Worker Visa Requests Soar Past Cap On First Day

Law360 (April 3, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Over 150,000 worker visa applications poured into the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday, quickly surpassing the annual national cap in a record-breaking single day and forcing the office to resort to a random lottery.

Immigration lawyers and advocates had predicted that requests for the worker visa, or H-1B, would hit the maximum cap of 65,000 by the end of Monday, the first day of fiscal 2008.

The applications reached 150,000 by that afternoon, Citizenship and Immigrations Services said on Tuesday.

As a result, USCIS...
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