United States: H-1B Cap Filings Increase by 4,700 in Four Days
As of April 13, a total of 30,300 H-1B cap cases were filed for Fiscal Year 2013, USCIS announced. This is an increase of 4,700 filings since the agency’s last count on April 9. Some 20,600 cases have been filed against the standard H-1B cap of 65,000 and 9,700 have been filed against the exemption of 20,000 for foreign nationals holding U.S. advanced degrees.
FY 2013 cap filings continue to outpace the rate of the last two years. At this time in 2011, USCIS had received roughly 10,400 cap filings, while in 2010 it had received approximately 19,100 cases during a comparable period. The increased pace so far suggests that this year’s quota could be reached much earlier than the FY 2011 and FY 2012 caps.
If your organization is planning to petition for H-1B employment in FY 2013, contact your designated Fragomen professional as soon as possible so that cases can be filed promptly.
Fragomen closely monitors the H-1B cap count and will provide further updates as the filing period proceeds. If you have any questions about this Client Alert, please contact your designated Fragomen professional.