As of December 24, 2010, approximately 55,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions have been accepted by USCIS. Additionally, USCIS has already accepted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees, which means that the Masters Cap is full. The H-1B applications filed in December totalled about 5000, and increased from 1200 the first week to 1500 the second and 2000 the during the last week of the month. The uptick in filings is due to the dwindling numbers as companies try to get all of their applications submitted before the numbers are exhausted. Once the cap has been reached, employers will not be able to start new H-1B hire’s until 10/1/2011, unless they are already here on Optional Practical Training and are eligible for cap-gap relief. USCIS has not yet provided any information on whether there will be a lottery on the last day of filing for FY2011 as there has been in past years.
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