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US senators to limit IT migrant workers to US
« on: April 07, 2009, 02:53:06 PM »

Ayay, mag BSN (Bana Sa Nurse)  nalang ko.  Bad news ni labina na sa mga IT professionals.

US senators to limit IT migrant workers to US

By Veronica Uy
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:49:00 04/06/2009


Filed Under: Unemployment, Employment, World Financial Crisis, Justice & Rights, Laws, Migration

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Two United States senators are seeking to limit migrant information technology professionals to the US who are allowed through the H1-B visa program, it was learned Monday.

The H-1B visa program allows American companies and universities to employ temporary migrant workers who have the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree in a job category that is considered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to be a "specialty occupation," often in high-tech industry. Supporters say the H-1B program helps the American economy by allowing companies to hire needed foreign workers.

According to recruitment expert Emmanuel Geslani, the cap for IT and health service professionals this year is set at 85,000 H-1B visas. He said Asians, mostly Indians, usually get most of the visas.
However, US Senators Richard Durbin (Democrat-Illinois) and Charles Grassley (Republican-Iowa) want to review US immigration policy that they say might be taking American jobs from Americans.
“The reality is that too many H-1B visas are being used to facilitate the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries. Some employers have abused the H-1B program, using it to bypass qualified Americans,” Durbin said in a statement posted on his website.

“I want to set up safeguards for American workers, and provide much-needed oversight and enforcement of employers who fail to abide by the law. Our immigration policy should seek to complement our US workforce, not replace it,” he added.
For his part, Grassley wants to put on hold any increases in the quota for H1-B visas.
“We can’t let powerful outside interests cloud our view of the harsh reality that highly skilled Americans are being passed over for jobs for cheaper, foreign labor,” he said on his website.
“I’m in favor of the program but believe that reforms need to be made so the H-1B program can be a benefit for US businesses and American workers,” he added.

The two senators have thus written the top 25 companies that have received approved H-1B visa petitions in 2007, asking them detailed information on how they used the visa program. These companies were responsible for nearly 20,000 of the available H-1B visas last year.
“The H-1B program can’t be allowed to become a job-killer in America. We need to ensure that firms are not misusing these visas, causing American workers to be unfairly deprived of good high-skill jobs here at home,” Durbin said.

Their letter dated April 1, 2009, was sent to the following companies: Infosys Technologies Ltd., Wipro Limited, Satyam Computer Services Ltd., Cognizant Tech Solutions, Microsoft  Corporation, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., Patni Computer Systems Inc., US Technology Resources LLC, I-Flex Solutions Inc., Intel Corporation, Accenture LLP, Cisco Systems Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd., Deloitte & Touche LLP, Google Inc., Mphasis Corporation, University of Illinois at Chicago, American Unit Inc., Jsmn International Inc., Objectwin Technology Inc., Deloitte Consulting, Prince Georges County Public Schools, JPMorgan Chase  and Co., and Motorola Inc.



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