USCIS has just released the latest H-1B visa information on December 9, 2009. As of December 8, 2009, USCIS reported that 61,500 cap-subject petitions had been filed.
On December 4, 2009, USCIS reported that 61,100 cap-subject petitions had been filed. From December 4 to December 8, 400 more applications have been filed. As mentioned in previous H-1B updates, spots for advanced degree holders have been satisfactorily met; all other advanced degree holders approved will be counted towards the general cap. Remember, those who receive a job offer from a governmental or non-profit organization will not count towards the general H-1B cap.
Because 6,800 out of the 65,000 regular spots are kept for citizens of Singapore and Chile, this only leaves 58,200 spots for other nationals. Bear in mind that USCIS takes into account the fact that some of these applications may be revoked, withdrawn by applicants, or denied. As such, USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until they specify otherwise.
H-1B availability will likely cease very soon. If you are interested in filing an H-1B petition, it is imperative that you act quickly.