As of May 22, 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reportedly had received approximately 45,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions that qualify for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.