Demand for the H-1B visa, which permits foreign workers to work temporarily in specialty occupations in the U.S., is so high this year that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has announced it will conduct a lottery for the 85,000 positions available.
“It was almost like a panic,” Green and Spiegel LLP lawyer Jonathan Grode told NewsWorks online news magazine in a recent interview. Quoted in an article in the April 7, 2013 edition, Grode, who works out of the firm’s offices in Philadelphia, said that there was a rush to file in time for the April 5 deadline. “We filed twice as many H-1B petitions for our clients as we did last year,” he reported.