H-1B Visa Reaches Cap for 2010

Remaining 11,000 H-1B Visas Taken

At the end of last year, a surprisingly high amount of H-1B visas were still available, which some speculated was due to the recession and higher visa fees. However, those fears can be set aside now as all of the remaining visas, which carried over into January, have all been snapped up.

Normally, the H-1B visa cap is reached within a few days. In 2008 the United States government had to come up with a computer lottery to determine who would get visas because they received so many applications quickly, but in 2009 it took until December for the cap to be reached (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting visas in April) but for 2010, 11,000 H-1B visas remained available at the end of the year so the government continued to accept applications for them into 2011.

The H-1B Visa is a visa for foreign workers to work in the United States, hired by American companies in certain specialty occupations. It is one of the most popular and sought-after United States visas, with 65,000 available each fiscal year.

Looking to work in the United States under an H-1B Visa?

The United States begins accepting H-1B Visas in April 2011, so if you’re looking to work in the United States under an H-1B visa, there may be stiff competition.

With the US economy in recovery mode, the competition for these visas will make it all the more important that your H-1B Visa application is properly prepared and submitted before the cut off date!

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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