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H-1B Visas for FY 2010 will not run out anytime soon – 20,000 visas still available

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its count on May 11th on the number of filings for H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2010 program and the count has remained the same as its May 5th update so that there are still 20,000 H-1B visas available.

USCIS has received approximately 45,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap. As of May 11, 2009, approximately 45,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed.

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to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

H-1B visas are unlikely to run out any time soon and given the slow pace of petitions filed, it is guesstimated that the H-1B visas may well be available until August/ September 2009.

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Written by MithrasLaw

May 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm

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