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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 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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