The USCIS has released its first H-1B visa update for the current season on April 8, 2009.
In a most surprising turn of events, the United States Custom and Immigration issued a press release stating they are still receiving H1B visa petitions for FY 2010 which essentially means the quota is NOT filled.
This goes against everything I had predicted in my most recent H-1B visa update and proves that the detrimental effect of EAWA in TARP preventing some large organizations who traditionally hire a lot of foreigners is hurting H-1B offers and prospects of those applying for jobs.
Additionally the constant barrage of negative media coverage and grand standing politicians has even forced Top 10 US Visa Sponsor companies like Microsoft to publically state they were making less H-1B offers and petitions this year.
The Good News is that were you luck to have applied already and assuming your application is fully legitimate you should get yoru H-1B petition approved this year and you will be well on your way to your H-1B visa. Note this also good news for those with US Masters Degrees applying for an H-1B visa as it should be a same story for you.
I would suggest those who thought they missed out on the cutoff keep working triple time (no doubt what you are doing already) to get your employer and/or attorney to submit your H-1B petition as this may just be your lucky year with this alarmingly low number of applications.
I have one note of caution that SCAM organizations like H1Base are claiming there are 30,000 visas available but nowhere in the USCIS H-1B Visa Update for FY2010 Press Release does it state this at all. As we always say continue to be wary of misleading organizations like this and other fraudulent entitites.
Good Luck in FY2010 🙂
PS. People looking to apply for the E-3 Visa should take note that the prospects are much tougher at the current time for companies making offers to Foreigners so look at some of the different routes in addition to your search for E-3 Visa Jobs. Other good options include the F-1 Student visa particularly a masters degree or maybe a J-1 Visa Internship program.