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April 29, 2005

FY 2005 H-1B Regulation Is On the Move

The regulation implementing the 20,000 H-1B numbers for fiscal year 2005 has cleared OMB and been returned to Department of Homeland Security for signature. It is expected to move relatively quickly through the agency, and so could be published in the Federal Register as early as the beginning of next week. AILA will make every effort to obtain an advance copy as soon as it becomes available and post it on InfoNet.

It is still not known whether the 20,000 numbers will be made available to all H-1B-eligible applicants or just U.S. graduates with masters degrees or above, and what, if any, mechanism might be included to convert applications for 2006 numbers to applications for 2005 numbers. Watch for the regulation: it should contain the answers.

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 29, 2005 08:09 AM

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