January 24, 2019 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Jessica Mulholland, Senior Editor

H-1B visa season officially opens on April 1, 2019, but employers seeking these high-demand visas have much work to do to be prepared when the day comes — because believe it or not, they’re typically claimed within a week.

The H-1B program allows companies in the U.S. to temporarily hire foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge — workers who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in their specific specialty, or its equivalent, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). 

Stated simply, the H-1B visa — commonly known as a U.S. work visa — allows American employers to hire highly-skilled professionals that many say they can’t find here. (And let’s face it, recruiting and hiring is becoming increasingly more difficult given the tight labor market.

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