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How 800,000 H-1B Workers Came to the U.S.

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Here’s where it starts: Employers say there’s a lack of tech professionals who have the skills they need to compete in today’s increasingly technology-driven global markets. They can’t find computer systems analysts, programmers and software applications engineers, especially with advanced degrees. Without these skills, they contend, they’re at a disadvantage. But by hiring professionals from other countries, who are more than willing to bring their talents to the United States, they can solve the problem. But American tech workers don’t… continue…

H-1Bs: The Picture in Washington

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The immigration reform proposals now being hashed out by the Senate Judiciary Committee include several ideas that would benefit highly skilled foreign workers. However, it’s important to keep the topic of guest workers in perspective. While the tech industry pays closest attention to H-1Bs and similar visa programs, these make up just a slice of the issues now being faced on Capitol Hill. Overall, Washington is focused more on areas like border security and paths to citizenship than it is… continue…

H-1Bs: Current Immigration Laws and Policies

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Despite all of their arguments, those on both sides of the H-1B debate agree on one thing: Along with the rest of America’s approach to immigration, the program is long overdue for an overhaul. Many analysts are optimistic that House Republicans will bless the kind of comprehensive reform package that they’ve resisted in the past. The GOP wants to improve its standing with Latinos, the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group, and one that overwhelmingly votes Democratic. (Of course, this assumes the current proposal… continue…

Tech Workers Wary, Industry Hopeful on H-1B Proposal

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Tech industry groups are cautiously optimistic and tech workers are wary of the immigration reform bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, which was released by its sponsoring “Gang of Eight” early Wednesday in all its 844-page glory. On Tuesday, Neil Ruiz, associate fellow and senior policy analyst at the Brookings Institution, told us prospects for the bill’s passage looked promising, though at that point he had seen only a 19-page summary of the legislation. Among the wide-ranging bill’s… continue…

H-1B Cap Reached, USCIS No Longer Accepting Petitions

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Employers racing to file their H-1B visa petitions can stop. On Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reached its limit on H-1B petitions that are subject to the cap, the USCIS announced. In just five days, the USCIS says it received more than enough petitions to fulfill the statutory cap of 65,000 H-1B petitions and 20,000 H-1B advanced degree exemption petitions since employers were allowed to file the paperwork on April 1. According to the USCIS, it received a… continue…

Don’t Expect H-1B Rules to Change In 2013

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Tech workers have a dog in the fight for immigration reform but their anxiety about H-1B visas may not be relieved in the short term. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS),  the H-1B cap for 2013 will remain unchanged. If anything’s different next year, it may be that companies hit the cap sooner. “We’re expecting the cap to be used up in April or by May at most,” says immigration attorney Sheela Murthy. She adds that may… continue…

Tech Workforce Slams Microsoft’s H-1B Proposal

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Microsoft wants to increase the number of H-1B visas by 20,000, bringing the total up to about 105,000 a year, and to raise the cost to about $10,000 a head from $2,800. The new proposed visas would go solely to STEM workers. Under Microsoft’s plan, the higher fees would produce $5 billion to be invested in U.S. STEM education over the next 10 years. The company is also urging Congress to take advantage of 20,000 unused green card visas each… continue…

Open Thread: What’s The Real Story on H-1Bs?

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People want to discuss H-1Bs, and why not? Whether you believe they’re the only solution to a real lack of tech skill here in the U.S., or you’re sure businesses want more issued because they lead to lower labor costs, you’ve probably got an opinion. So, here’s a place to discuss the issue, by posting comments below. It’s an emotional subject for many people, so here are some ground rules: First, read and respect our terms of service. Read them… continue…

Roundup: Google’s Laptops, California’s Recovery and H-1B’s Decline

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The big news of the week—Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype—has analysts wondering if Microsoft will “screw it up” or find smart ways to integrate Skype’s vaunted VoIP phone service into its suite of products, everything from Xbox to Hotmail to Outlook. The breathtaking valuation was considered to be a preemptive strike against potential bidding competitors such as Google and Facebook. Whatever the reason, the healthy markup indicates continuing post-recession excitement in the tech industry. The other big news of… continue…

Computer Science Enrollments Continue to Grow

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The number of new undergraduate computing majors continued to grow last year, rising 13.4 percent, according to a report from the Computing Research Association. Although that’s smaller growth than has been seen in years, it does represent the sixth straight period of growth. Enrollments bottomed out in 2007, just before the recession. New computer science enrollments grew by nearly 30 percent in 2011-12 and 23 percent the year before. Last year, 63,873 students enrolled in computer science programs, compared with… continue…