With the high demand for the limited H-1B numbers in recent years, it has become very important to avoid having USCIS return a case due to incorrect filing.? USCIS must accept new H-1B cases during a 5-business day window starting on April 1st.? However, if a case is returned due to improper filing, it will miss the filing window.
The following are some recommendations to be sure an H-1B case is in a position to be accepted by USCIS for processing.
LCA: H-1B petitions require a properly executed LCA.
Signatures: Original signatures are required on the forms, LCA and company letter.
All Questions Answered: It is important to be sure all questions have been answered and that information provided is consistent throughout the entire petition.
Correct Service Center: Each case will have a specific regional service center it must be mailed to, which is based on the location of the job opportunity.
Checks: Verify that correct check amounts are being included with each case.? Most H-1B petitions require multiple filing fee checks.
Supporting Documents: Each H-1B petition must include documentation about the company and beneficiary to support the case.
While it is also important to file complete cases to avoid requests for evidence, it is most important to file a case that will be accepted and receipted by USCIS.? Issues that lead to a request for evidence will not impact a case?s acceptance for purposes of receiving one of the limited H-1B numbers.