H-1B Visa Quota Update

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.
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