March 13, 2006
H-1B Quota for FY07 to open on April 1, 2006
In planning for hiring needs for 2006, we urge employers to review their
current and prospective employees who may benefit from, or require an H-1B
visa to continue their current employment. The new FY07 H-1B quota that
allows for a start date of October 1, 2006 will become available for new
filings made on or after April 1, 2006. As there has not yet been any concrete
relief implemented by Congress, we urge our clients to carefully assess
their staffing needs for this year.
The new H-1B quota available with a start date of October 1, 2006 will
also have an allowance for prospective employees who has a master's degree
or higher in the field (20,000 additional numbers) as well as the 65,000
for bachelor's degree holders, including the Singapore and Chilean H-1B
numbers. Please remember that the following H-1Bs are exempt from the general
- Individuals who already hold H-1B status and are extending their existing
- Individuals who already hold H-1B status and are changing the terms
of employment or employers.
- Individuals who will be hired for positions at an institution of higher
education or a related or affiliated nonprofit entity, or at a nonprofit
research organization or a governmental research organization.
We believe that the general pool of H-1Bs available to bachelor's degree
holders will be used up quite quickly this year, perhaps as early as the
Summer, therefore, we urge you to initiate all new H-1B filings as soon
as possible. We continue to work with our clients and legislative leaders
in Congress to achieve so relief for companies who have been negatively
impacted by the lack of availability of foreign talent to augment their
U.S. based workforce.