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USCIS Updates FY 2010 H-1B and H-2B Count (Updated 12/8/09)

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Fiscal Year 2010 H-1B Cap Count

As of December 8, 2009, approximately 61,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap.  Any H-1B petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count toward the general H-1B cap of 65,000.  USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

 

Fiscal Year 2010 H-2B Cap Count

Cap Type

Cap Amount

Beneficiaries Approved

Beneficiaries Pending

Beneficiaries Target 1

 Total

Date of Last Count

H-2B 1st Half

33,000

27,195

2,925

47,000

 30,120

12/4/09

H-2B
2nd Half

33,000 2

0

1,492

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1,492

12/4/09

 

1 Refers to the estimated numbers of beneficiary applications needed to reach a cap, with an allowance for withdrawals, denials and revocations.
2 A shortfall in the 1st half would be made up in the 2nd half.

Team Notes: 
Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 09042065 (posted Dec. 8, 2009)"
Agency: 
Nonimmigrant Visas: