The H-1B cap filing period for fiscal year 2011 opens April 1, 2010, which is nearly 30 days away. If you’d like our assistance in preparing your H-1B petition, we advise that you get started now. There are built-in processes that take up time, so it is better not to wait. For example, the Labor Condition Application (LCA), which is submitted to the Department of Labor (DOL) and included in the H-1B petition, is taking a minimum of 7 days to be certified by the DOL. This must occur in order for the H-1B petition to be filed. With nearly 30 days left, this process alone will take at least 1 week. That leaves 3 weeks for the rest of the process to occur by April 1, 2010. We will be filing all H-1B cap petitions on March 31, 2010 for an April 1, 2010 arrival at the USCIS to ensure our clients have the best shot at getting an H-1B number. As you may know, there are 65,000 slots allocated for H-1B’s each year, with an additional 20,000 slots for holders of U.S. Master’s or higher degrees. It is a first-come, first-serve system and April 1 is the first day to try for a number. Please contact us as soon as possible if you need our assistance.