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USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2013 Beginning April 2, 2012

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USCIS, Mar. 27, 2012: "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 cap on Monday April 2, 2012.  Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee.  USCIS will not rely upon the date that the petition is postmarked.

The congressionally mandated numerical limitation on H-1B petitions for FY 2013 is 65,000.  Additionally, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the fiscal