On January 27, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap for FY 2011. USCIS determined that January 26, 2011 is the "final receipt date" for new H-1B worker petitions requesting employment start dates before October 1, 2011. Petitions for extensions of stay or change of employer for workers who are currently in H-1B status do not count towards the H-1B cap and USCIS will continue to accept petitions for individuals in those categories.
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for FY 2012 on April 1, 2011. H-1B petitions approved for FY 2012 will be able to start working in that status no earlier than October 1, 2011.