The 2014 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2013. However, as has been the practice, the USCIS is likely to begin accepting visa petitions on April 1, 2013. It will continue to do so until it reaches the annual visa limit of 65,000. This year (and the prior year), the visa numbers were exhausted in June. Therefore, advance planning is definitely a must. It is definitely a numbers game.