Tuesday, December 08, 2009

H-1Bs to Run Out Within Days

As we explained below, the annual allotment of 65,000 H-1Bs includes a set aside of 6,800 for Singapore and Chile. However, demand from those countries was not sufficient to use all 6,800 and what remains of them have become part of the 3,900 that remained available as of last Friday. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted this update today:
As of December 4, 2009, approximately 61,100 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to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

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