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USCIS now accepting H-1B applications for fiscal year 2013

Throughout the world there are educated workers who are seeking to live and work in the United States. To facilitate this, the U.S. has created a temporary worker visa that may be granted if an applicant is eligible.

In an earlier post, we wrote about the availability of these H-1B visas, which allow professional workers from other counties to enter the United States to work and live in places such as Miami, Florida. The number of these temporary work visas is limited to 65,000 each year and to be eligible, each recipient must, at minimum, have a Bachelor's degree.

The 2013 fiscal year begins in October and earlier this month, on April 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services started accepting applications. Since then, the USCIS has received more than a quarter of the allowed applications. It continues to accept applications for the H-1B visa and will do so until the limit of 65,000 is reached.

In addition to the 65,000 available visas, an additional 20,000 applications are made available for workers who have attained a Master's degree or other advanced degree. Approximately one week after it started accepting applications the USCIS has received 8,200 applications for this visa. Last year, this limit was reached less than three weeks after the start of the fiscal year.

It is in the best interest of any foreign worker hoping to secure an H-1B visa for fiscal year 2013 to apply for the visa sooner rather than later. Because all immigration matters can be complicated, an immigration lawyer may be of assistance in the endeavor.

Source: The Economic Times, "USCIS continues to accept H1B petitions," April 10, 2012

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