H-1B Cap Filings Continue at High Rate
On April 30, 2012, USCIS announced that as of April 27, 2012, it had received 29,200 H-1B visa petitions under the regular H-1B cap visa category (65,000 per year limit). This is a slight dip of 200 cases being filed compared to the previous week, in that 4,200 petitions were filed compared to 4,400 petitions filed the previous week. The number of petitions filed towards the U.S. Master’s degree category (20,000 per year limit) doubled compared to the previous week in that 2,400 cases were filed instead of 1,200, so that the total now has reached 12,300. If the number of petitions filed continue at this rate, the Master’s cap could be reached within 1 month; whereas the Regular cap could be reached now as early as mid to end of June 2012.