H-1B visas are dispersed differently by region. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped accepting H-1B applications for fiscal years 2016 last week and will need to employ a lottery system to issue visas because the cap was exceeded. In the past three years, the cap has been met within one week, and high demand is expected next year.
The Brookings Institute analyzed 2013 H-1B data to determine which regions had the highest concentration of H-1B workers. New York City; the Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington area; and Silicon Valley were the top three regions for approvals.
The cities with the most employed H-1B recipients varied, with Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, winning the top spot. This region had 23 H-1B visas approved for every 1,000 workers. This area also had one of the highest concentrations of foreign student visas from 2008 to 2012.
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