H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2012

On November 23, 2001, USCIS announced on that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 H-1B nonimmigrant visas for the current fiscal year. New employment H-1B petitions which have been received by USCIS after November 22, 2011, its final receipt date, and which requested an employment start date during fiscal year 2012 will be rejected. USCIS has already received the statutory 20,000 separately considered 20,000 H-1B petitions for beneficiaries with advanced, U.S. earned degrees on October 19, 2011. USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions which are exempt from the statutory cap.