As of January 14th, 60,700 of the 65,000 available H-1B visas have been used up. All of the additional 20,000 H-1B visas for individuals with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution are already gone. Of the 65,000 visas 6,800 are reserved for individuals from Chile and Singapore under free trade agreements, but the unused visas from previous years are thrown back in to the general pool of 65,000 H-1B visas.
If you are considering filing an H-1B visa for a potential employee, now is the time to act or else you will have to wait until October 1st (you may file on April 1st) for them to start working in H-1B status. Of course the employee may be eligible under another non-immigrant visa category.