The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released updated information about the number of H-1B quota petitions that it has received under the Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013) H-1B quota. Similar to past years, the H-1B quota for fiscal year 2013 is limited to 65,000. An additional 20,000 numbers are available for individuals who have earned U.S. Master’s or higher degrees. As of April 27, 2012, the USCIS has received 29,200 petitions filed against the regular H-1B quota. The USCIS has also received an additional 12,300 petitions filed against the U.S. Master’s or higher degree exemption.  

The USCIS is currently receiving approximately 5,000 petitions filed against the Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B quota each week. This filing pace is approximately five times greater than the weekly filings that the USCIS received against last year’s H-1B quota. Due to the significant increase in quota filings during this fiscal year, the H-1B quota may be met within the next one to two months. Therefore, employers who would like to file H-1B quota petitions for either current or future employees should immediately commence the process in order to ensure that their petitions will be accepted under the Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B quota. After the quota for Fiscal Year 2013 has been met, the H-1B quota will not become available again until April 1, 2013 (for positions with October 1, 2013 or later start dates), assuming that there is no legislative action to increase the H-1B quota.  

Additional information about the H-1B quota will be contained in our firm’s future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.