USCIS Announces Update Regarding New H-1B Exemptions

On June 12, 2005, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced in a public notice that it has received 8,069 H-1B petitions that will count against the Congressionally-mandated exemption cap for fiscal year 2005 (October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005) established by the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004.

The H-1B visa Reform Act of 2004, which went into effect on May 5, 2005, changed the H-1B filing procedures for fiscal year 2005 and for future fiscal years. The regulations make available 20,000 new H-1B visas for foreign workers with a minimum of a master’s level degree from a U.S. academic institution, in addition to the Congressionally mandated annual cap of 65,000 H-1B visas.

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