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USCIS Update	
April 9, 2009

USCIS Updates Count of FY 2010 H-1B Petition Filings

WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today
announced an updated number of filings for H-1B petitions for the fiscal
year 2010 program.

USCIS has received approximately 42,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the
Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap. The agency continues to accept
petitions subject to the general cap.  

Additionally, the agency has received approximately 20,000 petitions for
aliens with advanced degrees; however, we continue to accept advanced degree
petitions since experience has shown that not all petitions received are
approvable. Congress mandated that the first 20,000 of these types of
petitions are exempt from any fiscal year cap on available H-1B visas.    

For cases filed for premium processing during the initial five-day filing
window, the 15-day premium processing period began April 7. For cases filed
for premium processing after the filing window, the premium processing
period begins on the date USCIS takes physical possession of the petition.

USCIS will provide regular updates as the processing of FY2010 H-1B
petitions continue.
 
- USCIS -



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