The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced updates on the status of the FY 2010 H-1B Quota and the first half of FY 2010 H-2B Quota. H-1B visas continue to be available. Out of the total limit of 65,000 visas per fiscal year, 44,900 qualifying petitions have been filed. The Master’s or higher Degree exemption of 20,000 has tentatively been met. USCIS continues to accept H-1B petition filings under both the regular H-1B quota and the Master’s or higher Degree exemption quota and will continue to do so until the quotas have been met.

USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions for the first half of FY 2010. As of August 7, 2009, 8,974 petitions have been received out of a total quota of 33,000. Currently 8,183 have already been approved and 791 are awaiting adjudication.