For the first time in recent years, the H-1B visa cap has not been reached as we get closer to the government's new fiscal year start on October 1. As of the current date, the United Sates Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the 65,000 annual H-1B visa cap and continues to accept new H-1B filings, BUT proceed without delay if you anticipate the need for foreign professionals on or after Oct. 1, 2009 - if the economy improves, as predicted, this slow H-1B season will be a thing of the past very soon.