The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start accepting H1B applications for H1B Visa 2013 Fiscal Year on April 1st 2012. To increase your chances of obtaining an H1B under the FY2013 Cap, we recommend you file your application no later than April 1, 2012. For the past two years the number of H1B filings has seen a decrease and the Cap filled much later in the year than previously. However, this year we are anticipating that the Cap will be reached much earlier.
H1B Visa 2013 Cap
General Cap – 65,000
Advanced Degree Cap – 20,000
Cap Exempt – No limit
Application Accepted by USCIS– Starting April 2, 2012 (April 1 is Sunday)
H1B start Date – On or After October 1, 2012
H-1B is the Non-immigrant worker status that is made available to U.S. companies to hire individuals from foreign countries to fill professional level jobs.
Individuals holding professional degrees, such as a Bachelors’ or equivalent, Masters or PhD and who also have a job offer in the United States in a specialty career may be eligible for an H1B visa. For individuals with Master’s degrees earned at an American university, there are an additional 20,000 visas issued under a separate quota. Although companies are given the opportunity to reserve the visas for their prospective employees who are for the first time applying for an H-1B Visa beginning April 1st of every year, such first-time H-1B recipients will not be permitted to begin working until October 1st.