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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 MrBlastman on 6/13/2012 2:28:24 PM , Rating: 3
We need to go back to a time in our schools when failure was an option, and you paid the price for goofing off instead of studying. Listening to things teachers tell me today makes me wonder if in two generations from now the US will even have a population that know anything beyond being able to push a button are receive a prize.

The Government doesn't want this though. They want people to act like Oliver and hold out their hands in despair asking, "More, please" as we shovel slop onto their plates that is only rapidly scarfed down and empty once more.

The Government understands that if people are taught how to think, they can't be controlled. Thus, it would require too much effort to keep them dependent. It knows that if people learn how to overcome challenges, they won't grovel for help instead.

The Government does this for job security. If We the People realized (in their eyes) that we don't really need all the excessive fluff they (take) provide, none of this would be allowed to happen. Thus, our schools are dumbed down, the people's minds are allowed to atrophy and the spirit of our country is allowed to blow off into oblivion.

My wife is a teacher and I haven't heard of kids not learning their multiplication tables anymore. It could be that she's taught at private schools for years, not public ones. I'll have to ask her about that tonight.

RE: Abuse
By mellomonk on 6/13/2012 4:37:35 PM , Rating: 1
Wow. Just wow. The statement above, with all of it's fear, suspicion, and outright conspiracy theory wackiness is a poster for the failure of our education system. The fact that someone could be so media manipulated to have such an opinion of his own government is sad.

Free and skeptical thinking is great. But biased wacky reinterpretation is not thinking free. Wake up and read a civics book and get involved in the political process. Learn about the limits of government, implementation of policy, and checks & balances.

RE: Abuse
By 1prophet on 6/14/2012 12:45:43 PM , Rating: 2
Instead of government how about owners?

RE: Abuse
By Ringold on 6/14/2012 5:35:13 PM , Rating: 1
Learn about the limits of government, implementation of policy, and checks & balances.

You'd be 100% correct if the constitution was respected, but we ignore it and its intent every day. Between the interstate commerce clause's abuse and the EPA's being allowed to regulate CO2, the government has given itself a blank check to regulate every aspect of our lives at the federal level, and then we've got local politicians like Bloomberg that want to tell us what to eat, how much, etc., or Obama dictating free birth control for one segment of the population at the expense of all others, etc. Then look at the recess appointments he's made, bypassing the Senate's constitutional job of vetting various appointments. Bush did it on a temporary basis, but it's a whole new level now.

So, asides from the occasional circus of elections where most people vote the same way year after year, I do not see any of this "checks & balances" stuff you speak of. I mean, I see it in the constitution, but where is the check and balance with Eric Holder appointing a campaign contributor and long time personal friend to investigate his own misdeeds?

Tl;dr: Wake up.

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