• H-1B Non-Immigrant Visa Petition Filing Immigration Season Approaches
  • March 23, 2012 | Author: Eric W. Schultz
  • Law Firm: Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - Buffalo Office
  • On October 1, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") will release its new allocation of H-1B non-immigrant visa numbers for Fiscal Year 2013. Current U.S. Immigration Laws cap H-1B visa availability for new employment situations at 65,000 per fiscal year, with an additional 20,000 visas made available to those holding advanced degrees from a U.S. university. U.S. employers wishing to file petitions to classify non-citizens as eligible for employment in H-1B non-immigrant status are encouraged to file their petitions for receipt by USCIS on April 1, 2012, which is the first day that such petitions will be accepted for processing by the Government. In past years, the "cap" was reached very quickly. Although recent history has shown that the demand for H-1B visas has declined, if the economy continues its recovery, demand for new H-1B visas may rise in corresponding fashion.