The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has reached the cap on the Congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B work visas, the one most sought after by Indian professionals.
This is for the first time in several years that the cap on H-1B visas, meant for technology professionals, has been reached mid-year.
In the last few years, it had either crossed over to the next year, or the cap was reached only in the later months. “The USCIS announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013,” the US government department said in an official statement.
“Yesterday — June 11 — was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013,” it added. USCIS said it will only consider properly filed cases on the basis of the date it physically received the petition, not on the basis of the date it was postmarked.
USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers if they arrive after June 11, 2012, and seek an employment start date in FY-2013, it said.
As of June 7, USCIS had received over 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the “advanced degree” category. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are exempt from the cap, it said.
As such, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions for extending the time a current H-1B worker may remain in the US, changing the terms of employment for current H-1B workers, allowing current H-1B workers to change employers, and permitting current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.