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WASHINGTON: "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today
that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the
statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Yesterday, June 11,
2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation
petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013.
USCIS will consider properly filed cases as received on the date that
USCIS physically receives the petition; not the date that the petition
was postmarked. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B
specialty occupation workers if they arrive after June 11, 2012 and seek
an employment start date in FY 2013.
As of June 7, 2012, USCIS already received more than 20,000 H-1B
petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the
‘advanced degree’ exemption. USCIS will continue to accept and process
petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.
In addition, petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have
been counted previously against the cap will not be counted toward the
FY 2013 H-1B cap. As such, USCIS will continue to accept and process
these petitions to:
U.S.businesses use the H-1B program to
employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require
theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields such as
scientists, engineers or computer programmers.
For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon." - USCIS, June 12, 2012