USCIS has been accepting H-1B petitions for FY2012 since April 1, 2011. H-1B petitions are filed to obtain visas for individuals who are entering the United States to engage in a ‘specialty occupation’ (i.e., professionals). As of May 20, 2011, 12,300 petitions have been filed towards the quota of 65,000 regular cap cases, and 8,500 petitions have been filed towards the quota of 20,000 master’s cap cases. We are now 55 days into the filing season. To gauge the current rate of H-1B quota usage, it is helpful to note that H-1B visa slots were all used up within a day or two of the opening of the filing season (i.e., on April 1st) for FY2008 and FY2009. H-1B visa slots were used up within 264 days of the opening of the filing season for FY2010, and within 300 days of the opening of the filing season for FY2011. At the current rate of use, regular cap slots may be used up within 290 days of April 1st, and master’s cap slots may be used up within 129 days of April 1st. However, given that the rate of H-1B visa usage is entirely unpredictable and may accelerate as the economy improves, these estimates should not be relied upon. The wiser and safer course of action by every employer is to identify its workforce needs and to file H-1B petitions as soon as such needs are determined.