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Microsoft wants 20,000 extra green cards per year too

Microsoft is willing to pay the U.S. government for additional H-1B worker visas, saying there aren't enough skilled Americans to fill its available job openings.
More specifically, it suggested that the government raise $500 million a year by tacking on an extra $10,000 fee for each newly created H-1B visa or $15,000 for each new green card. This money can then be used to offer better education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for Americans. Microsoft noted that not enough Americans are skilled in these areas to keep up with demand.

In addition to raising the number of visas offered, Microsoft wants the government to give 20,000 extra green cards per year.

H-1B visas allow foreign workers to come to the U.S. temporarily to work in their field. They can renew their visas every three years. Green cards, on the other hand, allow foreign workers to live in the country permanently. Currently, the government offers 65,000 visas a year, but in the past has seen numbers as high as 195,000.

Microsoft is one of the largest sponsors when it comes to H-1B visas. Ten percent of its 57,400 U.S. workforce are H-1B visa holders. From 2010 to 2011, it applied for about 850 visas annually for new employees on their very first H-1B visa. In 2011, Microsoft sponsored over 4,700 H-1B workers for green cards.

Many worry, however, that Microsoft is just looking for cheap labor. An issue is that Microsoft and other corporations don't need to prove that there aren't skilled Americans to fill these jobs. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) even warned that there are "inadequate safeguards" that protect skilled Americans from being booted out of jobs for cheaper foreign workers.

"The biggest myth people have is that a company like Microsoft somehow looks to foreign workers as an easy supply to displace American workers," said Karen Jones, Microsoft's deputy general counsel for human resources. "We simply cannot find qualified Americans to fill these jobs."

An analysis of Microsoft's green card applications shows that 25 percent were entry-level workers and 61 percent were a step up as software engineers or marketing managers. Most hold technical jobs, but most also make fewer than six figures while many graduates usually demand over $100,000 annual salaries.

Source: The Seattle Times

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By Jobs4US on 11/26/2012 3:19:47 PM , Rating: 0
The only reason Microsoft and others can’t find American talent – they don’t want to. Here are some key facts that Microsoft and the high tech lobby don’t want you to know about high tech immigration reforms:

Fact: Bill Gates and convicted felon/sidekick Jack Abramoff, $influenced$ Congress to pass Microsoft-friendly H-1b visa law that legalizes employment discrimination against American citizens.

Fact: Thanks to Gates and Abramoff Congress pass egregious H-1b immigration laws that:
- Allow companies to exclusively recruit offshore for US jobs - and never consider Americans
- Increase American unemployment by allowing companies to replace high skill Americans currently performing these jobs with foreign citizens.

So What About the “Skills Shortage” ?

Since Microsoft bought the high tech immigration visa law (H-1b), they are not legally required to ever consider Americans for American jobs.

The mythical skills shortage is the big lie. There is NO shortage of American talent more than ready, willing, and able to fill these jobs and take our country forward.

If there’s a tech skills shortage, then WHY
- Did Microsoft layoff 5,000 Americans, and hire 5000+ foreign guest worker replacements?
- Won't MS call back the US workforce they laid off before hiring more guest workers?
- How can Microsoft continue to shed 10% of its workforce every year thru stack ranking?

Make no mistake, Microsoft's and other high tech companies’ strategy has nothing to do with a mythical labor shortage and everything to do with corporate greed and labor arbitrage.

Please get the FACTS, please visit

By Florinator on 11/26/2012 3:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
Do you also think Men in Black is a documentary?

By Flunk on 11/26/2012 3:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't everyone?

Also, 9/11 was a hoax, aliens live at Area 51 and the new one Ancient Aliens!

By Ammohunt on 11/26/2012 4:44:07 PM , Rating: 2
You mean the Anunnaki?

By superstition on 11/26/2012 4:01:57 PM , Rating: 5
Corporations and government never have anything to do with each other.

Nothing at all.

No one ever conspires or colludes. No one ever strategizes. Politicians don't get any money from anyone but regular individuals. They craft every piece of legislation out of the goodness of their hearts!

It's all tea and crumpets by the telly, with little birds fluttering and chirping next to painted tulips.

By StanO360 on 11/26/2012 5:11:34 PM , Rating: 1
Of course they do, but not as much as you think. And why shouldn't they? They are integral to the economy! But most would much rather have the government be LESS involved with them. You see anecdotes and generalize them.

By YashBudini on 11/26/2012 5:31:33 PM , Rating: 3
Not great at spotting satire, are you?

By danjw1 on 11/26/2012 4:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, Washington has an 8.2% unemployment rate, so why not train some of them to work for them? Why, because Americans expect higher pay then Indian and Chinese. Microsoft figures it is cheaper in the long run to buy off the government that actually hire Americans. What a load.

By superstition on 11/26/2012 4:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
When is the government not bought off?

In fact, our government constitutes the phrase bought off.

Welcome to plutocracy, with weakening populist trimmings.

By YashBudini on 11/26/2012 4:20:44 PM , Rating: 3
And many political extremists are fighting to return things to the way they were:

No government regulation, no liability, just like the late 19th and early 20th century.

Were companies more profitable back then? Sure, anybody who's not held accountable for any of their deeds or actions makes more money. Just ask Al Capone or a Mexican drug cartel. Are there a group of people trying desperately to punch loopholes into the Dodd Frank reform? And at who's expense? Same as always, the middle class.

Now ask yourself which political party most of these "patriots" belong to.

By StanO360 on 11/26/2012 5:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
Are you joking? Who is stopping anyone from going to school and getting their degree in a science? We as a society have become fat, it's easier to work for the government, and in California often more lucrative. The unemployed are flocking to college now, just not in sciences!

I've tried to push my children to sciences and math. But it's hard to go against the societal flow (not impossible,just hard).

By StanO360 on 11/26/2012 5:08:40 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but with Engineering unemployment (effectively full employment) you are wrong. The jobs may not be where you want or doing exactly what you want, but they're out there.

By dgingerich on 11/26/2012 7:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
You really don't get it, do you?

Corporations are groups of people that work toward a common goal, whether that is producing products for a specific market, providing services for others, or connecting one part of a market to another. That's what they do. They are people, in every position from top to bottom. There aren't any aliens or androids running them.

Before you blame rich people, know that most of the upper level corporate management are hard working people, who put in 50+ hours, sometimes up to 70 hours, per week to keep the company running right. Sure, many make huge profits, and many go bust taking huge losses. They work hard, very hard, for the money they get. I have met a couple corporate executives who weren't worth the pay the lowest person on the ladder gets, but those are pretty few and far between. Nobody stays at a company for long if they aren't worth their pay.

Could it be that you are just bitter that you weren't worth your pay and got booted from a few corporations?

By YashBudini on 11/26/2012 8:58:31 PM , Rating: 2
people that work toward a common goal,

That description fits:

A union
A drug cartel
A board of directors
A dictators family
A motorcycle gang

Shall I continue? You pretty much assigned a fancy label for a mob. Amazing any true libertarian would put up with it. Not saying you are, just saying in general.

By Wererat on 11/27/2012 12:53:33 PM , Rating: 2
"Corporations are groups of people that work toward a common goal, whether that is producing products for a specific market, providing services for others, or connecting one part of a market to another. That's what they do."

You're describing a free market; your problem is that you assume we're running one.

The proposal MS makes here is entirely counter to a free market; they propose that, instead of allowing supply and demand of labor to set wages, that the government intervene to import supply so that wages become what MS likes. Further, they openly propose to bribe the government to do so (usually this is at least disguised as a campaign contribution).

By YashBudini on 11/27/2012 2:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
The proposal MS makes here is entirely counter to a free market

His eyes open!


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