Released Nov. 23, 2011
WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B
petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY)
2012. USCIS is notifying the public that yesterday, Nov. 22, 2011, was
the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions
requesting an employment start date in FY 2012.
Properly filed cases will be considered received on the date that USCIS
physically receives the petition; not the date that the petition was
postmarked. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B
specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2012
that arrive after Nov. 22, 2011.
As of Oct. 19, 2011, USCIS had also received more than 20,000 H-1B
petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the
‘advanced degree’ exemption. USCIS will continue to accept and process
petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. In addition, petitions
filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted
previously against the cap will not be counted toward the FY 2012 H-1B
cap. Accordingly, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions
U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in
specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in
specialized fields such as scientists, engineers or computer
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