July 20, 2006
On July 19, 2006, USCIS updated the current cap count with new data gathered as of July 18, 2006. The number of approved and receipted pending petitions now has reached 16,991. Approximately 360 H-1B Advanced Degree petitions have been received but have not yet been data-entered and receipted. The combined approximate total as of July 19 is 17,351.
Data gathered on July 11 and posted to the USCIS website on July 12 showed that approximately 15,208 petitions had been approved, data-entered, or received but not yet processed as of July 11. Thus, USCIS received a little over 2,143 petitions in the course of 5 business days. Clearly, as we approach the cap, the pace of filings is increasing.