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  (Source: immigrationlawchronicles.com)
Large technology companies in particular like Microsoft and Autodesk are pushing Congress to up the number of H-1B visas available each year

The U.S. government announced this week that work permits in the H-1B visa program are almost entirely depleted for 2013.

According to the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), 55,600 standard H-1B visas have already been issued out of 65,000 for the next fiscal year. In addition, 18,700 H-1B visas for graduates of advanced degree programs were issued in the U.S. out of 20,000. These numbers were posted as of June 1, and USCIS started accepting applications on April 1.

This is a significant increase, considering it took until November to use up all of last year's work permits. It is believed that this is a sign of better economic times, and U.S. companies are pushing for an expansion of the H-1B program.

Large technology companies in particular like Microsoft and Autodesk are pushing Congress to up the number of H-1B visas available each year. This would allow them and other companies in the U.S. to import workers with skills in technology and finance.

According to a study from Partnership for A New American Economy, which is an industry lobby group, the U.S. will have a shortage of 224,000 tech workers by 2018 if more visas are not made available.

The 2013 fiscal year begins October 1, 2012.

Source: InformationWeek



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Really?
By GotThumbs on 6/12/2012 6:11:04 PM , Rating: 1
With all the illegal (illegally in the US) students currently attending US colleges...this need will be filled soon.

You doubt this? No one has a true idea of how many students illegally in the US are currently in the education system. Try and request just a headcount of current "Out of Status" Non-resident aliens attending US Institutions. Currently there is no law preventing a university from enrolling/registering a student who is illegally in the US. This is a fact.

If there is such a demand...then why is the US NOT focusing on preparing all the out of work English and communications majors for a tech job?




RE: Really?
By voodoobunny on 6/12/2012 6:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
Beeee-cause English majors aren't fit for tech jobs. If they were, then they wouldn't be English majors now would they? I hope you're never responsible for recruiting at any tech companies...

Besides, illegal students attending American colleges wouldn't be allowed to get tech jobs afterwards anyway, so they can't help solve the problem.


RE: Really?
By Ringold on 6/12/2012 6:27:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If there is such a demand...then why is the US NOT focusing on preparing all the out of work English and communications majors for a tech job?


Because they vote Democrat, and the Democrats dont dare call their base idiots for getting useless degrees. Nope, not their fault at all, those poor sweet Occupiers!


RE: Really?
By dgingerich on 6/12/2012 7:16:40 PM , Rating: 2
The more people they can keep trapped in the handout system, the more votes they get. Reduced self esteem is vital to an oppressive regime. If people continue to believe they can't accomplish anything themselves the more they believe they need to have someone take care of them. Keeping the education system teaching useless things, and even being incompetent at that, forwards their agenda.


RE: Really?
By room200 on 6/13/2012 2:03:33 AM , Rating: 1
You are a fucking idiot.


RE: Really?
By room200 on 6/13/2012 2:00:07 AM , Rating: 2
You are a moron.


RE: Really?
By nafhan on 6/13/2012 2:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Currently there is no law preventing a university from enrolling/registering a student who is illegally in the US.
And there shouldn't be! We have at least one entire department of the government devoted to that type of thing. Why should the universities also be burdened with enforcing immigration law?
quote:
why is the US NOT focusing on preparing all the out of work English and communications majors for a tech job?
Where are you from? People enroll in education voluntarily here, and it's ridiculously easy to get college loans (to easy much of the time). Also, how would they go about that? More free school to all the English majors who have already defaulted on their student loans?


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