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First Day for the Filing of H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2013 Is April 2, 2012

Posted on March 28th, 2012 | Author: admin

Besides being the 100th anniversary of the start of the HMS Titanic’s 1912 sea trials, the USCIS today announced that April 2nd is the first day for the filing of petitions for the 65,000  H-1B visas for fiscal year 2013 (which starts October 1).  An additional 20,000 visas are also available for those with master’s degrees from U.S. schools and petitions for these also can be filed on April 2nd.   The operative date for purposes of being in the cue for a visa is the actual date a complete petition is received by the USCIS, not the postmark date.   The poor U.S. economy has made the “March Madness” filing rush a thing of the past; however, one should not take lightly the need for a timely filing while visas are still available.  Once the USCIS has received enough petitions to meet the allotted number of visas, it will reject and return cap subject petitions.  Great care should be taken then to ensure the initial filing meets the USCIS requirements so as not to loose a place in the queue.  Premium processing is encouraged for a quick response from the USCIS, either approving the visa or raising questions with a petition that can be promptly answered.  The upfront time spent to file a proper petition can prevent one from hitting an iceberg later on.

Besides being the 100th anniversary of the start of the HMS Titanic’s 1912 sea trials, the USCIS today announced that April 2nd is the first day for the filing of petitions for the 65,000  H-1B visas for fiscal year 2013 (which starts October 1).  An additional 20,000 visas are also available for those with master’s degrees from U.S. schools and petitions for these also can be filed on April 2nd.   The operative date for purposes of being in the cue for a visa is the actual date a complete petition is received by the USCIS, not the postmark date.   The poor U.S. economy has made the “March Madness” filing rush a thing of the past; however, one should not take lightly the need for a timely filing while visas are still available.  Once the USCIS has received enough petitions to meet the allotted number of visas, it will reject and return cap subject petitions.  Great care should be taken then to ensure the initial filing meets the USCIS requirements so as not to loose a place in the queue.  Premium processing is encouraged for a quick response from the USCIS, either approving the visa or raising questions with a petition that can be promptly answered.  The upfront time spent to file a proper petition can prevent one from hitting an iceberg later on.