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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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RE: Abuse
By sigmatau on 6/12/2012 8:00:52 PM , Rating: 0
They should tax the companies that use these type of employees. I'd say at least $10k per employee per year. Companies that hire these employees should also make records public on how many they hired for the year and the average pay.

RE: Abuse
By OneArmedScissorB on 6/12/2012 8:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
Why? Because someone else is producing more competitive workers while our crony college debt bubble continues to spam out indentured servants with art degrees?

I think you're on to something. We'll just tax anything that's competitive! Competition is un-American! AMERICA, F*** YEAH!

RE: Abuse
By tecknurd on 6/12/2012 9:21:38 PM , Rating: 1
I agree. USA, my country, should also tax imports and companies that out source. This will not happen when people here prefer to buy products cheaper and cheaper. Also people here prefer to pirate, so the cost goes to the consumer and goes against them at the same time because american citizens can not get a job since a foreigner got the job.

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