USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016 on April 7. However, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.
Petitions for new H-1B employment are exempt from the annual cap if the beneficiaries will work at
Petitions filed on behalf of current or former H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap also do not count toward the cap. Accordingly, USCIS will continue to process fiscal year 2015 and 2016 petitions filed to:
- Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States.
- Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
- Allow current H-1B workers to change employers.
- Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.
- Allow recapture of the time that H-1B workers spent outside the U.S.
- Change status back to H-1B from other status like H-4 or F-1.
Based on above cap exempt criteria, myvisajobs.com has improved its search function of H1B visa database. Please use following links to search cap exempt employers and H1B visa petitions.
2011 will become another good year for H1B Visa Job Hunters!
USCIS started accepting H1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2012 cap on April 1, 2011. As of April 7, they received approximately 5,900 H1B Visa petitions counting toward the 65,000 cap, and approximately 4,500 petitions toward the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with advanced degrees.
These two numbers were much lower than the previous year. During the first week of April 2010, USCIS received approximately 13,500 petitions counting toward the 65,000 cap, and approximately 5,600 petitions toward the 20,000 cap exemption.
Several days later, Department of Labor reported that there were 3.1 million job openings in February, up from 352,000 from January and 570,000 from year-earlier levels. It was the largest number of available positions since September 2008.
Weather you can get a H1B Visa job depends on the availbility of H1B Visa and the number of job openings in US market. So above numbers tell us 2011 will be another good year for visa job hunters!
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WASHINGTON March 19, 2011 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that it would start accepting cap subject H1B visa petitions for alien worker on April 1, 2011.
Employers in United States use the H1B program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The cap for fiscal year 2012 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with U.S. master’s degrees or higher are exempt.
H1B Visa petition(Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) must be filed by U.S. employers, who may begin applying for the H1B visa six months before the actual start date of the visa.
For example, the beginning of the fiscal year 2012 is October 1, 2011, employers can apply as soon as April 1, 2011 for the fiscal year 2010 cap, but the beneficiary(foreign professional) cannot start working until October 1st, 2010.
Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked.
If USCIS receives more petitions than it can accept, it may on the final receipt date randomly select the number of petitions that will be considered for final inclusion within the cap. USCIS will reject petitions that are subject to the cap and are not selected, as well as petitions received after it has the necessary number of petitions needed to meet the cap.