Comment: H1B Survey Responses

We have received many responses to our H1B survey for immigration attorneys. As promised, we will keep law firm names confidential, but present aggregated data below for our readers. While by no means a representative selection, the data offer some information about what's happening on the ground this H1B season.
Responses were evenly spread throughout the country - east, mid-west, south and west. Size of firm responding, was as would be expected, skewed toward smaller firms, as most immigration law firms are 1-2 attorneys. However, we did receive a small handful of responses from larger firms. We have weighted the answers by size of law firm, those with more attorneys are weighted more, since they presumably file more H1B cases.

Question #1: Are you seeing lower, higher or about the same volume of H-1B applications as last year? Lower, Higher, About the Same
Answer: Lower: 14%; About the same: 28%; Highter 57%. There appears to be a majority opinion that the bar is receiving higher number of cases this year than last year.

Question #2: When do you expect the H-1B Masters cap to be reached? Immediately, Within two weeks, Within four weeks, or Later
Answer: Immediately: 86%; 2 weeks later: 14%. There is consensus that the Masters cap will be reached immediately.

Question #3: When do you expect the H-1B Regular cap to be reached? Immediately, Within two weeks, Within four weeks, or Later
Answer: Immediately: 93%; 4 weeks later: 7%. There is overwhelming consensus that the regular cap will be reached immediately.

Immigration Daily will update the above data as more responses come in. Please continue to send us your feedback at editor@ilw.com.

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