FY 2012 Door Closes on H-1B Advanced Degree Visas


According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”), as of October 21, 2011, at least 20,000 petitions were filed by employers seeking to sponsor foreign workers who have “advanced degrees” (master’s degree or higher) under the H-1B visa program for fiscal year 2012 (which runs from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012).

Thus, at least one door has shut on advanced degree candidates for H-1B visas; however, individuals with advanced degrees can still be sponsored by employers pursuant to the regular H-1B program for as long as spots remain open. As of October 21, there were still 18,800 cap-eligible slots remaining open under that program.

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