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Not too late to file for an H-1B visa – 20,000 H-1B Visas Still Available!

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its count on May 5th on the number of filings for H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2010 program.

USCIS has received approximately 45,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap. The agency continues to accept petitions subject to the general cap. Additionally, the agency has received approximately 20,000 petitions for aliens with advanced degrees; however, they continue to accept advanced degree petitions since experience has shown that not all petitions received are approvable. Congress mandated that the first 20,000 of these types of petitions are exempt from any fiscal year cap on available H-1B visas.

With 20,000 slots still remaining, it is not too late for employers to file H-1B petitions. Also, a particularly opportune time for students that will be graduating this summer and for students on OPT that are still looking for jobs and employers to petition for an H-1B visa.


Written by MithrasLaw

May 7, 2009 at 3:28 pm

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