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Increase the H1B Cap Is Gaining Ground At the Capitol Hill

 
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Temporary Visas Amid Corporate Pressure
By Michael Schroeder
Source: The Wall Street Journal Date: October 27, 2003 Section: The Economy Page: A2
WASHINGTON -- Proposals to allow more high-technology foreign workers into the U.S. are gaining ground on Capitol Hill, despite complaints that plenty of Americans are available to fill the jobs.

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PLEASE CALL Toll-free at (800) 648-3516 ask for Sen. Hatch's office,
If busy, please keep trying. They might try to deny it, saying Hatch was misunderstood or undecided, then ask why are people celebrating in India?
 
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I am always amazed how immigration lawyers can predict IT staffing shortages.
If Senator Hatch's line is busy perhaps you could email one of the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. While Senator Hatch is the chairperson, the others get to vote too.
Charles Grassley, Iowa
Arlen Specter, PENNSYLVANIA
Jon Kyl, Arizona
Mike DeWine, Ohio
Jeff Sessions, Alabama
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Saxby Chambliss, Georgia
John Comyn, Texas
Patrick Leahy, Vermont
Ted Kennedy, MASSACHUSETTS
Joe Biden, Delaware
Herbert Kohl, Wisconson
Dianne Feinstein, California
Russel Feingold, Wisconsin
Charles Schumer, New York
Dick Durbin, Illinois
John Edwards, North Carolina
 
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I'll send John Edwards an email.
 
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-- Proposals to allow more high-technology foreign workers into the U.S. are gaining ground on Capitol Hill
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Does this mean there is some problem with offshore model?Despite cost involved(Airticket,visa fee,cultural adjustment(communication etc,this is most important)) for bringing foreign worker in US why many companies still want foreign workers?Can anybody who has worked with many H1Bs narrate the experience ?I am not to believe that all H1Bs in US work overtime all the time without asking money for overtime.Or is the lure for greencard which bind them to their employer for 6 years?To my limited knowledge ,offshore model is becoming expensive day by day.People are demanding $2000 a month for 7/8 years of experience.
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Capablanca,
I agree. It doesn't make sense w.r.t. software market. But there are other areas where there does exist a shortage in the US- nurses for example. Also, only non-english speaking immigrants take up cerain jobs no American wants - janitors for example.
 
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Originally posted by Peekaboo Switchback:
Capablanca,
Also, only non-english speaking immigrants take up cerain jobs no American wants - janitors for example.


So, you mean that if there were no immigrants, US businesses would just simply go without having any janitors at all?
A business won't simply go without having janitors or any other such needed jobs, they'll simply raise wages to the point where somebody will be willing to do the job. Of course there is a limit to how high they can raise wages and remain profitable, but we haven't seen any hint of such wage inflation in such jobs because immigrants have been depressing the job market. Also distorting the market is unemployment and welfare payments - the US is in effect paying its own citizens not take jobs...
 
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Of course there is a limit to how high they can raise wages and remain profitable, but we haven't seen any hint of such wage inflation in such jobs because immigrants have been depressing the job market.
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So many IT companies can't afford the salaries demanded by citizen to remain profitable hence they import foreign workers?I am still finding why companies setup the centers thousand miles apart and bring the people from there instead of hiring the citizen readily available.The cost of hiring foreign worker I think is not as cheap as it is percieved.Cost of visa,Air ticket,training them won't come free.Also laying off H1Bs makes company's reputation bad in foreign country (from where worker is imported) unlike laying off the citizen.
 
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