We all have some ideas about the H-1B visa lotteries for the last few years, but did you know when did the H-1B cap had been reached a few years back?
Here’s a table that shows when H-1B visa cap had been reached in the last few years, particularly from 2005 to 2009.
Dates when H-1B Cap Reached:
Here is the list starting from FY 2005 for which H-1B applications had been filed beginning April 1, 2004.
There are a total of 65,000 General Quota H-1B slots and 20,000 for students with Advanced Degrees (master’s, PhD) from U.S. Universities.
|H-1B Fiscal Year||H-1B Filing Date||Date H-1B Quota Cap Reached|
|2005||April 1, 2004||October 1, 2004|
|2006||April 1, 2005||August 10, 2005|
|2007||April 1, 2006||May 26, 2006|
|2008||April 1, 2007||April 2, 2007|
|2009||April 1, 2008||April 7, 2008|
|2010||April 1, 2009||December 21, 2009|
Will Companies File H-1B this Year?
With less than a month to go, there are not many jobs available out there and with the New H-1B Rules, it will be difficult for big banks to hire workers with H-1B visas.
So if you are applying for H-1B visa for FY 2010 in 2009, what is the probability to get a job in this economy? Some consulting firms are paying fines and salary for not paying employees in bench.
This means that those consulting companies in particular are definitely not going to file H-1B visa applications for this year.
Likewise, the number of H-1B petitions to be submitted will likely be lesser, so the chances of getting visa approved is higher if there is a lottery.
But if there are no jobs available, what is the use of just having an H-1B visa?
If companies applying for H-1B visas for its employees currently working for them will have no issues, what about consulting firms that are planning to apply? Will they apply at all?
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