H1B Visa Quota Finished on November 22, 2011

The FY2012 H1B visa season commencing on April 1, 2011 has accelerated the H1B visa quota numbers throughout the post Summer period from September and is now getting close to being filled. At one stage it didn’t even look like we would get there before the end of the 2011 calendar year.

On November 22, 2011, the H1B visa quota has been reached according to the USCIS and they will no longer accept new H1B visa petitions for this current year as they assume the applications on hand will fulfill the current quota

This equates to about about a 15,000 increase in the main cap in the last 10 days which is a massive acceleration given that in September we were not even half way through either the Advance Degree Exemption cap or the Main cap. The Advanced Degree Exemption category which is now fully exhausted for this H1B visa season cycle as at October 21 for the 20,000 visas.

Cap Type Cap Amount Cap Eligible Petitions Date of Last Count
H-1B Regular Cap 65,000 65,000 11/22/2011
H-1B Master’s Exemption 20,000 20,000 10/21/2011 (completed)

It should be noted that the related H-1B1 visa for Chilean and Singaporean citizens are not included in this cap which is about 6,800 set aside each year but is rarely filled and unused from the previous year are used in the current year. These are still being accepted for FY2012.

Congrats to all those who were successful this year and good luck to those on F1 Visa OPT for next year which would begin on April 1, 2012. It may well be a more competitive year next year so would be good to begin your search now and plan ahead.


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