US receives 50,000 H-1B visas applications on first day
US received almost 50,000 packages of H-1B visa applications a first day, which is thoughtful of the unexpected rush in demand of the nation’s most required after work visas.
The official announcement about the number of H-1B applications, which are received by it since April 1 from the USCIS (The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), has not been announced, when it started accepting petitions for the fiscal 2014 beginning October 1, 2013.
According to report by Computer World and an estimate by FCI Federal- a Virginia-based government services and technology provider suggested that USCIS has received about 50,000 packages the first day. FCI Federal is providing personnel to USCIS to help in H-1B petitions processing.
A package may contain an H-1B application and also multiple visa applications. Whereas, according to the report, on the second day the number of packages received came down.
According to Congressional approved mandate, a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas can be rewarded for the financial year 2014 starting October 1, 2013.
Additionally, the USCIS can even reward 20,000 H-1B visas for people who have masters or higher degree certified from US academic institutions. This boundary on H-1B visas has come in place for more than two decades now.
At two centres USCIS received H-1B petitions– the California Service Centre and the Vermont Service Center, where its officials explained business as usual.
In last month, USCIS said that based on the response from some stakeholders, it expects that it may get more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2013, and April 5, 2013.
The federal agency said that if the USCIS receives some petitions than accepted, it uses a lottery system for selecting the petitions required randomly, to reach the numerical limit.
The draw for the H-1B cap was last held on April 2008, when the cap was filled on the first day itself.
Last year in 2012, it took 73 days for the USCIS to fill in the cap, while in took 235 days to receive applications to fill the 65,000 H-1B numbers in 2011; 300 days in 2010, and 264 days in 2009. In 2008 and 2007 the caps were reached in the first few days.