July 7th H1B visa FY 2011 Cap count Update – 1100 petitions filed. Analysis

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 60 Comments

USCIS today released the latest cap count update and the H1B cap count as of July 2nd, 2010.  Here is an update since previous cap numbers :

  • New 700 Cap eligible H1B visa petitions were filed for Regular Quota.
  • New 400 cap eligible H1B petitions for Advanced degree cap .

Updated : Check  H1B FY 2011 cap count update page for  new updates, Analysis and Prediction

July 2nd, 2010 USCIS official Total H1B cap count update :

Regular H1B Cap H1B filings24,200    of total 65,000
Advanced degree cap filing count10,400    of total 20,000
Total H1B visa petitions received34,600 of total 85,000

Analysis of H1B filings this week, GDP and outlook :

We had around 200 H1B petitions filed more than last week’s June 29th H1B visa cap count. The filing count in the H1B general cap quota increased from 600 petitions to 700 petitions and Advanced degree cap increased from 300 to 400. It is not a great increase in the actual number of petition filed, but if you look at the percentages, regular cap filing was up by 17% and advanced cap filing was up by 33%. I think that is a good movement in numbers.  In all reality, nothing significant has happened and it was the just before long weekend holiday…

If you look at the graph below, we are right on track with our predictions and if the pace of the filings goes at the same rate we may have only around 45,000 visas filed by end of December 2010. On the other hand, if we look at the advanced cap filings, if the filing pace just like now, we may have that quota filled by end of November 2001 or by first week of December 2010.  The sluggish pace of H1B filings is in fact a blessing for all the H4 visa holders currently in USA to search for a full time job…

US GDP First Quarter update  June 2010 analysisOn the macroeconomic perspective, Bureau of economic Analysis have released their first quarter GDP numbers on June 25th and they report only 2.7% increase, compared with 5.6% which was for last quarter of 2009. This just shows that the GDP growth rate is not growing at same pace. End of the day what it means to Corporations is their profits based on consumer spending and in directly impacts the jobs created in US.  All of this impacts the skilled labor  hiring and prospective H1B visa petitions to be filed…

What do you think of the economy and H1Bs ?

Regular H1B 2011 cap count Trend Graph

H1B visa petitions  FY 2011 Cap count July 2010 Update USCIS Prediction

Advanced Degree H1B Cap Prediction Graphs

Advanced Degree H1B 2011 Cap Count and Predictions July 7  2010


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Comments ( 60 )

  1. Bharat

    Hi Saurabh,

    Thanks for you patientence reply, actually other ppl are my team mates and their petition are filed in normal. out of 5 ppl, mine and other friend are in inital review and rest of the 3 ppl are in approved. does it goes to RFE..? am really worried.

    1. administrator

      If your teammates’ petition has been approved, there is a higher probability that your petition would also get approved as most of the RFEs these days are related to company and job.

      1. Bharat

        Hi Saurabh,
        I got RFE on june 28th,they are asking for current company credentials comepletely including SOW. which we have submitted earlier(5 ppl).irony is, strange is only me got RFE. I have submitted all those docs today. how much time it will take to hear from them..?

        Thanks for your earlier reply saurabh.

        1. administrator

          Different petitions are processed by different officers who go through the USCIS laid guidelines to see if they can be approved or if additional documentation is required. So it might have happened, that officer looking at your petition determined that more information is required, but another officer evaluating your colleague’s petition may have felt otherwise.

          USCIS may take up to 60 days to review the RFE documents. There is not set SLA on this (unless it’s a premium processing petition) and in some cases it can take even longer.

  2. Bharat

    I had applied for H1 B Visa in April 02, but when i check in June 20, still it’s showing under Initial review, whereas ppl applied later than me are in post decision status. It’s processing in California center. please let me know, is there any rejection chances or why do they keep under initial review for a long time. and how time it will take to move to next status.

    Your reply will help us.

    1. administrator

      It is possible that approved petitions that were filed after you, were filed as PP. In any case, historically there have been petitions that have remained pending for more than 6 months. You can ask your employer to follow-up w/ USCIS if you have urgent need to travel, but I don’t think USCIS contact center would have anything meaningful to add. The other option is to upgrade to premium processing.

  3. ramya


    Can you please tell me the procedure to call the USCIS vermont service center and check my file status through the phone options?
    I am igorning the alphabets and dashes but still i get the message that i have not entered enough digits.
    Please help me out. My file has been filed more than 3 months and there is no update in the site.


    1. administrator

      Only the employer or his attorney can contact USCIS and follow-up on the petition. Ask your employer to call USCIS. They have a common number that needs to be called.

      What is the status displayed on USCIS website for your petition?

      1. ramya

        Hi Saurabh,

        I was able to figure it out.. Right now its initial review in the website.
        Issue is that there was a name mismatch in my original h1b visa and the passport and my employer had to apply for amendment petition.It was applied on nov 19,2010 and i still have not received any updates. Can you throw me any light on the amendment petition ? Time line to get the approval notice?
        Thanks in advance

          1. ramya

            Oh..i heard that all the petition filed should be processes by the end of financial year .so i was under the assumptions that it should be processed. Is this the case or can it be really extended?

          2. administrator

            USCIS financial year ends in September. So even if that is true, it needs to be processed by Sep 2011.

          3. ramya

            Hi Saurabh,
            I checked in the USCIS site and it was mentioned that “On March 15, 2011, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER.”
            How many days will it take for my file to reach the office?


          4. administrator

            They send the document through USPS, so depending upon how far your office is from the service center, it may take 2-5 days.

  4. Tej


    I got my H1-b approved on Aug 20th. Now I am applying for Canada visiting visa once if I will get canada visiting visa do I need to do stamping before visiting canada?

  5. Tej

    Hi My Online status is in followinf state and is mention below description. Will it consider as approved?

    Post Decision Activity
    On August 20, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

  6. Raj

    I submitted my H1B documents on May begining, My company submitted my documents to USCIS on May end. Still now I did not receive any reply from them, last week when I checked with my Visa dept , they informed that if we applied under H1B cap normal, then we will come to know only on Oct end. is it true for those are applied under H1B cap normal?

  7. Tej

    Hi I check my H1-B status online today and found it just show me 4 state online.

    1. Acceptence
    2.Initial Review (Online still so status in this state)
    4. Post Decision Activity

    Do You have any Idea why it skiping many other states in between?

    1. administrator

      Yeah, I did check it just now…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 too and I think it makes logical sense. Do not worry about it. It is all good.

    1. administrator

      Nope. You only go for visa stamping after you get H1B approval and plan to enter US to work, where you will be interviewed by US consular.

  8. Ramesh

    Hello all,

    My H1 expired on Oct 31 2008. I would like to renew or apply for fresh one. I was on my 4th year in H1.

    Please reply.

    1. administrator

      Ramesh, you can apply for extension. In fact, the extension for the most part is almost same process, except you mention your previous approval notice number…so that you are not counted towards the cap.

  9. Vishal


    How long does it take to get approved once after I/attorney receive the Receipt number..? Once approved, is it all over and I’m sure of having got the H1B…? Is there any face-to-face interview for the approval..?

    And after how long should I apply for H1B visa stamping..? Should I wait until October, 2010 ..?

    Thanks !!

    1. administrator

      Vishal, Typically after you get the receipt number, it can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months depending on the case. If approved, you do not have to do anything. For visa stamping, you can apply around 3 months before the start date on your H1B approval notice.

  10. Shan

    Hi Kumar,

    My company recieved reciept for my H1B on June14th.
    From these conversations i think it will take atleast 3 months to know the status.
    At present i am not in India, will it be possible to attend/schedule an interview with U.S consulate in any other country? or do i want to come to India for attending the interview. Pls advise.

    1. administrator

      Well, depends on where you are now and where you plan to attend…you can give it a shot, sometimes they say that you have to go to home country for first time visa stamping…it is upto the consular officer. In general, it is recommended to go to home country for visa stamping because, it is much easier for them to verify the details of your education, work, etc..

  11. Harry

    When i call the USICs number it asks to enter the receipt number. The question is how to enter the first three letter’s i.e WAC as the phone allows only digits to be entered,,,,

      1. Harry

        I tried that but its saying you havent entered enough digits. I was not sure if USICS is updating the status….so thought of calling their automated system…

  12. Harry

    My visa was filed on 1st April through IBM. Three visas were filed from my project. 2 got RFE one was Employer-Employee related and the other was just some company info required as the aspirant was not contacted and the Visa dept gave the response themselves. Both the RFE’e were received in 1st week of june. Mine is still in initial review.. The docs submitted were almost the same but different results in all three cases.
    Is this RFE system random by uscis. I read somewhere that it is a random check to maintain the integrity of the visa. Can i expect an RFE now also. It is now almost 3.5 months in initial review…
    Is there anyone who has received RFe in july after filing on APril 1 at California center.

    1. administrator

      Harry, I am not sure if RFE is a random process by USCIS. I believe they would check every application to adhere to the standards…we do not know the complete process…There are some instances where they get convinced by the proof, sometimes they do not get convinced…I hate to say it, but it can be sometimes matter of luck… I am not sure if this theory is correct, but someone posted comment, read comment 5 : http://redbus2us.com/june-29th-h1b-visa-fy-2011-cap-count-update-900-petitions-filed-graph/

  13. kannan

    Hi I am planing to apply h1b through private consultant. any one can guide me, which one is good.? i am from chennai..

    Thanks for your help…

  14. Nandu

    Presently I am in US on L1 visa and it is expiring in August 2010. I am starting process for H1-B.Do I need to be here in US after applying for H1-B till the process gets over?

          1. Tej

            Hi Kumar

            I Applied for my H1B on June 3rd (Actually I got recipt on july 3rd).
            It is almost 2 months now and I still didn’t get conformation. Is this ok at this point I can apply for premium proceesing for my H1b?

          2. administrator

            Tej, I think you can still wait…there are people with April 1st week dates still waiting… You may do it late September if you do not hear back until then.

          3. Tej

            Also One more question. My address is change after I applied for H1b and its now 2 month. Do I have to change my address to USCIS?

  15. Sujatha

    Hi Kumar,

    My company has applied H1 visa for me. I am planning to tour US next month. Is it advisable to apply for B2 tourist visa when H1 is in process?

    1. administrator

      I think they are independent. That should not be a problem. Remember, even if approved, your H1B does not start until Oct 1, so you do not have to worry about it.

    2. Edith

      Hi Tej,
      Yes YOU HAVE TO tell Uscis your new address. You can do it online at their website Uscis.gov. You have to fill in 2 steps, after the first is done, you will be asked if you have a pending case with Uscis and you can continue. Do not forget to print the page for your records.
      You need to tell also your DSO if you are a student (working on OPT for example) and your sponsor for the H1B so he can send you documents at your new address if he needs to.

  16. azd

    Hi Kumar,uscis received date of my h1 petition is 14th jun and i think it take more than a month to hear abt approval from them..after that I want to know when can we go for stamping after? from carlo discusion I think its only after oct ?I heard people getting stamped before oct itself…pl clarify

    1. administrator

      Azd, you can go to visa stamping around 3 months before start date on your approval notice. Say, if your start date is Oct 1, you can apply after July 1st.

  17. Arun

    After getting the H1 approval, can we apply for visa stamping immediately. Or is there a specified start date for visa stamping?

    1. administrator

      Typically, you can only apply to visa around 3 months before the actual start date on your approval notice.

  18. carlo

    After Getting the H1 approval, Stamping process start after October…Is there a final for this process? For example, Can I wait until April or May?

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