The H-1B visa is the most common visa for professionals and skilled workers. It is used by companies to fill positions in many positions - accountant, computer professional, architect, designer, etc. This particular visa category is subject to a numerical cap - each year only 65,000 are issued for regular cap (people with bachelor's degrees) and 20,000 for master's degree holders. The numbers come out each fall (in October) but employers can start sponsoring for employees the spring before(in April). This year, the first day for an application was April 2, 2012. From the period between April 2, 2012 and April 9, 2012 the USCIS received 17,400 applications for the regular cap and 8,200 for the cap for master's degree holders. It looks like we're going to run out very quickly this year! Please see the USCIS press release. H1B_Cap_Info_April2012.pdf
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