According to the USCIS, as of November 7, 2011, the agency had received 50,800 out of 65,000 available cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY-2012 and 20,000 out of 20,000 available petitions under the H-1B Master’s Cap Exemption.

When the Master’s Cap Exemption has been exhausted, petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with Master’s or higher degrees from US universities will be counted towards the general 65,000 H-1B limit for the fiscal year.

If you are a cap-subject organization that wishes to file an H-1B on behalf of a qualified foreign-national, this would be a good time to do it.  As the numbers get closer to becoming exhausted those on the fence tend to file in greater numbers so the cap is likely to be reached in the next several weeks.

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Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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