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December 22, 2005

H-2B Cap Exhausted for First-Half of Fiscal Year; USCIS Provides Updated FY 2006 H-1B & H-2B Figures

USCIS press release announces that the agency has received enough petitions to reach the H-2B cap for the first-half of FY2006. USCIS also addresses how it will handle cap-subject petitions filed on or after December 15, 2006, returning worker H-2B petitions, and H-2B petitions for the second half of FY2006.

On a related note, on December 15, 2005, USCIS provided updated figures on fiscal year 2006 usage of H-2B first-half numbers and H-1B numbers for graduates of U.S. advanced degree programs. Included with these figures is an explanation of why the H-2B numbers exceed the first-half quota and how USCIS plans to cut off that category. To see the updated figures, go to http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/tempbenefits/cap.htm.

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 22, 2005 11:39 AM

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