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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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By mellomonk on 6/13/2012 4:26:16 PM , Rating: 2
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The complaints by the Democrats on voter identification requirements are just total BS. They don't make any sense. If something is a priority, people will do what they need to get it done, even getting an ID and keeping their SS card and/or birth certificate.


It is not the requirement that is the problem. NOBODY thinks that is truly a burden. It is all about the timing. It will take many months to years to implement such a requirement. On top of that you have to convince the poor and suspicious that this is a good thing. Of course the conservative element wants to roll this out this year, an election year. Oh, and no card no vote. Interesting. And which party would this unduly effect? To late. To do it this year is gerrymandering. They need to get started on this AFTER the election in the interest of fairness.


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