US H-1B visas nearly run out - Apply for yours now!

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US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, as of 1 June 2012, it has already received 55,600 H-1B visa cap-subject petitions out of the 65,000 available visas. Additionally, they have already received 18,700 H-1B visa petitions for foreigners with US advanced degrees out of the 20,000 available visas. This means that on 1 June 2012 there were only 9,400 visas left under the H-1B regular visa cap and 1,300 for the H-1B visa advanced degree level visa cap.

This also means nearly 95 percent of H-1B advanced degree level visas and 85 percent of the H-1B regular visa cap quota has been reached. If you are considering filing a cap-subject H-1B visa 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 will be reached 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 an increased 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 H-1B visa cap petitions visas are made available for those with an US Master degree or higher degree awarded at an US university.

To find out more about US H-1B visas, you can check out our detailed H-1B visa section explaining everything you need to know from who can apply to what companies can sponsor you.

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