US H-1B Specialty Visas still available
08 September 2009
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USCIS announced on 28 August 2009 that H-1B visas are still available; Approximately 45,100 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed.
Each year, the United States makes 65,000 H-1B visas available to people wishing to live and work in the US in professional level work. In addition there are 20,000 H-1B visas available for people who have a Master's degree or higher. USCIS takes into account, when calculating visa availability, that some of the petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn. Overall there are about twenty thousand H-1B visas still available.
If you have a bachelors degree or equivalent and a professional level job in the US now may be a good time to apply for a visa for the US. You will find further details in our August 2009 H-1B news report.