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April 06, 2007

USCIS Reaches FY 2008 H-1B Cap; 71,800 will be rejected!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on April 3, 2007, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap for FY 2008.

Over 150,000 applications were received for the 58,200 H-1B and 20,000 Masters H-1B visas. So let’s do the numbers 150,000 applicants minus 78,200 = 71,800 applicants who will be rejected. As consolation CIS will return their filing fees. The winners will be chosen on lottery basis. In its press release CIS advised employers not to be concerned and there is no need to contact CIS; at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

This late April fool’s joke is on the U.S. employers and H-1B workers who will have another chance to apply on April 1, 2008. By way of example Canada our neighbor to the north allowed 170,000 highly skilled workers into Canada in 2006. Canada is a country of 32 million. The population of the U.S. is almost ten times greater at 300 million. Yet Canada's economy needs over 2 times more skilled workers than the U.S. economy.

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 6, 2007 08:02 AM


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