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Skilled Migrant Workers in the U.S., 2014

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 82,263
China 13,708
Other 11,091
Canada 2,561
South Korea 2,012
Philippines 1,318
U.K. 1,211
Taiwan 1,176
Mexico 1,038
France 920
Pakistan 787
Nepal 769
Germany 751
Brazil 692
Japan 691
Turkey 672
Italy 634
Russia 573
Spain 573
Colombia 447
Venezuela 439

Note: Data is for initial employment visas for fiscal year 2014.
Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security: Characteristics of H1B Specialty Occupation Workers, Annual Report to Congress.
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