Jan 11 2011
Latest Updates on H-1B and H-2B Visa Counts
USCIS has just released the latest numbers for the amount of petitions received for the cap-subject H-1B and H-2B visa programs. According to USCIS, as of January 7, 2011, roughly 58,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions have been receipted by the federal agency. A total of 65,000 H-1B visas are available each year, according to current federal regulations. USCIS has also receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for foreign workers with advanced degrees, leaving no additional available visa under that exemption.
USCIS also noted that it has receipted 2,129 H-2B petitions for the first half of the fiscal year, including 1,452 approved petitions and 677 pending petitions. A total of 33,000 H-2B cap-subject visas are available for each 6-month period.