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H-1B visas predicted to go fast

By the end of the day Friday, the annual derby to secure special visas for foreign workers may be over after just one week, as a growing economy is prompting more companies to rush to hire tech-savvy foreigners.

The application period for H-1B visas began April 1, and US immigration officials predicted there will be booming demand for the visas, currently capped at 65,000 a year. An additional 20,000 visas are made available to foreign workers with advanced degrees, raising the total of available H-1B visas to 85,000 per year.

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