Filing Period 2010 begins for H-1B Petitions
On April 1, 2011, the USCIS began accepting H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2012. So far it has received 5,900 petitions toward the annual cap of 65,000.
Background: Anyone with an offer of employment for a "specialty occupation," requiring a bachelor's degree or higher, may be eligible for this valuable H-1B employment visa. There is a cap of 65,000 petitions per fiscal year. Some aliens of advanced degree are provided an exemption from the cap, i.e. for the first 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries who have obtained a U.S. master's degree or higher.
If you are looking for an employment-based visa in order to remain in the U.S., consult with an experienced immigration attorney immediately.