Each year, the USCIS is allowed to approve 65,000 H-1B “regular” Petitions. USCIS is also allowed to approve 20,000 H-1B “Masters” Petitions; these are cases for foreign-workers who have graduated from a US-based University with at least a Masters degree. Any cases received at one of the two H-1B Service Centers before April 7 are treated as “Day One” filings.
Reports have indicated that the Vermont Service Center has received about 7,500 cap-subject “regular” H-1 Petitions and about 3,000 Masters Petitions. Yesterday’s report, which is from an AILA member at a Vermont Service Center meeting, indicates that there were similar numbers received at the California Service Center.
All told, this means that fewer than 15,000 regular H-1B Petitions have been received and 6,000 US Masters degree H-1Bs. Last year the USCIS received a little more than 40,000 regular H-1 filings during the first week. In the middle of the decade it was common for the USCIS to receive over 100,000 H-1B petitions.
The H-1B is a common visa for healthcare professionals such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, some nursing positions, and other professions ordinarily associated with a Bachelors degree or greater. The H-1B traditionally has been in great demand by the IT community.