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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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RE: both ways
By YashBudini on 11/26/2012 5:51:24 PM , Rating: 2
So the conspiracy theory is that they bring in Indians and chinese into America via H1B so they can pay them less than Americans? Why bother when they can setup an office in the host country and pay them there?

1. Time zones cause issues for those in charge.

2. You can keep an eye on them better, same reason people who can work from home still have to go to the office.

As for the rest of your babble, have you met an H1B that felt they were actually paid the prevailing rate?

I think your penis extender is running out of ammo.

RE: both ways
By Ammohunt on 11/26/2012 6:24:54 PM , Rating: 2
What are you carrying on about? You have a need to project your insecurities related to your genitalia(don't care to know); i get it but at least attempt a reasoned argument rather then spewing nonsensical psycho babble. Take your time think a little(i know its tough for you but you can do it!) then post clear and concise.

Like i said..the Indians i have worked with were compensated at or above competitive rates for the position they were filling. its a myth that they are not; its called discrimination every heard of that in your reality bubble? I would think you would since with people like you accusations of racism are the first word out of your mouth when differences of opinion surfaces.

RE: both ways
By YashBudini on 11/26/2012 7:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
The only real fair play would be to let as many people in to work as demand requires. They don't want that, you never see them ask for that. I can probably line up 100 H1Bs would have quit being so for more money than the few you claim to know.

Your reality bubble? Yeah it's a bubble alright.

RE: both ways
By 91TTZ on 11/26/2012 9:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
I can't take you seriously when you write like you're in grade school. Try using some punctuation and maybe I'll think that I'm not reading a 13 year old kid's posts.

RE: both ways
By YashBudini on 11/27/2012 1:20:51 PM , Rating: 2
You have a need to project your insecurities related to your genitalia

Oh God, you're so obtuse. It's a metaphor. You could obviously benefit from the same reading comprehension classes as the other guy.

You wear your gun status on your sleeve, then get indignant that somebody addresses it. That's called hypocrisy,which in your shallow intellect is probably more techo babble. So be it.

RE: both ways
By Ammohunt on 11/27/2012 5:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
Gun status? Ah you think my handle has something to do with firearm ownership in relation to a need to feel "powerful" as an extension of my penis. That's something either a man hating woman or an insecure male would say since both suffer from base penis envy. Very wrong,Try harder...

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