US H-1B advanced degree level cap nearly met - Apply now!

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US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, as of 11 May 2012, it has already received 36,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions out of the 65,000 available visas. Additionally, they have already received 14,800 H-1B visa petitions for foreigners with US advanced degrees out of the 20,000 available visas. This means that on 27 April 2012 there were only 28,300 visas left under the H-1B regular visa cap and 5,200 for the H-1B visa advanced degree level visa cap.

That means nearly 75 percent of H-1B visa advanced degree level visa cap quota has been reached. If you are considering filing a cap-subject H-1B petition as part of the FY2013 quota, we highly recommend you apply as soon as possible. At the current rate of filings, it is expected that the H-1B visa advanced degree level visa cap to be met within the next few weeks. Once the visa cap has been reached, USCIS will stop accepting H-1B petitions for FY 2013 and will not accept new applications until 1 April 2013.

These numbers show a continued demand and a much higher rate of H-1B visa filings compared to last year. Although, the rate of filings is still quite low compared to say 2008 when the H-1B visa cap was reached in the first week of the application season. Prior to the economic crisis in late 2008, the H-1B visa quota was always reached very quickly.

USCIS began accepting the applications for the popular H-1B visa program on 2 April 2012 for positions with a start date of 1 October 2012 or later. Each year only 65,000 visas are available for regular H-1B visa cap petitions for graduate level foreign workers in professional or specialty occupation positions. Also, an additional 20,000 visas are made available for US Master or higher H-1B cap petitions for those with advanced degrees awarded at US universities.

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