USCIS released the weekly FY2011 information on the numbers of cap-subject H-1Bs filed since April 1. As of August 27, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 34,900 H-1B petitions counting toward the 65,000 cap (an increase of 1,000 over the past week). Similarly, as of August 27, there were 13,000 H-1B visas filed subject to the U.S. Masters cap which has 20,000 limit (an increase of about 400 over the past week).
H-1B Quota Trends – Slight Upward Trend in Regular Cap Filing
The numbers, as reported over the past week, show a decrease over the substantial 4,000 increase in the number of regular filings over the week of August 20th. However, last week’s increase of 1,000 still marks a slight upward trend in the number of regular cap H-1B filings.
H-1B Quota Expected to be Reached in March or April 2011
With the current pace of filings, or about 1,000 regular H-1B cap filings per week and 400 master’s cap per week, we estimate that the H-1B cap would be reached in 28-30 weeks, or somewhere in March or April of 2011.
We wish to reiterate our caution to 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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