As of 1 October 2010, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had receipted about 40,600 H-1B petitions that are subject to the general cap and, additionally, 14,900 H-1B petitions for foreigners with advanced degrees. Currently, the general cap on the H-1B category is 65,000, and the first 20,000 petitions filed for a foreigner with a U.S. master's degree or higher are exempt from the general cap.