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US H-1B visa program nearing cap - Apply now!

The US H-1B visa program is about to reach its maximum cap of 65,000 visas. As of 18 November, 61,800 visas have been granted leaving only a small number left for employers looking to employ graduate level foreign workers in the US under this program.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant work visa that allows US businesses to hire foreign workers with a bachelors degree or higher to come work in the US in specialty occupations that require theoretical expertise and practical application such as in the education, finance, IT, and medical fields. The visa is valid for up to three years from issuance and applicants can reapply for another three years for a total of six years.

Currently, US immigration has a cap of 65,000 H1-B visas issued per year with an additional 20,000 available to those with a Masters degree from US universities. The Masters degree cap was met on 25 October 2011.

US Citizenship and Immigration began accepting H-1B petitions on 1 April 2011. Once the cap is reached the visas will not become available again after this year's cap is met until 1 April 2012 for an earliest start date of October 2012.

WorkPermit.com advises you to apply for the remaining H-1B visas as soon as possible as the remaining visa quota is expected to be used up very quickly. WorkPermit.com can expedite your visa process and has with over twenty years of experience dealing with visa applications. We can help with a wide range of visa applications to your country of choice. Please feel free to contact us for further details.