Nearly All H-1B Visas Used for 2013; Tech Companies Push for Increased Availability
June 12, 2012 5:45 PM
comment(s) - last by
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
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
6/12/2012 11:50:09 PM
The first problem the American sense of entitlement. Be competitive. Make yourself valuable to the tech companies. You are the perfect example if entitlement. Why you, instead of some guy who'll do it cheaper, faster, and better?
The second problem is that there's NO ONE DOING IT. Everyone laughs at ITT grads, but tech companies are FORCED to hire these incompetents because there's not enough people. All this education is available to make US citizens valuable, and what do they study? Fine Arts. Photography; Music; WOMENS' STUDIES - for gods sake, you might as well be BEGGING to flip burgers.
I would consider programming a saturated job, since everyone's default tech choice is CompSci, but even they make 40k out of college. But again, we're left to hire ITT diploma mill incompetents.
Finally, why do you think call-centres are all in India? If they can't bring people in to work, the work will just go elsewhere. Everyone should be thankful its just shitty call centre jobs being outsourced right now. Companies are TRYING to keep high paying jobs in the country, but the government needs to let them bring people in who can actually do the job.
In short, this is all the result of capitalism. You want the government to protect your job? Should've let the Soviets win the Cold War. Capitalists succeed because they put effort into their work, and are duly rewarded. Anyone could've made Facebook. YOU could've made Facebook. But you didn't, and that's why he's sitting on his hefty bonus.
The CEO of a company can make decisions that can guide a company to make a billion dollars, or run a billion dollar company into the ground. That combination of ability, knowledge, and guts to not bankrupt your company and put 20,000 people on the streets is why they earn their money. It's all about value added, so a CEO paid a few million a year is a drop in the bucket for Microsoft. It's all about value added. This is part 1 of their salaries.
Part 2 - If you work as a stockboy, Wal-Mart isn't going to collapse if you make the wrong decision. Hell, the store wouldn't even break a sweat if you didn't show to work for a month. On top of that, stockboys are infinitely replaceable. Any mook could do it. The sum total of your knowledge, ability, talents, and ethics is your percentage modifier.
Take an honest, modest look at yourself. Don't sell yourself short, but really look at how much you're really worth, and what you should invest in to make yourself worth more. My own education is lacking, so I'm going back to school while working. I'm a little lazy at work, so I need to find more work and keep my work queue at a higher level, rather than go on cruise.
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
Microsoft Aims to Harden Windows Update to Fight "Flame"
June 6, 2012, 2:24 PM
Google's Gleaming Glass HQ Gets Mountain View Snub, LinkedIn Gets the Love
May 7, 2015, 6:58 AM
Tech's Tax Day Fortunate Few: Qualcomm, Xerox, GE, et al. Pay Little or No Taxes
April 15, 2015, 11:30 AM
LinkNYC Terminals to Blanket New York City With Free WiFi, Free Calls, and Ads
November 17, 2014, 6:50 PM
Microsoft is Open-Sourcing Most of .NET, Adding OS X and Linux Support
November 12, 2014, 8:27 PM
Home Depot Lost 53 Million Emails, Blames Windows, Buys Execs New Macs
November 9, 2014, 5:00 PM
Former NSA Lawyer: If Google, Apple Encrypt User Data, They’ll Wither on the Vine Like Blackberry
November 6, 2014, 12:15 PM
Most Popular Articles
Hot Microsoft Lumia 940 Shows Off Benchmark, Fall Launch w/ Windows 10 Eyed
May 29, 2015, 7:15 PM
America's Largest Cable Company, Comcast, Sees Internet Subscriptions Pass TV
May 4, 2015, 2:46 PM
Editorial: Apple Say Watch is "Not [Selling] Enough" -- What's Gone Wrong?
May 29, 2015, 11:11 AM
Samsung and Marvel Team Up for Slick Iron Man Avengers GS6 Edge
May 27, 2015, 10:54 PM
A Supercomputer on Your Wrist: Infographic Series Shows Moore's Law in Action
May 27, 2015, 5:43 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information