No Hiring New H-1B Visa Holders for the Next 15 Months

Companies that didn’t file a visa petition before this week must wait until April 2013 to try again and won’t be able to employ an H-1B worker until October 2013.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services just announced, “On June 11, 2012, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2013. On June 7, 2012, USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject petitions subject to the cap for H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2013 that are received after June 11, 2012.”

Bad news for international graduates. (12+19) months of OPT might be a solution.
How so?
The quota has to do with how many people apply each year, right?

That's what I thought. It simply that given that reducing the amount of immigrant workers is often popular with the voters base so it could have been a tactic. However as you say Andy I doubt the current government has much immediate say in the matter, especially if the number of visas was set at the beginning of the year.