H1B Visa 2012 Cap Count Tracker : USCIS Updates

Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 26 Comments

Get the latest information about H1B Visa Fiscal Year 2013  which is about the start.

It’s time to track H1B Visa 2012 Cap Count Update Table. H1b visa cap count updates from USCIS ( weekly) will be updated in the table below.

USCIS will start accepting H1B Visa petitions from employers starting April 1, 2011.

Which means with new iCERT LCA processing, attorneys must start H1B processing atleast 15 days in advance. Only then they will be able to submit  H1B Visa 2012 petitions on March 31 and it would reach USCIS next day.

Post comment with your questions about H1 processing in the comments section.

H1B Visa Cap Count Updates

Update DateGeneral CapMasters Cap
April 8, 20115,9004,500
April 15, 20117,1005,100
April 22, 20118,0005,900
April 29, 20119,2006,600
May 6, 201110,2007,300
May 13, 201111,2007,900
May 20, 201112,3008,500
May 26, 201113,1009,000
June 1, 201113,6009,300
June 13, 201115,20010,200
June 24, 201117,40011,300
July 1, 201118,40011,900
July 8, 201119,00012,200
July 15, 201120,50012,800
July 22, 201121,60013,300
July 29, 201122,70013,800
Aug 12, 201125,30014,700
Aug 26, 201129,00015,800
Sep 9, 201132,20016,700
Sep 23, 201136,30017,700
Oct 7, 201141,00019,000
Oct 14, 201143,30019,600
Oct 21, 201146,20020,000
Oct 28, 201149,200 Full
Nov 2, 201150,800 Full
Nov 14, 201156,300 Full
Nov 22, 201165,000 Full

We will track H1B Visa for year 2012 Cap Count Updates in this page along with time sheet.

  • H1B Visa 2012 fiscal year will start from October 1, 2011 to Sep 30, 2012
  • H1B workers with approved I 797 can start working on or after October 1, 2011.

Click the following links for current H1B visa 2011 updates

USCIS announced that H1B Visa 2012 Petitions will be accepted from April 1, 2011.


  1. Hi,

    I’ll be graduating in 2012 summer with my MS in Biotechnology. I am looking for consultants who will sponsor my H1B for jobs in the US. Please help.



  2. Hi,

    I am the software employee in one of the MNC in India. i am planing to H1B on 2012 any can I proceeds the things.

    How is this year is very tough to get the visa?

    Please suggest me how should I proceed?

    Thanks for your help.


    1. Yeah..Its being difficult..
      if you are in India and what to go for H-1 from ther..we can say there are no consultants who can sponsor you..
      Even if you are in US with H-4 Its difficult for you to find a sponsor!!
      But to transfer from OPT to H-1 would be very easy!!

  3. I am currently working on H1visa in a software company. My visa is valid till October 2012.
    But I am planning to take a break of 6 moths for my family. I will be on H4 visa during my break.
    My question is, after the 6moths gap, do I need to apply for a fresh H1 visa or I can transfer the existing H1 visa? Also, can I start working after I apply for the visa transfer?

  4. Hi,

    If I apply for my H1B on 1st Oct, 2011 by what time should I expect to be able to actually start working in US, considering that I am applying too late for it.

  5. Hi I am working in MNC in India. One of Indian Consultant is ready to file H1B for me indec-2011.But I have 3 months notice period in my Indian Company. If i get H1B will I be able to work from March 2012 or I need to wait till Oct 2012.
    Note : As the H1B quota is still not full do I really need to wait till Oct 2012.
    Kindly help its urgent.

    1. Yes. As long as your H1-B petition is approved; you can work for the newer consultancy firm.

  6. Hi Guys,
    My H1B was filed during first week of september 2011(regular processing at Vermont Centre) and I received the petition number on 8th Sept ; its been more than 2 months now and I have not received the approval. I just wanted to know if anyone , whose petition was filed during the same time as mine ie Sep 1st week, has received the approval? Pls do let me know !

    1. Hi Swetha,

      My H1b was filed in July 20 (same as urs regular – Vermont) even for that still petition not yet approved. It will take minimum 4 to 6 months. Be pateince 🙁

        1. Guys,
          My petition was filed on August 22, 2011 and I have not received the petition number yet. You have any idea whats the reason … mine was also processed at Vermont.

    2. Hi Shweta,

      My petition was also filed on Sep 1 and recieved my Receipt Notice on Sep 14. No updates on the status of my petition so far:(. Can anyone let me know in which center(Vermont,California or Nebraska) was my petition filed? I just have the receipt number alone and dont have any details at which center it was filed?

  7. I am Mr.Mukhtar from Maharashtra Mumbai. I need sponsorer for H1 B. I am M.Sc.In organic chemistry and presently working as lecturer in sub.Chemistry in india. I have 12 years of teaching experience .at college level . also one year exp. in africa and USA ( as maths teacher)
    can any one help me to know how to find sponsorer for H1 B visa and job?

  8. My petition was filed on August 22, 2011 and I have not received the petition number yet. You have any idea whats the reason … mine was also processed at Vermont …. i checked with my company and they have not received the petition number yet….

    1. Contact your lawyers. You should have a receipt number within a week of filing. Maybe they missed something in the application.

      1. Hi,
        Is there any way we can know till what month the VISAs got approval?
        If anyone got the approval recently with your receipt date., please post here.
        So that we all know the tentative time frame for rest of us.

  9. Hi, My H1b petition filed in Nov2011 and till now i have not received ay updates on it. The status shows as “Initial Review” status. One of my friend’s petition (same day filed) got approved 1 week back. What could be the problem with my petiton or how can I contact the USCIS for anything they require from my/my sponsor side?
    Please help me ASAP. Thanks.

    1. Mine and my friend’s petition hasbeen filled at same date on Nov. But his petition got approved beffore 2 weks than mone. But my petition also approved after 2 weeks. So it may take little while to get approve. Wait for some time.

  10. Hi
    HSB is giving good suggestions.I am in OPT for the last 4 months and will expire by JAN 2013.My employer is filing H1 in this month i.e april 2012.Already 11000 filled up by 20/4/2012.My chances of getting H1 within 20000 is not known.My question is,if I cannot get it during this year(I still have my OPT upto Jan2013) Can I apply for OPT extention for next 17 months under STEM before expiry of original OPT or not? OR will this not be allowed as I applied for H1?(I will apply for OPT EXtn after ensuring that H1 quota of 20000 is over in 2012)Please advice

  11. Hi,

    I’m currently on OPT which will expire in December 2012. My company is willing to pursue my H1B, they’ve got my paperwork and everything’s been sent to a lawyer. But for some reason this guy is not filing…I’m afraid that I won’t fall within the cap, given that already 42,000 petitions have been received as of 5/18/12. What happens if I miss the cap? Will I be able to stay in the country once my OPT expires? Is so would I be able to work or I would have to wait for my company to file for my H1B again and start working once I get approval?
    Thank you, I appreciate your opinions.

    1. Hi,
      Cant you apply for 17month extension using E-verification process?

      1. I have already applied for the 17 month extension and that’s the one expiring in December 2012. That is why I feel like my hands are completely tied…

  12. My petition is not filed since cap got over. Any idea what would be best next step. L1B is not possible means what i can do for filing this yr. Plzz help me 🙁

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