The question now on everyone’s mind is, when will we get our first 2013 H-1B cap count update from USCIS? Our best guess is sometime next week, hopefully sooner rather than later.
In 2011, USCIS released its first cap count on April 8th. It covered petitions received through the end of business on April 7th. That represented the first five days of filing. This year, with the first day of filing occurring on Monday, April 2nd, the first five days of filing will end on Friday, leading us to believe the first cap count will be released at the soonest early next week.
Don’t consider this set in stone. There is no rule that dictates when USCIS releases cap counts, so we have to take them as we get them. As soon as we receive the count, we will put it up on the blog.
The first count will be interesting to see, with it giving us our first glimpse into whether we are going to see a significant increase in the number of filings. The April 8th, 2011 count reported 5,900 of total 65,000 general H-1B visa petitions were received in the first five days, and 4,500 of 20,000 US masters degree petitions were received. We will have to see how those numbers compare to this year’s filings.