On June 11, 2012, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the FY2013 H-1B cap. On June 7, 2012, USCIS also received enough H-1B petitions to meet the additional 20,000 cap for individuals with U.S. Master’s degrees. Any FY2013 cap petitions received after June 11, 2012 will therefore be rejected and returned with the filing fee.
USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions that are cap-exempt, including beneficiaries employed at institutions of higher education or related or affiliated nonprofit entities, nonprofit research organizations or governmental research organizations. Additionally, USCIS will continue to accept H-1B cases that are not subject to the numerical cap, including the following petitions:
• H-1B extension of status.;
• H-1B change of employer;
• H-1B amendments; and • H-1B concurrent employment.