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Lowest Jobless Rate, Same Visa Cap!

By Bill at January 25, 2012 18:38
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
You might have heard the good news: jobless claims plunged by 50,000 to 352,000 last week, the lowest level in almost 4 years! Unemployment rate dropped to 8.5% in December, the lowest level in nearly 3 years! Click here to read more. 

However, a recovering job market means foreign workers and U.S. employers will have to act quicker to get work visa: no matter the unemployment rate is 4% or 10%, the annual H-1B visa cap keeps the same. Click here to learn more about H-1B Visa Cap. 

USCIS will start accepting H-1B Visa petitions again on April 1, 2012. As it usually takes several months for employers to complete hiring and prepare documentation, you should start action right now: search and contact visa sponsors for new job opportunities! 

H-1B Visa is just one of many U.S. work visas. We suggest you consider other visa options as well:
  1. Apply for jobs at universities and non-profit research facilities: their H-1B visa jobs are not subject to annual visa cap.
  2. Study and compare all U.S. work visas. Maybe you are qualified for other work visa like J visa, L visa or TN visa, etc.
  3. Apply for student visa (F visa or M visa). Student visa holders could work out of campus using OPT and CPT.
Finally, do not forget to update your career profile and contact information, so U.S. employer could find you and reach you!

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