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H-1B Cap Update

The H-1B category is a temporary status available to specialty workers who hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and who will be working in positions that require the same. The H-1B category is capped at 65,000 petitions per year worldwide plus 20,000 additional petitions for those who earned a Masters degree or higher from a U.S. educational institution. The latest H-1B cap count came out August 14, 2009 and reports that 45,000 regular cap petitions and 20,000 Master’s cap petitions have been filed with the USCIS. The agency will continue to receive both types of cap petitions until all cap numbers have been used.

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