According to a USCIS News Release: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked.”
Please note that the 65,000 petition cap is expected to be exhausted early this year, perhaps in the first week of April. Employers should therefore file petitions as soon as possible. Congress should increase the H-1B quota as part of any comprehensive immigration reform legislation.