There are total of 3 important updates that was published in last 2 week about H1B Visa 2011.
- Latest Cap Count H1B Visa 2011 Updates
- Update from USCIS on Processing Time of Pending H1B Visa petitions
- USCIS using Social Networks to Track Fraud
As you know H1B Visa 2011 filing season started on April 1, 2010 and numbers application are very low compared to previous few years.
H1B Visa 2011 Cap Count
Latest H1B Visa 2011 update was published on October 15, 2010.
- General H1B Cap – 42,800
- Masters Cap – 15,700
USCIS publishes updates every Tuesday. I have listed all the updates and processing times of H1 Application for 90+ applications till date in this page – H1B Visa 2011 Cap Count.
At this current H1B Visa filing pace, quota will be available till March/April of 2011.
If you follow the comments here about H1B Visa 2011 Updates Cap Count, in last 2 weeks many H1B application were approved.
H1B Processing Time Updates
USCIS informed to AILA about its efforts to speed up the processing times of pending H1 petitions and bring the H1B processing time to 2 months in Vermont and California service centers. Some of the applications submitted in April were approved in October.
Low H1B Numbers
H-1B Cap count is being filed at constant pace. About 1000 applications per week. With US Economy still recovering, its expensive for employers to hire H1B workers due to increased cost associated with filing an H1 Application. Also, due to high unemployment rate, there are many US workers available for the job.
H1B petition submitted should be for job that require unique skills and only of employer is unable to find US worker. We will be posting updates on H1B 2011 Cap count, when USCIS publishes them weekly.
If you are located outside USA and received your H1B Visa approval, then consult with your employer on when to apply for H1B visa stamping.
USCIS Fraud Detection
Internal Memo shows that USCIS is using social networking sites like Facebook is to detect fraud cases. In any case check your privacy settings and lookout for strangers in your friends list in social networking sites. In general, why would you an unknown person in your friends list?
Stay tuned for more H1B visa 2011 updates.