U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption.
I recently participated in a Consumer Electronics Association sponsored Hangout Supporting the March for Innovation. Here is the video from the discussion with various immigration reform proponents from around the country:
S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, will definitely change the way Employers file H-1B Petitions on behalf of prospective employees. What would an H-1B filing look like if such a law passes?
The H-1B visa system is unsustainable under the present system and is in serious need of reform. In the first five days of the filing period last week(April 1-5), USICS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.
The Innovation Movement is a grassroots organization sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). We are more than 200,000 Americans who believe innovation & entrepreneurship are key to future U.S. global leadership & economic growth. Here is my video interview:
On June 11, 2012, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY-2013. The first date to file an FY-2014 H-1B petition would be April 1, 2013. For FY-2014, my prediction is that the H-1B statutory cap will be met much earlier than June 2013. Employers should therefore plan to file their Cap-Subject petitions in early April 2013.
On June 11, 2012, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY-2013. On June 7, 2012, USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject petitions subject to the cap for H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2013 that are received after June 11, 2012.
USCIS continues to accept petitions exempted from the cap and DOD cooperative research worker H-1B petitions and Chile/Singapore H-1B1 petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013.