H-1B visas sold out for 2011

The number of petitions for H-1B visas has reached the statutory limit for fiscal year 2011. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Wednesday, January 26, 2011 was the deadline to receive petitions for H-1B visas, which allow U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty occupations, during the current fiscal year.

Marking the deadline for receipt of petitions means that USCIS has determined that all petitions for the 65,000 available H-1B visas have been received.

USCIS will deny petitions for H-1B visas received after January 26, 2011 to begin work during fiscal year 2011, and will return monies sent for processing.

For petitions received on January 26, a lottery will be held to select those that will be processed.