The Vermont Service Center has reported to AILA that as of the close of business on Monday, April 5th, only 9,525 cap-subject H-1B petitions had been received by their office. Of those received, 6,791 were “regular” cap cases, and 2,734 cases were under the master’s cap exemption. They also clarified that for cases filed premium process, the processing clock will start as of April 7th.
Please note, the above numbers do not take into account how many cases were received by the California Service Center. However, if these numbers are any indication the H-1B cap may remain open for at least a couple of weeks, if not longer.
HLG will keep you posted with updated cap counts.