Reflect Cases Received As Of August 18th
Washington, D.C.– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received
45,900 H-1B petitions that will count against
the Congressionally-mandated cap for fiscal year
2005 (October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005).
The limit in fiscal year 2005 is 65,000.
Established by the Immigration Act of 1990, the
H-1B visa category allows U.S. employers to augment
the existing labor force with highly skilled temporary
workers. H-1B workers are admitted to the United
States for an initial period of three years, which
may be extended for an additional three years.
Typical H-1B occupations include architects, engineers,
computer programmers, accountants, doctors and
The Congressionally-mandated cap limits the number
of requests for initial employment that USCIS
may approve each year. Petitions seeking extensions
or modifications to current H-1B employment are
not counted against the cap. In addition, persons
working for employers statutorily exempt from
the cap (such as institutions of higher education,
or nonprofit research organizations) are not counted
against the cap.