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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Visa Cap Revised

WASHINGTON -- Going through several competing measures Tuesday, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee cobbled together a bill that would remove visa limits for foreigners with prized technical skills, such as computer programmers and electrical engineers, for the next three years, a move favored by high-tech companies that say they desperately need workers.

The number of H-1B visas is capped at 115,000 this year, but is scheduled to fall to 107,500 next year and 65,000 per year after that. High-tech industry officials say at least 300,000 jobs are going unfilled for lack of qualified U.S. applicants. They note this year's visa allotment was filled by mid-March.