H1B Visa Statistics The USCIS will begin accepting Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2015 H-1B Visa petitions on April 1, 2014, which, if approved, will allow foreign beneficiaries, who hold “specialty occupations,” to begin working in the U.S. on or after October 1, 2014.

H-1B History

The first count of petitions received as of April 9, 2012 was 17,400 for the general cap (65,000) and 8,200 for the U.S. master’s degree exemption cap (20,000). The amount filed for the general cap has almost tripled since last year. The previous FY 2012 H-1B visa cap was reached on November 22, 2011, but we expect this year’s cap on FY 2015 H-1B petitions to be filled much sooner. If you want to petition for an H-1B visa, contact Perez & Malik, PLLC immigration lawyers to facilitate the process.

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