H-1B cap reached

USCIS issued a press release on November 23, 2011 stating that as of November 22, 2011 all 65,000 H-1B petitions for the fiscal year have been used up.  Only eight days earlier they issued a press release saying 56,300 had been used up!  I’m skeptical that 8,700 petitions were filed within eight days.  The inaccurate counting and reporting of H-1B petitions filed wreaks havoc for employers and employees.  Companies and their immigration attorneys planned to file H-1B petitions over the next couple of months based on the USCIS press releases only to find out that 8,700 petitions were “filed” within the span of eight days.  Consequently, these companies will have to revise key employment decisions that were months in the making.

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