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H1B Visa Quota FY2012 April Update

The FY2012 H1B visa season which began on April 1, 2011 has received its first quota update via the USCIS yesterday. The USCIS tends to release the updates sporadically and ultimately it is driven by the demand for the H1B visas and how quickly the quota fills up.

So currently 5,900 H1B visa petitions have been received thus far for the main cap and 4,500 have been taken in for foreign workers who hold a US Master’s degree bringing a total of 10,400. One the Master’s cap is filled, new petitions received go towards the main cap. None of these applications have been processed and accepted yet so when future total updates are released by the USCIS, numbers may be revised.

Cap Type Total H1B Visas Current H1B Total

H-1B Regular Cap



H-1B Masters Exemption



This means that if you have a prospect employer for the H1B visa you should still ensure you file your H1B petition in a timely manner and organize all your Application supporting documents. As while this is still not a landrush the whole Visa landscape has been largely unpredictable in recent years so there is no danger in ensuring your petition is in the front of the queue. Also note that the Premium Processing fee has gone up to $1,255 from $1,000 in recent years.

It should be noted that H1B visa petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will not be counted towards the congressionally mandated FY 2012 H-1B cap. Therefore, USCIS will continue to process petitions filed for the following reasons without regard for the above H1B visa quotas:

  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States.
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

Good luck to all application in their search for US employment and we hope we find all the articles and training items here of some use to you in your journey.


H1B Visa News April 2010

The Fy2011 H1B visa season which began on April 1, 2010 has just passed the one and a half week mark and the USCIS has released it first update regarding the H1B visa quota numbers.

So as of April 8, 2010, the USCIS has received 13,500 petitions to count towards the general 65,000 H1B visa cap. Additionally 5,600 petitions have been received for the US Advanced Degree exemption quota portion of 20,000. It should be noted that if the advanced degree quota fills up, then those petitions go into the pool for the regular 65,000 cap.

So it would seem that there is plenty of visas still available and judging by the moderate amount of applications received thus far, traditional H1B visa sponsor companies are still nowhere the levels of hiring they were in 2006-8,

This would seem to agree with the economy at large whereby, that while layoffs have in the main ceased and economic growth occurring, the levels of unemployment are still high with only certain sectors really aggressively hiring like Technology, Education and Health. Finance is certainly in a better place than any time in the last 18 months to 2 years in terms of openings.

As an additional note from the USCIS;

Should USCIS receive the necessary number of petitions to meet the cap, it will issue an update to advise the public, that the FY 2011 H-1B cap has been met as of a certain date (the “final receipt date”). The final receipt date will be based on the date USCIS physically receives the petition, not the date that the petition has been postmarked. The date USCIS informs the public that the cap has been reached may differ from the actual final receipt date.

To ensure a fair system, USCIS may randomly select the number of petitions required to reach the numerical limit from the petitions received on the final receipt date. USCIS will reject cap subject petitions that are not selected, as well as those received after the final receipt date.

For cases filed for premium processing during the initial five-day filing window of April 1-7, the 15-day premium processing period began April 7. For cases filed for premium processing after the filing window, the premium processing period begins on the date that the petition is physically received at the correct USCIS Service Center.

Also it is good to note the change of address for sending applications here.
Finally for the official USCIS link about FY2011 H1B visa season, click here.