Report on H-1B Petitions: Fiscal Year 2004, Annual Report, October 1, 2003 - September 30, 2004 [open pdf - 720KB]
"The Immigration Act of 1990 established numerical limitations on the H-1B nonimmigrant classification to provide U.S. employers facilitated access to foreign skilled workers while ensuring worker protections. The cap of [then] 65,000 was reached for the first time in Fiscal Year 1997 and again in Fiscal Year 1998 as demand increased significantly in the burgeoning technology sector. […].This report is presented in two parts: Part I provides information on the number of aliens granted H-1B status while Part II provides information on the number of employers who would have been exempt from the nonimmigrant H-1B petition fee required under ACIWA if the fee had not sunset on October 1, 2003. In both parts of this report, quarterly and annual data for Fiscal Year 2004 are presented."
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/