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News: H1-B Petition Cap Reached

H1-B Petition Cap Reached
On January 18, 2006, the USCIS announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions that qualify for the 20,000 cap-exempt H-1B visas for foreign workers with a U.S. earned Master's or higher degree. As noted in earlier posts, the number of aliens exempted from the H-1B cap on this basis may not exceed 20,000 per fiscal year; these additional H1Bs were authorized by the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004.

Of course, reaching this 20,000 cap does not change the fact that the USCIS will continue to process petition files to extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States, change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers, allow current H-1B workers to change employers, and allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.



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