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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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125,000* foreign workers each month not enough?
By vectrav2 on 6/13/2012 1:01:06 AM , Rating: 1
The H-1B visa and all its alphabet soup of fellow work visa's are loophole riddled ways of avoiding hiring qualified US citizens and are an affront to US citizenship.
Maybe you have not seen the secret video where at a conference, immigration lawyers were suggesting ways to avoid hiring qualified US workers.
If you are a experienced and qualified high tech worker but are unemployed and cannot find work in this field you almost certainly can thank the 125,000* work visa waving foreign workers that flood the US labor market each and every month with no consideration of the difficulties US citizen workers are facing.
A stop must be put to the nonsense of a worker shortage when there are literally millions of US citizens qualified for this work.
See *

By ATrigo on 6/13/2012 12:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
Have you actually read the website's "No Immigrant Bashing" manifesto? Here it is for you

You shouldn't provide as evidence or reference a site that opposes by its principles the very thing you are doing in your post.

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