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Seven facts about the H-1B visa

Visa Photo: Depositphotos

Visa Photo: Depositphotos

President Donald Trump decided to revise the H-1B visa program, due to which companies in the US often hire foreign workers. It is expected that the revision of visa conditions will affect the difficulty of obtaining this category of visa.

According to Pew Research Center, between 2001 and 2015, about 1,8 million H-1B visas were issued. The program allows foreigners, usually with higher education, to work in the United States on a temporary basis.

Employers have the opportunity to send an application for participation in the visa program since April each year. If the number of applications exceeds the annual rate set by Congress during the first five working days of April, visas are issued through a lottery system.

We bring to your attention 7 facts about the H-1B visa that you might not have known.

  1. Since 2005, the number of H-1B visas that the United States can issue per year is limited to thousands of 65. Additional quota - 20 thousands of visas for foreign specialists graduated in the United States. The cost of one such visa for an employer ranges from $ 1 710 to $ 6 460.
  2. In recent years, workers with an H-1B visa are in demand. The number of visa requests increased from 124 thousands in 2014, to 236 thousands in 2017.
  3. Universities and colleges, non-profit organizations and government research institutions are exempt from visa quotas. They account for 10% of H-1B visas obtained.
  4. More than half of all issued H-1B visas were granted to citizens of India - 50,5%. In second place is China - 9,7%. This is followed by Canada with 3,8%, the Philippines with 3% and South Korea with 2,8%.
  5. More than half of the visas issued were for 4 state employers — California — 17,7%, New Jersey — 14%, Texas — 12,2%, New York — 7,2%.
  6. About 64% of all H-1B visa requests were from specialists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  7. One of the X-NUMX visa requests for H-4B is for candidates with a lower academic degree, despite the requirements to have a bachelor's degree or higher.

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