USCIS released the weekly FY2011 information on the numbers of cap-subject H-1Bs filed since April 1. As of May 6, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 18,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the 65,000 cap (a weekly increase of 1,500). Similarly, as of May 6, there were 7,600 H-1B visas filed subject to the U.S. Masters cap which has 20,000 limit (a weekly increase of 700).
H-1B Quota Trends
The numbers, as reported over the past few weeks – indicate that after there was a very small weekly increase in the number of H-1B filings for both the regular and Masters’s caps. As a result, although it is early to draw reliable long-term conclusions, if the current trend remains, we estimate that the H-1B quota will remain open for a considerable time. We wish to caution potential H-1B employers and employees that as the U.S. economy is seen to recover and grow, it is possible that the pace of H-1B filings will increase.
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