It is that time of year again. On April 1, 2013, the USCIS will again begin accepting petitions for cap-subject and Master-cap H-1Bs for FY-2015

The fiscal year for 2015 begins October 1, 2014, the earliest start date that may be requested for such cases.  The USCIS will accept 65,000 cap-subject petitions plus an additional 20,000 petitions where the beneficiaries are graduates of US colleges or universities who have earned at least a Master degree.

This year our office has once again seen an increase in demand for new H-1Bs.  Although anecdotal, this trend suggests that numbers may not be available for very long.  The good news is that when we see demand for H-1Bs increase, it is usually a good barometer for how the country’s economy is doing as it means that employers are not only hiring, but are seeking some of the best and brightest foreign nationals as well.  Last year the cap was exhausted within the first week and a lottery was conducted from among petitions that were received.  It is generally a good idea to get the process started early to avoid any last minute glitches during the busy H-1B season.

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Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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