As of May 18, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received 42,000 petitions that count against the 65,000 H-1B Regular Cap, and 16,000 petitions that count against the 20,000 H-1B Master’s Cap. USCIS will continue to accept new petitions until it has filled the H-1B Regular and Master’s Cap.
We anticipate that the pace of H-1B submissions will quicken now because, among other reasons, foreign students working in F-1 Optional Practical Training status are receiving degrees and this allows their employers to sponsor them for the H-1B classification. For this reason, we strongly advise employers to identify and file immediately any petitions subject to the H-1B Cap. This also includes L-1B employees who may need to switch to H-1B status to extend their authorized stay due to delays in the green card process. Any foreign national candidates who do not make it under the 2013 H-1B Cap may not be able to start work, or continue working, until October 1, 2013–or later!