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July 26th H1B visa FY 2011 Cap count Update – 1000 petitions filed

USCIS today released the latest cap count update and the H1B cap count as of July 23rd, 2010.  Here is an update since previous cap numbers :

  • New 700 Cap eligible H1B visa petitions were filed for Regular Quota.
  • New 300 cap eligible H1B petitions for Advanced degree cap .

July 23rd , 2010 USCIS official Total H1B cap count update :

Regular H1B Cap H1B filings26,000    of total 65,000
Advanced degree cap filing count11,300    of total 20,000
Total H1B visa petitions received37,300 of total 85,000

Analysis of H1B filings this week. Job Market in India vs USA

We are right around the same volume similar to that of last week, July 20th H1B visa cap count . The regular cap H1B visa petitions’ filing was up by 200 from 500 to 700 and the advanced degree filing was down by 100 from 400 to 300. In total, the filing was up by 100 from 900 to 1000 this week.  The big news today is that new home sales jump from record low by 24% in June. Though, this is may not sound very significant, it just boosts the consumer confidence and may increase spending. There are so many economists that are give their version of story predicting the economy. Many fear a double dip recession as the job outlook does not look good.  Most of them say, it is very hard to predict the future of economy. All we can hope is for the economy to recover steadily rather than just like a bubble and bursting again.

It is very interesting to compare this…whenever I talk to some of my friends back in India, they say job market is great in India and booming…Unlike, I talk to some of my friends here in market, they say it is ok and not that great…In fact, one of our blog readers, who have been following this blog since beginning, has left to India as he could not find a job in US for almost one year. I just talked to him. It is a very a tough call to take decision to go back, but the reality is you should keep yourself doing something otherwise it just makes you think too much. Anyways, he is happy to be back in his old job and he says IT job market in India is great.

Have you been looking for job in US for a long time ? What do you think of the Job Market here in US ? Do you have a story to share ?

Regular H1B 2011 cap count Trend Graph

July 26  H1B 2011 Cap Count and Predictions  2010

Advanced Degree H1B Cap Prediction Graphs

July 26 Advanced Degree H1B 2011 Cap Count and Predictions


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  1. HI,

    My H1B Petition is approved on 29th Nov. The hard copy of original Petition has not yet come. Could you please let me know how many days will take to get the hard-copy of the original petition?


  2. Hi , I recently got my H1b petition approved from USCIS on 9th Dec (the hard-copy notice will take 3-4 weeks to arrive). However , I will have to go for H1b amendment as my client name and work location will be changing from the one mentioned in my petition.

    Can you tell me , how long it takes for H1b amendment under regular and premium category ? Similarly, if I have a stamped visa , then do I need to wait for the full amendment duration to actually travel US on work or can I just go with transfer memo ?

    • H-1 amendment can take up to 2 months or more. Premium processing would take 15 calendar days. You don’t need to go for H-1 visa stamping again, as long as your previous stamp is still valid and has not expired. BTW, the LCA also needs to be re-certified for the new client and location.

  3. Hi Kumar, how are you doing. On uscis site they have written On August 17, 2010, we received this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER and my status is initial review.
    Any idea how long it will take to get the visa.
    Does Initial review means i will get the visa definaltely it just matter of time.


    • Sounu,
      I am good ! It takes anywhere from 2 to 6 months. Hard to speculate and depends on the case…No, it means that they got the application and it is just under process.

  4. Hi Kumar,

    My Employer filed the H1B application and like many others my status is in initial review for the past 4 1/2 months. Now , my question is can i call up the USCIS customer care number or do i need to ask my employer to do that.

    Are there any other ways of raising this to the consulate rather than looking at the website each day or waiting for an e-mail from them.

    Thanks for your help.


  5. kumar,

    i applied for h1b on 17 th of may since then i saw my status is initial review in uscs web site. i am worried now, can you please tell me how long will it take? i filed regular petition

  6. hi Kumar,

    My H1b got filed currently when i checked the status it is in “Post Decision Activity “on On June 10, 2010,Could you please tell me how long will it take for the status to get changed? what is the next stage after this ?

    Thanks in advance

  7. Hi Kumar,

    Want to file h1-b for my wife. we are in India. Came back in 08 after staying in the US for 3 years coz unfortunately my wife did not get h1-b. we have tried 2 times. now we are not able to proceed because we dont know any company who are hiring and sponsoring. Can you please help?

    Thanks a ton

    • Ganesh, sorry to know you had to leave. Honestly, I do not recommend any consulting companies. Why don’t you get back in touch with the company you worked for in US in 08 or use some the contacts or friends you have built in previous years…

  8. Hi

    I had submitted my US H1B application this year , i have few doubts

    i applied for h1b through a consultant in year 2007, i even selected in lottery
    but not went for stamping, but this was not mentioned in 2010 application.

    Does this cause any problem ?


  9. Hi Kumar,

    I am currently working with my company on OPT. My company wants to file my H1B visa under the advanced degree quota, but wants to know what is the cost of doing the H1b and when to file for the visa with USCIS. Could you please provide your valuable feedback on these questions? Thanks !

  10. Hi ,

    My employer wants to file for my H1b in Sept end . Based on this years processing time statistics , can you give me a brief idea how long it will take from filing to stamping under regular and premium processing ? I am going on a business trip( through B1 visa) on 15th Aug. Unfortunately the duration for business trip is restricted to 2 months in my organisation.So Can the H1 be filed while I am in US on B1 visa , or do I have to come back to India?

    And , can there be any extension on B1 visa ?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Zico, I am not very familiar with B1 visa extensions and other stuff. My understanding is, B1 should not create any problems if they are filing your regular H1B petition without any change of status.

      • Thank you for the response. So based on the processing statistics this year , what is your hunch on the estimated time to complete the whole h1b process.I work in Wipro and if my employer files the H1b in this Sept , is there a chance of the process completing before Dec end?

        • Well, unfortunately, there is no right answer…It depends on the case. Best case scenario, if they file by regular processing in Sept, you should have a decision in 2 months. Worst case scenario, it may take 6 months for decision.

  11. Hello Kumar,
    I have my receipt date on 15th April, regular processing, Vermont Center. This wait is going beyond limits…Anticipated that this year it would be earlier than every previous year since the number of applications are very less. It’s nearing 4 months of wait time. I am worried if they will ever pick my application or not. Do you think such a case would happen? Does a deadline exist for regular processing too? earlier i thought it was 2 months, then 3 months, nw i’ve no idea at all. Will they pick up all the pending apps atleast before Oct 1st? Kindly share your thoughts.

    • I can imagine your anxiety and frustration. Logically speaking, it should take less time. To answer your question, If you have received a application receipt notice and it says online when you check on USCIS website as initial review, then you are good..Just have to wait. I do not think there is any deadline for regular applications. Hopefully they reply by Oct 1st.

      • Wow! Thankyou. That was a real quick response. Thankyou once again for the effort you are taking in managing this site with lots of useful information.

          • Hello Guys,
            My notice date was April 7th (Masters, Vermont, Regular Processing), my case status had always showed “Initial Review” since and i was really worried! I contacted our company lawyer yesterday and expressed my anxiety, she called USCIS today and they told her they would give her some feedback within 2weeks. This afternoon my status changed from “Initial Review” to “Post Decision activity” It was approved today! So if you have been waiting for months, contact ur lawyer and have them call USCIS. Keep your fingers crossed! For the first time in a long time, the H-1b system is finally working like it should, unlike previous years.

            By the way, Kumar you are doing an excellent job! Keep up the good work!

  12. Hi Kumar,

    My company filed I 129 for me and it got approved on June 8th. Can you please let me know the next step in H1B processing because I have not received any update from my HR since then.

  13. Dear Kumar,

    My case was filed under regular processing on 25th may and we have received receipt number on June 2, 2010. Today my status is showing as below.

    there are only four tabs, previously i was able to see more like RFP,,… somehting

    1- Acceptance
    2- Initial review (Highlighted)
    3- Decision
    4- Post Decision Activity

    Initial Review is highlighted; my question here is,

    1->what happened to my other columns??!!
    2->Hopefully when will i get my approval(mine is new H1B application)???

    • Anton, I am not sure if that is a software bug or something wrong with the system. Your status is initial review. Do not worry about it. There is a no right answer to your second question. It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months depending on the case.

        • Anton,
          I just checked it now…logically speaking, seems like it is working as it is supposed to be. The states like Testing and Interview, Oath ceremony, etc are not relevant to H1B cases. So, you are not seeing them. I have checked few cases with various states too and I think it makes logical sense. Do not worry about it. It is all good. I take back what I said before about system not working…I think they have fixed the system now 🙂


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