H1B Cap Update April 25, 2010

As of April 15, 2010, approximately 13,600 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. USCIS has approved 5,800 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

Many immigration lawyers are seeing a sharp decline in the interest in the H1B visa this year by potential employers and workers. Some are saying that the downturn in H1B applications this year could be as much as 60%. As a result of this decline, there are predictions that the quota will not be reached within the first few months of this year. Rather, many suspect that the bachelor’s quota won’t be reached until the middle of July, and that the master’s quota won’t be reached until later this June.

We shall see how the number will play out in the next few months.