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|
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.