H1B Visa 2013 Cap Count, Fees, News Updates, Deadlines, FAQs

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 184 Comments

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 onRegular H1B Cap (65,000)Advanced Degree Cap (20,000)Total Cap


June 5th, 2012

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Comments ( 184 )

  1. Resham

    Hi friends,
    I received a similar call today from Veritas. So i started looking upon their authenticity and i came across this blog..
    you actually saved me. Thanks Friends.

  2. Priyanka Deshmukh

    Thanks to you all for your opinions…today, I got a cal from Veritas career solutions for an opening in USA.. So they told regarding their fee structure and al.. I googled in to know about this company and got to read your comments making me sure that this company is total fraud!! Thanks for saving me… 😀

  3. Worried

    Can anyone give an update on veritas about h1b visa approval? Guyz, please share your experience and let truth about this company come out in public…did anybody else applied visa through veritas this year?

    1. h1b 2015

      I too applied through Veritas. Last month the status changed to Withdrawal Acknowledgment Notice was sent. The employer is stating that it’s a glitch on USCIS site and will be rectified soon. But since one month its still the same. Is anyone else also in the same boat. Is Veritas Healthcare a scam.

  4. Worried

    I have also applied h1b visa through veritas..The status is ‘Initial Review’ since April,2014. I know there are many people(who are not from veritas) still waiting for their visa since USCIS is acting very slow.

    @pihu..are you based in India or US? Did you apply visa this year? I am based in US… Is veritas a really scam? They said they have 100% visa approval rate…

  5. James

    Hey Saurabh,

    I have received a job opportunity in USA from the veritas career solutions. They expect me to provide them a huge consultancy fee of $11000 and are in a state of getting an agreement signed. However the agreement they ask us to sign is single indemnified having no scope of returns in case we do not clear the visa processing or the employer rejects us. Kindly suggest if the company is a literal fraud, scam or its just fake comments received by candidates not fulfilling the requirements.
    Regards James

    1. Jaswant Rai

      In these days, every person is very active and even before buying a spoon, he thinks a number of times about the quality and other factors. The allegation of demand of USD 11000 by Veritas is indigestible and seems vague as the Veritas company is rather helping the people in placement and relocation. And accordingly every person should avoid these false allegations on Veritas.

      1. anonymous

        Hi! Jaswant..

        Do you belong to veritas or have any experience with the company..I applied through the company almost a year ago but recieved nothing except withdrawal notice by the employer as my latest status..So i request you to kindly help me by giving the required information..i ll be reallthy thankful to you.

  6. Rahul Patel

    The Veritas Career Solution Pvt Ltd. is a huge fraud comapny based at Mohali. Beware of this company. They will call you and ask for 200 USD for initial and employer interview. After fraud interview they will ask for 11000 USD for security Installment. Then forget everything after paying 11000 USD. You are gone absolutely. They have political contact so you can not do anything against them. But Dear “The Veritas Career Solution Pvt Ltd” We have Narendra Modi, you should know that. I have informed the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt of India to cancel the registration of such fraud company. Soon the action will be extended to US the same fraud company named “Veritas Healthcare Limited”

  7. Rakesh B. Thorat

    Hi MIHIR
    I also received the same call from Veritas Career Solutions Pvt Ltd,This people are asking for the registration charges 200$ but for US were required H1B visa and we have to clear GRE tofel exam,I have seen lot of complaints about this company on website.Please check .This company is fraud please be careful

  8. Mihir

    I am pursuing my MD in Pharmacology in India. I got a call from company called Veritas Career Solutions Pvt. Ltd. based at Mohali and Ahemedabad. They are saying to sponsor my H1B for the position called Drug safety associate and they are asking $12000 for the processing fees for the same. I had seen some discussions going on authenticity of this company. Did any one take the offer? Anyone knows about the company and claims they are making. Please let me know.

    1. Jaswant Rai

      In these days, it is observed that the persons and candidates who are in great haste and want their work done by way of magic stick, give such kind of ill comments against veritas. It is seen that some candidates have such kind of nature that they want to get their work done immediately and without paying due charges and hence try to cause damage to the reputation and goodwill of the vertias company. In such circumstances, it will be better to have knowledge in detail about the company and then pursue. There is no need to worry about the ill comments of such ill candidates.

      1. pihu

        Dear Rai,
        Veritas is a totally fraud. They are doing the same thing in USA as well. I am a victim of it and I have few friends with the same complaint. So please let people share their experience.

        1. Daisy

          Hi All,

          I have received an email from veritas guys with an offer letter for business analyst role USA, and they were charging 11,000 Rs for the same..and saying that the amount would be refunded..Please suggest..

        2. as

          hey pihu,

          I have applied for h1 this year with veritas healthcare. I have paid them 5000$ for my visa in usa . Till now I have not heard back anything about my visa. I have call them every week and they always say same thing, they have no news on my status. I want my money back. Can you please help me with more experience with this company and how can I get my money back?

          1. Worried

            I have also applied h1b visa through veritas this year..The status is ‘Initial Review’ since April,2014. I know there are many people(who are not from veritas) still waiting for their visa since USCIS is acting very slow. I am keeping calm and hoping to get atleast a reply from USCIS soon

            @pihu..are you based in India or US? Did you apply visa this year? I am based in US… Is veritas a really scam? They said they have 100% visa approval rate…

          2. Subhashini

            I am also a victim of veritas. I have paid nearly 4000US$ but till no news fromthem. I have called them several times but i did not get any proper reply from them. What steps are you going to take further.

          3. Subhashini

            I am also a victim of veritas. I have paid nearly 4000US$ but till no news from them. I have called them several times but i did not get any proper reply from them. What steps are you going to take further.

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