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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SLUMP IN H-1B NUMBERS BACK UP CALLS FOR TYING QUOTA TO MARKET DEMAND

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A Wall Street Journal story looks at the reasons behind the extraordinary drop in H-1B applications. Here's the money quote:

Companies that use H-1B visas argue the market, rather than
Congress, should dictate the number of visas issued. The fact that the
65,000-visa cap hasn't been reached this year shows that the market
will temper demand when necessary, said Jenifer Verdery, director of
work-force policy at Intel Corp., who represents a coalition of companies that use the visas.

"Contrary to the claims of H-1B critics, if importing cheap labor
were the goal of H-1B visa employers, these visas would have been gone
on the first day applications were accepted last spring," Ms. Verdery
said. "In slow economic times, such as today, the demand decreases and
the market takes over, which is as it should be."

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    It is more efficient to move jobs to other countries rather than apply for H1B especially during economic times. A number of TARP recipients such as Citibank are hiring abroad than here, and believe me, those jobs are not going to return! It is a pity that the antis fight over a puny number of visas..65,000 out of a total of three million computer jobs, and it includes other jobs as well..more like 360,000 jobs out of forty million? Loosers Guild is just being petty.
  2. Josh's Avatar
    Also, a lot of immigration lawyers and parallegals are loosing their jobs due to loss of revenue tied to immigration related applications like H1B filings. The USCIS recently announced a drop in revenue to the tune of $100 million due to a slump in applications. There is a likelihood that they would lay off workers. Who works for the USCIS? American Citizens! Who will be affected?? American Citizens!!

    This underscores the point that immigration is not a zero sum game. Some antis call for a cease in immigration like H1B etc. The immigration process provides jobs for Americans as well. We are all related. Immigrants contribute to the economy. The world is now a Global village and its time to realise that.
  3. Adi's Avatar
    "It is more efficient to move jobs to other countries rather than apply for H1B especially during economic times."
    I would replace efficient with cheaper. Outsourcing is going to happen regardless of immigration policy. There is nothing anyone can do about it. Insourcing can only help increase outsourcing as companies need workers on site in US to help finish majority of work outside. L1 used to be big help in increasing outsourcing but clampdown forced companies to move to h1b. Now clamp down on h1b has made their life worse. This clamp down on companies is necessary who are abusing h1b.

    If market is to be allowed then offshoring of work will be rampant. Companies can easily bring few workers from India here and help move majority of work back to India. Market cannot be trusted to keep jobs here. Look what market (read greed) did to financial sector.

    Best and brightest is different story.
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