September 28st USCIS H1B visa FY 2011 Cap count Update – 1,700 filed

In H1B Visa News by Kumar6 Comments

I have been busy with some other stuff this month, could not post regularly folks. I am back on schedule and will try to post regularly… Anyways, USCIS updated the H1B cap count numbers today. As of September 24th , 2010  the updated H1B petition filing numbers since last week are:

  • New 1,300 Cap eligible H1B visa petitions were filed under regular Quota.
  • New 400 cap eligible H1B petitions under Advanced degree cap.

September 24th, 2010 USCIS official H1B cap count update :

Regular H1B Cap H1B filings39,600    of total 65,000
Advanced degree cap filing count14,400    of total 20,000
Total H1B visa petitions received54,000 of total 85,000

Analysis – Increase by 500 petitions, Consumer Confidence down.

As we compare the H1B petitions filed last week i.e. Sep 21st, 2010 H1B visa Cap Count, the regular cap filings increased by 400 from 900 to 1,300, while Advanced cap number slightly went up by 100 from 300 to 400. The advanced cap numbers have been very consistent since mid June hovering around 300. I do not have any good reason to explain the increase in H1B filings. There was no breaking new and it is hard to explain the increase in filings….as the economists say, I can say “The increase in H1B numbers beat the expectations, it is a good sign for economy…” J

From immigration perspective, USCIS press release on Sept 23, the immigration fees are changing from Nov 23, 2010. Though this is not a huge hike in fee for H1B filings, something to consider.  Consumer Confidence Sept 2010 down USASwitching gears to economy, the Conference board measures many economic indicators and one of them is consumer confidence index, they survey a sample of 5,000 households and it is updated once in a month. The consumer confidence fell to 48.5, it is the lowest in 7 months. In fact, this should be around 90 for a stable economy…They economists reporting this index say that it is very likely that the pace may stay at same level and we cannot expect speedy recovery…similarly, another index reports that the housing price growth slows down in major cities in July… Not exciting news, but we just have to live with all the news and be prepared.

What are your thoughts on economy?

Regular H1B cap Count 2011 Trend  Graph

September 28th 2010  H1B visa 2011 Cap Count Regular quota Increase

Advanced Degree H1B cap count Trend Graph

September 28st Advanced Degree H1B 2011 Cap Count increase 2010


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Comments ( 6 )

  1. Michel

    Hello Kumar,
    First of all I must say that your articles and analysis are great sources of information, keep it up!

    I have few questions for you. My wife and I are from France and my company’s lawyers are about to file her H1B application for a start ASAP so I guess for the FY2011!…she meets all H1 requirements and she ‘s got a masters’ degree from England.
    1- Is she illegible for standard cap or Masters degree cap?
    2- Would it make sense to apply for the premium process? and what is the latest date she can apply? Is it the post stamp that counts for deadline application?

    Thanks for your input as it’s very opaque in my company and I cannot get any inside info.

    Michel

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      Kumar

      Michel,
      Here are my thoughts,
      1. She is eligible for regular cap. She needs a Masters from US to be considered for Advanced degree Cap. There is plenty of quota left, nothing to worry.
      2. Well, depends on how soon she would like to come to US and start working. If she want to come to US very soon within a month or so, then it makes sense to apply for premium processing. If not, regular processing should do. There is no last date, you can file for H1B as long as the quota is open….It seems like it may last at least until December of this year…

      Hope it helps,

      1. Michel

        Hi Kumar,
        Thanks for your clarifications, really helpful.

        Actually, my wife is already in the US with me. I read about the “specialty occupation” section on USCIS website and my wife has 2-3 yrs experience with a Master’s degree and has been offered a job as a HR coordinator. With that said, do you know what are the chances or how likely she may get the H1B visa as she is not an engineer, nor a manager, nor a doctor, etc…
        I heard that the company has to prove that no one in the US can do the job, is that true?

        Thanks in advance for your help!
        Michel

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          Kumar

          Michel,
          Yes, ideally the company is in fact saying to USCIS that they could not find any skilled worker for the job and they would like to hire an international. Honestly, it is hard to speculate. But, as long as the job description matches her skills and the paperwork is right, she must be fine.

  2. Samuel

    Hi Kumar,

    If suppose they place my document on RFE for the reasons of extra fees and additional proofs, how long would that take to re-process them??

    Is there ANY chance of h1b rejection since the document was kept on RFE for certain time??

    Rgds,
    Sam

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sam,
      It is very hard to say the processing time. USCIS do not have any obligation to do it in certain time. Not necessarily, it depends on case…RFE is asking for more info, it does not mean you will be rejected…

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