It is always good to have a historical perspective about anything in life…In the context of H1B Visas, it is H1B Visas Cap numbers and their availability from beginning until now….if you are new to the term cap, don’t be confused. Read What is H1B Visa Cap ? Masters vs Regular Cap ?
Before we dive in, let’s explain how we got these numbers…
How was H1B Cap Historic Data Gathered ?
We have been tracking H1B related information from 2009 and have done a lot of research on this topic over the years… All the information is gathered from USCIS Reports, their legacy web pages, and current web pages. USCIS gives out data in the form of PDF reports and they are basically images for older versions of reports…you cannot read like text, it is an image…We went through all such research reports to get the data. Hope it helps you all to have a broader vision about the H1B cap numbers availability from 1990 until today…
Maximum H1B visas Cap
Description for changes
|1990||65,000||First H1-B category enacted|
|1999||115,000||Under ACIWA( American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act) in 1998, increased number of H1B visas to 115,000|
|2000||115,000||Stays same for year 2000.|
|2001||195,000||AC21 Act ( American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first century act ) and increased|
|2003||195,000||stays increased number.|
|2004||65,000||H1B Cap reverted back to 65,000|
|Additional 20,000 visas for aliens with U.S earned Masters or Higher degree.|
There have been no changes to the H1B Quota Cap since 2004. If we were to put in a table and graph, this is how it would look.
History of H1B visa Maximum Cap Statistics from 1990 to FY 2021
No changes to the H1B cap numbers of since 2004. Below is the graph that illustrates the same.
Proposals to Change H1B Visa Cap Counts
Many have proposed many rules and tried to change the quota, but they all went nowhere. The most recent one was the Obama Comprehensive Immigration Reform that proposed to increase the H1B Quota like below.
- The regular quota H1B Visas cap from 65,000 per year to 110,000 per year.
- The advanced degree H1B cap for STEM degree holders from US schools from 20,000 to 25,000 visas.
- Also, some provisions to increase H1B quota to 180,000 per year, if there is extreme demand for highly skilled workers that fiscal year.
As of FY 2021, the CIR has not gone anywhere and no changes to H1B for FY 2020 season. New Trump Administration has not yet passed anything. You should check out H1B Visa Cap reached dates by year from 2000 to today
For complete detailed information, you may visit USCIS website and look at H1B visa Research reports