We have been expecting this official news for about few weeks now, finally USCIS did a press release earlier today stating that it would accept H1B visa petitions for the fiscal year ( FY) 2013 starting from April 2, 2012. It is pretty similar to the press releases of H1B visa 2012 and H1B visa 2011, no big surprises or new rules.
Summary of USCIS H1B Visa FY 2013 press release :
- USCIS will begin to accept H1B visa petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2013 starting from April 2nd, 2011 ( April 1st is a Sunday)
- Congressionally mandated numeric limitation (H1B cap) for FY 2013
- 65,000 for regular quota
- 20,000 for advanced degree holders with Masters degree from US or higher.
- USCIS will inform public the H1B filings count and cap completion date
- USCIS will consider cases as accepted only based on the date they physically receive the H1B petition (with proper fee), but not postmarked
- If more petitions are received than available cap on a particular day, there will be a lottery to choose the required petitions for reaching H1B cap.
- USCIS will reject the applications not selected in lottery
- USCIS will reject H1B applications received after final receipt date
- H1B petitions filed by below are exempt from numerical cap:
- Higher education institutions, related organizations, Affiliated non-profit entities
- Non-profit organizations
- Government and non-profit research organizations
- H1B visa extensions
- H1B petitions filed for change of employment terms for current H1B workers
- H1B petitions filed to change employers
- Second H1B position petitions filed to work concurrently
- Petitions filed for beneficiaries, who will work only in Guam or Commonwealth Mariana Islands
- All the employers filing petitions should follow all the requirements to avoid processing delay any request for evidence (RFEs)
Why not check out our H1B visa 2013 Lottery Prediction, Graphs ?
Official USCIS Press Release : H1B petitions 2013 to be accepted from April 2nd