Update On FY2006 H-1B Numbers - Rumors That Cap Is Close To Being Met Are False

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has provided the American Immigration Lawyers Association with an update on where it stands with respect to the Fiscal Year 2006 H-1B quota numbers. According to AILA, USCIS has stated that, despite rumors to the contrary, the USCIS has not reached enough fiscal year 2006 cap-subject H-1B petitions to be nearing the cap. Unofficially, the USCIS has indicated to AILA that H-1B petitions are coming in more slowly than had been predicted. This is most likely due to the increse in USCIS filing fees that went into effect earlier thie year.

This may come as a relief to many employers who are still planning to file new H-1B petitions. However, it is still anticipated that the fiscal 2006 cap likely will be reached before the actual start of fiscal year 2006 on October 1, 2005. As new updates on this important issue arise, we will continue to inform you of them.

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