USICS released its first H1B visa cap count updates on April 8th, 2011. They counted all the petitions receieved until April 7th, 2011. According to their update, below are the numbers :
First H1B cap count updates by USCIS in April :
|Regular H1B Cap H1B filings||5,900 of total 65,000|
|Advanced degree cap filing count||4,500 of total 20,000|
|Total H1B visa petitions received||10,400 of total 85,000|
H1B cap count filing Analysis – Numbers Down – Movement ?
If we compare the initital H1B cap count numbers from last year April with the numbers released by USCIS on April 8th, 2011 the H1B filings this year are reduced by a good amount…The regular cap was down from 13,500 last year to 5,900 this year…which is about 7,600 drop in filings..Similarly, for advanced degree cap the cap count was decreased from 5,600 last year to 4,500 this year, which is about 1,100 drop in H1B filings…
What could be the reason for drop in filings ? In my view, there are few reasons for the drop in filings :
- H1B Fee increase by $2000 ( passed last august)
- Neufeld Memo – Employer – Employee relationship
- Slow recovery from recession
Why do you think there is a big drop in H1B filings ? Any thoughts ?
Check our last year’s H1B visa FY 2011 updates, Analysis