FY 2013 H-1B Cap Count

USCIS began accepting new H-1B petitions on April 2, 2012. If approved, beneficiaries of these petitions may start working in H-1B status on or after October 1, 2012 – the first day of FY 2013 cap season. The following table includes every cap count released by USCIS. The table will be updated on a regular basis to show the pattern of this year’s H1B filing.

The first count, conducted on April 9, 2012 is about three times more than last year’s. If this turns out to be a trend, H-1B visas could be exhausted much faster than last year, during which the regular cap was reached on November 22, 2011.

On June 12, 2012 USCIS announced that they have received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the regular H-1B cap for FY 2013 as of June 11, 2012. In addition, USCIS received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions against the advanced degree cap on June 7, 2012. USCIS will reject petitions subject to the FY-2013 cap for H-1B specialty occupation workers that are received after June 11, 2012. USCIS will continue to accept petitions not subject to the annual cap.

FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count
Date of Last Count Regular Cap
Advanced Degree Exemption
4/9/2012 17,400 8,200
4/13/2012 20,600 9,700
4/20/2012 25,000 10,900
4/27/2012 29,200 12,300
5/4/2012 32,500 13,700
05/11/2012 36,700 14,800
05/18/2012 42,000 16,000
05/25/2012 48,400 17,500
06/01/2012 55,600 18,700
06/11/2012 65,000 20,000


The graph below will be updated regularly to show H-1B visa filings for FY-2013:


Below is last year’s H-1B cap count (FY 2012) for reference:

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