In our last post we focused on the opening of the H-1B visa application process for the fiscal year 2014, on the first of this month. At that time we mentioned that it was expected that the demand for the skilled-worker visa would be high throughout the nation, including Miami. Accordingly, most believed that the allotted 65,000 visas, as well as the 20,000 related H-1B visas made available to individuals who received masters degrees or higher at a university in the United States, would go quickly. In this week's post we provide an update.
By April 5, 2013, the allotted amount of H-1B visa applications was reached in both types of visas. This means that the USCIC is no longer accepting applications. It also means that the applications that have been received will be subject to the lottery we mentioned in the last post. Though this is not the first time a lottery system has been employed to determine the recipients of the H-1B visa, it has been several years since the demand for these skilled worker visas has been so high and such a lottery has been necessary.
The lottery will be conducted using a computer-generated process. The date for this lottery has not yet been determined.
As the demand for these visas illustrates, H-1B visas play an important role for in business in the U.S. Many businesses rely upon foreign workers with technical expertise to fill open positions that they are unable to find U.S. citizens to fill. Most commonly these positions are in the areas of engineering, computer programming and other science related fields.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Employer Demand Soars for Skilled-Worker Visas," Miriam Jordan, April 5, 2013