The H1B cap for fiscal year 2013 was met on June 11, 2012. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made an announcement on 06/12/2012 that they have received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the H1B quota for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The advanced-degree cap has also been met as the USCIS had received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions under the U.S. Masters degree cap-exemption as of June 7, 2012. USCIS will reject cap-subject H-1B petitions seeking an employment start date in FY 2013, received after June 11, 2012.
USCIS continues to accept H-1B petitions that are not subject to annual numerical limitations. This includes H-1B amended petitions, H-1B petitions from H-1B cap-exempt petitioners such as universities, non-profit organizations, government organizations etc., H-1B extensions for individuals who have already been counted against the cap within the last six years, DOD petitions etc.
USCIS will start accepting cases towards the FY-2014 H1B Cap in April 2014 for an employment start date of October 1, 2013 or later (for new H-1B applicants). If you’ve missed the FY 2013 H1B Cap, it’s helpful to start planning now to apply in April 2013 under the FY-2014 H1B Cap.
H-1B Lawyers at the SGM Law Group are now accepting and preparing new H1B visa petitions to be filed on April 1, 2013. Fill out the Free Immigration Consultation form to learn how we can help you obtain H-1B visa in a fast, efficient and affordable manner.