H1-B Visa Applications Down Amid Economic Slump

Law360, New York (March 19, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The economic downturn has severely decreased demand for visas covering highly skilled workers, but lawyers said government leaders need to address the caps placed on H-1B visas because the need for workers will return when the economy rebounds.

In the past few years, H1-B visas were in such high demand that the cap on them was reached within days or weeks after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services started taking applications on April 1. However, USCIS reported that as of May 18 it had nearly 20,000 visas...
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