July 17, 2017 | Number of The Day
Number of NJ workers granted H-1B visas in 2013

The H-1B visa immigration program has been controversial since it is only open to highly skilled foreign workers, but it benefits about 85,000 people each year. President Donald Trump has ordered the program under review, but so far no changes have been announced.

New Jersey has been a major sponsor of H-1B visas. In 2013, 35,982 workers were awarded these visas to live in the Garden State. Most commonly, these immigrants work in the sciences, technology, and engineering industry, with more than half being of Indian descent.