What is the official name of the most popular work visa in the United States?

The most popular work visa in the United States is the H1-B visa. But have you looked at its official name?

H-1B Specialty Occupations, DOD Cooperative Research and Development Project Workers, and Fashion Models

(Today is Labor Day, a holiday in the United States which celebrates the end of summer. Not really, but that's what it has turned into.)

Comments (10)
  1. Karellen says:

    "DOD Cooperative R&D Project Workers" and "Fashion Models" don't automatically fall under "Speciality Occupations"?

    [Fashion models are treated the same as computer programmers because they were misclassified in 1990. Consider this probably the only thing computer programmers have in common with fashion models. -Raymond]
  2. Karellen says:

    Actually, I should have read the fine article, before trying for a snark. Sorry.

  3. Danny says:

    And Ray knows this because…75% of Micro$oft employees are Asians with H1-B visa – lol.

  4. @Danny Even if we assume that statistic is true, it wouldn't mean that was why Ray knows it. However such an assumptions makes no sense.

  5. Gabe says:

    How odd that the linked page doesn't mention H-1B1 visas (for workers in a specialty occupation from Chile and Singapore).

    It also doesn't clarify whether fashion models or Chileans are subject to the cap and subsequent lottery.

  6. Marcel says:

    Good thing they got rid of the H1N1 visas

  7. DaveN says:

    Was that visa named by someone in the MS marketing department?

  8. Luke says:

    Am I the only one that is upset that Specialty Occupations refers to a class of occupations while DOD Cooperative Research and Development Project Workers, and Fashion Models refer to groups of people within certain occupations.

  9. But… that "end of summer" is almost three weeks early?

    [In the United States, Labor Day is the social (not astronomical) last day of summer. Most things go to autumn schedule the day after Labor Day. A new school year begins. Amusement parks and stores switch to their autumn schedule. Fall television programs begin. etc. -Raymond]
  10. Falcon says:


    Australians could say it's one day late – our spring officially started on September 1!

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