Without notice, the H-1B filing window for the year closed. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced on January 27, 2011, that the day before it had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2011(“FY2011”). USCIS notified the public that January 26, 2011, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date up to September 30, 2011.
Under immigration law, the H-1B program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals in "specialty occupation" positions, which require a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. Under current law, there is a cap on the number of new H-1B petitions that will be granted each federal fiscal year. As in prior years, the cap for FY2011 was filled with several months remaining in the fiscal year.
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