Friday, April 05, 2013 4:10 pm
High-skilled visa requests exceed supply in 1 week
By ALICIA A. CALDWELLAssociated Press
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services started accepting petitions for the 85,000 highly coveted visas on Monday. In a statement Friday, the agency said it will stop accepting requests at the end of the day.
The government says that a computer-based lottery will decide which companies will get the H-1B visas, which are prized by Microsoft, Apple, Google and other tech companies. This is the first time since 2008 that the government has had to use a lottery to dole out the visas.
The government had predicted that demand would quickly outpace available visas.