Immigration Blog

H1B Visa Usage Update July 22

By Bill at July 23, 2010 01:54
Filed Under: Immigration News

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) announced on July 22, 2010 that as of July 16, 2010, it has received approximately 25,300 H-1B petitions counting toward the 65,000 cap (an increase of only 500 over the week), 11,000 H-1B visas filed subject to the U.S. Masters cap which has 20,000 limit (an increase of only 400 over the week).

So there are still plenty of h1b visa left. First time in 6 years, American employers and job seekers do not have to worry about h1b visa quota. Considering the job market in United Sates is also recovering, next 6-12 months will become the best time since 2000 for foreigners to get a H1B Visa job.

FY 2011 H-1B Cap Count As of July 16, 2010

Cap Type

Cap Amount

Cap Eligible Petitions

Petition Target

Date of Last Count

H-1B Regular Cap





H-1B Master’s Exemption






 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.

Fiscal Year 2010 Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants

By Bill at July 22, 2010 18:14
Filed Under: Immigration News

USCIS announced on July 22, 2010 that they 30,154 have received H-2B petitions for fiscal year 2010: Beneficiaries Approved: 28,539, Beneficiaries Pending: 1,615, Total Count: 30,154

 Cap Type

  Cap Amount 

 Beneficiaries Approved 

 Beneficiaries Pending

 Beneficiaries Target 1 


 Date of Last Count

H-2B 1st Half 







2nd Half  

33,000 2






1 Refers to the estimated numbers of beneficiary applications needed to reach a cap, with an allowance for withdrawals, denials and revocations.  This number will always be higher than the actual cap.
2 As noted, if the cap is not reached for the 1st half of the fiscal year, those numbers will be made available for use during the 2nd half of the fiscal year.  In some fiscal years, therefore, depending on demand for H-2B workers, more than 33,000 cap-subject persons may be granted H-2B status during the 2nd half of the fiscal year.