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Current Cap Count for H-1B Worker Visas For Fiscal Year 2007 August 31, 2006

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What is a Cap?

The word “cap” refers to annual numerical limitations set by Congress on the numbers of workers authorized to be admitted on different types of visas or authorized to change status if already in the United States. H-1BEstablished by the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT), the H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows U.S. employers to augment the existing labor force with highly skilled temporary workers. H-1B workers are admitted to the United States for an initial period of three years, which may be extended for an additional three years. The H-1B visa program is utilized by some U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in a specialized field. Typical H-1B occupations include architects, engineers, computer programmers, accountants, doctors and college professors. The H-1B visa program also includes fashion models. The current annual cap on the H-1B category is 65,000. H-1B Advanced Degree ExemptionThe H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004, which took effect on May 5, 2005, changed the H-1B filing procedures for FY 2005 and for future fiscal years. The Act also makes available 20,000 new H-1B visas for foreign workers with a Master’s or higher level degree from a U.S. academic institution.

 

Cap

Beneficiaries Approved

Beneficiaries Pending

Beneficiary Target 1

Total

Date of Last Count

H-1B (FY 07)

58,200 2

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Cap Reached

5/26/2006

H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption (FY 07)

20,000

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Cap Reached

7/26/2006

H-1B (FY 06)

58,200

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Cap Reached

8/10/2005

H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption (FY 06)

20,000

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Cap Reached

1/17/2006

1 Refers to the estimated number on April 1, 2006, of beneficiary applications needed to reach the cap, with an allowance for denials and revocations. This target is subject to revision later in the cap cycle as more petitions are processed.

2 6,800 visas are set aside during the fiscal year for the H-1B1 program under the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Unused numbers in this pool can be made available for H-1B use with start dates beginning on October 1, 2006, the start of FY 2007. USCIS has added the projected number of unused H-1B1 Chile/Singapore visas to the FY 2007 H-1B cap as announced in the H-1B Press Release, dated June 1, 2006.

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