USCIS Updates Fiscal Year 2011 H-1B Cap as of October 1, 2010

October 8th, 2010

As of October 1, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 40,600 H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2011 bachelor’s degree cap, of which there are 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Also, USCIS has received 14,900 H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2011 US master’s degree cap, of which there are 20,000 visas each fiscal year.  If the master’s cap is reached, USCIS has stated that any petitions filed on behalf of aliens with an advanced US degree will be counted toward the general 65,000 H-1B cap. These numbers are still moving very slowly and it appears that we may have another year where the cap will not be reached until the end of this year or even later.