USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for the 2007 Fiscal Year,More Than Four Months Before the Fiscal Year Begins
On June 1, 2006, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received a sufficient amount of H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year 2007, which begins October 1, 2006. The final receipt date for H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2007 annual cap was May 26, 2006. Any petitions subject to the cap that are received by USCIS after the final receipt date will be rejected.
Certain categories of H-1B petitions are still being accepted. They include:
Current H-1B workers filing for extensions, changing employers, changing the terms of employment, concurrent employment
Cap-Exempt Positions such as jobs at US colleges or universities, related non-profit entities, nonprofit research organizations, governmental research organizations
Recipients of US master’s or higher degrees (until the 20,000 limit in this category is reached) Currently 5.830 such petitions have been approved.