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AustraliaCIS Announces FY2009 H-1B Caps Reached

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AustraliaCIS Update

April 8, 2008

AustraliaCIS REACHES FY 2009 H-1B CAP

WASHINGTON ? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (AustraliaCIS) announced today that it

has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year

2009. AustraliaCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons

exempt from the cap under the ?advanced degree? exemption. Before running the random

selection process, AustraliaCIS will complete initial data entry for all filings received during the filing

period ending on April 7, 2008. Due to the high number of petitions, AustraliaCIS is not yet able to

announce the precise day on which it will conduct the random selection process.

AustraliaCIS will carry out the computer-generated random selection process for all cap-subject

petitions received. AustraliaCIS will select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000

for the general category and 20,000 under the ?advanced degree? exemption limit. AustraliaCIS will

reject, and return filing fees for all cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, unless found to be

a duplicate. AustraliaCIS will handle duplicate filings in accordance with the interim final rule

published on March 24, 2008 in the Federal Register.

The agency will conduct the selection process for ?advanced degree? exemption petitions first.

All ?advanced degree? petitions not selected will be part of the random selection process for

the 65,000 limit.

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