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 9:59:56 AM
It is not anti-corporate. There are MANY software devlopers out of work and most of them are older also. This means they have more experience and demand more money. Companies are all about their bottom line except for when it comes to CEO's. You really need to read the reports on how companies use H1-B visas - it is appalling.
As a scientist, I can tell all the people I know who are out of work, looking in the sciences. The first thing that gets downsized in any economic downturn is R&D. There are so many out of work scientists in this country that I recommend college students NOT to go into science.
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