The US Citizenship and Immigration Service released new information on the number of H-1B visa petitions filed for the 2010 fiscal year. As of December 4, 2009, approximately 61,100 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap. Any H-1B petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count toward the general H-1B cap of 65,000. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.
For more information on the H-1B cap, please the USCIS website on the H-1B Cap.