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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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By Reclaimer77 on 6/12/2012 7:41:59 PM , Rating: -1
LOL I've read some wacko anti-corporate crap here in my time, but this takes the cake. Worker visa's a corporate conspiracy and greed driven?

You are an idiot. It truly marks the end of all reason when that gets a 5.

There are software developers out of jobs right now.

The demand for software developers is so high right now, companies are recruiting straight from the colleges. Hell they're recruiting people BEFORE they even graduate to get them to sign on with them when they get out. Trying to blame the corporations for this and worker visa's is purely ignorant rhetoric. They are doing EVERYTHING they can to meet demand and offering generous pay.

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By dgingerich on 6/12/2012 9:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's not anti-corporate, it's anti-cheater. I've worked in the corporate world for two decades. I like the corporate structure. I just hate people who are too stupid to see the right way to do things, better for everyone, and go for what makes them a buck in the short term.

As I said in another post, I know two developers right in my own company who would like to move up and actually do some software developing, one just out of college and one with 12 years experience, and they're stuck in IT jobs. In the mean time, I would like to move up, and I can't because software developers are holding the jobs I want while foreigners are holding the jobs they want.

Even more, these guys would probably do better at those developer jobs than the guys who can barely understand English. Nothing against them, but if they can't understand what they're supposed to do because they can't understand the directions, how are they supposed to do it well? I know for certain the quality of our software pre-test is getting horrible. (I deal a lot with the builds as they come through, and I find a lot of game breaking bugs.) A lot of those bugs are specifically because a developer didn't understand what he was supposed to do and did it wrong.

It's stupid to serve substandard products and services just to save a buck. Most of the time you pay more in the end. There are many management types that really need to learn this.

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By FITCamaro on 6/13/2012 7:59:43 AM , Rating: 2
Largely agree. I don't think we need more visas. But agreed that there is definitely demand for software engineers out there. Charleston is becoming a hot bed for technology companies in the south.

RE: Abuse
By botrytis on 6/13/2012 9:59:56 AM , Rating: 1
It is not anti-corporate. There are MANY software devlopers out of work and most of them are older also. This means they have more experience and demand more money. Companies are all about their bottom line except for when it comes to CEO's. You really need to read the reports on how companies use H1-B visas - it is appalling.

As a scientist, I can tell all the people I know who are out of work, looking in the sciences. The first thing that gets downsized in any economic downturn is R&D. There are so many out of work scientists in this country that I recommend college students NOT to go into science.

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