On April 1, 2011, the USCIS started accepting H-1B applications for FY2012, the next government fiscal year which starts on October 1, 2011. The current law provides an annual H-1B cap of 65,000 per fiscal year, with an additional 20,000 reserved for H-1B applicants with U.S. master’s degrees or higher. The H-1B cap for FY 2011 was met in January 2011.
As of April 7, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 5,900 H-1B petitions toward the 65,000 cap and approximately 4,500 petitions toward the 20,000 advanced degree cap. The USCIS will continue to accept FY2012 H-1B cap cases until the quota is met.