Hiring Outside The H-1B Program

Law360, New York (July 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. employers have long relied on the H-1B visa program to recruit workers in specialty occupations to work temporarily in the United States. However, in recent years, many employers have been forced to explore alternatives to the H-1B program because the H-1B allotment has failed to match employer demand.

The congressionally mandated H-1B cap is 65,000 (with 6,800 set aside for special Chile and Singapore free trade H-1Bs), with an additional 20,000 H-1B slots for individuals with U.S. master’s degrees or higher.

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