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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Filing Starts on April 2, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B applications on April 2, 2012. The H-1B start date must be October 1, 2012 or later. There is a general cap of 65,000 and an advanced degree cap of 20,000. Last year the H-1B quota was reached on November 22, 2011 which means the filing period was 236 days. If you haven’t found an employer willing to sponsor your H-1B visa yet, you still have time. The normal processing time for the H-1B petition is 3-5 months.

The preliminary requirements for H-1B are as follows: