USCIS Announces Start of FY2012 on April 1, 2011

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that it will start accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2012 cap on April 1, 2011. Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked. This policy gives the advantage to employers who plan well in advance of the start of employment. Preparing a complete and thorough H-1B petition requires considerable preparation that can sometimes take over one month (1).  If you have plans to hire an H-1B employee, it is  important to begin the process as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute can lead to unnecessary delays  and complications. Depending on the demand for H-1B visa numbers, the H-1B CAP can be met within days of the start of the fiscal year. Although filing for FY2012 beings on April 1, 2011, the earliest possible start date is October 1, 2011. The H-1B CAP for FY2012 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with U.S. master’s degrees or higher are exempt. USCIS monitors the amount of H-1B petitions received on a monthly basis and announces when H-1B CAP has been met. The date that the H-1B CAP is met, is known as the final receipt date.

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