5 Days: Time Taken For USCIS To Reach Cap On H1B Petitions This Year

April 6, 2013 5:26 am

Well that is definitely some record. It had taken 10 weeks last year, and in the year before that it took three times longer – but this year, in just 5 days, the USCIS has received enough petitions to fulfill the statutory cap of 65,000 H-1B petitions and 20,000 H-1B advanced degree exemption petitions from employers. They were allowed to file this paperwork only starting April 1. (Source)

How do we digest this number? One, employers are definitely seeing a lot of value in the H1B program and two, there is a huge mismatch between demand and supply. The main issue though, is about jobs being lost to foreign workers.

The record though belongs to the year 2008 – the window closed in one day in 2008.

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1 Comment for “5 Days: Time Taken For USCIS To Reach Cap On H1B Petitions This Year”

  1. America needs common sense immigration reform to kickstart economy & innovation now, becuase a grand bargain will take time

    John Feinblatt Chairman of the Partnership for a New American Economy has said yesterday regarding H1B quota “If we want to stay competitive and thrive in the global marketplace, we need to make sure that our immigration laws fit the needs of our economy. Sitting still risks the world passing us by,”

    Please sign the petition regarding H1B quota.

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