USCIS updated the H1B cap count numbers today. As of January 14th, 2011 the updated H1B petition filing numbers as reported by USCIS are :
- New 2,000 Cap eligible H1B visa petitions were filed under regular quota since January 7th, 2011
January 14th , 2011 USCIS official H1B cap count update:
|Regular H1B Cap H1B filings||60,700 of total 65,000|
|Advanced degree cap filing count||20,000 of total 20,000 (filled earlier)|
|Total H1B visa petitions received||80,700 of total 85,000|
H1B filings – Regular cap count increase by 600 petitions
Well, we are back to the 2,000 volume level…As most of you know, advanced degree H1B cap was filled in late December of 2010….the volume of H1Bs was under 2,000 in the past two weeks due to holiday season and many law offices closed, but we are back to full swing in H1B filings, which is reflected by an increase of 600 petitions filed between Jan 7 and Jan 14 from 1400 to 2000 (Check last week Jan 10, H1B cap count update). Coming back to Singapore and Chile H1B visas ( I am not sure if this is official as I could not find this info on USCIS website), few attorneys (AILA) report that only 450 visas were filed under this category in FY 2010 quota and the left out 6,350 visas will be added to regular quota of this year (FY 2011) leaving us with a total of 64,550 for H1B FY 2011 quota. If we do the math, we are left with only 3,850 visas (64,550 – 60,700 = 3,850). Believe it or not, if the current pace(2,000 per week) of H1B petitions filings continues, we might reach the FY 2011 cap in slightly under 2 weeks. This is probably your last chance to file, so hurry up, if you have to !
As we have been very optimistic about US economy in the last quarter, it has been cemented with some outstanding sales numbers released by National Retail Federation. They say, US retailers had their best holiday sales (Nov & Dec, 2010) in 6 years with 5.7% increase. On the contrary, Market Watch reports that consumers may not bail out the economy fully, even with these optimistic numbers, because consumers are most likely to face increase in prices from food to gas including increase in taxes, fees, bank charges, air fares, etc in 2011. The biggest concern is unemployment rate, which is still at a very high level… In general, the outlook for 2011 looks strong based on analysts forecasts and so far no big surprises…lets hope it continues and increases demand for highly skilled labor creating demand for H1B workers in USA.
What do you think of the current H1B cap ?
Any predictions for next year H1B FY 2012 ?
H1B Regular Quota Comparison Graph, Prediction
Reference : USCIS H1B
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