USCIS Provides H-1B Authorized-to-Work Population Estimate

USCIS issued a report providing a total estimate of nonimmigrants who, as of September 30, 2019, are currently authorized to work in the United States under the H-1B visa classification. Per USCIS, the H-1B authorized-to-work population is approximately 583,420. All aliens included in this number are nonimmigrants who have received authorization from USCIS and the Department of State (if applicable), to work in an H-1B specialty occupation.

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa classification is a vehicle through which U.S. employers may obtain workers on a temporary basis in specialty occupations. Information on the current population of foreign nationals authorized to work in the United States in H-1B nonimmigrant classification remains important to policy makers and researchers. However, estimating the H-1B authorized-to-work (ATW) population currently residing in the United States is complex as no electronic data system tracks or houses this information.

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