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    Hrrrmmm. That was fast. It is barely October and all the slots have been taken.

    For those interested in this kind of visa, I hope you filed early. Last year's cap was reached in February but then again this year's cap is considerably less.

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    Hrrrmmm. That was fast. It is barely October and all the slots have been taken.

    For those interested in this kind of visa, I hope you filed early. Last year's cap was reached in February but then again this year's cap is considerably less.

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      USCIS ANNOUNCES NEW H-1B PROCEDURES – REACHES CAP
      Washington, D.C.– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received
      enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap for fiscal year 2005. Congress has set an
      annual H-1B cap of 65,000 of which 6,800 are set aside for the H-1B1 program under terms of the U.S.-Chile
      and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. The total H-1B cap number available for FY 2005 is therefore
      58,200. USCIS has factored into its count of petitions subject to the FY05 cap the number of Chile/Singapore
      set-asides that were unused in FY2004 and any other cases that can be counted against the previous fiscal year's
      H-1B cap rather than the FY 2005 cap. USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the limit for FY 2005.
      After today, USCIS will not accept any new H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2005 annual cap.
      For the remainder of FY 2005, USCIS will follow the procedures set forth in the notice published on
      February 25, 2004 in the Federal Register at 69 FR 8675 to address the cap reached during FY 2004. Those
      procedures include:
      "¢ï€ USCIS will process all petitions filed for first-time employment received by the end of business today.
      "¢ï€ USCIS will return all petitions for first-time employment subject to the annual cap received after the end
      of business today.
      "¢ï€ Returned petitions will be accompanied by the filing fee.
      "¢ï€ Petitioners may re-submit their petitions when H-1B visas become available for FY 2006.
      "¢ï€ The earliest date a petitioner may file a petition requesting FY 2006 H-1B employment with an
      employment start date of October 1, 2005, would be April 1, 2005.
      USCIS plans to provide further details on these procedures in a new notice that will be published in the Federal
      Register shortly.
      Petitions for current H-1B workers do not count towards the congressionally mandated H-1B cap. Accordingly,
      USCIS will continue to process petitions filed to:
      "¢ï€ Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States
      "¢ï€ Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers
      "¢ï€ Allow current H-1B workers to change employers
      "¢ï€ Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position
      USCIS also notes that petitions for new H-1B employment are not subject to the annual cap if the alien will be
      employed at an institution of higher education or a related or affiliated nonprofit entity, or at a nonprofit
      research organization or a governmental research organization.

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