H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption Cap Count as of 07/11/2006

H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption

The
H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004, which took effect on May 5, 2005, changed
the H-1B filing procedures for FY 2005 and for future fiscal years. The
Act also makes available 20,000 new H-1B visas for foreign workers with
a Master’s or higher level degree from a U.S. academic institution.

 

Cap

Beneficiaries Approved

Beneficiaries Pending

Beneficiary Target 1

Total

Date of Last Count

H-1B

58,200 2

——

——

——

Cap Reached

5/26/2006

H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption

20,000

5,295

10,326

21,000

15,208

7/11/20063

H-1B (FY 06)

58,200

——

——

——

Cap Reached

8/10/2005

H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption (FY 06)

20,000

——

——

——

Cap Reached

1/17/2006

1
Refers to the estimated numbers of beneficiary applications needed to
reach the cap, with an allowance for denials and revocations. Each
target is subject to revision later in the cap cycle as more petitions
are processed.
2 6,800
visas are set aside during the fiscal year for the H-1B1 program under
the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and
U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Unused numbers in this pool can
be made available for H-1B use with start dates beginning on October 1,
2006, the start of FY 2007. USCIS has added the projected number of
unused H-1B1 Chile/Singapore visas to the FY 2007 H-1B cap as announced
in the
H-1B Press Release, dated June 1, 2006.
3
The numbers on the table for H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption include
only receipted petitions. As of July 11, 2006, an estimated 800 I-129
H-1B petitions seeking the Advanced Degree exemption had yet to be
receipted. Several hundred of these petitions were received prior to
July 11, 2006.

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