Tuesday, February 19, 2013


The US allows 65,000 new cap-subject H-1Bs in any fiscal year.  Added to that is another 20,000 H-1Bs for those who have graduated from US Master's degree programs.  There is no limit on cap-exempt H-1B employers.  Cap-exempt employers are nonprofit entities (or their affiliates) who are associated, owned or attached to a university.  Some research facilities are also exempt from the H-1B cap. 

Computerworld reports that 134,780 cap-subject H-1Bs were approved in fiscal year 2013 (the filing period for cap-subject FY2013 H-1Bs was April 1, 2012 – June 12, 2012).  This is the greatest number of filings since FY2007.  Computerworld notes that all of the top H-1B users are all technology companies.  There are not any healthcare companies anywhere near the top of the list.  Will Congress carve out a visa path for these badly needed healthcare workers? 


  1. i am taking masters level health policy and politics class right now. My classmates and professors are active in supporting reforms and writing letters to congressmen as a group. Is there anyway to look at the current healthcare/immigration reforms that are pending that can be boosted with support?

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  3. @Anup: Yes - call Sen. Rubio's office who is the key person in this debate.

  4. @sanj - You should contact the attorney on your case.


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