U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not accepting high-skilled visa applications after receiving more than 85,000 in the first week of the submission period.
It's the second year in a row the federal government's 2016 cap for H-1B visa permit applications was hit seven days after the April 1 start date, according to a Thursday report.
USCIS, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, will employ a computer lottery process to award 65,000 general H-1B visas and 20,000 others for an advanced degree exemption. The agency has not disclosed when it will conduct the lottery.
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A recent report found at least 95 percent of foreign workers hired by the eight biggest users of high-tech visas were from India.
About 50,000 of the total 85,000 imported workers were hired through the eight companies. The large majority of them were male Indian college graduates, largely from south and west India, according to Information Week's study.
The government will continue to accept applications for other types of visas, as well as extensions and change of employer petitions for current H-1B workers.