H1B visas have always been a hot topic in California. A large number of high-tech companies use them to fill positions, claiming that there's not enough available American help to fill the jobs. They've long infuriated local IT professionals who have been having trouble finding work.
But since 2007, the number of H-1B visas issued for work in California has fallen by 30 percent. In 2009, there were about 54,000 such visas issued, compared to 76,000 during 2007.
Nevertheless, California drew more temporary specialty foreign workers during 2009 than most other states, as the map below demonstrates. The District of Columbia has the highest per capita rate of these visas while Montana has the lowest.
|Map showing H-1B visa distribution (click image to enlarge)|