FY 2011 H-1B Cap Count

Beginning April 1, 2010, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started accepting filings for cap-subject H-1B petitions, with employment start dates to begin October 1, 2010

As always, filings will be accepted until the annual limit (or cap) is reached. Until 2010, the trend was that the cap was usually exceeded in the first few days of April. In recent years USCIS stepped up its enforcement of regulations and interpretation of law. As such, more petitions were denied. Higher number of H-1B denials combined with the struggling economy resulted in cap numbers’ availability through December 21, 2009.

Since it is not possible to accurately predict how long the cap numbers will remain available for the 2011 (fiscal year) cap – it would seem prudent for those eligible to file for H-1B to do so as soon as possible. Those who wait will be unable to file once the cap is reached.

UPDATE– As of January 26, 2011, USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory Cap for FY2011.

About teperlaw

I am an attorney practicing family law, immigration and wills and estate planning. You can find out more about me and my firm by visiting my website at: www.teperlaw.com 106 W. Franklin Ave. Pennington, NJ 08534 (609) 737-3030
This entry was posted in Immigration Law and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s