H-1B CAP UPDATE: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not yet reached its annual H-1B visa cap and continues to accept new H-1B petition filings for an October 1 employment start date. As of the government's count on July 1, 2011, 19,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions have been accepted for processing, and the USCIS has confirmed receipt of 12,200 H-1B petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions. You should act fast if you are interested in hiring a new H-1B worker or changing a current worker's status to H-1B. Employers should pay particular attention to any foreign students who may be working pursuant to post-graduation practical training (OPT) to consider the most beneficial timing of their transition to H-1B.