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Tech firms prepare for visa rush

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It’s an annual rite of spring for the nation’s technology companies: getting in line to obtain special visas to hire skilled workers from outside the United States.

On April 1, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications for the so-called H-1B visas. A total of 85,000 are available, but probably not for long. Last year the quota was filled in less than a week, a much faster pace than in previous years, when a moribund US economy stifled demand for high-tech workers.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, immigration services predicted that it would receive more than enough applications to fill this year’s quota by April 7.

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