The USCISí latest H-1B count update shows that as of July 10, 2009, approximately 44,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. In mid-May the USCIS reported that approximately 45,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. A recent article in the IT trade journal Computerworld explains that the retreat in H-1B numbers is due to the fact that USCIS is actually denying more cases than they are receiving. Anecdotal reports are that immigration attorneys are seeing many more denials than in years past.
For the healthcare occupations this may be a good sign. Physical and Occupational Therapy positions are being approved without much incident, now that the Masters Degree issue has been resolved. The USCIS seems to be willing to accept the argument that certain nursing positions are eligible for H-1B visas as well, provided that the proffered positions are normally ones for which bachelor degrees are required.
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