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H-1B Cap Update

By William J. Manning
  • September 9, 2004

The USCIS has announced that as of August 18, 2004, there are 45,900 new H-1B visa petitions in queue. The total number of new H-1B visas available for FY 2005 is 65,000.* However, 6,800 of the 65,000 new H-1B visas are reserved for the H-1B visa created by the Singapore and Chile Free Trade Agreements, which leaves a total of 58,200 new H-1B visas for the entire fiscal year.  With 45,900 new H-1B visas already accounted for, that means that there are only 12,300 new H-1B visas remaining for FY 2005, which BEGINS October 1, 2004. 

* The cap refers only to initial H-1B petitions, not to petitions filed for individuals who already have H-1B status, such as extensions or change of employer petitions.

For more information, please contact the Jackson Lewis Immigration Practice Group.  

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