Fewer Than Nine Thousand H-1B Visas Left
As of November 20 approximately 56,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed for employment commencing during the 2010 Fiscal Year (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010). USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap. Any H-1B petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count toward the general H-1B cap of 65,000. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to exhaust the annual allotment of 65,000.