Employers that plan to file for new H-1B employment visas in FY2015 should be prepared to file by April 1, 2014. H-1B visas generally are limited to 65,000 (85,000 when U.S. Master’s Degree holder visas are included) per fiscal year. The immigration fiscal year begins on October 1, and petitions are accepted for the upcoming fiscal year beginning April 1. While H-1B usage has been lower over the last several years, the recent trend has been toward increasing demand, and last year’s petitions were subjected to a lottery to allocate the visa numbers. Therefore, employers should file on the first day that petitions are accepted, and hiring should be planned in anticipation of a lack of H-1B availability.