Tuesday, November 22, 2011

H1b Quota - Almost over

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 provided an update today, on the number of applications it has received. As of Nov 18, 2011, it has received 61,800 applications towards the general H1b quota of 68,000 and 20,000 towards the advanced cap, masters quota, of 20,000.

Given this, the masters quota has already been exhausted. It was sooner than the last year. The general cap is also following the same trend.

The total H1b cap is expected to be exhausted before the end of this month.

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

More details and latest updates: http://www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count

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