June 6, H1B visa 2012 Cap count update- 800 petitions filed. Less Jobs ?

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 4 Comments

USCIS updated H1B cap count numbers yesterday.  They updated count considering all the petitions received until June 1st, 2011.  History of the Cap count Updates are tracked on our H1B Visa 2012 Cap Count Tracking page as well.
Here are the numbers :

  • New 500 cap eligible petitions were filed for Regular quota
  • New 300 cap eligible petitions were filed for MS/Advanced degree quota.

June 1st,  H1B cap count updates by USCIS :

Regular H1B Cap H1B filings13,600 of total 65,000
Advanced degree cap filing count9,300 of total 20,000
Total H1B visa petitions received22,900 of total 85,000

H1B Cap count Down by about 40 % – Holiday weekend ?

The H1B visa petitions filed last week dropped by about 40 % as we compare with  with the previous week, i.e. May 31st , H1B 2012 cap update…if we compare the numbers, the regular quota filings were down by 300 from 800 last week to 500 this week, on the same lines advanced degree filings were down by 200 from 500 last week to 300 this week. As we speculated last week, the drastic drop in filings are tied to the Memorial day Holiday weekend. My speculation for next week is that we will see more movement and the volume of petitions must go up by 40% at least. We have to wait and see…check out the graphs below for data prediction !

Less number of jobs(54,000) were added in May, which is less than one fourth the number of jobs added in April, raising more concerns about the state of US economy. Consumers have cut back on discretionary spending, gas prices are soaring…Many are not sure if this slow down in economy is temporary or could last longer…In a survey done by Chicago Fed, the results indicate that US GDP growth will slow down this year from 2.8 % last year to 2.6% this year…but, in 2012 we may expect it to grow at 2.9%…we just have to wait and see… Some analysts expect to see more movement in later part of 2011….In any case, from H1B holders perspective, the quota is most likely to last much longer…you have ample time to look for a job…

What do you think of the drop in H1B cap numbers ?

Regular H1B cap Count 2012  Graph

June 6th H1B visa 2012 cap count update Regular quota

Advanced Degree H1B cap count 2012 Graph

Advanced degree June 6th H1B visa 2012 cap count update



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Comments ( 4 )

  1. Srikanth

    Hi Saurabh,

    I am working in US on L1-B visa and planning to file a H1B for 2012 quota. After i read some of the posts earlier in redbus2us.com I understand that I can only work with the new employer starting from 1st October 2011 which is fine.
    The question is if I file H1B when I am under L1B status and after I file H1B if my company asks me to go back to India what should I do. Could you please advise me with a better solution. (I also have B1/B2 visa.. by any chance can I use this visa untill my H1b gets approved or untill 1st Oct)
    Appreciate your help!

    1. administrator

      I am assuming that your H-1 will be filed w/ COS so that you can start working in US from 1st Oct w/o needing to get visa stamped in the passport.

      If your L-1 employer decides to send you back to India, you have two options:
      1. Do as the employer says. Once your H-1 is approved, go for H-1 stamping and then enter US on that H-1 visa stamp to work for H-1 employer.
      2. File COS to another visa status like B1/B2. There are two issues w/ this – USCIS may or may not approve the COS (you need to provide them a reason why you want to stay in US on B1 and waiting for H-1 decision is not an appropriate acceptable reason). Secondly your H-1 COS may come into jeopardy if B-1 COS is approved. Your H-1 may still get approved, but your status on 1st Oct may not be H-1 but B-1 depending upon what gets approved when.

      A cleaner solution would be to go back to India, or ask your employer for more time.

  2. Bhima


    Is it possible for someone having H-1b from a cap-exempt employer to apply to a cap-subject H-1b and start working immediately without waiting until October 1. I am hearing contradictory views on this subject. Some folks say you absolutely can not work until Oct 1. Some folks say using AC21 portability law, one can start working after filing the petition and needs to stop working if the petition is approved before October 1. I am eligible to apply under Master’s or advanced degree quota. Does the H-1b petition processing times differ if applied under Master’s quota vs. General cap category for a given USCIS center?

    Thanks and I appreciate your help

    1. administrator

      What AC21 portability law states is that if you have already been counted in quota, then you can start working for the new employer based on the receipt number. In your case, you haven’t been counted in the quota yet. As such you will have to wait until 1st Oct to start working on H-1.

      Processing times do not vary for Masters quota vs general quota.

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