The US government announced that its annual limit of visas for Israeli hi-tech workers for 2007 has run out. It is believed that at least 1,000 Israeli managers, engineers and experts work in the United States. The US allows 65,000 experts, especially hi-tech workers, to receive such a work visa each year. The application quota was full four months before the season even began, due to an especially long waiting list. The US Senate has authorized a bill to increase the number of visas to 115,000 a year, but a parallel version of the same bill in the House of Representatives does not call for increasing the number of visas. Attorney Liam Schwartz said, "The international business sector has been seriously hit by the closure of the visa application process at such an early stage, but Israeli hi-tech has been especially hit hard."
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