20,000 New H-1B Visas

May 6, 2005
The USCIS has issued guidance regarding the 20,000 additional FY 2005 H-1B numbers. The USCIS has retracted its earlier position that the numbers would be available to any qualified H-1B applicant. The USCIS has announced that it will reopen the filing period for FY 2005 on May 12, 2005 and make available 20,000 H-1B numbers to individuals holding a master's degree or higher from a U.S. institution. If you have any employees that you believe may qualify for a FY 2005 H-1B number, please review eligibility with legal counsel immediately. There is a good possibility that the numbers will be exhausted soon after they become available.