This is another reminder that FY2012 H-1B numbers are moving very quickly and the cap of 65,000 will likely be reached by the end of the month. As of Nov. 14, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 56,300 Bachelor’s degree petitions towards the 65,000 regular H-1B cap. Meanwhile, the cap of 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree petitions has already been met. As such, H-1B Master’s degree petitions will now also be counted against the regular H-1B cap. We therefore anticipate the remaining numbers to go quickly.
As such, employers are strongly urged to file H-1B petitions on behalf of prospective candidates as soon as possible. Such individuals may include those currently on student visas who are employed temporarily under optional practical training, individuals living abroad, or individuals seeking to change their current status (TN, L-1, H-4, etc). If employers fail to file petitions on behalf of such individuals before the FY2012 cap is reached, they risk not being able to employ the individual until new H-1B numbers are released on October 1, 2012. Therefore, please contact our office for assistance in filing a timely H-1B petition before the current H-1B numbers are gone.