Demand for H1B visa gains momentum

Demand for H1B visa gains momentum

Latest figures released by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) show an increase in the number of people applying for H-1B visas in the last two months.
As a result of which, till November 27, the USCIS had received about 58,900 H-1B petitions. This is still over 6,000 short of the Congressionally-mandated cap of 65,000 H-1B visas in the general category.

The USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap.

According to the periodic figures released by USCIS, in the past two months more than 12,000 H-1B visas have been filed. In the beginning of October, more than 18,000 H-1B visas were vacant.

For professionals

Primarily meant for professionals from computers and information technology sectors, the H-1B visas have been one of the most sought-after visas for foreign professionals in previous years.

The USCIS had earlier been receiving applications several times the number of the allocated quota.

This is for the first time in many years that the quota for the H-1B visa has not been filled up till the end of the year. For instance, in 2008, the H-1B quota was met in one day.