President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27th banning entry into the United States by people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Other Executive Orders, including one affecting temporary visas, have been drafted by the new administration. In light of that information, it is even more important to get an early start on applications.
Unless changes are announced, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service ("USCIS") will begin accepting new H-1B petitions starting April 1, 2017, for employment commencing on October 1, 2017.
In past years, only 85,000 H-1B visas were available annually, and historically there has been very high demand for these visas. Businesses considering employment of foreign workers in need of an H-1B visa,should file their H-1B petitions no later than April 1, 2017 to avoid a potential shortage.