Wednesday, December 09, 2009

H-1B Petitions Received at a Rate of 100 Per Day: Yesterday's Count Update Shows Only 3,500 Left

Only four days since CIS brought us the last update on the Fiscal Year 2010 H-1B Cap Count, today we learned that since Friday another 400 H-1B petitions have been received.
As of December 8, 2009, approximately 61,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap. Any H-1B petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count toward the general H-1B cap of 65,000. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.
Those considering filing a petition for a FY 2010 H-1B may want to consider filing as soon as tomorrow.  Although there appear to be 3,500 left, the actual available number may be considerably less when the set asides for Chile and Singapore (see more here).

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