H-1B Visa: Major inflection points since it was introduced in 1990
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1998-American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA): This Act was enacted during the presidency of Bill Clinton. The new H-1B visa nearly doubled the cap from 65,000 to 115,000 for the fi scal years 1999 and 2000 respectively. An amount of $500 was added to the base fi ling fees of $365 to fund the scholarship and training programme.
2005-Consolidated Appropriations Act: This Act came into effect under George W. Bush. It reduced the annual H-1B cap to 65,000 and introduced a separate pool of 20,000 H-1B visas under the H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption for people having a US Master’s degree. It introduced anti-fraud fees of $500.