The Service Center Operations (SCOPS) unit of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that it has NOT seen the expected spike in H-1B filings since April 1, 2004, when employers were again permitted to file cap-subject H-1B petitions with start dates beginning October 1, 2004 or later. Instead, SCOPS representatives indicate that, although they cannot provide precise numbers, the volume has been "surprisingly low." We will continue to monitor H-1B filings under the fiscal year 2005 cap, and will send further updates as additional information is released.
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