December 1, 2009
As of November 27, 2009, approximately 58,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed.
With the 20,000 H-1Bs for applicants with advanced US degrees already exhausted, there appears to be no more than 5,400 H-1Bs available (as of November 27th) for the current fiscal year. Because filings against the cap has picked up in pace, our latest estimate is that the cap may be reached approximately December 11, 2009.
Note: the estimate of 5,400 is based on unconfirmed report that USCIS will only set-aside 700 H-1Bs for Chileans and Singaporeans. By regulation, 6,800 H1Bs are to be set-aside, but because usage never comes close to the 6,800 limit, USCIS is reportedly only setting aside 700 instead of the full 6,800.