Updated date : June 5th, 2012
Many of you have lots of questions related to H1B visa 2013. Would like to address all of these questions, including news updates on this page. It is an evolving page and have constant updates like cap count, USCIS news releases.
What is H1B visa 2013 ?
Some of you might wonder, why do we have year 2013, when we are filing H1B visas petitions in year 2012. The reason is that USCIS operates on a fiscal year concept and not calendar year. USCIS’s fiscal year for H1B visas for the year 2013 starts in year 2012.
What is USCIS’s fiscal year(FY) for H1B visa 2013 ?
USCIS’s fiscal year for H1B visas starts on October 1st, 2012 and ends on September 30, 2013.
When does USCIS accept petitions for H1B visa FY 2013 ?
USCIS accepts H1B petitions for Fiscal year 2013 starting from April 2nd, 2012.
What is H1B visa cap for fiscal year 2013 ?
If you wonder what is H1B cap, it is nothing but the congressional limited numeric count for H1B visas for fiscal year 2013. It is as below
Regular Quota filings : 65,000
Advanced Degree or Masters quota filings : 20,000
Total Cap count available for FY 2013 : 85,000.
Also, out of the 65,000 visas, about 6,800 visas are set aside for Singapore and Chile Free Trade agreement filings, which is H1B1 Program.
When can you start working, if you file for H1B visa 2013 ?
Well, if you submit your H1B petition for fiscal year 2013 and have it approved, you can start working from October 1st, 2012.
What is H1B visa 2013 deadline ?
USCIS does not have any defined deadline date. They accept H1B petitions until the H1B visa cap is complete. Last year, for H1B Visa 2012, the cap was reached on November 22nd,2012, whereas for H1B visa 2011, the cap was reached on January 26th , 2011.
What is H1B visa filing fee for fiscal year 2013 ? Did it increase ?
H1B filing fee did not increase for FY 2013. Just the filing fee, does not include attorney fee and premium processing fee, can range from $3,575 to $4,325 based on the number of employees. For detailed fee structure, Read H1B visa 2013 filing fee
Will there be any lottery for H1B visa 2013 ?
Well, as of today, based on unofficial USCIS H1B cap count update from AILA, there may not be be lottery for fiscal year 2013 as the number of petitions received, which were about 22,323 did not exceed the cap limit of 65,000. We will update this page as USCIS does an official press release.
Change of Status(COS) from F1 Visa OPT to H1B visa 2013 ?
If you are in America and pursuing a degree like Bachelors, Masters or higher from US University and currently working on OPT, then you would most likely file your H1B petition with Change of Status ( COS) from F1 visa to H1B visa. If you file it as COS, then you can start working on H1B visa from October 1st, without leaving the country. You have to do a COS before your OPT expires to have legal status.
What is current H1B visa 2013 cap count ? Tracker ?
|USCIS Update on||Regular H1B Cap (65,000)||Advanced Degree Cap (20,000)||Total Cap
|June 5th, 2012
All the H1B visa cap count updates are tracked on our tracker web page. It has all the cap count updates, along with graphs and analysis articles.
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