Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03040841 (posted Apr. 8, 2003)"
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
April 4, 2003
BCIS Announces Figures for H-1B Petition Receipts and Approvals
WASHINGTON, DC—The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) today
announced the statistics for the number of H-1B petitions filed and approved
during fiscal year 2002, which ended on September 30. The agency received a
total of 215,190 H-1B petitions in FY 2002. That number includes petitions for
both initial and continuing employment. INS approved 197,537 petitions in FY
2002. Of the approved applications, a total of 103,584 were for initial
employment. This includes 79,100 individuals who were subject to the
Congressionally-mandated cap, which in FY 2002 totaled 195,000.
The rules for counting individuals against the H-1B annual cap were revised with
the enactment of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act.
Most foreign nationals approved for extensions of H-1B employment are not
subject to the annual cap. Individuals approved for H-1B status for certain
types of employers, including institutions of primary, secondary, or higher
education, and nonprofit research employment for certain types of employers, may
also be exempted from the cap. In FY 2002, 79,100 individuals were subject to
the cap, less than half of the total number approved for H-1B employment. Of the
103,584 petitions approved for initial employment in FY 2002, 18,600 did not
count against the cap because the sponsor was an exempt employer. Although
workers may have multiple petitions submitted on their behalf during the course
of their H-1B employment, they are counted only once against the cap if working
for non-exempt employers.
H-1B Petitions Filed and Approved by Type of Petition: FYs 2000-02