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Indian Outsourcers Hog U.S. H-1B Visas

Microsoft and Intel Classic American Firms

Eight of the top 10 companies getting H-1B visas last year were Indian outsourcers; only two – Microsoft and Intel – were classic American high-tech firms, according to what BusinessWeek discovered in data just released by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.

Microsoft got 959 visa petitions approved and wanted a third more while Infosys Technologies got the most, 4,550, and Wipro got 2,567, the second most.

Infosys has 9,000 employees in the U.S., 7,500 on H-1B visas.

Critics in Congress accuse the outsourcers of abusing the U.S. program and wiping out American jobs by importing low-cost workers, training them and then rotating them back to Indian to provide cheap support from abroad.

The visa cap is currently 65,000 a year and the industry has argued with Congress that the number needs to be expanded to at least 115,000. Bill Gates is in Washington today testifying in front of the House Science and Technology Committee asking again.

With the weak US economy, it’s probably going to get harder to get Congress to agree to those new visas without reform.

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Colleen 03/12/08 01:03:29 PM EDT

SUBJECT: Unemployment versus Immigration

Dear Senator (or Congressman):

The H-1B and L-1 guest workers programs have “RESERVED” millions of high-value jobs for citizens of foreign countries. And, We The People have a problem with these “Fake Job Ads” which consistently and routinely EXCLUDE United States Citizens during the hiring process… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cNnK2M4OTs

If you agree that United States citizens should be INCLUDED (rather than excluded) during hiring procedures, then We The People urge you to co-sponsor this legislation as follows

“SAVE Action of 2007”
CRS Summary: http://tinyurl.com/yoy3eg
(note: according to NumbersUSA, S.2366 is identical, see http://www.numbersusa.com/index )

H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007
CRS Summary: http://tinyurl.com/yrneb9

HR 2538
Defend the American Dream Act of 2007
CRS Summary: http://tinyurl.com/2x7qb7

HR 2504
L-1 Nonimmigrant Reform Act
CRS Summary: http://tinyurl.com/ytdvud

HR 548
To establish a Congressional Trade Office (DeFazio)
CRS Summary: http://tinyurl.com/2l39vr

NOTE: To view the above legislation,
go to http://thomas.loc.gov
Under *Search Bill Text*, enter the Bill Number.
Select the *Bill Number* button.
Click the *Search Button*

The truth is, there is no shortage of software engineers in this country. Nor is there a shortage of H-1B Visas nor foreign workers according to…
1) The Urban Institute
2) The Sloan Foundation
3) The Rand Corporation
4) Harvard University
5) Duke University

1) The Urban Institute
Urban Institute report disputes shortage of STEM grads.
Into the Eye of the Storm: Assessing the Evidence on Science and
Engineering Education, Quality, and Workforce Demand http://news.cenews.com/article.asp?id=1035&page=1
http://tinyurl.com/37omtw < - - - the report http://tinyurl.com/3yohn9

2) The Sloan Foundation
Annual Report – Education and Careers in Science and Technology http://www.sloan.org/report/2006/sciwork.shtml

3) The Rand Corporation
Is the Federal Government Facing a Shortage of Scientific and Technical Personnel? http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB1505/index1.html

4) Harvard University
How and Why Government, Universities, and Industry Create
Domestic Labor Shortages of Scientists and High-Tech Workers http://www.nber.org/~peat/PapersFolder/Papers/SG/NSF.html

5) Duke University
Study: There Is No Shortage of U.S. Engineers http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2111347,00.asp

Lou Dobbs
No Need for Cheap Foreign Labor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LXvGD5HgIg

Hire Americans First

Norm Matloff
Professor Ph.D., UC Los Angeles
Immigration Forum’s March 2006 E-Newsletter on Miano’s Study http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/Archive/NFAP.txt

Video Documentaries http://www.outsourcecongress.org/pictures/video

Coalition for the Future American Workers http://www.americanworker.org

American Engineering Association http://www.aea.org/pdf/AEA_POSITION_Workforce.pdf

Programmers Guild


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