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The Regular Cap Visas May Be Finished By The End Of June, 2012.

by Nalini S Mahadevan

If you are an employer with plans to employ a student on an H1B visa or employ someone from abroad or transfer an H1B employee from a US non-profit to your company, ACT FAST.

FY 2013 H-1B Cap Count

65000 Cap subject visas are issued every year. About 6800 visas are set aside for fashion models and citizens from Chile and Singapore under treaties with those countries. For the sake of simplicity, these visas have not been excluded from the H1B visa count below.

H1B visas receipted by USICS so far.
Regular Cap count H1Bs receipted Difference from week to week
April 4 16,742 0
April 9 17,400 658
April 13 20,600 3200
April 20 25,000 4400
April 27 29,200 4200
May 4 32,500 3300
May 15 36,700 4200

Forecast: All dates are approximate, and meant for planning purposes only.
Regular cap count Balance H1Bs remaining as of May 4th, 2012 If 3500 visas received every week, Date H1B cap will be reached If 5000 visas received every week, Date H1B cap will be reached If 6000 visas received every week, Date H1B cap will be reached If 7000 visas received every week, Date H1B cap will be reached If 8000 visas received every week, Date H1B cap will be reached
65000 32500 9 weeks 6.5 weeks 5.4 weeks 4.64 weeks 4 weeks
July 13th June 27th June 15th June 10th June 6th

There was an uptick in filings for the last 2 weeks in May, from the 4th to the 15th. Filings increased to pre-May levels. With this progression, the regular cap visas may be finished by the end of June, 2012.

About The Author

Nalini S. Mahadevan is the founder of Mahadevan Law Office, LLC. She has been in practice since 2003. She specializes in immigration, estate planning and business, with a special emphasis on serving the immigrant community. Nalini is a member of Immigration Committees of Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, American Bar Association and the American Immigration Law Association. She chaired the CLE committee of the Immigration Committee of the Missouri Bar and organizes CLEs for the St. Louis subchapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Nalini is a member of the Solo and Small Firm Conference Planning Committee, and has presented as a speaker for the Missouri Bar, St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Nalini is currently an adjunct professor at St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, teaching Law Practice Management and Immigration Law. She advises SAWERAA, a nonprofit that protects South Asian immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and organizes a free legal clinic for her Temple. Nalini has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Masters in Law from the University of Mumbai, India. She practiced as a corporate lawyer in India for five years before relocating to the United States and earning her Masters in Business Administration from Washington University. Nalini earned her JD from St. Louis University School of Law. MLO?s clients are from all over the United States and many other countries. All the clients are handled by attorney Nalini S. Mahadevan. MLO represent individuals and companies, nonprofits, and religious institutions. Please contact Mahadevan Law Office if you have any further questions. Phone: 314-725-9958 Email: Website:

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