USCIS Updates Count of FY2010 H-1B Petition Filings
WASHINGTON April 9, 2009 — USCIS announced an updated number of filings for H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2010 program.
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.
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
USCIS will provide regular updates as the processing of FY2010 H-1B petitions continue.