H-1B Cap Update (Fiscal Year 2012)

On November 23, the USCIS announced that the H-1B General Cap of 65,000 was reached on the previous day. The agency will not accept any new “cap-subject” H-1B filings until April 1, 2012.

H-1B Cap Update

The general H-1B cap is set annually at 65,000 with an advance degree cap of 20,000 for professionals who have a Master’s degree or higher from a U.S. university. Detailed information is available on USCIS’ H-1B Fiscal Year 2012 Cap Season web page.

The charts below tell the story in more detail. Compare this year’s progress toward reaching the H-1B Caps to last year’s numbers.

 

GENERAL H-1B CAP (65,000)

 

 

Date H-1B General Cap-Subject Petitions Received
November 22 65,000
November 18 61,800
November 14 56,300
November 2nd 50,800
October 28th 49,200
October 21st 46,200
October 14th 43,300
October 7th 41,000
September 23rd 36,300
September 9th 32,200
August 26th 29,000
August 12th 25,300
July 29th 22,700
July 22nd 21,600
July 15th 20,800
July 1st 19,000
June 24th 17,400
June 17th 16,300
June 13th 15,200
June 1st 13,600
May 26st 13,100
May 20th 12,300
May 13th 11,200
May 6th 10,200
April 29th 9,200
April 22nd 8,000
April 15th 7,100
April 7th 5,900

 

MASTERS H-1B CAP (20,000)

 

 

Date H-1B Master’s Cap-Subject Petitions Received
October 28th 20,000
October 14th 19,600
October 7th 19,100
September 23rd 17,700
September 9th 16,700
August 26th 15,900
August 12th 14,700
July 29th 13,800
July 22nd 13,300
July 15th 12,800
July 1st 12,200
June 24th 11,300
June 17th 10,800
June 13th 10,200
June 1st 9,300
May 26st 9,000
May 20th 8,500
May 13th 7,900
May 6th 7,300
April 29th 6,600
April 22nd 5,900
April 15th 5,100
April 7th 4,900

 

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