Washington | May 05, 2005
The United States has announced an ADDITIONAL 20,000 H1B Visas for foreign workers, thus fulfilling a long-standing demand by American firms and academic groups. (see below for details how to get your H1B).
The Department of Homeland Security's immigration agency announced that US businesses (visa sponsor companies) can submit applications for additional H1B visas beginning May 12, 2005.
An additional 20,000 H1B visas has been made available for foreign workers with advanced degrees from US institutions. The announcement has ended months of speculation on exactly who qualified for the additional visas.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that the visas would be granted only to foreign workers with at least a Master's-level degree from a US academic institution.
Congress approved the additional 20,000 visas last year after American firms and academic groups complained that the reduced 65,000-worker cap was too low to meet demand.
The release of the 20,000 additional visas comes after a delay and some controversy. Last month, USCIS caused confusion over the cap increase when it said that the 20,000 additional visas would be available to all H1B qualified applicants -- not just those holding an advanced degree from US universities.
US Industry groups had asked Congress last fall to approve more than 20,000 additional visas. If the visas being released next week are quickly claimed -- as some immigration attorneys have been predicting -- these groups are likely to cite that as a reason to raise the visa cap further.
In addition, last week H1B visa supporters got some help from Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates, who said preventing 'smart people' from entering the country by placing a cap on H1B visas 'doesn't make sense.'
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