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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 Mint on 6/13/2012 7:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe you got rated to a 5 for this worthless theory.

The education system is pushing people towards arts instead of technology? WTF? I bet 80% of highschool grads learn more algebra than they'll ever use in their life, so they're pushing people there as much as they can. Who on earth would choose an arts degree instead of a tech career? Earning potential is WAY higher with the latter. If you enjoy math/science and are good at it, you'd have to be an ignoramus to pursue arts as a career.

FYI, arithmetic has almost nothing to do with the math skills needed in technology, and I can only assume that you're not an engineer, scientist, or programmer. If anything, we should have more calculators in school, forcing curriculums to come up with more creative problems to solve.

If you want to blame something for luring kids away from science and engineering, blame American society for the allure of chasing liberal arts tail...

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