by Chris Musillo


The USCIS has just updated the H-1B Cap Count. The latest H-1B usage numbers are listed in the chart below. MU Law is also listing its estimated dates when the H-1B cap will be reached for each category. We will regularly update the projection.





































H-1B Cap Count
Cap Type Available Received Updated MU Projection
Regular 65,000 32,500 5/4/2012 6/1/2012
US Masters 20,000 13,700 5/4/2012 5/20/2012


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Many healthcare professions ordinarily qualify for H-1B status, includingPhysical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Therapists, and some Registered Nursing positions.


International workers who are working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa with another cap-subject employer are not subject to H-1B cap. These cases are commonly referred to as "H-1B transfer" cases and may be filed at any time throughout the year.


Employees that need a "cap-subject" H-1B include:


* International students working on an EAD card under an OPT or CPT program after having attended a U.S. school


* International employees working on a TN may need an H-1B filed for them in order for them to pursue a permanent residency (green card) case


* Prospective international employees in another visa status e.g. H-4, L-2, J-1, F-1


* H-1B workers with a cap exempt organization


* Prospective international employees currently living abroad


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