H-1B season starts April 1st.
H-1B season for fiscal year 2013 starts April 1, 2012. For first-time H-1B employees, a company can apply for an individual beginning April 1 but the H-1B will not be valid for employment until October 1. When the economy was robust and unemployment was relatively low all 65,000 available H-1Bs were snapped up on April 1 and applicants had to compete in a lottery to receive their H-1B. As we all know, unemployment has been very high for the past few years. Consequently, over the past few years, the 65,000 H-1Bs have not all been allocated on April 1. It has typically taken for several months for all 65,000 H-1Bs to be allocated. Last year (2011) USCIS announced that all 65,000 were used up in November. If past trends are an indicator of what this year will look like, we can safely assume that all 65,000 will not be allocated on April 1 of this year and that it will again likely take several months for the quota to be filled up. To learn more about the H-1B visa visit Dhanani Law Firm’s H-1B page at: Click here