by Elaine Young
It’s that time of year again, when employers that want to hire recent college graduates and other professionals begin to file H-1B visa petitions. The first possible start date for most H-1B employees is the first day of the federal fiscal year, October 1. Because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepts petitions up to six months before an employee’s start date, it will begin receiving H-1B petitions on April 1. Here’s an overview of what to consider before the deadline and some information about how the H-1B process may change in the future.