On November 23, 2011, the USCIS announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the 65,000 cap for FY2012. November 22, 2011 is the final date for receipt of new H-1B petitions requesting an employment start date in FY2012. Therefore, any petitions received after November 22, 2011 will be rejected. USCIS will continue to accept H-1B cases that are not subject to the FY2012 cap, including the following petitions:
• H-1B extension of status.;
• H-1B change of employer;
• H-1B amendments; and • H-1B concurrent employment.
On April 1, 2012, USCIS will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for FY2013 as it releases a new set of H-1B numbers, including 65,000 newly available numbers and an additional 20,000 for applicants with U.S. Master’s degrees or higher. Petitions filed under the new FY2013 H-1B cap will have an October 1, 2012 start date. For more information on obtaining a FY2013 H-1B number, please contact our office.