Thursday, June 14, 2012
USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap
USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013.
USCIS will consider properly filed cases as received on the date that USCIS physically receives the petition; not the date that the petition was postmarked. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers if they arrive after June 11, 2012 and seek an employment start date in FY 2013.
Friday, June 1, 2012
As of May 25, 2012 the fiscal year 2013 H-1B cap count is as follows:
· H-1B Regular cap – 48,400 cap eligible petitions towards cap of 65,000
· H-1B Master’s Degree cap – 17,500 cap eligible petition towards cap of 20,000
The master’s and regular cap will likely be reached in 1-3 weeks. If your employer is still thinking about filing an H-1B petition, they will need to decide as soon as possible. The absolute minimum time it takes to prepare an H-1B case is one week if everything goes right.
People that do not need to be concerned about the H-1B cap are: