000 FY 2015 quota numbers is likely to be even greater than last year. Employers who are not prepared to submit their cap petitions during the first five business days of April could be shut out of access to the limited number of new H-1Bs available for employment in the next fiscal year. Missing the FY 2015 quota means that an employer would not be able to petition for cap-subject H-1B employment until April 2015 for FY 2016 start dates.