USCIS is accepting H1B Visa 2013 applications from April 2, 2012. Learn about latest Cap Count, H1B Visa News and Updates.
An overview of H1B Visa 2013 Fiscal Year process and what to expect, if you are going to apply for H1B Visa for the first time.
H1B Visa 2013 – Overview
H1B Visa 2013 Cap
General Cap – 65,000
Advanced Degree Cap – 20,000
Cap Exempt – No limit
Application Accepted – Starting April 2, 2012 (April 1 is Sunday)
H1B start Date – On or After October 1, 2012
Question – My employer was planning to apply for my H1B visa in December/2012 of this year, but H1B Cap has run out. I completed Masters and my 12 month OPT expires on Jan 2012. When can my employer file for H1B? Can I continue to work till I get H1B Visa 2013 Quota? What happens to my status after OPT expires?
H1B Visa 2013 and OPT
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USCIS - H1B 2013
As you can see above, USCIS will start accepting H1B Visa for Fiscal year 2013 only from April 2. Based on your question, your OPT expires in 2 months from now. If your OPT expires, you will be out of status.
You have to take steps to stay in status while in USA.
If your degree comes under STEM classification and employer is enrolled in E-Verify program, then you can get another 17 months OPT Extension.
H1B Cap 2013 Fee Increase by $2000?
This 17 month OPT extension will extend your status and continue to work for same employer, till they can apply for H1B visa 2013. Even if they apply on April, your actual H1b visa start date will be October 1, 2012 or later.
If your employer is not enrolled in E-Verify, then you have to explore other options to stay in legal status.
Other options are not straight forward. You must consult with your employer’s immigration attorney. Understand all available options, OPT rules, H-1B Visa process, OPT Extension rules.
Alternatives to H1B Visa
If you want to file H1B Visa before FY 2013, following options are available.
O-1 Visa – Individuals of extraordinary ability or achievement.
E-3 Visa – Limited to Australian Professionals.
L-1 Visa – The L-1 visa is an option for international organizations with offices in the United States who transfer employee
Change of Status to another visa type (F1, H4)
H1B Visa Fiscal Year 2013
H1B Visa 2013 Fiscal Year
Start Data – Oct 1, 2012
End Date - Sep 30, 2013
65,000 and 20,000 cap applies to the above mentioned 365 days period. Then H1B quota cap resets. Stay tuned for additional information about H1B visa process, latest news and updates.
H1B Visa 2013 Tracker
You can post your H1B Visa 2013 Status in the forum and track others readers approval times.
H1B Visa 2013 Cap Count Tracker for Cap Count Updates from USCIS.
H1B 2013 Deadline
H1B 2013 deadline will the date when USCIS receives the necessary number of H1B Visa petitions to meet the H-1B cap.
If the number of applications received exceeds the numerical cap, USCIS will randomly select the number of H1B petitions required to reach the numerical limit from the pool of petitions received on the final receipt date.