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Skilled Migrant Workers in the U.S., 2011

Countries with the most H-1B visa recipients

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. An H-1B visa is good for 6 years; recipients are eligible to become permanent residents and citizens of the U.S.

Country Number of
skilled workers
India 72,438
Other 26,215
China 10,849
U.K. 3,360
South Korea 3,501
Mexico 2,647
Philippines 2,369
France 2,069
Japan 2,054
China/Taiwan 1,705
Germany 1,627

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs; Pew Research Center

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