In October 2003, the US Government decided to drop the H1-B quota every year
until it reaches 60,500 individuals per year.

After 9/11, the American economy was greatly affected and unemployment
increased. It was decided to reduce the number of H1-B Visas given each year.
Members of the National Assembly suggested to completely abolish the H1-B
Visa, however it is actually an important contributor to the American economy.
It is generally believed that to abolish the H1-B is more of a short-coming than
an advantage.

The H-1B Visa is a non-immigrant specialized visa. Generally speaking, the
beneficiary must have a 4-year university degree in the field which applies to the
occupation. They employer is the applicant, who must pay the prevailing wage to
the beneficiary.

Formerly, H1-B applicants were those primarily in computer related professions.
Because of this technical nature, individuals from Taiwan once accounted for a
very large proportion of H1-B Visas. Nowadays, individuals from India and China
make up most of the population. However, after the new set quota, these
numbers will be greatly reduced.

All beneficiaries of H1-B visas must go through a pair of face-to-face interviews.
As such, the approval procedure is slower.

Because of the change in quota, not only are fewer H1-B Visas, they are harder
to get as well. Many H1-B Visas already have been issued to individuals, and can
be extended to after 3 years of the visa's expiration date. Therefore individuals
who hand in the application as soon as possible have more of an advantage for
approval.





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