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Highly Skilled Migrant Workers in the U.S.

Countries with the most H-1B visa recipients1

CountryNumber of
skilled workers
India83,536
U.K.32,134
Canada24,077
Mexico17,917
France15,447
China14,636
Japan14,322
Germany14,259
Venezuela11,498
Colombia11,026
1. Highly skilled migrants are defined as those who have been granted the H-1B visa, reserved for those “employed temporarily in a specialty occupation.” Specialty occupations include those in the fields of architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, business specialties, accounting, law, theology, and the arts. The annual limit on these visas is usually 65,000. An H-1B visa is good for 6 years; recipients are eligible to become permanent residents and citizens of the U.S.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics.

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