OK so the cap will be met by next week, we are certain now. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, as of November 18, 2011, it has received approximately 61,800 H-1B petitions counting towards the congressionally-mandated 65,000 limit. USCIS previously confirmed that it has received 20,000 H-1B petitions for employees with advanced degrees from U.S. colleges and universities, thus reaching the annual limit on H-1B petitions in the advanced degree category. Accordingly, additional H-1B petitions in this category will be adjudicated under the 65,000 general cap.
USCIS has historically accepted a greater number of H-1B petitions than the number available for approval under the cap based on the assumption that some petitions will be denied, rejected or withdrawn. USCIS will once again use actual data on approval and denials for this fiscal year to determine how many petitions should be accepted for filing and when to end the filing period for cap-subject petitions.
Hurry and file your cases now.