com claims that over 17 million visas have been issued to allow aliens to work in the United States since 1985. Is this true?

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com claims that over 17 million visas have been issued to allow aliens to work in the United States since 1985. Is this true?

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First of all, this is over a span of nearly 20 years (1985 through 2002). That alone makes the number somewhat meaningless; just by picking a larger or smaller time frame, one can easily manipulate this number. Assuming that the number is correct, this translates to about one million per year, in many visa categories combined. Zazona.com lumps together completely unrelated types of visa, such as (unskilled) agricultural guest workers (H-2B) exchange students (many of whom aren’t allowed to work), and H-1B teachers and engineers. This number is also misleading on another count. ZaZona.com does not define what “visa” means in this context. It is obviously not referring to actual visa stamps issued at consulates (and even this number would be misleading, since many individuals receive multiple visas over time). Without knowing the origin of this number, I can only speculate that this number actually refers not to visas, but rather to the sum of petitions for the various types of visa (of

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