As of January 14, 2011, the USCIS has received approximately 60,700 Bachelor’s degree petitions and the allotted 20,000 H-1Bs for U.S. Master’s degree petitions has been met. The quota of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions will soon be reached so it is imperative that you file your H-1B petition immediately before the H-1B numbers are reached for FY2011.
Please note that on April 1, 2011, the USCIS will start accepting H-1B applications for FY2012, the next government fiscal year which starts on October 1, 2011. As noted above, the current law allows only 65,000 new H-1B “numbers” per fiscal year, with an additional 20,000 reserved for H-1B applicants who have Master’s or PhD degrees from US institutions. If you have employees whose current work authorization will expire prior to October 1, 2011, or candidates who need H-1B sponsorship for an H-1B “number,” please contact our office so we can assist you in getting the process started.