Wednesday, October 12, 2011

H1b Quota Update - 12 Oct 2011

USCIS started updating accepting applications for H1b visa on April 1, 2011. This is for Fiscal Year 2012, that starts on October 1, 2011.

USCIS recently provided update on the number of applications it has received. As of Oct 7, 2011, it has received 41,000 applications towards the general H1b quota of 68,000 and 19,100 towards the advanced cap, masters quota, of 20,000. For the same time last year, USCIS had received 41,900 towards general quota and 15,400 towards the masters quota.

Given this, the masters quota is getting exhausted sooner than the last year while the general cap is little slower. If the same trend continues, the overall quota might get over sooner than last fiscal year.

Below is the timeline for the previous years, when the H1b quota was over:

FY 2011: Cap reached on Jan 26, 2011

FY 2010: Cap reached on Dec 21, 2009

FY 2009: Cap reached first week, lottery on April 8, 2008.

FY 2008: Cap reached first day, lottery on April 4, 2007. Advanced degree cap reached on April 30, 2007

FY 2007: Cap reached on May 26, 2006. Advance Degree cap reached on July 26, 2006

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