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CANADA – Priority Occupation List Changing

Canada is restructuring its Priority Occupation List. Discussions on this issue indicate that a number of occupations that were previously eligible will now be taken off the list. The priority occupation list comprises the positions that the Canadian Government deems to be most in demand (i.e., hardest to fill with Canadian Citizens). The positions that will be removed are likely going to be those not considered professional-level jobs. Once the new occupation list is released, we will provide an update.
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UNITED STATES – April 9, 2010 – H-1B Cap Remains Open

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced that it has received 13,500 H-1B petitions under the regular H-1B cap of 65,000, and that 5,600 have been counted toward the 20,000 set aside for those with advanced U.S. degrees. This means that USCIS continues to accept applications for initial H-1B status a week after the H-1B filing season opened up on April 1st. This seems to be a reflection of the economy as it struggles to get back on track. Last year's H-1B cap for FY2010 experienced a curious phenomenon wherein the 20,000 H-1B numbers set aside for those with advanced U.S. degrees were nearly used up within the first few days, but the 65,000 general H-1B numbers were available into December. This was intriguing because of the inversion of the regular and advanced U.S. degree caps. Ever since the 20,000 set aside came into existence, it has always taken longer to deplete than the 65,000 regular H-1B numbers. This reflected a surplus of highly educated foreign graduates from U.S. universities who were hired in lieu of their bachelor's or foreign degree counterparts. Demand for H-1B numbers was certainly down last year overall, but the talent pool was larger and those with higher level degrees were still being pursued.
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