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The 113th Congress is considering legislation that would make extensive revisions to nonimmigrant categories for professional specialty workers (H-1B visas). The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” or S.744, as passed by the Senate on June 27, 2013, would substantially revise the H-1B visa category by increasing the annual H-1B visa cap for highly skilled workers from 65,000 to 110,000 per year and by increasing the H1B cap for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) visas from 20,000 to 25,000 per year. In total, there would be 135,000 H-1B visas available the first year that the law is enacted. Because immigration reform legislation has not yet been passed, however, there are only 85,000 H-1B visas available for FY 2015.  

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