An H-1B visa is utilized by U.S. businesses that employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. The U.S. Government sets aside 65,000 numbers of H-1B visas issued per fiscal year and an additional 20,000 for persons who have earned a masters degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education. This year’s H-1B visas have been long used up, but the time to file for the next year (employment dates effective October 1, 2013), is coming up on April 1, 2013. Thousands of petitions for H-1B visas are expected to be filed on this day and will be quickly used up. By way of example, last year’s cap was reached on June 11, 2012. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service expects to see an increased amount of applications this year, and the cap is expected to be reached on April 5, 2013, much sooner than that previous year. However, it is not too late to apply! Contact us for more information.