As of June 1, 2012, USCIS received the following number of H-1Bs that count against the annual H-1B cap:
55,600 (cap: 65,000)
Adv. US degree H-1B:
18,700 (cap: 20,000)
The breakdown on the number of H-1B cap cases filed so far this season:
First 6 business days (through 4/09/12): 17,400 & 8,200
Next 4 business days (through 4/13/12): 3,200 & 1,500
Next 5 business days (through 4/20/12): 4,400 & 1,200
Next 5 business days (through 4/27/12): 4,200 & 1,400
Next 5 business days (through 5/4/12): 3,300 & 1,400
Next 5 business days (through 5/11/12): 4,200 & 1,100
Next 5 business days (through 5/18/12): 5,300 & 1,200
Next 5 business days (through 5/25/12): 6,400 & 1,500
Last 5 business days (through 6/01/12): 7,600 & 1,200
Based on the accelerating rate of filing, we stand by our earlier prediction that this year’s cap may be reached June 8th or 11th.
Due to the one week it takes to obtain a certified Labor Condition Application (LCA), which must be submitted with each H-1B petition, it is likely too late to start a new case now, unless a LCA is already certified and ready to be used.
Please note that the H-1B cap is irrelevant for most H-1B extensions, transfers and amendments. Generally, only H-1Bs for beneficiaries who have not received an H-1B approval previously are subject to the cap.