There are no more H1-b visas left for 2007 after 150,000 applications were received by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services this week.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Tuesday that it had received 150,000 applications as of Monday afternoon for the controversial work permits, which allow foreigners with a bachelor’s degree in their area of specialty to be employed in the United States for up to six years.
That’s more than enough applications to meet the cap for the fiscal year 2008 crop of visas, which is currently 65,000, so USCIS said it would be accepting no more petitions.
Difficulty in getting visas has slowed down tourist arrivals to the US as well.