Legal Alert: Only 23,000 H-1B Visa Numbers Remain for 2012


[authors: Geetha Adinata, Charles Roach]

Executive Summary:  There is an annual limit of 65,000 H-1B numbers available to foreign nationals with Bachelor's Degrees and an additional 20,000 for those holding U.S. Master's Degrees.  With what appears to be a rebounding economy and a surge in employers hiring foreign workers again, the H1-B numbers have gone more quickly this year than they have over the last three years. 

As of May 18, 2012, only 23,000 H-1B visa numbers remain for 2012 for the Bachelor Degree category.  Only 4,000 H-1B visa numbers remain for the U.S. Master's Degree category.

Employers' Bottom Line:

Employers who would like to file an H-1B petition for a new foreign worker must act quickly.  If you need assistance in filing an H1-B case or have other business immigration questions, please contact Geetha Adinata,, or Charles Roach,, both of whom are members of our Business Immigration practice group, or the Ford & Harrison attorney with whom you usually work.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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