The USCIS has recently updated the count of H-1B
visa petitions received and counted toward the H-1B cap for the fiscal year
2010 employment. As of August 7, 2009, USCIS has received approximately 44,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption.
USCIS informed that it will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.
USCIS has also updated the count of H-2B petitions received and counted towards the fiscal year 2010 employment. USCIS has received 8,974 H-2B petitions for the first half of FY 2010. It has approved 8,183 petitions and only 791 petitions are pending. H-2B visas are expected to go off in relatively less time than the H-1B visa.
Note that on August 6, 2009, USCIS announced the reopening of FY 2009 H-2B
filing period and immediately began accepting petitions. H-2B petitions for
FY 2009 must be received, evaluated and adjudicated on or before September 30, 2009. Petitions received on or after October 1, 2009 will be considered towards the fiscal year 2010 H-2B cap. Read the full news ‘USCIS Reopens Fiscal Year 2009 H-2B Filing Period.’