On August 6, 2009, USCIS announced that it would accept H-2B (temporary worker in short supply) petitions for the current fiscal year (which runs until September 30, 2009). Although the government announced in January 2009 that the cap of 66,000 had been reached, the State Department received far fewer visa applications than approvals -- only 40,460 H-2B visas have been issued for this fiscal year. For those employers who wish to sponsor workers for an H-2B visa, employers should act quickly, and USCIS encourages employers to request premium processing for expedited adjudication. USCIS requires that the employer submit the nonimmigrant visa petition along with the required documents, including an approved Alien Employment Certification from the Department of Labor, for an employment start date before October 1, 2009.