This is the latest update regarding the H1B cap numbers. As of April 13, 2012, approximately 20,600 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 9,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with US advanced degrees.
With respect to the H1B Cap, most people only need to be counted against the H1B cap once. The rule regarding the cap references being counted within the six years prior to the petition. However, even those requesting extensions beyond six years do not need to be counted against the H1B cap, if they have previously been counted. This general rule holds true even if one changes to a different no-nimmigrant status in the interim.
The numbers are running fast, so our advice is to apply as soon as possible. Email us with any questions.