150,000 H-1B applications

Amazing—there was a total of 150,000 H-1B visa applications filed this Monday, April 2nd, when they opened the flood gates for applications. The annual quota is only 65,000. That’s over twice as many applications as there are visas. And the visas aren’t even issued until October 1st.



There will be a lottery among the 150,000 applications to find the ones that will be granted.



Last year, that quota wasn’t filled until April 25 or so, if memory serves me. The job market really is red hot these days.

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Mark Aufflick

And that won't include many Australians who now have their own visa type thanks to the US/Australia bilateral free trade agreement (although some will still use the H1-B since the new visa precludes US citizenship).
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