A good overview article on Inc.com on the H1-B.
How to Obtain an H1-B Visa
The employer-centric article hits hits the main points of an H1-B. As noted before, the numbers for the H1-B visa this year is down as it was last two years, so as of June 2011, there are plenty of H1-B visa slots. As to employers hiring, that’s a different issue . . .
As a follow up to an earlier post about the plummeting H1-B applications, the Wall Street Journal discusses some of the issues plaguing the H1-B visas:
Wall Street Journal: Long-Prized Tech Visas Lose Cachet
There used to be a time when there was an actual lottery for the 65,000 H1-B slots. A few years ago, USCIS would get 120,000 application on the second day of accepting applications (April 2nd) and then shut down accepting any more applications. A lottery would ensue — giving one a rough 2 to 1 chance to even get _accepted_.
For fiscal year 2011, when applications were accepted on April 1, 2010 to begin work on Oct. 1, 2010 — the cap was not reached until January of 2011.
This year, as of May 15, 2011, only 10,000+ applications have been received.
I would imagine that an increase in H1-B numbers, if it happens, will be a good indicator of a true economic recovery in the US.
As of August 7, 2009, only 44,900 H1-B applications have been received. The number of applications has not changed from the update in July.
H1-B visas are still available.
H1B numbers are still available. As of July 10, USCIS reports that only 44,900 H1-B cap subject applications have been received.
Therefore, the H1-B route is still a good avenue for many clients.
USCIS reports that as of June 5, 2009, it has received 44,400 H1-B petitions subject to the cap thus far. That’s far short of the 65,000 visas cap limit.
USCIS reports that for the fiscal year 2010, approximately 44,000 H1-B petitions have been received. The cap for the H1-B is 65,000 for this year.
The USCIS is therefore still accepting H1-B petitions.
Given the economic status, it may take a while before the cap is reached for the H1-B petitions.