June 13, 2012
H-1B temporary visas are important because they typically are the only practical way for a skilled foreign national, including international students educated on U.S. campuses, to work long-term in the United States. Despite this, U.S. companies will not be able to hire anyone on a new H-1B visa for a long time.
“Companies that didn’t file a visa petition before this week must wait until April 2013 to try again and won’t be able to employ an H-1B worker until October 2013,” explains the San Jose Mercury News. Why is that?
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services just announced, “On June 11, 2012, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2013. On June 7, 2012, USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject petitions subject to the cap for H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2013 that are received after June 11, 2012.”