Government Officials Provide Update at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference on H-1B Numbers.

Our office has been receiving many inquiries from concerned clients regarding the H-1B visa cap. Many of our clients have been hearing rumors and reading on many message boards that the FY2006 H-1B cap is close to being met. We would like to emphasize that the FY 2006 cap for H-1B visas is not close to being met. Moreover, there are also approximately 11,000 visas still also available for FY2005 for the additional 20,000 new H-1B visas made available on May 5, 2005 to foreign workers with a minimum master's level degree from a U.S. academic institution.

At the annual AILA conference in Salt Lake City, Utah last week, representatives from the government announced that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approximately 8,300 H-1B petitions approved or in the pipeline that will count against the aforementioned new cap of 20,000 for FY2005, as established by the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004. Moreover, the USCIS announced that they currently have approximately 27,300 H-1B petitions approved or in the pipeline for FY2006.

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