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-1B Total H-1B Cap H-1B Approved Unused H-1B Advanced Degree Cap
1992 65,000 48,600 16,400
1993 65,000 61,600 3,400
1994 65,000 60,300 4,700
1995 65,000 54,200 10,800
1996 65,000 55,100 9,900
1997 65,000 65,000 0
1998 65,000 65,000 0
1999 115,000 115,000 0
2000 115,000 115,000 0
2001 195,000 163,600 31,400
2002 195,000 79,100 115,900
2003 195,000 78,000 117,000
2004 65,000 65,000 0
2005 65,000 65,000 0 20,000
2006 65,000 65,000 0 20,000
2007 65,000 65,000 0 20,000
2008 65,000 65,000 0 20,000
2009 65,000 65,000 0 20,000
2010 65,000 65,000 0 20,000
2011 65,000 ?? ?? ??

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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