December 13th, USCIS H1B visa FY 2011 Cap count Update – 1,600 filed

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 10 Comments

USCIS updated the H1B cap count numbers today. As of December 10th, 2010 the updated H1B petition filing numbers since last week are:

  • New 1200 Cap eligible H1B visa petitions were filed under regular Quota.
  • New 400 cap eligible H1B petitions under Advanced degree cap.

December 10th , 2010 USCIS official H1B cap count update:

Regular H1B Cap H1B filings52,400 of total 65,000
Advanced degree cap filing count19,100 of total 20,000
Total H1B visa petitions received71,500 of total 85,000

H1B filings back to normal pace, Analysis of Economy

As we look at this week’s numbers, the volume of H1Bs filed this week were back to normal. In comparison with last week, Dec 7th, 2010 H1B cap count, regular quota filings were up by 400 from 800 to 1,200 and the advanced quota was filings were up by 100 from 300 to 400. Overall, the total count was up by 500 petitions.  I think, as we are out from the Thanksgiving break and work week resumed, the filings are back to normal. We are very close to reaching cap for advanced degree. My guess is, advanced cap may not last for more than two weeks…but, the overall regular cap may last at least until Feb 1st week, but there is a catch here…USCIS may set aside 6,800 visas for US Chile and US Singapore trade agreements….if we exclude those visas, the regular cap may last until third week of January…lets see what happens..

From economy perspective, The outlook looks very optimistic as shoppers plan to spend more this holiday season…The consumer sentiment index is at its highest since January 2008…as we were discussing last week, it seems like the Bush-era tax cuts deal will most likely pass as it cleared important hurdle in senate today. Also, the debate on the Feds stimulus plan of $600 billion continues raising concerns of inflation among executives….Overall, the economy seems to be recovering slowly with consumers confidence and spending…

What are your thoughts on Economy?

Regular H1B cap Count 2011  Trend Graph

H1B visa 2011 Cap Count update December 13 2010

Advanced Degree H1B cap count 2011 Graph and Trend

Advanced Degree H1B visa 2011 Cap count update December 13 2010

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Comments ( 10 )

  1. Ravi

    h1b petition validity and h1b visa validity is different?for me i am seeing petition validity date from October 26th 2010 to October 25th 2011.Is my h1b visa valid for an year from the above mentioned date?

  2. prasanth

    My H1B Petition was filed on october 25 th and i got a mail from my employer regarding the same but still i did not get my petition no my employer told me that they are yet to get receipt number from USCIS.
    Would there be any problem with my Visa Please advice?

  3. H1 Processing time

    Hi ,

    My Company(MNC) initiateD H1B visa for me, they are going to submit documents on Dec 20th,Could you please tell me how many it will take to get approval, i checked some web site it mentioned min 2 – 6 months.

    Whats your take on that.


  4. Kavya

    Received RFE recently for project agreement and end client invite letter. I couldnt get the client invite letter for legal issues however managed to get letter from onsite lead, member of my company (within the company). We have submitted this letter and project agreement to USCIS. Would they consider the letter??

    Any problem of denial here??

    1. administrator

      USCIS does not really mention the intricacies on their adjudication process, they will use their discretion and adjudicate the case. Just be optimistic, you have done what you can do…

  5. Jyothi

    Dear Kumar,
    You mentioned in todays article that “USCIS may set aside 6,800 visas for US Chile and US Singapore trade agreements” Did USCIS put 6800 visas aside last year? Can we get already how many visa’s are requested from Singapore and Chile citizens?

    Thank you.

    1. administrator

      Jyothi, Those visas for Singapore and Chile citizens are classified as H1B1. Unfortunately I could not find the H1B1 Cap count updates for FY2011 year on USCIS website. I did quite a bit of research on this… All I could find was, last year for FY2010 cap, out of the general 6,800 set aside for Chile and Singapore in FY 2009 only 700 were used and remaining 6,100 were added to 58,200 to get to 64,300 for FY2010 quota…As the economy and conditions look alike, we may guess the same could repeat, but there is no publication of How many H1B1s were used last year….This is a guess, but we can be optimistic that regular H1B quota can be around 64,000 at least…we are not sure…will post updates if I get any info on this…

        1. administrator

          KD, I am not sure if this is correct, some attorneys and AILA report 450 were used from last year and rest of the 6350 will be available for this year cap.

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