January 17, 2006
H-1B Cap Approaching for Advanced Degree Professionals
The H-1B cap relief exempting up to 20,000 individuals with advanced
degrees from a U.S. academic institution may be exhausted very soon. As
of January 10, 2005, USCIS reported that it had 19,622 approved and/or pending
petitions in this exempt category. If GT’s previous calculation that approvals
issued under the terms of this H-1B cap-exempted category were being granted
at a rate of approximately 300-350 approvals each week holds true, we anticipate
that the cap will certainly be reached before the end of this month.
H-2B filings continue to be adjudicated and USCIS reports that 8,614
cases have been approved and/or remain pending against the cap of 33,000
for the second half of FY 2006.
Please refer to GT’s previous
News Flash on H-1B and H2B cap issues.
GT will provide immediate updates as they become available.