United States Citizenship and Immigration Services hasn't come close to its limit on H-1B visa petitions for fiscal year 2013, and businesses that want to employ foreign workers still have a chance to apply.
USCIS says it has received about 17,400 H-1B petitions that count toward the cap of 65,000. And USCIS has gotten about 8,200 petitions toward the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with advanced degrees.
The government has tried to make visas for specialized fields a priority, especially those in science, engineering, mathematics and computer programing.
USCIS started taking applications on April 2, 2012.
Members of Congress from both parties support allowing more foreign workers with advanced degrees to come into the country and help bolster the U.S. economy.
Over the years, the H-1B program has been a popular way to bring talented, skilled workers into the workforce temporarily, and some of them go on to become permanent residents.