As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The quota is 65,000 for regular H-1B petitions, plus another 20,000 for H-1B petitions filed for foreign nationals (“FNs”) who have obtained a master’s degree or higher from an accredited American university. The federal government’s fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30, so fiscal year 2014 will begin on October 1, 2013. Employers are eligible to start filing H-1B petitions toward the fiscal year 2014 quota on April 1, 2013, but they cannot secure a start date prior to October 1, 2013.

As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The quota is 65,000 for regular H-1B petitions, plus another 20,000 for H-1B petitions filed for foreign nationals (“FNs”) who have obtained a master’s degree or higher from an accredited American university. The federal government’s fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30, so fiscal year 2014 will begin on October 1, 2013. Employers are eligible to start filing H-1B petitions toward the fiscal year 2014 quota on April 1, 2013, but they cannot secure a start date prior to October 1, 2013.