The American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA) imposes annual reporting requirements on USCIS concerning the countries of origin and occupations of, educational levels attained by, and compensation paid to, aliens who were issued visas orotherwise provided nonimmigrant status under section 101(a)(l5)(H)(i)(b) of the INA during theprevious fiscal year. To fulfill this requirement, USCIS submits the following report for Fiscal Year 2009, October I, 2008 - September 30, 2009.
• The number of H-l B petitions filed decreased 15 percent from 288,764 in Fiscal Year 2008 to 246,647 in Fiscal Year 2009.
• The number of H-l B petitions approved decreased 22 percent from 276,252 in Fiscal
Year 2008 to 214,271 in Fiscal Year 2009.
• Approximately 48 percent of all H-IB petitions approved in Fiscal Year 2009 were for workers born in India.
• Two-thirds of H-l B petitions approved in Fiscal Year 2009 were for workers between the ages of25 and 34.
• Forty-one percent of H-I B petitions approved in Fiscal Year 2009 were for workers with a bachelor's degree, 40 percent had a master's degree, 13 percent had a doctorate, and 6 percent were for workers with a professional degree.
• About 41 percent ofH-IB petitions approved in Fiscal Year 2009 were for workers in
• The median salary of beneficiaries of approved petitions increased to $64,000 in Fiscal Year 2009, $4,000 more than in Fiscal Year 2008.