B. Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University
Summary: This paper describes the historical and legislative background of the H-1B visa. It goes on to describe changes in the origins and occupational composition of that population. The major task of the paper is to present demographic estimates and forecasts of the H-1B population, i.e., the size of the workforce that is here in any given year. Integral to those figures are equally important estimates of the population adjusting to permanent status and of that remaining at the end of the visa stay.