March 26, 2012:
On Monday, April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting FY 2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions for employment starting on October 1, 2012.
The H-1B visa is used to employ foreign workers in professional or specialty occupation positions. Any position that requires at least a bachelor’s degree as a minimum qualification may qualify for an H-1B visa in a field related to the position being filled. Twelve years of progressive experience in the field may be used instead to obtain the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
The new H-1B visas to be issued each year are limited to 65,000 with additional 20,000 visas available to foreign workers with an advanced degree from a U.S. academic institution.
As reported by Fragomen the demand for the coming fiscal year could be stronger this filing season than in past years so early filing is best to ensure your H-1B needs are met.