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USCIS Has H-1B Visa Openings Available for Foreign Workers

By April 14, 2012

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services hasn't come close to its limit on H-1B visa petitions for fiscal year 2013, and businesses that want to employ foreign workers still have a chance to apply.

USCIS says it has received about 17,400 H-1B petitions that count toward the cap of 65,000. And USCIS has gotten about 8,200 petitions toward the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with advanced degrees.

The government has tried to make visas for specialized fields a priority, especially those in science, engineering, mathematics and computer programing.

USCIS started taking applications on April 2, 2012.
Members of Congress from both parties support allowing more foreign workers with advanced degrees to come into the country and help bolster the U.S. economy.

Over the years, the H-1B program has been a popular way to bring talented, skilled workers into the workforce temporarily, and some of them go on to become permanent residents.

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April 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm
(1) jj says:

“Over the years, the H-1B program has been a popular way to bring talented, skilled immigrants into the country and into the workforce.”

The H-1B is a temporary work visa. It is not an immigration visa. These people should not be called immigrants. Talented and skilled means a four year college degree. The attraction of the H-1B is that they are cheap. As one user of the program put it:

“I know from my experience as a tech CEO that H-1Bs are cheaper than domestic hires. Technically, these workers are supposed to be paid a ‘prevailing wage,’ but this mechanism is riddled with loopholes. In the tech world, salaries vary widely based on skill and competence. Yet the prevailing wage concept works on average salaries, so you can hire a superstar for the cost of an average worker.”

When an employer hires an H-1B they do not have to look for an American. As the Department of labor puts it:

“H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker.”

Low cost and the ability to legally displace an American worker makes the H-1B very popular.

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