Here is how to approach H-1B Visa season in 2016. There are several different tips employers intending to bring foreign nationals to the U.S. can use in order to maximize the chances of success in this filing season. Read on to learn more about what you can do now to prepare for H-1B visa season and minimize any headaches associated with the process.

Begin Early

You should start the process of filing your H-1B petitions as early as possible. Problems may arise are outside of your control. For example, adverse weather conditions could cause visa delivery delays, setting you back several days or even weeks. This makes February and March an ideal time to prepare your labor condition applications, collect documents, and have the petitions ready. Reach out to your Arizona immigration attorney to get the most out of a tight timeline. Immigration attorneys are frequently more familiar with the requirements and can help you avoid common mistakes in the filing process.

Organize Requested Documentation

Strict adjudication of H-1B visas, as well as other immigration petitions, has increased in the past couple of years. Proper documentation should be sent to your attorney for final review before the forms are sent to USCIS. H-1B candidates should be prepared by uploading transcripts, diplomas, and resumes as soon as possible. Being organized on your end can minimize the problems that you face and decrease the chances that you will be working with potential delays.

Set Aside Filing Fees

You need to be prepared with your filing fees for any H-1B visa petitions. This is why it is recommended that you work with your Arizona immigration attorney as soon as possible to identify potential issues and have all of your paperwork and filing fees prepared appropriately. Any delays can mean that your petitions are not received or not processed until after all other petitions have been handled. It is advantageous to be organized and early with your application.

Get Help as Soon as Possible

If you want to petition for an H-1B visa for a foreign national employee, contact an Arizona immigration attorney as soon as you’ve made this decision. Doing so can give you more information about the challenges you might face as well as a reasonable timeline to expect. Falling behind and missing small details could be costly, so do your due diligence and retain an attorney you can rely on to stay organized.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding How to Approach H 1B Visa Season in 2016, or other Immigration Law matters,  please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at  480.461.5330, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.