U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, as of December 21, 2009, it has received sufficient H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2010. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will apply a computer-generated random selection process to all petitions that are subject to the cap and were received on December 21, 2009.
USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY2010 that are received after December 21, 2009.