As of August 14, 2009, approximately 45,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been received by USCIS and counted towards the H-1B cap. Approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed. 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.
USCIS has also received 8,974 H-2B petitions for the first half of FY
2010 of which 8,183 are approved and 791 are pending.
Effective August 6, 2009, USCIS informed that FY 2009 H-2B filing period
was reopened and immediately began accepting petitions. H-2B petitions
for FY 2009 must be received, evaluated and adjudicated on or before September
30, 2009. Petitions received on or after Oct. 1, 2009, and/or with a starting
date on or after Oct. 1, 2009, will be counted towards the fiscal year
2010 H-2B cap.