By Christopher A. Kerosky
The INS has a special visa for temporary foreign professionals hired by a U.S.
employer, known as the H-1B. H-1Bs can be hired only for "specialty occupations,"
jobs requiring the equivalent of at least a bachelor's degree in the field. They
must be professionals such as doctors, engineers, professors, accountants, lawyers,
physical therapists, and computer professionals, but can apply to a host of other
jobs. Under current law, no more than 107,510 H-1B visas can be issued this year,
with the cap dropping to 65,000 per year next year.
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