July 26th, H1B visa 2012 cap count – 1600 filings. Less US Jobs ?

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 15 Comments

USCIS updated H1B cap count numbers late yesterday.  Here are the numbers
since last update by USCIS. They have released cap count considering all petitions filed until July 22nd, 2011.

  • New 1,100 cap eligible petitions were filed for Regular quota
  • New 500 cap eligible petitions were filed for MS/Advanced degree quota.

July 22nd,  H1B cap count updates by USCIS :

Regular H1B Cap H1B filings21,600 of total 65,000
Advanced degree cap filing
13,300 of total 20,000
Total H1B visa petitions received34,900 of total 85,000

History of the Cap count Updates are tracked on our H1B Visa 2012 Cap Count
Tracking page
as well.

H1B petitions Filings Back to Normal pace . Mixed News on US Economy

Well folks, As speculated last week, July 18, 2011 H1B update, the pace of filings retracted back to normal pace. Regular quota filings volume dropped back to 1,600 this week from 2,100 last week…similarly, Advanced degree quota H1B filings volume got down to 500 from 600 last week. The overall volume of 1,600 petitions is exactly same as the volume of filings before the long weekend break. Nothing changed from the prediction perspective…As we look at the below prediction graphs, regular H1B quota might last well beyond February 2012… Unlike, Master’s quota may exhaust by first week of October. As far as next week’s prediction goes, we should expect to have the same volume of filings as this week…
Mixed news from US economy perspective….Conference Board updated a slight increase in consumer confidence index in July, in comparison with June….unlike, US Department of labor reported on Friday that the Unemployment rate increased in about 28 states from the previous month…Adding to this, the home prices in May dropped by about 4.5%, from one year ago in about 20 major cities…Also, as discussed in last week analysis, the current biggest issue on the plate is US Debt Ceiling issue…with all these issues, it is most likely that there will be huge cuts in the federal government spending, which will raise the unemployment rate…The job outlook does not look very good…It could get more challenging for new prospective H1B visa seeks to find a sponsor with ailing US economy….

What are your thoughts on H1B jobs ?

Regular H1B cap Count 2012  Graph

July 26 H1B visa 2012 cap count update 

Advanced Degree H1B cap count 2012 Graph

Masters Quota July 26 H1B visa 2012 Cap count update


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Comments ( 15 )

  1. Anirban Bhattacharya

    I am working for one of the large IT MNC where my H1 visa process has been initiated in August,2011.The latest status I have got from them is “LCA has been assigned on Nov 4th 2011,currently GIT is preparing support documents post which it will be send to onsite team to review and then petition will be filed with USCIS”.Do you think that it will be possible to file my petition this year before the cap is reached?Eagerly awaiting your reply

    1. administrator

      Quota might get exhausted in next 2-3 weeks. Depending upon how quickly your immigration team works on the documents, you may still be able to make through this year’s quota.

  2. Sumit

    Hi Saurabh

    My employer wants to file H1 for me and I am in India. I am a bit skeptical about this as I believe H1 takes longer time in comparison to other visas. I have a few basic concerns over H1.

    If I file my petition in the next week say, 15 Aug 2011, when can I expect to get my approved petition.? A probabale dat or timeframe which you might provide.

    As I am Filing for H1B now, will I still be able to figure in the list of people whose eligibility statrs from 1 Oct of this FY?

    Once my petition gets approved, how long does it take to get H1B stamped on passport.

    I ask so as I need to guage the amount of time the entire processing will take. Right from now to stampingof H1B on my passport.

    Another thing which I wanted to ask is abut lottery. What exactly happens with lottery? Is it a lotery of who gets and who does not gets petitions approved or the lottery is about getting H1B stamped on passport.

    Please let me know the same.


    1. administrator

      If filed w/o premium processing, it may take 2-6 months. If filed w/ premium processing, it will be adjudicated within 15 calendar days. In case USCIS issues an RFE, it could further delay the process.

      Visa stamping can happen as quickly as a week or can take as long as several months (if 221g is issued).

      There is no lottery. It happens when USCIS receives more petitions on a single day that the number of quota slots available at the start of the day. Even then only the petitions received on that day undergo lottery. For your purpose, if your employer is filing now, quota is wide open and there is no lottery.

  3. vamshi

    Thanks Saurabh for the response…
    Is there any difference in time of approval or new H1 Case and H1 transfer case??

    Also once the transfer is done, will my two H1 be valid? That is can i travel to US with my Company A H1 Visa also?

    1. administrator

      If you look at processing times on USCIS website, both are listed as 2 months. However in reality, both can take 2-6 months.

      Yes, both H-1s will be valid and you can travel w/ either petition. However, you should use the petition of the employer you plan to work for after entering US. I am not sure if you already have visa stamped in your passport. If yes, then you do not need another visa stamp irrespective of which petition you use to enter US.

  4. Joydeep Mukherjee

    H Saurabh – I have a specific question about my case and need your advise. I was on L1 when I applied for H1 under COS from another company. Now meanwhile my L1 xtn got denied and I had to come back to India ASAP. Thus will my COS be automatically changed when USCIS would find that my L1 go denied and hence I am back home and they will ask me to go to my consulate in case visa is approved ?

    Also can I file H1 thru multiple employers ?


    1. administrator

      Yes, your COS will be abandoned as you have left US since your L-1 extension was denied. You now have to go for H-1 stamping and then enter US on that visa stamp to work on H-1.

      Yes, multiple employers can file H-1 petitions for you. You can then decide which employer you want to work for based on what petitions get approved.

  5. Bala

    I am on L1B (expired on may 2011) and my company applied for extension in April 2011. I got RFE on my extension on July 29. Another company is I the process of applying for H1B next Friday. Is it Okay to go for H1B or wait for Status Change on L1B extension. I have I-94 till 2013
    Appreciate your help

    1. administrator

      H-1 can still be processed, irrespective of the RFE issued on your L-1 extension. Your H-1 employer will have to submit L-1 extension copy as well, to show that it was filed timely. However, if L-1 extension is denied, and your H-1 is still in progress or approved w/ start date of 1st Oct (as this petition is subject to cap), then you will have to leave US, as you cannot stay on basis of pending COS.

      Also, you need to keep in mind the race scenario – H-1 gets approved, and then L-1 gets approved or vice-versa. Your final visa status will be determined by what petition gets approved later. Talk to an experienced immigration lawyer to take care of such race scenarios, and be on the desired status once everything gets cleared-up.

  6. vamshi

    Hi Saurabh,

    Thanks for the replies you are giving to every ones queries. I hope you will answer my query also…

    I have a valid H1 Visa from Company A till July 2013. Now i got job offer in Company B and they are doing my visa transfer to their company.
    They filed the H1 transfer via premium processing. Can you please let me know how long it takes for me to get the H1 Visa transfer approval?

    1. administrator

      USCIS takes 15 calendar days to adjudicate the petition filed under premium processing. In case RFE is issued, it could delay the process and the actual time may be much longer.

  7. vamshi

    Hi Saurabh,

    Thanks for the replies you are giving to every ones queries. I hope you will answer my query also…

    I have a valid H1 Visa from Company A till July 2013. Now i got job offer in Company B and they are doing my visa transfer to their company.
    They filed the H1 transfer via premium processing. Can you please let me know how long it takes for me to get the H1 Visa transfer approval?

    1. administrator

      Under PP, USCIS adjudicates the petition within 15 calendar days. However, in case RFE is issued, it could delay the process. Once USCIS receives your employer’s response to RFE, they would again adjudicate it within 15 days.

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