As of April 2, companies were able to file cap-subject H-1B visa petitions regarding employees in specialty occupations for fiscal year 2013. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on April 5 that 22,323 cap-subject H-1B petitions had been received as of April 4. The number of filings received in the first few days of this year’s filing period was nearly twice the number of filings received by USCIS during the same period in 2011. Companies with a projected need for H-1B employees are advised to file petitions as soon as possible.