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H-1B Cap Reached - November 23, 2011

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.