March 10, 2005 1:04 PM PST

H-1Bs now open to the less-educated?

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higher education are not subject to the annual congressionally mandated H-1B visa cap of 65,000. After those 20,000 slots are filled, USCIS is required to count those cases against the cap for the remainder of the fiscal year," the agency said in a statement. "For FY 2005, the new provision will allow USCIS to accept new petitions on behalf of up to 20,000 beneficiaries meeting these criteria."

One interpretation of this statement, though, might be to treat the first 20,000 visas already granted to people with advanced degrees in 2005 as those making up the exemption. In that case, another 20,000 visas for this year would be available under the cap to people with a broader range of educational backgrounds.

An official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security--the parent agency to USCIS--said this line of reasoning was a possibility for the final regulations. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

H-1B visas have long been a flashpoint of controversy in the tech industry. Thirty-nine percent of visa petitions approved in 2003 were for workers in computer-related occupations, with nearly 37 percent of all approvals that year for workers born in India.

Critics have blasted the H-1B program as undermining U.S. wages, being ripe for abuse and fueling the shift of skilled work overseas. Industry leaders have said the visas serve instead as a brake on offshoring. They have also rejected the claim that H-1Bs amount to a cheap-labor program, defending the visas as a means to fill shortages and give U.S. companies access to international talent as they compete globally.

The annual cap, which primarily applies to applications for initial employment, has fluctuated over the years. It fell from 195,000 in 2003 to 65,000 in 2004, when employers hit the visa limit less than halfway through the fiscal year.

Despite recent changes in the law, battle lines are being drawn between those who want to increase or eliminate the cap, and those who oppose more H-1B visas.

Compete America also criticized USCIS for not yet accepting applications for additional visas. The agency has advised employers to wait until it publishes a rule concerning the new law and related issues.

Although USCIS said provisions of the new H-1B law went into effect Tuesday, spokesman Bentley said the agency isn't guilty of a delay. The agency did not have to start accepting applications Tuesday, he said.

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With unemployment in the US Tech industry at an all time high and wages being cut WHY ARE WE ALLWUNG Forgien Nationals to take US JOBS????? Send em all back to where they came from and Keep US jobs for US Citizens
Posted by MajorCB (14 comments )
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quote// "With unemployment in the US Tech industry at an all time high and wages being cut WHY ARE WE ALLWUNG Forgien Nationals to take US JOBS????? Send em all back to where they came from and Keep US jobs for US Citizens" //quote

Perhaps the reason that companies vie for H1B is that foreign nationals (many of whom receive degrees from US universities) are better skilled in some areas, like, say, spelling & grammar?

Seriously, though, H1B's and outsourcing are very polarizing topics and competent discussion requires a level of knowledge that's might be beyond most people's. In regards to outsourcing, many companies are now turning to in-sourcing -- using workers in "rural" areas with lower costs of living and, thus, lower wages.

As for H1Bs, they are not as easy to get as most people tend to think. I live in Houston, home of the famous Texas Medical Center. I personally know cases when world-famous doctors with unique specializations (i.e. only a handful of specialists exist in the world) couldn't get visas.
Posted by Rusdude (170 comments )
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Visa's
With unemployment in the US Tech industry at an all time high and wages being cut WHY ARE WE ALLWUNG Forgien Nationals to take US JOBS????? Send em all back to where they came from and Keep US jobs for US Citizens
Posted by MajorCB (14 comments )
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Yeah, right
quote// "With unemployment in the US Tech industry at an all time high and wages being cut WHY ARE WE ALLWUNG Forgien Nationals to take US JOBS????? Send em all back to where they came from and Keep US jobs for US Citizens" //quote

Perhaps the reason that companies vie for H1B is that foreign nationals (many of whom receive degrees from US universities) are better skilled in some areas, like, say, spelling & grammar?

Seriously, though, H1B's and outsourcing are very polarizing topics and competent discussion requires a level of knowledge that's might be beyond most people's. In regards to outsourcing, many companies are now turning to in-sourcing -- using workers in "rural" areas with lower costs of living and, thus, lower wages.

As for H1Bs, they are not as easy to get as most people tend to think. I live in Houston, home of the famous Texas Medical Center. I personally know cases when world-famous doctors with unique specializations (i.e. only a handful of specialists exist in the world) couldn't get visas.
Posted by Rusdude (170 comments )
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The new American way,. serfdom society
Every visa means another ameican born for GWB's new serfdom (ownership) society.

No more visas while americans are unemployed.
Posted by waynehapp (52 comments )
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The new American way,. serfdom society
Every visa means another ameican born for GWB's new serfdom (ownership) society.

No more visas while americans are unemployed.
Posted by waynehapp (52 comments )
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Read Between the lines
This new exemption promotes Bush's goal of getting more Mexicans into this country to work in Texas for low wages. If it were up to him he would drop all trade barriers like the EU and open all boarders. This is a step in that direction.
Posted by BattleAce7101 (51 comments )
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Not true..
H1B's have nothing to do with guest worker visas for Mexican citizens that are being worked on. Get your facts straight.
Posted by Rusdude (170 comments )
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Read Between the lines
This new exemption promotes Bush's goal of getting more Mexicans into this country to work in Texas for low wages. If it were up to him he would drop all trade barriers like the EU and open all boarders. This is a step in that direction.
Posted by BattleAce7101 (51 comments )
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Not true..
H1B's have nothing to do with guest worker visas for Mexican citizens that are being worked on. Get your facts straight.
Posted by Rusdude (170 comments )
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