As of October 28, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 49,200 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 from here on out will be counted against the regular H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions for FY2012 until the cap of 65,000 is met.
With only 15,800 H-1B slots left, we anticipate the cap being reached within the next few months. 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.