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July 02, 2006

FY2007 H-1B Advanced Degree Cap Usage Figures Exceed 12,000

Just in from AILA;

On June 27, 2006, USCIS posted an updated H-1B U.S. Advanced Degree exemption cap count based upon data collected on June 23, 2006. As of that date, USCIS counted 11,918 U.S. Advanced Degree exemption petitions. However, this figure does not include an additional 800 U.S. Advanced Degree exemption petitions received but not yet data-entered. If history is our guide, members should expect to see a steady increase in submissions now that will continue until the cap is reached. The updated figures are available on http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/services/tempbenefits/cap.htm

On a related note: On June 20, 2006, USCIS SCOPS confirmed to AILA that all H-1B cap-subject petitions received on May 26 were data-entered and receipts were issued. The number of petitions data-entered and for which receipts were issued exceeded the cap by approximately 90-100 petitions. USCIS will notify petitioners who were not selected in the lottery in the near future.

Also note: The GAO released a report on the H-1B visa program entitled, "Labor Could Improve Its Oversight and Increase Information Sharing with Homeland Security." The report is available on http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06720.pdf

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 2, 2006 02:21 PM

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