Nearly All H-1B Visas Used for 2013; Tech Companies Push for Increased Availability
June 12, 2012 5:45 PM
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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
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.
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6/13/2012 7:54:30 AM
Bullshit. The DoJ is suing them because the administration wants as many illegitimate voters on the rolls as possible in November since those who cannot legally vote nearly always vote Democrat.
A state is well within its rights to look into voter rolls see who they think isn't eligible to vote, and ask the person "Hey we think you're not allowed to vote. Please get back to us and prove you are." That WW2 vet that they're waving around as an example of how flawed it is goes directly against their argument of discrimination. It shows that whatever method they used didn't just identify particular groups of people. People from multiple groups got flagged. Yes, the majority of the people who get questioned undoubtedly will be of hispanic descent because that is the background of the vast majority of illegal aliens in the US, much less Florida.
They're not just kicking people off the voter rolls without the opportunity to prove otherwise. They identified people based on IDs. I'm guessing the ID is for someone who is dead or what is believed to be a fake ID based on some information. They want to try and verify their list with Homeland Security, but they're blocked there as well since, again, the administration doesn't want those people off the rolls.
They use that voter rights act to say that Florida is making a change to election laws when in fact they're not changing any law. It is already against the law to vote when you're not eligible. Like Arizona is with the border, Florida is merely trying to enforce the law since the federal government has no interest in doing so.
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