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Updated FY 2012 H1B Cap Count

The most recent H1B Cap update from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates that they have received 66,200 total Cap subject H1B petitions. According to this update there are still approximately 18,800 H1B numbers available towards the 2012 H1B Cap. This means that USCIS received an additional 3,300 Cap subject cases since their last Cap update. If USCIS continues to receive H1B Cap subject cases at the current rate, the 2012 H1B Cap will fill in approximately five (5) and a half weeks or around the first week of December, 2011. This is an increase of 500 Cap subject H1B applications over the previous week. The uptick in filings is an indication that employers might be scrambling to beat the Cap, which places additional urgency on those seeking to obtain an H1B number under the 2012 Cap. Failure to file a petition before the Cap fills can lead to significant starting delays for new H1B workers as petitions towards the 2013 H1B Cap will not be accepted until April 1, 2012. The earliest new H1B employees will be able to start working under the 2013 H1B Cap will be October 1, 2012.

If you are a U.S. employer in need of a foreign worker to fill a role within a specialty occupation, time is running out. However, there is still time to beat the Cap. Taking into account U.S. Department of Labor processing times and the availability of premium processing, new H1B employees can start in as little as 21 days. If you have plans to hire an employee on an H1B visa, don’t delay. We have experience processing the most complex H1B cases and efficiently process cases within short times frames. Contact us today so that we can begin the process of filing an H1B visa for your foreign specialty worker.

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