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Intel exec calls for raising H-1B cap as feds to start accepting visa applications

March 30, 2015

The US has a shortage of skilled workers in STEM fields and congress must raise the cap on H-1B visas, Lisa Malloy, Intel’s director of policy communications and government relations, wrote in a blog post last week.

“While only about 6% of our US workforce is here on an H-1B visa, these individuals apply their specialized skills to the success of Intel’s US operations,” Malloy wrote. “Intel alone has more than 1,000 job openings for engineers in the United States. The need for high-skilled immigration reform is clear. The United States has a high-skilled workforce shortage in the STEM fields critical to innovation: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

H-1B visas go to highly skilled temporary foreign workers in fields such as IT. The number of visas are capped at 65,000 plus 20,000 more for workers with a US master’s degree or higher. The caps were reached within one week last year, and the government used a lottery to determine who would receive an H-1B. The cap is expected to be quickly exceeded again this year.

“Increasing the H-1B visa cap will help America’s high-tech companies recruit the talent they need to continue the relentless pace of innovation that sustains our national competitiveness, drives economic growth and creates jobs in the process,” Malloy wrote.


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H1b Sucks03/31/2015 03:23 pm

Tech companies love to keep increasing H1 visas without concern for citizens or foreign born IT workers. Historically the policy has been that congress has supported legislation that supported these big IT companies instead of making laws that put foreign born IT workers on an equal footing with the American citizen. If both the US citizens and the IT workers were given equal rights in the job market, it would even out the supply and demand and keep the market competitive. Instead the current system is so broken, that it favors neither the Foreign born IT worker nor the US citizen but only the big corporations. Ironically the President's Executive order addresses some of the concerns that ail the foreign IT workers stuck in years of wait in the broken immigration system which has so far only helped the Big Corporations. That will hopefully help put the foreign workers on even footing with American citizens and that will hopefully force employers to pay decent prevailing wages for both foreigners as well as citizens. Obviously the big IT companies aren't excited about that. They wont rest until they have 1 million H1 visas awarded every year so they can depress wages to the point where they can buy engineers for peanuts on the dollar!!!

The Grassley Durbin act of 2007 addressed most of the abuses perpetrated by the H1B/L1 visa program, but it never passed congress back in 2007 because guess who was meddling against it at that time, IT WAS BIG TECH CORPORATIONS who wanted to keep their doors open to import cheap labor. They must pass the Grassley Durbin act of 2007 to fix this unscrupulous greedy behavior perpetrated by Big Corporate interests otherwise America will suffer the consequence of this inaction.

Henry03/31/2015 11:46 am

Jake, if you haven't seen the whole picture, please think carefully before you write. Many guest workers are highly qualified - they have to be truly exceptionally good to get US employers' attention, duh. And many of them are with the goal of becoming a citizen here. However, the lottery is now an inhumane block to their first step.


Jake leone03/30/2015 01:56 pm

Most h-1b visas are used by offshore outsourcing companies to bring in trainees. H-1bs that are trained by the higher skilled better qualified workers they are replacing. Offshore outsourcing companies pay their H-1bs about half what they pay there American counterparts.

So the reality is that most h-1b visas are used by people who will never become citizens as away to destroy jobs in the United States.

And the Offshore Outsourcing companies deliberately put in an excess number of visa request in order to force a lottery. Because the lottery does not affect there business model. To an offshore outsourcer, if worker A or B don't make it past the lottery, worker C will do just fine. Because they are all just trainee anyway.

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