In light of the fact that the H-1B cap may be reached any time now, employers should make it a priority to determine whether or not they will be hiring any foreign workers for specialty occupation positions. If such hiring is contemplated in the near term, the employer should initiate the H-1B petition process sooner rather than later while H-1B cap availability still exists. When the H-1B cap limits are met, possibly in the next few days or weeks, the filing of H-1B petitions will not be allowed again until April 1, 2011 for employment start dates commencing on October 1, 2011.