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Fewer Applications For H-1b Visas Expected This Year

By San Jose Mercury News

April 1, 2009

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With unemployment skyrocketing across the nation, tech and other companies this year are expected to request fewer H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers, according to industry experts. The visas are certain to be especially controversial in a year when many will ask why, with so many people unemployed, American companies should hire foreign workers. In recent years, the annual cap of 85,000 for H-1B visas — including 20,000 for those with graduate degrees in science, math and engineering — has been exceeded in just a few days. Today (April 1), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services starts processing visa petitions for 2010.

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