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08/28/07
Visa status and applications
Filed under: Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), First Year on Job, Recruiters
Posted by: site admin @ 6:40 am

Several case studies, valued pertinent
statistics and meaningful questions about
visas for foreign born workers are given
in Phred Dvorak’s WSJ article on “Visa 
Bottlenecks”.

“Since 2004, the U.S. has limited the number
of so-called H-1Bs — three-year visas for
skilled workers with college degrees —
to 65,000 per year; an additional
20,000 visas are available for applicants
with advanced degrees from U.S. schools.
…companies are
claiming they need more workers
again, but disagreement exists on how to
fix the broader immigration system,
including what to do with
undocumented workers, is bogging
down change.
…In 2004, it took about 10 months
to reach the cap; last year, it
took just under two months;
this year, the cap was reached
the first day applications were
accepted in April. That forced the
government for the first time to
hold a lottery to allocate all of the
visas, which take effect Oct. 1.
About half of the applicants missed out.”

Care should be taken in seeking immigration
papers and understanding the big picture
in the immigration debate.  This article and
quite likely the comments to it will be
worth following.

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