As anticipated, fewer H-1B filings have been lodged with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the first week of April than in any recent year. According to the most recent update, the government has received just over 40,000 H-1B petitions subject to the mandatory 65,000 cap. Nearly all of the extra 20,000 H-1Bs available to holders of U.S. graduate degrees have been exhausted, but the USCIS continues to accept these filings as well. If you are still targeting any H-1B filings for the Oct. 1, 2009 approval date, act fast to maximize your chances for an H-1B under the cap.