USCIS Update - April 10, 2007
USCIS UPDATES COUNT OF FY 2008 H-1B CAP FILINGS
WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) announced an updated number of filings today as the counting
of H-1B petitions received on April 2 and 3 continues. On April 3,
USCIS announced that it had received enough petitions to meet the
congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year 2008 (FY 2008) and that it would
conduct a computer-generated random selection of cap-subject petitions filed
on Monday (April 2) and Tuesday (April 3) to determine which cases would be
accepted for processing.
As of April 9, USCIS has determined that
approximately 119,193 of the H-1B petitions received on April 2 and 3 are
subject to the FY 2008 congressionally mandated cap.
USCIS received on April 2 and 3 a total
of approximately 12,989 cases requesting an exemption from the FY 2008 H-1B cap because they
were filed on behalf of aliens holding a master’s degree or higher from
a U.S. institution. USCIS can now announce that the cap of 20,000 on
these exempt cases remains open and that USCIS will continue to monitor these
USCIS will provide regular updates as the processing
of FY 2008 H-1B cap cases continues.
H-1B in General: U.S.
businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in specialty
occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in fields, such
as scientists, engineers or computer programmers. As part of the H-1B
program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of
Labor (DOL) require U.S.
employers to meet specific labor conditions to ensure that American workers
are not adversely impacted, while DOL’s Wage and Hour Division
safeguards the treatment and compensation of H-1B workers.
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