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Programmers Guild: The American Worker Needs Protection

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H-1B Special Report
With the debate over H-1B workers reaching a fevered pitch – both in Congress and across the IT landscape — one voice often missing is that of the Programmers Guild. A national volunteer-based organization that represents over 1,000 programmers, most of them over 40, the Guild has made little progress in pushing its H-1B reform proposals forward in Congress. We spoke with Kim Berry, the Guild’s president, regarding his organization’s views on today’s policies, reforms it favors and where the… continue…

The Facts Behind the H-1B Debate

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H-1B Special Report
The debate over H-1Bs is both important and emotional. Given that it involves our jobs, that’s no surprise. However, it’s also an issue infused with myths and posturing, which is why we decided to produce this special report. We want to debunk the myths and set out the facts, describe the realities of the program as they are, not as someone wants them to be. Put together in large part by Associate Editor Dawn Kawamoto, The Facts Behind H-1Bs presents… continue…

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

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H-1B Special Report
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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H-1B Special Report
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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H-1B Special Report
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…

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…