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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 Hieyeck on 6/12/2012 11:50:09 PM , Rating: 1
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.

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