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H-1B Numbers for Bachelor's Degree Holders Running Out Quickly

May 30, 2006

As of 5/25/06, 49,034 H-1B numbers (out of a pool of 61,000) had been used for fy2007. That was a usage of approximately 4,000 in two days--double the rate of usage in the weeks before. As the cap nears, it is reasonable to expect that the rate of usage will continue to climb. Therefore, it is generally believed that the H-1B cap for fiscal 2007 will be reached very shortly. There are, however, still numbers available for individuals who have graduated with a master's degree from the U.S. Out of the 20,000 available for H-1B advance degree holder exemption about 1,672 were approved and 4,158 were pending as of the count on 5/25/2006.

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