H-1B Shift Draws More Applicants With Advanced US Degrees

By Nicole Narea (April 15, 2019, 8:36 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services saw the number of H-1B skilled worker visa applicants with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions spike this fiscal year after the agency implemented a new visa lottery system offering them more favorable odds.

The agency tweeted Friday that, according to preliminary data, the number of petitions from individuals with master's or higher degrees from U.S. institutions, who are exempt from the congressionally mandated visa cap of 65,000, increased by more than 11% over the previous fiscal year. The numbers, however, still fell shy of the 16% increase the agency had projected in January.

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