Yesterday, on April 3, 2007, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an update advising that the FY2008 H1-B cap has been met. Petitions received on April 2 and April 3 of 2007 will be subject to a random selection process, described in full in the USCIS press release. Cases received after April 3 will be rejected. Petitions for current H-1B workers do not count towards the congressionally mandated H-1B cap. There are other options available for employers wishing to hire foreign nationals with specialized knowledge and experience. Depending on the situation, applicants may qualify under the H-1B Visa Reform Act or under different visa categories, such as L, O or E.
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