As indicated in our firm's Immigration Updated dated April 5, 2010, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) previously announced that the H-1B quota for Fiscal Year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011) was not met in the initial filing period which closed on April 7, 2010. The USCIS indicated that it received only approximately 19,100 H-1B quota petitions during the initial filing. (Of these 19,100 petitions, approximately 13,500 were filed under the regular H-1B quota and approximately 5,600 requested the U.S. Master's or higher degree exemption.) Therefore, the USCIS indicated that it would continue to accept H-1B quota petitions until the H-1B quota for fiscal year 2011 has been met. Under the fiscal year 2011 H-1B quota, the USCIS will accept 65,000 regular H-1B quota petitions and 20,000 H-1B quota petitions requesting the U.S. Master's or higher degree exemption.

On April 27, 2010, the USCIS updated the H-1B quota count. The USCIS indicated that it has received approximately 16,500 regular H-1B quota petitions and 6,900 H-1B quota petitions requesting the U.S. Master's or higher degree exemption.

Additional information about the Fiscal Year 2011 H-1B quota will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.