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Demand for H-1B work visa rises

After months of lackluster response, US authorities have witnessed a sudden increase in demand for H-1B work visa, which is popular am
ong Indian professionals. Though the applications received so far are still over 6,000 short of the Congress-mandated cap of 65,000.

Latest figures released by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) show an increase in the number of people applying for H-1B visas in the last two months.

As a result of which, till November 27, the USCIS had received about 58,900 H-1B petitions. This is still over 6,000 short of the Congressionally-mandated cap of 65,000 H-1B visas in the general category.

The USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap.

According to the periodic figures released by USCIS, in the past two months more than 12,000 H-1B visas have been filed.

In the beginning of October, more than 18,000 H-1B visas were vacant.

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