Temporary Visas Help Land Big Talent

August 15, 2010 – In The News
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Recent federal statistics show that in the past few years, fewer foreign worker visas have been granted due to the economic downturn.

Of 65,000 worker visas made available by the federal government April 1 for the fiscal year that begins in October, about 28,000 have yet to be issued, according to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

"When the economy was robust, within hours on April 1 they were all taken," said Robert Whitehill. "This year and last, with the economy decidedly less robust ... about half remain," he said.

Most of the current demand for H-1B workers, Whitehill said, comes from hospitals, health care institutions and universities seeking professors and researchers.

"Because Pittsburgh is long on education and health care, those are two big segments of our economy," he said.

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