A large number of U.S. employers would like to obtain more highly skilled foreign workers, but to do this they must first submit visa applications to a processing center. One such processing center is located in California. Ironically, many of these workers have advanced degrees that were obtained from American universities, and the education these people have received comes to no use for the U.S. if they are not allowed to work here.
The H-1B visa is the primary way for highly skilled workers to enter our workplace, and the demand for H-1B visas appears to be increasing. However, the level of acceptance of applications remains the same as was set back in 1990. The immigration system we now have in place based upon a lottery system ultimately results in about half of the applicants being rejected for these employment-based visas.