Effective April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“CIS”) began accepting H-1B Petitions for fiscal year 2013 which begins on October 1st.
CIS will consider cases “accepted on the date that CIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee.” (As opposed to the date a petition may be postmarked or delivered to a service center.) Of further note, petitions that are sent to CIS via “Express Mail” are not actually delivered to the physical service center, but are instead delivered to a U.S. post office. These petitions may be signed for by a CIS official, however they are not considered “accepted” until the service center picks them up and literally takes possession of the mail from the post office.
Applicant’s should keep this in mind and plan ahead when filing H-1B petitions as the cap of 65,000 approaches.
Berardi Immigration Law has years of experience filing H-1B petition cap cases. We would be happy to assist you with your H-1B visa. Contact us by calling 877-721-6100 or send an e-mail by clicking here.