Dec 21, USCIS H1B cap update-Adv degree quota 300 left. Total 2,100 Filed

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USCIS updated the H1B cap count numbers earlier this morning. As of December 17th, 2010 the updated H1B petition filing numbers since last week are:

  • New 1,500 Cap eligible H1B visa petitions were filed under regular Quota.
  • New 600 cap eligible H1B petitions under Advanced degree cap.

December 17th, 2010 USCIS official H1B cap count update:

Regular H1B Cap H1B filings 53,900 of total 65,000
Advanced degree cap filing count 19,700 of total 20,000
Total H1B visa petitions received 73,600 of total 85,000

H1B filings – Advanced degree cap almost done…Economy – Tax-bill passed

It is a general human tendency to rush at the last minute as the deadline is approaching or something is about to run out….same case with filing H1B petitions…If we compare with last week, Dec 13th, H1B cap count update, there has been a significant surge in advanced degree H1B petitions filings… couple weeks ago, only 300 petitions were filed under that Masters category, but this week we have 600 petitions filed…believe it or not, there are only 300 left in this quota…I am sure they are already done because LCAs would have been filed a week prior to actual filing of the petition….The regular cap filings were also up from 1,200 last week to 1,500 this week… There has been very good movement in the numbers in the last few weeks with the exception of thanksgiving week….

As I mentioned last week, USCIS may set aside 6,800 for Chile and Singapore trade agreements. So, in worst case we are left with 58,200  (65,000 – 6,800 )… Just to clarify about these visas, unused visas from the total 6,800 set aside from previous year will be added to this years quota…In year 2008 for FY 2009 only 700 were used and remaining 6,100 were added to 58,200 to get to 64,300 for FY2010 quota. For this year, USCIS has not published how many of the 6,800 visas were used last year for FY 2010 quota….we have to take a guess here… my guess would be as the economy and conditions look similar we can expect around same number of visas used last year as well…if we assume 1000 visas were used last year, we would have 5,800 added to this year quota…The best case would be 58,200 + 5,800 = 64,000…this is based on our assumption…

The advanced quota will most likely be done next week and the regular quota, if it continues at current pace, worst case (remaining visas 58,200 – 53,900 = 4,300 ) can last for next 3 to 5 weeks…and the best case (remaining visas 64,000 – 53,900 = 10,100) can last for about 6 to 8 weeks…Whew…!!! Too much of number crunching and analysis this week folks…read it again, if confusing…

From an economy perspective, it looks very promising…the Bush-era tax cuts bill we were talking last week, was signed by president Obama into law. It is a whopping $858 billion dollar bill that was singed into law…though it will create deficit, majority supported it and it is a law now…the consumer spending is up and the economy is catching up as the year end is approaching…As we look at the economic calendar and forecasts by Marketwatch, the economic indicators look very good and we seem to be heralding into 2011 with strong economic outlook…

What do you think of the H1B Visa quotas coming close ?

What are your thoughts on Economy ?

Regular H1B cap Count 2011  Trend Graph

H1B visa 2011 Cap count December 21st 2010

Advanced Degree H1B cap count 2011 Graph and Trend

Advanced Degree H1B cap count 2011 December 21st update-1

References :

USCIS: Updates

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Comments ( 10 )

  1. Yan

    Hi, I filed my h1b by using premium processing in Dec 20th the uscis has already accepted my case do u think I can get approved from them before the h1b quota were used . I am master degree. When we can now how many were unused for those 6800 in last fiscal year

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      You are fine. The quota count reflects the number of petitions accepted by USCIS and not number of petitions adjudicated.

  2. venkat

    @Saurabh ,that s great. that was the answer i wanted to know .its really helpful for me, Thanks a lot.

    And i need know 2 more things, when my visa will get stamped after my employer filed the case in uscis ?
    and this count (65k+20K = 80K) is only for Indians or to the whole world?

  3. venkat

    could any one please tell me the last date of filing h1b premium? is it possible to file the petition for h1b in 2010 quota after 2010 gone(i mean in 2011) ??

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      There is difference b/w calendar year and USCIS’s fiscal year. At the moment, they are accepting petitions for quota for FY2011. This runs from 1st Oct 2010 to 30 Sep 2011. A petitioner can file H1 6 months in advance, and so lot of companies file H1s on 1st Apr w/ start date as 1st Oct.

      Considering this, your employer can file H1 as long as the quota is open. At the current pace, quota is expected to get over in early 2011. If you miss the bus, then the employer can file H1 on any date after 1st Apr 2011 (FY 2012) w/ start date of at least 1st Oct 2011.

      Does that help?

  4. Dhruv

    Do you expect numbers in the regular quota to increase next week, because those filing under the Masters quota will now switch to the regular quota?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Yes, assuming 200-300 petitions are filed in Master’s quota and 1000 are filed in General quota, I would expect 1200-1300 petitions getting filed in General quota once Master’s quota is reached.

      So, yes, it would pick up the pace.

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