H1b Cap Reached for FY 2012

The H1b cap count was reached on November 22, 2012.  No more new H1b applications will be accepted for this forthcoming fiscal year. Below is a copy of the office notice from USCIS.

FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count 

On November 22, 2011, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2012.  USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption as of October 19, 2011.  USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2012 that are received after November 22, 2011. 
USCIS continues to accept cap-exempt petitions, DOD petitions and Chile/Singapore H-1B1 petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2012.

14 Responses to “H1b Cap Reached for FY 2012”


  1. 1 PETER November 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    My application has been reached to USICS on November 22(Fedexed on 21st).

    So did they accepted my application??

    I am awaiting for receipt number. We sent it to vermont centre.

    Any expert suggestions please?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. 3 Arun November 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hi There,

    A new H1B application was submitted on 23rd Nov’11.
    We have received the acceptance receipt number.
    Can it be rejected at this stage because of the cap ?

    Thanks!

    • 4 tahminawatson November 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      I’m afraid that you may be out of luck. The govt. has stated that any applications received after Nov. 22 will be rejected. Below is a copy of the relevant portion of the announcment which you can find here

      “On November 22, 2011, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2012. USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption as of October 19, 2011. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2012 that are received after November 22, 2011. USCIS continues to accept cap-exempt petitions, DOD petitions and Chile/Singapore H-1B1 petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2012.”

  3. 5 Anu December 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

    My H1b application was sent to USCIS on Nov 22nd.
    I haven’t received any receipt number so far.

    Should my attorney call USCIS to follow up?

    Can you please provide your suggestions

    • 6 tahminawatson December 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Anu, my thought is that if your petition was ‘sent’ on Nov. 22, it did not arrive the same day. USCIS stated they will accept petitions received up until Nov. 22. I hope I am wrong. You can only wait and see what happens at this point because your attorney is unlikely to know the status of the petition until USCIS writes to him/her. Best of luck.

  4. 7 vamsi December 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Arun, r u sure uscis received ur application on nov-23?

  5. 8 Arpna December 3, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Arun…what do you mena you have received acceptance receipt number?

  6. 9 Arpna December 3, 2011 at 4:36 am

    My petition reached on 11/23 and I waiting for rejection/acceptance notice.

  7. 10 Arun December 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Folks.

    There was a confusion.
    My petition was submitted on 21st.
    Got recpt number on 23rd and decision on 30th.

    Thanks
    Arun

  8. 11 Aman Verma December 15, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Hi,

    My visa application was ubmitted on 24th November, 2011. My company people are telling me that since the last date to submit the application was 22nd november hence a lottery system will be used on the basis of which some applications will be approved.

    Can you throw some light on it.

    Also, I didnot received any receipt number from RMS till today?

  9. 13 Sonja January 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Dear All,
    I intended to start work mid of march 2012 with a perfect job offer in CA for 6 months and/but H1B petition regarding temporary working was filed by future employer beginning of january 2012. Due to the information read herein it seems quite cleare that I will not get any chance to start this year – am I right or might there be any other chance?

    thanks
    Sonja

    • 14 tahminawatson February 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Hello Sonja, it is likely you will get your application returned soon if the H1b petition was filed after the cap announcement was made. April is just around the corner though, so hopefully your employer will file again for you. Good luck.


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