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H-1B Cap Count – May 26, 2009

Murali Bashyam

On May 26, 2009, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received approximately 45,700 H-1B petitions counting toward the 65,000 regular H-1B cap. Additionally, USCIS has received approximately 20,000 petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. They will continue to accept H-1B applications for both the regular and advanced-degree H-1B caps until the caps are reached.  This is interesting since the H-1B numbers have only increased by 200 filings since the last H-1B filing report.  At this rate, the H-1B cap may not run out this fiscal year.  We shall see.
We will provide additional updates on as they become available.