Availability of H-1B Visas in 2010


The H-1B Lottery System opened on April 1, 2009, but now that bailouts have become commonplace in the American economic system, companies are wondering how easy it will be to acquire the professionals needed in the fields of accounting, computer analysis, engineering, medicine, science, architecture, finance and others. Companies such as Bell Atlantic, Cisco, Ernst & Young, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Motorola all obtain professionals through the H-1B program and contend that their ability to compete in global markets depends on the innovative thinking and creative contributions given by these workers from foreign countries. However, the American public has been vocal regarding job preservation for American workers and greater restrictions on sponsoring foreign workers under the H-1B program can be expected in the future.

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