Monday, March 10, 2008

And the most H1B goes to...

The controversy over visas for high-skilled workers from abroad looks
like it's about to get even hotter, says Business Week.

An excerpt --

"The program for what are known as H-1B visas was originally set up to
allow companies in the U.S. to import the best and brightest in
technology, engineering, and other fields when such workers are in
short supply in America. But data just released by the federal
government show that offshore outsourcing firms, particularly from
India, dominate the list of companies awarded H-1B visas in 2007.
Indian outsourcers accounted for nearly 80% of the visa petitions
approved last year for the top 10 participants in the program. The new
data are sure to fuel criticism of the visa program from detractors
such as Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard J. Durbin
(D-Ill.). "These numbers should send a red flag to every lawmaker that
the H-1B visa program is not working as it was intended," said
Grassley in an e-mail."

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