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USCIS Publishes 2008 Annual H-1B Report

The USCIS has compiled and published the 2008 statistics for the H-1B category. The highlights include: (1) 5% decrease in the number of H-1B petitions filed in comparison to 2007; (2) 2% decrease in the number of H-1B petitions approved in comparison to 2007; (3) 54% of H-1B petitions approved for 2008 were for workers born in India; (4) 2/3rds of the petitions were for workers between 25 and 34 years old; (5) 43% of workers had Bachelor’s degree, 41% had Master’s, 11% had a doctorate, and 5% had a professional degree; (6) 50% of H-1B petitions approved were for computer-related occupations; and (7) the median annual salary was $60,000.

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