H-1B Visa Cap Usage 1992 to 2010

The H-1B Visa 2011 season is about to start. The USCIS will accept H-1B visa petitions starting on April 1, 2010 for the new fiscal year starting on October 1, 2010.

Employers can request for the start date for up to 6 months in advance.

Visa petitions will be rejected by the USCIS if the start date requested is beyond 6 months from the application date.

H-1B Cap Usage – 1992 to 2010

The following historical data from USCIS, DHS which shows how the H-1B visa cap was used from 1992 to 2010.

FY Year H-1BTotal H-1B CapH-1B ApprovedUnused H-1BAdvanced Degree Cap
199265,00048,60016,400
199365,00061,6003,400
199465,00060,3004,700
199565,00054,20010,800
199665,00055,1009,900
199765,00065,0000
199865,00065,0000
1999115,000115,0000
2000115,000115,0000
2001195,000163,60031,400
2002195,00079,100115,900
2003195,00078,000117,000
200465,00065,0000
200565,00065,000020,000
200665,00065,000020,000
200765,00065,000020,000
200865,00065,000020,000
200965,00065,000020,000
201065,00065,000020,000
201165,000??????

The law creating the advanced degree H-1B Cap was signed in December 2004 and become effective on May 12, 2005.

Immigration attorneys will send the H-1B visa application today (March 31, 2010), so it will reach the USCIS tomorrow.

Due to the new H-1B memo and the current job market, the number of H-1B Visa petitions that will be submitted will likely be very low compared to the last few years.

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