H-1B Cap Update
The USCIS started accepting H-1B petitions subject to the numerical caps starting on April 1. The number of petitions submitted through September 9 was 32,200 toward the regular cap of 65,000. The number of petitions submitted toward the 20,000 was 16,700.
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.