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H-1B Skilled Worker Visa Cap Reached In 5 Days

H-1B Skilled Worker Visa Cap Reached In 5 Days

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on April 6 announced that the congressionally mandated cap on the number of H-1B skilled worker visas had been reached for the next fiscal year, within five days after the agency began accepting applications.

The H-1B visa program allows American companies to hire skilled foreign workers in industries ranging from technology to medicine. But in recent years, demand for the visas has far outstripped supply, in part due to a low U.S. employment rate, making them increasingly difficult to obtain.

The program is subject to a 65,000 statutory cap that numerous companies have petitioned Congress to raise. USCIS said that the agency had reached that cap by Friday, as well as the 20,000 cap for those applying for advanced degree exemption from the program, also known as the “master’s cap.”

The applications filed this week will now be subject to a visa lottery and USCIS officers may outright reject some applications or ask petitioners for further information in a so-called request for evidence.

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