Columbus Ohio Immigration Lawyer Projects: “When Will FY2011 H-1B Visa Cap Reach?”

Dominos.JPGH-1B visa employers in Columbus Ohio and nationwide can rely on a continuous supply of cap subject H-1B visas this federal fiscal year (“FFY”). Data released by the USCIS suggests that the H-1B visa cap is not likely to reach until early 2011 and possibly not at all this federal fiscal year.

The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, analyzed data posted on the USCIS website relative to the number of cap subject H-1B visa petitions received by the USCIS since the FFY 2011 opened on April 1, 2010 and plotted the graph below. The date shows a surprisingly linear and consistent number of cap subject H-1B visa petitions received by the USCIS on a weekly basis. The slope of the graph has not changed drastically since April 2010 which suggests a consistent demand for H-1B visa workers in the Ohio and United States. Although data is not available for the federal fiscal year 2009 on the USCIS website, however, The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA believes that the demand for H-1B visa workers in calendar year 2010 may be less than the previous years.

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The same date was projected forward in the future to predict as to when the USCIS cap will be met this year. Based on the projections, it does not appear that the cap will reach this year at all. The “Regular” H-1B visa cap will is shown to reach in April 2011. While the Master’s Degree cap subject H-1B visas will more than likely meet in December 15, 2010. It is a mathematical fact that once the “Master’s” degree cap will reach in December that it will cause the demand for “Regular” H-1B visas to increase. Based on the foregoing, it is more realistic to expect the “Regular” cap to reach in February 2011.

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Below is a list of the 2011 FFY cap subject H-1B visa cases received by the USCIS since April 2010.

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