In this week’s State of the Union address, President Obama addressed immigration and implored Congress to take on the issue. However, given the divided Congress, Republican control of the House and the continuing high unemployment, it seems unlikely that anything more than piece-meal proposals will even be brought to the floor and even less likely that such measures would succeed should they get that far.
The politics of immigration have become boring and the arguments repetitive. This is why I have taken a break from writing on the subject. Until the federal government and the country as a whole get serious about addressing the issue, there is not much to say.
The USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2011. Cap-exempt organizations and eligible beneficiaries who are or have already in H-1B status may still file or have petitions filed on their behalf. Others will need to wait until at least April 1, 2011 to file petitions that will be subject to the FY 2012 cap with employment to begin on or after October 1, 2011.
According to the USCIS, as of January 7th, 2011, the agency has received 58,700 out of 65,000 available cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY-2011 and all 20,000 out of 20,000 available petitions under the H-1B Masters Cap Exemption.
Cap-subject petition availability is sure to run out before the end of January.