Race is on for H-1B visas

The annual race for H-1B visas is under way, but if you’re only starting your application now, it’s probably already too late.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services opened a weeklong window Monday for companies to file visa applications for highly skilled workers. Immigration attorney Leon Versfeld of Hugo & Versfeld LLC said the U.S. Department of Labor has centralized a key certification function in its Chicago office, meaning that part of the progress now takes about a week.

Versfeld guessed that he did more than 100 H-1B visa applications this year, many for engineers and IT employees who would be eligible to start their jobs in October.

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