• Another Substantial Increase in FY 2013 H-1B Cap Filings, Though Numbers Remain Available
  • May 25, 2012
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • USCIS reports that, as of May 18, it had received 42,000 filings against the standard H-1B cap of 65,000, and 16,000 filings against the cap exemption of 20,000 for foreign nationals holding U.S. advanced degrees - an increase of 5,300 standard and 1,200 advanced-degree cases.

    Although both standard and advanced-degree numbers remain available for employment in FY 2013, the H-1B cap count continues to increase steadily, with a substantial volume of filings per week.

    The pace of cap number usage is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, as graduation season continues and as the advanced-degree exemption nears exhaustion. Once 20,000 advanced-degree cases are filed, all further cap filings - including both standard and advanced-degree cases - will be counted against the standard quota.