The US immigration bureau has announced that they have stopped accepting applications for H1B visas for specialty workers because they already have filled this years 65,000 quota.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, received enough applications by 11 August to meet the quota, the agency said. The cutoff of applications comes a little more than a month earlier than last year, and is the earliest the cap has ever been reached.
Federal law provides 65,000 H1B visas every fiscal year, which begins 1 October. Of those, 6,800 are set aside for workers from Chile and Singapore under terms of US trade agreements with those countries.
H1B visas are granted to foreigners in specialty professions. H1B visas are typically valid for up to six years. Under the H1B program, employers must pay foreign workers prevailing wages for their job fields and show that qualified US workers are not being passed over.
High-tech and other employers say the current H1B cap is too low and more H1B visas are needed to help combat the ever growing employment shortages in the USA.
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