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 4:00:36 PM
The H1B recipient can stay for up to 6 years. This means that at any time there are in excess of a quarter of a million people here taking jobs. There are plenty of qualified US citizens but they would like to be paid in US wages. This is just a way for corporations to to cut the bottom line. If US companies would like to do us all a favor, take some college grads and train them. The President and the Congress should be fired for allowing all of these jobs to be outsourced while Americans are out of work. We can not compete in this global economy if our corporations are not playing on our team. All of China's corporations are playing for Team China. Throw out all the H1Bs and create 250,000+ jobs immediately!
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