On May 19 2009 by William A. Stock

H-1B Cap: Nothing New is Big News

Those of our readers following the H-1B cap saga this year know that filings are down and scrutiny is up for all H-1B petitions this year.

USCIS just released its latest update on the “cap count,” and the remarkable news is that only about 500 applications have been added to the cap since the initial filing period in April.   Since many H-1Bs are hired after graduating from US schools, the current economic situation is clearly depressing demand for professional workers.   As some have noted, this natural decrease in demand for foreign national workers whenever the US economy is slower means that the statutory caps, which limit such workers when the economy is growing, are not really necessary.