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H1B Cap Count Reached to 50,400; Expected to Go Off Soon
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USCIS has recently updated the count of H1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2011 employment. As of November 26, 2010, USCIS has received 50,400 H-1B cap subject petitions against the cap limit of 65,000 and 18,400 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption against the limit of 25,000.

So, in the last week:

  • 1,423 new cap subject H1B petitions were filed under regular quota.
  • 564 new advanced degree cap exempt petitions were filed under cap exemption quota.

FY 2011 H-1B Cap Count

Cap Type Cap Amount Cap Eligible Petitions Petition Target Date of Last Count
H1B Regular Cap 65,000 50,400 ....... 11/26/10
H1B Master's Exemption 20,000
18,400 ....... 11/26/10
Total 85,000 68,800 ....... .......

H1Bs May Go Off Soon

As we look at the H1B filings this week, there has been considerable increase in H1B filings trending up consistently in the last three weeks. In comparison with last week, November 19, 2010, H1B Cap Count, the regular cap filings increased by around 250 petitions from 1,177 to 1,423 whereas the advanced cap filings increased by around 130 petitions from 436 to 564.

It is a good sign for prospective H1B holders as this improvement suggests the need for skilled workers in the US. Thus, it is presumed that H1Bs may go off within 3 weeks or exactly after three weeks if the current pace continues.

Contact VisaPro immediately to assist you with the H1B visa filing using the fast, easy and economical online visa processing.

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