Thursday, February 21, 2013
Proposal to increase H-1B Visa's to 300,000 from 65,000
The Hill newspaper report's that several lawmakers are proposing to increase the number of H-1B visas from 65,000 to 115,000 and possibly has high as 300,000. It would also remove country specific limits.
The Hill's story on H-1B limits is here.
H-1B visa's are used by large technology corporations to recruit skilled foreign born workers for jobs that cannot be filled with US citizens. Many people believe the programs helps the US economy grow by plugging key gaps in the US labor market.
Others believe the workers take jobs from US citizens and steal talent from developing countries.
Corporations like the program because they can reduce costs by paying foreign workers less than comparable US workers.
Here is a longer piece from the Government Accounting Office reviewing the H-1B Visa program in 2011. GAO H-1B Visa program report.
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