H-1B Quota is still available for all employers. Employers who have not yet proceeded with new H-1B filing can go ahead now too as per their business requirements. After many years since the Cap of H-1B started, it is still available even after Sept. 30, 2009. As of this writing, there are still H1B cap numbers available, both in the advanced-degree and regular H1B quotas. This means that H1B petitions can still be filed for fiscal year 2010. These filings can continue, as long as the cap numbers are available.
We like to share that H-1B petitions can be filed throughout FY10, until the cap numbers are all depleted. Petition filed under the 2010 Cap after October 1, 2009, the start date of work requested can be immediate. Since October 1, 2009 has already passed, and the H-1B numbers are still available, filings may request an immediate validity date. Like earlier, the start date for H-1B work can be as much as six months in the future, depending upon the needs of an employer. Usually one has to start the H-1B Cap process 6 months in advance of the requested start of employment, employers were all doing so in order to increase their chances of obtaining one of the limited cap numbers. Thus, cases were filed at the beginning of April, requesting an October 1st start date. However, we are now beyond October 1st, and Cap numbers remain available, it is possible to pick a more desirable start date, ranging from immediate to six months in the future.
There is not much progress in cases filed in FY 2010 quota yet. However, there is sharp increase in filings. The regular cap increased by 1600 cases between the end of August and the end of September, for a total of 46,700 as of September 25, 2009. This reflects a higher rate of filings than in the prior few months which may be due to re-filings and fresh filing as per upcoming requirements. We will keep you posted on further developments.