As of June 1, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received 55,600 petitions that count against the 65,000 H-1B Regular Cap, and 18,700 petitions that count against the 20,000 H-1B Master’s Cap. USCIS will continue to accept new petitions until it has filled the H-1B Regular and Master’s Caps.
The pace of new H-1B submissions has accelerated as we predicted. For this reason, employers should prepare and file all new H-1B petitions as soon as possible. Any foreign national candidates who do not make it under the 2013 H-1B Cap may not be able to start work, or continue working, until October 1, 2013 – or later!
For more information, or if you have questions regarding how this situation might affect you, your employees, or your organization, please contact one of the following members of the Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green: