The H-1b cap lottery is only 8 weeks away. HLG will be hosting an informative conference call on Tues Feb 6th at 2:00 pm eastern for its clients and friends. Registration is free. For more information and to register, follow this link.
HLG published an Immigration Alert covering several topics of interest. If you are not subscribed to HLG's alert mailing list, you can subscribe at the HLG web-site.
The USCIS has released the number of cap cases filed through April 7, 2011 and as expected, the number of new cap filings does not come close to reaching the quota . Specifically, 4,500 cap cases were filed toward the Master's quota and 5,900 toward the regular quota. These numbers represent drops of 57% and 21% respectively. This drop is likely attributable to multiple factors including: FY2011 cap only being reached in Jan so fewer filings have been stockpiled, the disruption in the NPTE exam being given to physical therapists educated in India or the Philippines, continued weak hiring in various sectors due to economic factors and the USCIS Neufeld policy that encourages projects being performed at off-shore development centers rather than in the U.S. On the right hand side of this page, you will see "really cool charts" where we will provide updates of the number of cap cases being filed. When the caps are reached, the charts "explode like a volcano" or so I have been promised