What is the H-1B quota allocated for Students in the US?
The H-1B visa program in the US provides temporary employment authorization for foreign workers in specialty occupations. As per the regulations set by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there is no specific H-1B visa quota allocated for students. However, international students who are currently in the US on F-1 student visas or other student visas may be eligible to apply for the H-1B visa program through employer sponsorship, provided they meet the eligibility requirements, including possessing a degree or equivalent experience in a specialty occupation.
In general, the H-1B visa program has an annual cap of 85,000 visas, including 65,000 visas for regular applicants and 20,000 visas for applicants with a master’s degree or higher from a US institution of higher education. However, there are certain exemptions and exceptions to this cap, such as for applicants who are employed by certain organizations, including universities and nonprofit research organizations.