Today USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for this fiscal year (FY
2012) has been reached. The government will not accept any new,
cap-subject H-1B petitions received after November 22, 2011 that are
requesting an employment start date in FY 2012.
The USCIS will continue to process H-1B applications for individuals
already in H-1B status seeking to extend their status or seeking to
change their terms of employment (including those seeking a change in
employer). In addition, applications will still be accepted for H-1B
employees seeking concurrent H-1B employment and the government will
continue to accept cap exempt H-1B petitions (for instance, individuals
seeking to work at an insitution of higher education, physicians that
have obtaining a Conrad 30 J-1 waiver, etc).
If you are interested in filing a cap-subject H-1B application for
next fiscal year, please let us know as soon as possible. We will begin
preparing these applications in order to file them on April 1, 2012 and
will be able to request an October 1, 2012 start date.