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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

H-1B CAP HIT FOR YEAR

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The H-1B cap is probably a good barometer of what is happening in the economy, so tea leaf readers trying to figure out whether times are really getting better or not should take note. H-1B usage was anemic during the first several months after numbers became available in April. In past years, demand was so strong that the 65,000 H-1Bs were used up instantly and a lottery was instituted to handle the excess in demand. This year, not only were visas available after the first day, numbers were still available for nearly eight more months until USCIS announced that as of yesterday the numbers were used up. Use of the visas has accelerated dramatically over the last two months as employers are starting to become more concerned that they will have difficulty finding key types of professional workers over the next few months. That seems to be consistent with reports that employers are felling more optimistic about hiring. And it is further evidence that the market actually works. Employers quickly abandoned H-1B filing when US workers were readily available. Demand is only rising now that signs for hiring are much rosier.

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  1. LFWF's Avatar

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/22/AR2009122203789.html?hpid=topnews

    As attacks increase, U.S. struggles to recruit computer security experts

    These are non compete jobs- you have to be a citizen! So where o where are the skilled PG folks????
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    It took a while for the cap to hit suggesting that employers are moving jobs to countries such as Singapore. People make the argument that employers hire temps first and then hire full timers. I disagree. Employers first move jobs abroad while hiring temps at home and then look for domestic workers and after that, if there is a need, they go for H1B. It would be foolish not to move jobs abroad with all the restrictions on H1B. Job markets in Australia and Singapore is recovering much faster because their immigration polices are relatively open compared to the US.
  3. P Revere's Avatar
    It seems that people aren't buying the lies anymore:
    http://blog.aflcio.org/2009/12/23/new-report-employers-gaming-guest-worker-programs/
    Looks like you'll have to start spending more money on lobbyists to try and undercut American wages.
  4. Carl McGinnis's Avatar
    Everyone must be warned before coming to the United States. Even if you have a visa, you are putting yourself at risk of Homeland Security ICE officers.

    I have a friend that is from Paris France here on an education visa to finish his degree. He has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of 2010, His passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is not illegal. In 2008 He fell in love and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to Prescription medications, He knew nothing about this. But he was arrested due to her mistakes.

    He was placed in detention, scheduled for deportation. He has been in detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months now. All this because of her mistakes. She should be the one in jail not him. Please everyone coming to America. Think twice. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her job, and they are in the process of losing there home. All this was caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail.

    They make up any story they want and when they are questioned about it you get nowhere. I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Ginny Brown-Waite and even President Obama. But no one will listen. So please people think twice about coming to America for any reason. Our immigration system is broken ....they all agree, but you put your life at risk when you enter our borders.

    Even if you follow the rules you may also lose everything as this couple has. No one will listen, no one cares. This man has never even had a traffic violation and is 51 yrs old. He has never worked in America has always been self supporting and took nothing from Americans social services. His American dream has turned into a night mare. Shame on America.

    I think it is about time someone revised this immigration and ICE practice. What is illegal in this case is the way DHS is treating this guy. John Morton and Janet N. should be ashamed of themselves. This is just wrong. While in there detention center they have abused him, denied him food and proper medical treatment. He is diabetic and they will not give him the proper food or medical attention. I think it is terrible. The phone system is very poor and not working everyday. They plan it that way so they can not contact there lawyers and family.

    Someone needs to stop ICE, They are totally out of control. I fear He will be next on the long list of persons that have died while in detention. Until you go to one of these detention centers and see with your own eyes, you will not believe what America is doing. I was shocked, on my first visit and after almost 6 months of seeing what happens, how they have to live. I am still in shock.

    Trust me it is all about money. He is in a private prison owned by a company called GEO based near Miami Fl. They are paid very well by our tax dollars, but the treatment is unbelievable. I just have to close by saying shame on America. I have seen it with my own eyes. I wonder how many congressmen have stock in this company. They are doing quite well. Just watch for yourself they are GEO on the stock market and are doing well in a bad economy. Makes one think a government contract like this is not a bad investment. I think the government is making a mountain out of a mole hill and now wants to sell climbing equipment!


  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "Everyone must be warned before coming to the United States. Even if you have a visa, you are putting yourself at risk of Homeland Security ICE officers."

    Try to enter through Dallas or Atlanta, even US citizens who are not white or who dont look white!

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