The Greater Philadelphia region has a significant stake in the program. New Jersey and Pennsylvania both ranked in the top ten states for H-1B visa application certifications, which are required to be entered into the visa lottery. New Jersey was fourth with 78,034 certifications in 2016, and Pennsylvania was fifth with 75,950, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics. The federal government caps the number of H-1B visas issued annually nationwide at 85,000, which includes 20,000 spots saved for an advanced degree exemption.
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