Guest Workers

Does the Tech Pro ‘Shortage’ Really Exist?

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According to many tech firms, highly skilled employees are very hard to find. But a handful of academics have told BusinessWeek there’s no actual shortage in the number of people out there with the necessary hardware and software skills; rather, there’s a shortage of highly skilled people willing to work for cheap. Click here to find developer jobs. “[Tech companies] may not be able to find [employees] at the price they want,” Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public… continue…

Obama’s Immigration Overhaul Will Affect Tech

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President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration policies could not only save up to five million people from deportation, it will also affect the U.S. tech industry. Obama will rely on an executive action for immigration reform, rather than working with Congress. In a Nov. 20 speech, he asserted that his actions are lawful. “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress… continue…

Fed Policy Subjects H-1B Records to Destruction

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The U.S. Department of Labor plans on destroying H-1B records after five years, in accordance with a new policy. In an Oct. 17 posting on its website, the Department of Labor also noted that the Labor Condition Applications Online System, which contains many of the Labor Condition Applications (LCA) used by prospective H-1B employers, has been shut down. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will “no longer respond to inquiries to search for records in response to FOIA requests,… continue…

Fate of H-1B Reform Uncertain in the House

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Despite the Senate’s passage last week of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, the debate over guest workers – specifically H-1Bs – is far from over. In large part, that’s because the House of Representatives has different ideas about immigration in general. “The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes. We’re going to do our own bill,” said House Speaker John Boehner. He’s announced a July 10 meeting to determine how the House will… continue…

Can Automation Help Outsourcers Without Hurting Jobs?

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Amid predictions that the proposed immigration reform bill will end up sending more tech operations offshore, lost is the idea that the measure will force outsourcers to find new ways to maintain their competitive advantage, including more ways to work remotely and employ automation. That led Gartner analyst Frances Karamouzis to say in a recent webinar, “We do think that innovative approaches will come around.” That’s already happening at Infosys, which in April announced a partnership with New York-based IPSoft,… continue…

H-1B Women Few and Far Between

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Immigration reform proposals are circulating at a furious pace on Capital Hill, but it’s unlikely they will lead to a sea change in a rarely thought of area of the guest worker debate: The number of women in IT who work in this country under an H-1B visa. Even though the percentage of women in IT is higher in many of the home countries of H-1B workers, currently, the vast majority of IT H-1Bs are men. And there’s nothing in… continue…

H-1B Reform Might Bring Unintended Consequences

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The immigration reform bill under debate in the Senate would impose higher costs to obtain H-1B visas and raise the required wages of visa-holders – moves that could have an effect opposite of what the bill’s Gang of Eight authors intended. Employers and analysts say that rather than protect U.S. workers, the measure could lead to more work being sent offshore. In a webinar last week, Gartner analyst Frances Karamouzis said the changes would force offshore outsourcers to ramp up… continue…

Mixed-Bag Immigration Bill Advances

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 – 5 Tuesday to send the wide-ranging immigration reform bill to the Senate floor. Three Republicans joined 10 Democrats to advance the measure. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a longtime ally of the technology industry who had pressed amendments to loosen proposed regulations on companies that hire H-1B workers, added his “aye” vote, though he has said he won’t necessarily support the bill on the final vote. Tech companies have lobbied hard against provisions in… continue…

A Guest Worker’s Perspective on H-1Bs

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by Samwise With immigration reform being a central topic in Washington, there’s talk of reforming the H-1B program, possibly increasing the number of visas made available each year. Dice asked me to share some of my thoughts about the program, hence this article. I’m here in the U.S. on an H-1B, currently working as a senior database developer. Why come to the U.S.? Many people wonder what prompts individuals to apply for H-1Bs. For me, and most others in the… continue…

Industry Group: More STEM Grads, But H-1B Reform, Too

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Technology titans from Dell to Qualcomm — as well as non-tech brands like Goldman Sachs, Cummins and CVS Caremark — say they need foreign workers if they’re going to keep their businesses on track. But at least some of them see guest-worker programs as a short-term fix. Ultimately, they’re more interested in increasing the number of STEM students graduating from American universities, says Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the Technology CEO Council, an IT industry public-policy group. Mehlman recently spoke… continue…