U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its Cap Count chart for H visas, available at: http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/tempbenefits/cap.htm
The latest chart reflects information as of January 3, 2006, and shows that there are only 953 H1-B visas remaining for fiscal year 2006 under the 20,000 H-1B cap exemptions for foreign nationals holding advanced degrees from U.S. universities. The 2006 federal fiscal year began on October 1, 2005 and ends September 30, 2006. The 953 figure assumes that all of the pending H1-B cases will be approved. It is expected that these remaining H-1B visa numbers will be gone within the next week or so.
The overall cap is set at 65,000 visa numbers, though 6800 numbers are set aside each fiscal year to accommodate H-1B visas granted under the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements, effectively reducing the overall H-1B cap to 58,200.
Once the remaining visas have been distributed, there will be no new numbers available until October 1, 2006 even for the U.S. master's degree quota category. H-1B visas with a start date of October 1, 2006 may be filed beginning April 1, 2006, but employment in the H-1B category cannot commence until October 1.
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Last Updated: 10/3/12