As most HR professionals who hire internationally know, the H-1B visa category is one of the most useful nonimmigrant options for individuals who will be employed temporarily in the US. HR professionals are also aware of the annual cap placed on the H-1B visa, and how this cap can close doors to some potential employees. The 2009 - 2010 annual cap of 65,000 Bachelor’s Degree-holding nonimmigrants and 20,000 Master’s Degree-holding nonimmigrants applies to each fiscal year (October 1st to September 30th). This article provides a brief overview of the ever increasing popularity of H-1B visas, how to identify possible H-1B applicants in your workforce, H-1B alternatives, and how to address gaps in authorized employment and mitigate the risks and liabilities to your organization . . .
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