There will be no hike in fee for H-1B work visa for professionals 2013 as clarified by the USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services). USCIS in a press release detailed application procedure for H-1B visa for fiscal year 2013 which was mis-interpreted as hike in visa fee. Subsequently, USCIS as well as Indian IT industry body Nasscom have elucidated that there is no hike in the visa fee. From April 2012, applications for the most sought after H-1B work visa - used extensively by Indian IT professionals - for the fiscal year 2013 would be accepted.
The congressionally mandated numerical limitation on H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2013 is 65,000, as has been in the previous year. Additionally, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals who have earned a US master's degree or higher are exempt from the fiscal year cap.