USCIS Announced it Will Continue to Accept H-1b Applications for the Fiscal Year 2010.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an update on H-1b filings for the fiscal year of 2010 (starting October 1, 2009).
Today United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an update on H-1b filings for the fiscal year of 2010 (starting October 1, 2009) www.uscis.gov/files/article/h-1-cap-9april09.pdf. Turns out, as of April 9, 2009, USCIS received approximately 42,000 petitions towards a 65,000 quota for alien holders of Bachelor’s degrees. As for alien holders of US-issued advanced degrees (Master’s, Phds, etc), looks like their 20,000 quota has almost been reached. On April 9, 2009, USCIS announced that they received close to 20,000 petitions towards the advanced degree quota. In terms of the state of the US economy, this news is quite grim. Compared to last year’s 163,000 petitions that were submitted from April 1 to April 7, 2008, this year’s number of 63,000 reflects the severe contraction of US economy. Not so grim, though, for potential H-1b applicants and their US employees that didn’t make an April 1 filing deadline: if they act quickly, they still have a chance to be approved for fiscal year of 2010 (starting October 1, 2010). If you have an offer of employment from a US employer and hold a Bachelor’s degree, make sure to contact New York H1b Lawyer at (212) 213-8275 immediately. This year’s applicants who have already submitted their H-1b petitions and their immigration lawyers are breathing a sigh of relief. Contrary to last year and since the cap has not been reached, applications submitted by April 7, 2009 would not be a subject to a random selection process or “lottery.”