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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: Seems legit..
By Trisped on 11/26/2012 9:42:33 PM , Rating: 3
Next time you run into some youths, converse with them for a minute. If it takes you more than that minute to discover why MS (and thousands of other companies) need to import skilled workers, you're part of the problem.
The fact is that there is no reason for youth to want to be engineers. The work is mentally hard and requires experience and training. So what those who achieve this higher mental state get for their hard work? They get about as much as the typical office worker for pushing paper all day.

If you want smart, hard working, intelligent, positive, and trustworthy workers you have to pay them more and treat them better then the uneducated, lazy, dumb, negative, untrustworthy works. You also have to get the word out so people know that they can make a decent living doing software rather then being a lawyer, doctor, raper, or TV/movie star.

The fact is Microsoft does not want more workers, they want more cheep workers.

RE: Seems legit..
By TSS on 11/27/2012 9:49:26 AM , Rating: 3
Well then the problem, after reading this entire thread, is quite obvious.

America has become so greedy, it no longer has any idea of what value actually is.

Engineers getting as much as paper pushers? Student loan debt above $1 trillion? $250,000 a year welders? programmers with a degree that cannot do a fizzbuzz test? nevermind what i know myself of the fiscal cliff and government spending....

So it becomes clear, the empire has fallen. All that's left now is for washington to get sacked (not fired, i mean as in the sacking of rome), only this time it'll be by bankers rather then barbarians.

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