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2014 H-1B quota reached on April 5th 2013

As predicted, demand for H-1B visas this year has been extremely strong. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received 124,000 applications for H-1B visas by 5th April 2013.

Every fiscal year, USCIS issues 65,000 H-1B visas to foreign graduates enabling them to travel to the US to work in a 'specialty occupation'. It also issues a further 20,000 H-1Bs to foreign graduates with advanced degrees such as master's degrees.

The US fiscal year begins on October 1st. (Fiscal Year 2014 will begin on October 1st 2013). USCIS accepts applications for each fiscal year from the preceding April 1st. So USCIS began accepting applications for H-1Bs for 2014 on 1st April 2013.

In early March we advised our readers that they should apply as early as possible this year because we expected others would do the same. This proved to be the case. is a specialist visa consultancy with nearly twenty-five years of experience dealing with visa applications. We are OISC registered. We can help with a wide range of visa applications to the UK or your country of choice. Please feel free to contact us for further details.