On December 22, 2009, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient H-1B petitions to reach the cap for fiscal year 2010. The USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions under the “advanced degree” exemption to the annual cap. The final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions for a start date in fiscal year 2010 was December 21, 2009. The USCIS will reject any new H-1B petitions received after December 21, 2009. For all cap-subject petitions received on December 21, 2009, the USCIS will use a computer-generated random selection process to select the petitions needed to meet the cap. The USCIS will reject and return the fee for any cases that are not selected. For FY2011, which starts on October 1, 2010, the USCIS will start accepting H-1B petitions as of April 1, 2010. Employers should assess whether any of their current employees need to have their status converted to H-1B during 2010 and should plan accordingly (for example, F-1 students with expiring Optional Practical Training, TN employees who want to pursue permanent resident status later this year or in 2011, etc.).