H1B still available!

This is exciting news although I’m not sure for how long.  From WSJ’s Real Time Economics:

For fiscal year 2010, which begins Oct. 1, 2009, USCIS can issue up to 20,000 H-1B visas to applicants with a master’s degree or higher and up to 65,000 additions visas to those with bachelor’s degrees or similar training. The agency began accepting applications on April 1.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise for these slots to be filled easily and they would very well be.  A spokesman for Compete America, a network of companies and organizations that promotes recruiting talent to maintain a competitive workforce, said most of them could be given to those already in American companies’ payrolls, not workers from abroad.

From the USCIS website (for those already holding H1B):

Therefore, USCIS will continue to process petitions filed to:

  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States.
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

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