Due to high demand, businesses must be ready to file their completed H-1B petitions on April 1. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allocates 65,000 new H-1B visas each fiscal year, running October 1 – September 30.  20,000 more H-1Bs are reserved for individuals who received a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. educational

Employers who plan to file for new H-1B employment visas in FY2014 should be prepared to file by April 1, 2013.  H-1B visas generally are limited to a fiscal year distribution of 65,000 (85,000 when U.S. Master’s Degree holder visas are included). The immigration fiscal year begins on October 1. Petitions are accepted for the

Employers who plan on filing for new H-1Bs this year shouldn’t rely on the flexibility experienced last year. Employer filings for FY2010 regular cap H-1Bs in 2009 did not reach the annual limit until late in December. Most employers who anticipated needing an H-1B worker for FY2010 filed on April 1. However, economic conditions resulted