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Limit on U.S. H-1B Visa Accomplished with Greater Number of Visa Applications

April 2015, 08
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U.S. H-1B visa reaches its cap
USCIS or the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service has announced that the limit on the H-1B visa has rapidly attained. The agency is yet to have an overall count of the number of visas received. According to sources from the agency, it may take a week or a fortnight for the agency to come up with the count of the number of requests it has obtained. The applicants filed petitions on 1April, 2015 for the next fiscal year that starts from 1 October.

The U.S. issues a total of 85,000 H-1B visa applications every year under two caps. Out of this, 20,000 visa applications are set apart for Graduates of advanced degree U.S. schools. The cap slated would be overtaken this year. In 2014, the agency got 172,500 petitions for this particular visa category under both the caps. On completion of the limit on the applications, a lottery that is computer-generated is implemented to make the distribution of the visas. 

Out of the visas received, a vast number of visas request is from companies that involve in the IT sector that use the H-1B visa holders for outsourcing services. According to a recent report carried out by the AFL-CIO, H-1B visas were used by Walmart, which makes use of a large number of IT outsourcing contractors. It is one of the companies which is looking forward to a rise in the H-1B cap. Efforts were on by the Congress to increase the cap on the number of H-1B visas.

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