The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently updated
the count of H-1B visa petitions for FY2010 employment. USCIS has observed
a rapid increase in the H-1B filings as 900 H-1B petitions were filed in just
As of November 13, 2009, USCIS has approximately received 55,600 H-1B cap-subject
petitions. USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced
degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap. Any H-1B
petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count
towards the general H-1B cap of 65,000. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject
petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions
have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact
that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.
The rapid increase in the H-1B filings indicates that H-1Bs will go off soon.
Therefore, we advise employers to contact
VisaPro immediately to meet their
H-1B needs for the current year and start planning for the FY2011 filing season,
which begins in just a few months, on April 1, 2010.