H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption Cap Count as of 07/25/2006

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

6,832

12,100

21,000

18,932

7/25/20063

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 number on April 1, 2006,
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 25, 2006, an estimated 645 I-129
H-1B petitions seeking the Advanced Degree exemption had yet to be
receipted or entered into the C3 database. These petitions were
received primarily on July 24 and 25, 2006.

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