The US Visa limit has been reached for the H-1B subclass.
28 January 2011
H-1B US Visa reaches mandated cap
The Congressional-mandated annual cap of 65,000 H-1B US Visas have been reached after an unusually high number of petitions in the first four weeks of this month.
In a statement, US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received enough of the US Visa petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2011.
Given that some 11,000 H-1B visas were still available at the end of 2010, the result has been surprising.
The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the US which allows American companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations, usually in IT.
Until a couple of years ago, the US Visa cap for this subclass was reached in the first few days of US immigration starting to accept applications but the recession has been linked to the reduction in visa applications.
The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their US Visa to the US Embassy.