The United States has used up the 20,000 H-1B visas set aside for foreign workers who earned a master's degree or higher from a U.S. university. That allotment was established last year on top of the 65,000 general H-1B visas the country issues for hiring foreign workers--a popular practice in the tech industry.
The 20,000 visas are for foreigners who'd otherwise have to leave the United States to find work. The intention is to keep people with advanced skills in the country and make U.S. degrees more appealing to international students. The 65,000 general H-1B visas for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, were filled in August. People can apply for 2007 visas beginning in April.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.