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Door Shuts For H-1B Visas

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.

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