The H-1B Visa season is yet to start, but it looks like someone who’s planning to apply for H-1B Visa 2012 has heard some unfounded rumors about the H-1B program, which we’ll discuss here.
I’m planning to graduate by end of this year and if I ever get a job, I will apply for an H-1B visa in 2012, but some of my friends said that the USCIS is planning to lower the H-1B visa numbers for 2012 year, so they suggested that I apply this year or I might not get an H-1B visa at all. Is this true? What should I do?
- In the previous FY 2011, H-1B visa cap had been reached as on January 26, 2011.
- H-1B visa petitions can be filed starting on April 1, 2011.
- Applications filed after April 1, 2011 will have a start date of October 1, 2011 and later.
H-1B Visa 2012
As of now, there is no change or any news or update about the H-1B visa quota being cancelled or greatly decreased for Fiscal Year 2012. As with any rumors going around, it looks like you’ve just heard a pure baseless gossip that’s not true.
So don’t change your graduation plans just because you heard some incorrect news. No one really predict how the immigration laws in the US will change and what additional restrictions will be placed on H-1B program.
If you plan to graduate in December of this year, then go ahead with that schedule, but make sure you try to work as an intern for at least 2 semesters and then apply for OPT in time.
Start your job search in at least 6 to 8 months in advance. If you find a direct employment, then it’s very easy to get an H-1B Visa.
H1B Visa Cap Changes
Several immigration bills have been introduced in the US Congress that sought to change and streamline the U.S. immigration and visa processes.
The latest of these bills is designed to improve the flawed elements of the U.S. Immigration System in the US S.6 in Senate. If there is any progress in this bill, we will update it here in the blog.