USCIS Sees 37% Rise From Last Year In H-1B Visa Requests

Law360 (April 1, 2020, 5:52 PM EDT) -- Employers' requests for H-1B visas for specialized foreign workers jumped more than a third this year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Wednesday, after the agency rolled out its first-ever electronic pre-registration system to ease the process.

About 275,000 H-1B visa candidates competed for 85,000 slots — 20,000 of which are reserved for those with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions — in USCIS' visa lottery last month for the 2021 fiscal year. That was a marked increase from the 201,011 candidates who sought a visa in last year's lottery.

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