United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released updated H-1B visa petition numbers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, as of October 7, 2011. Since we last discussed H-1B petition numbers (based on filings as of August 26, 2011), 12,000 H-1B regular cap petitions were filed, bringing the total to 41,000. During the same period, 3,300 H-1B Master’s Exemption petitions were filed, bringing that total to 19,100 and very near to the cap amount of 20,000. The H-1B regular cap petitions filed thus far constitute approximately two-thirds of the 65,000 cap amount. Please note that once the Master’s Exemption cap is met, all petitions filed under this category will be applied to the general 65,000 cap automatically by USCIS.