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Sep 7th USCIS H1B visa FY 2011 Cap count Update – 2,100 petitions filed

USCIS updated the latest H1B cap count numbers today. As of September 3rd, 2010  the updated cap numbers since last week are:

  • New 1,700 Cap eligible H1B visa petitions were filed for Regular Quota.
  • New 400 cap eligible H1B petitions for Advanced degree cap.

September 3rd, 2010 USCIS official Total H1B cap count update :

Regular H1B Cap H1B filings36,600    of total 65,000
Advanced degree cap filing count13,400    of total 20,000
Total H1B visa petitions received50,000 of total 85,000

Analysis – H1B filings back to Normal  Job Market

Something interesting to this week is the jump in the regular H1B cap numbers. If we compare with H1B filings of last week, i.e. August 31st , 2010 H1B cap Count, the new filings increased by 700 from 1,000 to 1,700 for regular quota, while the advanced cap numbers stayed exactly the same with 400 filed this week. My guess for the rise in cap numbers is, it is very likely that some employers filed for the LCAs in the last minute after they heard about the original news of H1B visa Fee $2000 increase,  and those LCAs took some time for processing…so these employers have filed for H1Bs last week after they got their LCAs. I cannot think of any other news to explain the increase in filings. Can you think of something ?

If we look at the economy perspective, Firstly the jobs numbers came out last Friday for end of August, the unemployment slightly went up to reach 9.6%, the good news in that is private sector added 67,000 Jobs. The good thing is, H1B related jobs falls under the private sector jobs umbrella…Check this interactive Unemployment graphics report by Wall street Journal to see how the unemployment was in US since 1948. On the other hand, Obama’s labor day speech about economy was focused on couple things first the $50 billion stimulus for building railroads and other infrastructure, secondly, tax breaks for all expenses. What it means is, anything that company spends like machinery, new factory setup, etc is completely tax deductible and can be written off before tax as expense in one year instead of what it used to be over period of 20 years. Because it increases cash flows and bottom line of company, spending can increase by 5 to 10% to save tax money. Anyways, what it means to private companies is they can spend some money and it can increase the hiring… Overall, as everyone has been saying, the economy recovery will be slow…we just need to keep fingers crossed… Also, I was talking to one of our IT sales people and they were saying, there is good demand for consultants in IT consulting because there are less number of  IT consultants in market with all the new H1B visa rules…I do not know how far this is true, just one sales person said so…What is your take on this ?

What are your thoughts in general on the Stimulus and Tax breaks ?

Regular H1B 2011 cap count Trend Graph

September 7th 2010 H1B visa 2011 Cap Count Regular quota and Predictions

Advanced Degree H1B Cap Prediction Graphs

September 7th Advanced Degree H1B 2011 Cap Count and Predictions 2010

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  1. Thanks 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..?

  2. Hi,

    US Consul is keeping all petitions received after 14 Aug (change in fee and norms) under RFE until they finalize the standards. When can we expect to get the newly revised norms and extra docs (if any) from them..?
    If they can just raise the fee from then onwards, why can’t they release the revised guidelines same time..? My company is no way concerned about the extra fee (ready to pay), however they are anticipating towards additional docs if any.
    When can we expect them to release and freeze..?


    • Sam, As per my knowledge, there is no official detailed update from USCIS on the new guidelines. They only did a press release about the effective date and minor details on how to file. Hopefully they publish something soon…


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