FY 2013 H1B Visa Quota Update
USCIS began accepting H-1B Visa applications on April 1, 2012 for a start work date of October 1, 2012.
June 1st, 2012:
55,600 of the 65,000 H-1B regular cap-subject petitions were received by USCIS.
18,700 of the 20,000 H-1B petitions for foreign national beneficiaries with US Master Degrees were received by USCIS.
H-1B Quota / Cap Exemptions:
The following H-1B visa petitions are not subject to the annual quota:
- An amended H-1B petition.
- An H1B Renewal / Extension petition.
- An H1B Transfer petition.
- The employer is an institution of higher education (College or University).
- The employer is a nonprofit organization or entity related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education (Hospital affiliated with a University) and the Foreign National Beneficiary (Worker) is enrolled in the jointly managed program.
- The employer is a nonprofit research organization or a governmental research organization.The Foreign National Beneficiary (Worker) has been previously granted status as an H-1B visa nonimmigrant in the past 6 years and not left the U.S. for more than a year after attaining such status.