H1B visa applications reach cap in December


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it has reached sufficient number of applications to reach the mandated cap of 65,000 for working professionals for the fiscal ending September 30, 2010.

“USCIS is hereby notifying the public that Dec 21, 2009 is the final receipt date for new H-1B speciality occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in Financial Year 2010,” an official media release said.

Once it started accepting H-1B petitions on April 1, it had received 45,000 applications till the middle of May.

Thereafter it took nearly seven months to fill the rest of the 20,000 slots, a sizeable number of which, in fact, were received in the last few weeks.

It is for the first time in several years that the USCIS has announced that it has reached the cap at the fag end of December. For the past several years, it was filled up in the first few days only and the USCIS had to resort to computerised draw of lots to determine the successful applicants.

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