The good news: USCIS continues to accept H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2011. As of September 3, 2010, USCIS had received only 36,600 H-1B petitions counting toward the cap of 65,000. In 2009, the H-1B cap was not reached until December 22, 2009.
The bad news: Application fees will increase for companies using large numbers of H-1B and L workers. On August 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law a border enforcement funding bill, H.R. 6080, that offsets certain border security costs by raising filing fees for H-1B and L petitions if more than 50 percent of the petitioning company’s employees are admitted to the U.S. on H-1B or L visas. The filing fee for H-1B petitions will increase by $2,000 and the filing fee for L petitions will increase by $2,250.