We are getting a lot of conflicting numbers these days regarding the visa issue for working in the United States. The numbers presents below for FY 2007 come directly from the source (assuming, of course, that you have faith in government-supplied figures). Emotions are mixed on whether whether permitting a large number of temporary work and educational visas is a good idea because, according to some, it displaces American workers and compresses wages. Maybe it is because I have not been directly impacted, but I think bringing high tech talent into the country is a good thing unless the privilege is abused (which I'm sure it is to some extent). Keeping a close watch on those who are granted permission to enter is an absolute necessity, though, due to national security issues.
U.S. Visa Allocations
Fiscal Year 2007
|F-1, F-4, L-1||∞|
H-1B: Professional workers
*: Advanced degree exemption
H-1B1: Special for Chile & Singapore
H-2B: Special for meeting peak loads, seasonal &
H-3: Non-immigrant receiving training
E-3: Special for Australian workers
F-1: Practical training
F-4: STEM grad students
L-1: Multinational company
|Get it Right
from the Source
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Citizenship & Immigrations Services
Electronic Visa Application Forms | evisaforms.state.gov
Forms available on this site can be filled out on-line and assist in the processing of your application.
Employment Based Visas | travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1323.html
Information from the US Department of State.
Employment-Based Visas | immigration.findlaw.com/immigration/immigration-green-card/immigration-green-card-employment-top.html
Information from FindLaw.
Employment-based Visas: Comparison Chart | isss.umn.edu/H1BEmployment/visaCompar.html
From the University of Minnesota, adapted from NAFSA's "Filing Academic H-1B Petitions Participant Manual" and U. of Michigan Int'l Center Chart.
Frosty US Visa Policy Leaves Indian Science Cold
From Nature.com, by K. S. Jayaraman.
H1B Visa information | nriol.com/welcome2america/employment-visa.asp
Immigration News | visapro.com/Immigration-News/News-Archive.asp
Changes in immigration that impact your life, from VisaPro.
Including South Korea in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program
From The Heritage Foundation, by Balbina Y. Hwang.
International Visitors Office (IVO) | nationalacademies.org/visas
Resource on visa-related issues for the National Academies, Academy members, and the scientific community.
Most See Visa Program as Severely Flawed | washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/30/AR2006033001968.html?sub=AR
From the Washington Post, by S. Mitra Kalita.
Online Database of American Employers for International
Professionals | h1visajobs.com
Contains thousands of American firms, all over the US, in all disciplines, known open, willing, needed to, and actually offered H-1B jobs to international professionals.
United States Visas | en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valid_U.S._Visa
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
US Visa Difficulties Are Lessening, but More Must Be
Done | phy.cuhk.edu.hk/gee/pachem05/visadvice.pdf
Article by Amy Flatten, in Physicstoday.org.
U.S. Visa Information | educationusa.state.gov/usvisa.htm
U.S. Visa and Immigration-Related Information from Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
United States Visas | travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html
The official source of information about U.S. visa policy and procedures.
Visa Appointment Reservation System | nvars.com
A system for booking non-immigrant visa interviews.
Visas that Should Have Been Denied | nationalreview.com/mowbray/mowbray100902.asp
From National Review online, by John Mobray.