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BREAKING NEWS – The H-1B VISA 2011 CAP had been reached as of January 26, 2011. Now you have to start planning for H-1B Visa 2012 FY.
The H-1B Visa FY 2011 cap season had started on April 1 this year and the number of visa petitions received until December 10 is as follows:
- General Cap – 52,400 (out of 65,000)
- Master’s Degree – 19,100 (out of 20,00)
The USCIS website issues updates on the H-1B quota very week. There are many reasons why the H-1B cap is not yet full.
H-1B Visa 2011
There are several reasons why the H-1B visa cap count is very low compared to previous years. To name a few:
- Economic recession (not many jobs are available)
- Neufeld Memo (came out in January)
- RFEs on H-1B petitions
- USCIS cracking down on H-1B fraud
- H-1B visa Fee Up by $2000
The H-1B Visa 2011 Cap Count and Processing Time Tracker table keeps track of H-1B cap numbers as published by USCIS.
Looking at the comments of those who have applied for H-1B visa, it looks like most of them are taking about:
- The 2.5 to 4 months to get approval in regular processing.
- Around 2 to 4 weeks for premium processing.
Here is a comment from a reader who had applied for an H-1B Visa 2011.
Received date: April 9, 2010
Approval Date: August 13, 2010 [Sample H-1B I-797 Approval Notice]
The USCIS is taking considerable time in approving H-1B Visa petitions due to increasing fraudulent activities discovered when submitting visa petitions for approval.
Consulting companies are asked to produce project related details from the clients. Because of this new requirement, many consulting companies became unprepared to apply for H-1B visa.
It was a completely different scenario compared to the last 2 years, but things can get back to those levels for the H-1B 2011 season if the financial market makes a turnaround.
Last year, the visa cap ran out in December, but at its current pace (about 1,300 H-1B Visa petitions per week, you can expect the quota to remain open until March 2011).
H-1B Case Status
Many H-1B visa applicants have reported that the USCIS site is not updating the status of petitions. A few blog readers had received their approval notices, but still, online status shows the initial review.
You may want to check with your attorney/employer if you have been waiting for your H-1B approval for over 3 months. To get your status from the USICS, have your employer or attorney call the agency.
One other way to get a faster H-1B approval is by changing to premium processing by paying $1,000 in extra fees. You should get to know about your H-1B Visa approval status within 3 weeks max.
H-1B visa fees were increased by $2,000 last August 14 and it will affect the number of H-1B visa petitions that will be submitted.
Small consulting firms with less than 50 employees will not be affected. But if H-1B employees are over 50 and 50% or more of them are under H-1B visa, then fees goes up by $2,000.
Estimated H-1B Visa Cap Run-Out Date
At the current pace, the master’s cap will be filled-up by the end of this year. The general cap will be filled-up between January 2011 to February 2011.
Students graduating in December will have enough time to find a full time job and have their employer apply in their behalf for H-1B visa within FY 2011.
How to Apply for H-1B Visa
Follow these steps when applying for H-1B Visa
- Find a job and employer (who will sponsor your H-1B visa)
- Make sure your employer is not banned from applying for H-1B visa 2011
- Usually, your employer will hire an attorney, who will then process your application.
- It takes about 2 to 3 weeks to file an H-1B Visa petition.