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Laura Danielson and Cyrus Mehta Quoted in Article on H-1B Cap

Laura Danielson and Cyrus Mehta were quoted in an article published on April 17, 2012, by Knowledge@Wharton Today, "For High-Skilled Workers, the Visa Race is On." Ms. Danielson noted that U.S. employers "are more confident about hiring again," and said that studies have repeatedly confirmed that an increase in high-skilled professionals leads to net job growth for the U.S. economy. H-1B demand is surging among her clientele in the medical devices, automotive, biotechnology, and IT industries. She noted that employers looking for skills in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) often find them among Chinese professionals. Mr. Mehta said that if the current increased pace of H-1B applications continues, the annual cap could be reached within the next few months. He attributed the rising demand primarily to increased startup activity in the New York City area, especially in mobile applications and IT security. He also noted that some of the current demand could represent spillover from recent denials of L-1B specialized knowledge visas by the consulate in Chennai, India.

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