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Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Count Update (updated April 17, 2012)

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As of April 13, 2012, approximately 20,600 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 9,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

USCIS Continues to accept FY 2013 H-1B petitions and our office is continuing to help clients file H-1B petitions. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or help in filing an H-1B.

Cap Eligible Petitions: This is the number of petitions that USCIS has accepted for this particular type of cap. It includes cases that have been approved or are still pending. It does not include petitions that have been denied. Petition Target: This is the number of petitions that USCIS projects it will need for the cap to be met. Cap Amounts: The current annual cap on the H-1B category is 65,000. Not all H-1B nonimmigrants are subject to this annual cap. Please note that up to 6,800 visas may be set aside from the cap of 65,000 during each fiscal year for the H-1B1 program under the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Unused numbers in this pool are made available for H-1B use for the next fiscal year.

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April 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm

India largest beneficiary of H-1B visas issued – 24% Increase in H-1B visas issued in FY 2011

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The U.S. Mission to India recently reported that H-1B (specialized skills work visa) issuances in India increased 24% between the U.S. Government’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 and FY2010. This marks a total increase from 54,111 issued in 2010 to 67,195 in 2011. The U.S. Government’s fiscal year extends from October through September. FY2011 recently concluded on September 30, 2011.

This 24% increase is tied to the highest ever H-1B application and issuance rates in the history of the U.S. Mission to India, and illustrates the booming nature of U.S.-India business relations. India is the single largest beneficiary of H-1B visas by a wide margin: in the past four years, applicants in India have received more than twice as many H-1B visas as the four next-highest countries combined.

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November 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

H-1B Cap for FY 2011 has been reached

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2011.  USCIS is notifying the public that yesterday, Jan. 26, 2011, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY2011.

The final receipt date is the date on which USCIS determines that it has received enough capsubject petitions to reach the limit of 65,000. Properly filed cases will be considered received on the date that USCIS physically receives the petition; not the date that the petition was postmarked.  USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY2011 that arrive after Jan. 26, 2011. USCIS will apply a computer-generated random selection process to all petitions that are subject to the cap and were received on Jan. 26, 2011. USCIS will use this process to select petitions needed to meet the cap.  USCIS will reject all remaining cap-subject petitions not randomly selected and will return the accompanying fee.

On Dec. 22, 2010, USCIS had also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the ‘advanced degree’ exemption. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.  Pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will not be counted towards the congressionallymandated FY2011 H-1B cap.  Accordingly, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

• extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the U.S.;

• change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;

• allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and

• allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

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January 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

H-1B Update as of January 21, 2011

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As of January 21, 2011, approximately 62,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

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January 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

USCIS to Propose Registration Requirement for H-1B Petitions Subject to Numerical Limits

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposes to establish a mandatory Internet-based electronic registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for alien workers subject to either the 65,000 or 20,000 caps. This registration process would allow U.S. employers to electronically register for consideration of available H-1B cap numbers. The mandatory proposed registration process is aimed to alleviate administrative burdens on USCIS service centers and eliminate the need for U.S. employers to prepare and file H-1B petitions without any certainty that an H-1B cap number will ultimately be allocated to the beneficiary named on that petition.

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January 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

Most Recent H-1B Count as of December 31, 2010

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As of December 31, 2010, approximately 57,300 of the 65,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

With the H-1B cap nearly reached, clients strongly are urged immediately to file any regular cap-subject H-1B cases.  The H-1B cap is estimated to reach its quota by the end of January 2011.

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January 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

FY 2011 H-1B Count (November 19, 2010)

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As of November 19, 2010, approximately 48,977 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 17,836 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

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November 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

FY 2011 H-1B Update Count (10/15/10)

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As of October 15, 2010, approximately 42,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 15,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

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October 25, 2010 at 11:30 am

FY 2011 H-1B Update Count (10/1)

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As of  October 1, 2010, approximately 40,600 H-1B cap subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 14,900 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

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October 8, 2010 at 5:41 am

Ever Consider a UK Tier 1 Work Visa for Highly Skilled Professionals?

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Your second H-1B term might be about to expire or you may have been recently laid off work, or you are a recent college graduate who is unable to find an employer to sponsor you, or you want to be able to live and work in UK and travel Europe, or you are a highly skilled individual looking for better career opportunities.  Whatever your reason, the UK Tier 1 work visa for highly skilled individuals is a good option to consider as it allows one to enter the UK and look for work or self-employment opportunities.
The UK Tier 1 category was established in 2008 to make UK more globally competitive and attract talent. The Tier 1 category visa is available to any highly skilled worker who can bring professional skills, qualifications and experience to the United Kingdom and does not require a job offer or a sponsorship from an employer for the visa to be granted.
Tier 1 is a point based system and as a highly skilled individual you are awarded points based on your age, qualifications, previous earnings, any prior UK experience, your English language skills and your ability to maintain yourself on your own funds until you are able to find a job. A wide variety of highly skilled individuals, ranging from an experienced doctor to fresh graduates are able to qualify for the Tier 1 visa.  For instance, a more experienced applicant with an established career may not score any points for age, but may make up the lost points by scoring high in earnings points.  A recent college graduate may not yet be able to demonstrate a high salary to qualify for high earnings points, but will be awarded additional points based for his/her younger age.  If you are interested in obtaining a free initial accurate assessment of your eligibility of the visa, feel free to call our office.
The many benefits of the Tier 1 visa, which is initially granted for a two-year period and is renewable further for three years, are that it gives you the same access to the UK job market as a UK passport holder, it allows you to work for any employer you choose, it allows you to change jobs as you like, it does not require sponsorship or a job offer from an employer, it gives you the ability to set up your own business, and best of all it is currently processed by the UK authorities within 4-6 weeks!

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October 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm

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