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US government reaches 85,000 H-1B visa cap in one week

As Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other tech giants lobby the government for more high-skilled worker visas, immigration officials say they’ve received too many applications for this coming year.

By April 7, 2014


Senate approves immigration bill with increased H-1B visas

Tech companies and members of the Zuckerberg-led political action group rejoice as the U.S. Senate votes to approve a comprehensive immigration bill. But, the measure still has to pass the House.

By June 27, 2013


Layoff news won't deter techs on H-1B

As layoffs grow by thousands in Silicon Valley and beyond, tech companies still say they still need access to skilled foreign talent.

By January 26, 2009


Coop and the H-1B pinata party

Reader reaction to a recent post make two things clear: Lots of folks treat the H-1B program as a convenient scapegoat-and most agree that I'm a clueless stooge.

By December 14, 2008


Dim outlook for H-1B changes in this Congress?

Adviser to key Republican politician and other fans of the controversial temporary worker visas say politics likely to get in the way of increasing the annual cap soon.

By May 12, 2008


Firm fined $45,000 over alleged H-1B favoritism

Computer consulting firm placed ads that "expressly favored" temporary visa holders over U.S. citizens and other longer-term residents, says Justice Department.

By May 2, 2008


Republicans ramp up pressure for H-1B increase

They urge Democratic leaders to schedule vote on heightened cap within the next few months. Democrats say they're "committed" to granting that request, but timeline is unclear.

By April 21, 2008


H-1B update: Number of requests grew this year

Numbers from immigration officials show that more H-1B visas were requested during this year's application window than last year's, particularly for foreigners with advanced degrees.

By April 11, 2008


As expected, next year's H-1B visa limit met

Immigration officials say they've received more than enough petitions for the some 85,000 visas up for grabs. Now they'll do a random lottery to pick who gets them.

By April 8, 2008


Tech companies win small victory in H-1B push

New rule says select foreigners enrolled in training programs won't be forced to return home as soon, which may give them a better shot at obtaining visas to stay in the U.S.

By April 7, 2008