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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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RE: Abuse
By WalksTheWalk on 6/13/2012 12:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
The H1-B and J visa's are not used for old-style sweat shops, but I see the abuse at our customers all of the time.

They bring IT folks from India over under the visa, pay them at the lowest possible end of the scale so it doesn't get picked up on their governmental wages report then work them like dogs. The folks from India are happy to do it because it beats what they get back home and if they don't like it there are 50,000 more people like them back in India to take their place.

I don't blame the folks from India, they're just trying to get ahead. I partly blame the companies but not completely. They know how to work the system and they do it to gain competitive advantage. Some of them have to to compete with overseas labor. I also partly blame the government for not making the visa process secure so they know who's here, why and what the terms are.

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