The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently provided an update about the fiscal year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011) H-1B Quota. The regular H-1B quota for fiscal year 2011 is 65,000. An additional 20,000 numbers are available in fiscal year 2011 to individuals who have earned U.S. Master’s or higher degrees. As of August 23, 2010, the USCIS indicated that it has received 33,900 petitions filed under the regular H-1B quota. It has also received 12,600 petitions filed under the U.S. Master’s or higher degree exemption. The USCIS appears to be receiving approximately 1,000 petitions each week filed against the regular H-1B quota and approximately 300 petitions each week filed against the U.S. Master’s or higher degree exemption. The USCIS will continue to accept petitions filed towards the H-1B regular cap and U.S. Master’s or higher degree exemption until the quota is met. During fiscal year 2010, the U.S. Master’s degree or higher degree exemption was met first in September 2009. However, the regular H-1B quota was not exhausted for fiscal year 2010 until December 23, 2009.

Additional information about the status of the fiscal year 2011 H-1B quota will be contained in our firm’s future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.