USCIS has recently updated the count of H-1B visa
petitions, received and counted towards the fiscal year 2010 cap.
As of December
10, 2009, USCIS has received approximately 62,500
H-1B cap-subject petitions. 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.
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may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.