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    The H-1B Status Application of Fiscal Year 2010 and the H-1B Lottery History

    It is difficult to know what the odds will be in the H-1B lottery for the upcoming Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. A lottery is anticipated, based on the recent history of the volume of filings exceeding the available cap numbers. This lottery has taken place in the past two fiscal years, FY2008 and FY2009.

    In FY2009, both the regular and the advanced-degree caps were reached within the first five days of filing. The USCIS had altered the regulations starting in FY2009 (for October 1, 2008 start-date cases), so that the H-1B lottery would include cases received within the first five business days in April.

    The H1B cap is set at 65,000, but is reduced to 58,200 to allow for specific trade agreements. Separately, there are 20,000 cap exemptions for people with U.S. advanced degrees.

    In FY2009, the USCIS' preliminary count indicated approximately 163,000 filings, with 31,200 of those requesting the 20,000 advanced-degree cap exemptions.

    In FY2008, the USCIS indicated receipt of 123,480 cases during the first two days of filing. Two days of filing were included in the lottery that year, due to regulations in effect at that time. In that year, the advanced-degree limit was reached later, on April 30, 2007.

    Currently, in this weaker economy, it is difficult to predict case volumes. However, based on earlier years, it seems likely that there will not be sufficient H1B cap numbers in the FY 2010 quota to meet the demand overall, and so it is expected that there will be a lottery consisting of the cases received within the first several days, starting with April 1, 2009.

    http://www.greencardapply.com/...ws09/news09_0302.htm



    peterl
    www.greencardapply.com
    www.greencardfamily.com

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    The H-1B Status Application of Fiscal Year 2010 and the H-1B Lottery History

    It is difficult to know what the odds will be in the H-1B lottery for the upcoming Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. A lottery is anticipated, based on the recent history of the volume of filings exceeding the available cap numbers. This lottery has taken place in the past two fiscal years, FY2008 and FY2009.

    In FY2009, both the regular and the advanced-degree caps were reached within the first five days of filing. The USCIS had altered the regulations starting in FY2009 (for October 1, 2008 start-date cases), so that the H-1B lottery would include cases received within the first five business days in April.

    The H1B cap is set at 65,000, but is reduced to 58,200 to allow for specific trade agreements. Separately, there are 20,000 cap exemptions for people with U.S. advanced degrees.

    In FY2009, the USCIS' preliminary count indicated approximately 163,000 filings, with 31,200 of those requesting the 20,000 advanced-degree cap exemptions.

    In FY2008, the USCIS indicated receipt of 123,480 cases during the first two days of filing. Two days of filing were included in the lottery that year, due to regulations in effect at that time. In that year, the advanced-degree limit was reached later, on April 30, 2007.

    Currently, in this weaker economy, it is difficult to predict case volumes. However, based on earlier years, it seems likely that there will not be sufficient H1B cap numbers in the FY 2010 quota to meet the demand overall, and so it is expected that there will be a lottery consisting of the cases received within the first several days, starting with April 1, 2009.

    http://www.greencardapply.com/...ws09/news09_0302.htm



    peterl
    www.greencardapply.com
    www.greencardfamily.com

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