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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 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?


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