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Austin H1B Visa Limits and Deadlines


UPDATE:  On April 15, 2013, US CIS started to process H-1b petitions selected in the lottery.  Premium processing cases are being handled first.  These processing cases will be handled within 15 days of April 15, 2013 (April 30, 2013.).  US CIS will likely begin working on the non premium processing cases sometime in May and will thereafter start to send rejection notices. 

H-1b Cap for both regular cap and master cap was reached on April 5, 2013.  US CIS received approximately 124,000 petitions between April 1, 2013 to April 5, 2013.  That’s more than the normal cap of 65,000 plus 20,000 for master cap.  US CIS will select by lottery from these petitions.  Any H-1b petitions received after April 5, 2013 will be rejected, unless an exemption applies.

 As of April 20, 2012, approximately 25,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 10,900 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

 On November 23, 2011 US CIS announced that the H-1b cap was reached for this fiscal year on November 12, 2011.  Therefore earliest non-cap exempt new petitions can be filed is April 1, 2012 for employment beginning on October 1, 2012.  – There may be other visas that you can apply for.  Please reach out to our law firm for more information.

UPDATE: As of October 21, 2011, approximately 46,200 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. USCIS has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

H1B visas are available for foreign workers who work in a specialty occupation, also known as a professional occupation. To qualify for an H1B visa, an individual must have at least a bachelor’s degree and must have been offered a job in his or her field that requires at least a bachelor’s degree. If you meet these basic requirements, you may be eligible to file for an H1B visa to work in the United States.

There are strict limits on how many H1B visas can be issued each year, so it is important to submit your application before the petition deadline. To speak with an experienced Austin H1B visa lawyer about your application and visa requirements, contact the Law Office of Williams Jang, PLLC, at 512-323-2333.

H1B Limits and Important Filing Dates

The number of H1B visas issued each year is limited by an annual cap. As of now, only 65,000 new H1B visas may be issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in a given fiscal year. The fiscal year for the federal government starts on October 1 of each year. However, applicants may file their H1B visa petitions up to 6 months in advance on the first business day in April each year.

Submit Your H1B Petition Early

Often, the number of petitions filed for H1B visas exceeds the 65,000 visa limit and petitions are chosen by lottery. It is therefore important to submit your application by the April 1 petition date to ensure that you are considered for an H1B visa. Failing to meet this deadline could cause you to be left out of the lottery and could delay your application for another year. Austin H1B visa attorney William Jang can help you quickly file your H1B visa application to maximize your chance of being selected.

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With strict time restrictions and limits on visa availability, you need an Austin H1B visa attorney that you can count on to help you complete and file your H1B visa petition on time. To learn more about H1B visa requirements and filing your application, contact the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, by calling 512-323-2333.

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