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 10:15:23 AM
You know what happens if they don't get brought over here?
In many cases, the same people end up doing the work. The difference being they get paid even less and the money ALL goes to a foreign country instead of part or none of it. I remember reading specifically that MS has an office in Canada that they built primarily because they couldn't bring enough people into the US. So, all those intelligent people and all that money went to Canada instead. I have a hard time believing that was a win for the US...
On top of that, it's not unreasonable to believe that every time some work goes out of the country there's a good chance it will stay there.
Finally, cutting down on H1B visas isn't going to make a bunch of qualified American engineers suddenly appear. Jobless rates for people with engineering degrees is VERY low.
We should be encouraging the brain drain from other countries, not trying to cut it off.
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