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H-1B Visa cap reached in less than 5 days, Indian firms lead

Demand for skilled-worker U.S. visas, known as H-1Bs, surpassed the year's entire supply in the first week that employers could file applications, prompting the government to resort to computerized draw of lots to allocate them.

On Thursday, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS ) said it has reached the Congressional mandated cap for H-1B visas in the general category and also the 20,000 for those who completed higher education from inside the US in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

Bill Stock, incoming president of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and founding partner of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, said we had 230,000 H-1B visa petitions in 2015. This year it is going to be higher and we think 250,000 H-1B petitions were filed this year.

Stock further added that most of these estimated 250,000 H-1B visa applications are certainly either by firms that have Indian owner like TCS or companies that have extensive operations or development centres in India such as IBM.

The excessive demand for H-1B visas mean that USCIS will again randomly determine which of those petitions will actually be considered for one of the 85,000 available visas, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Victor Nieblas Pradis said.