In recent years, Israel has been among the top 20 countries receiving H-1B visas, which are non-immigrant visas in the United States that allow U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations temporarily. For the 2016 fiscal year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will start accepting new H-1B petitions on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Employers should immediately start identifying current and future employees who will need to be sponsored for new H-1B petitions because it is expected that this year’s H-1B quota will be met within five business days of it opening. In this Greenberg Traurig Client Alert, background on the H-1B program and recommendations on submitting H-1B cap-subject petitions early are provided.

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