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MICROSOFT FIRES BACK ON H-1B USE

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The company provides a thorough response to Senator Grassley's demand for an explanation of how the company could lay off workers while at the same time access the H-1B program. The company has posted a letter to Senator Grassley and included is the following statement regarding H-1B usage:

H1-B employees have always accounted for less than 15 percent of
Microsoft's U.S. workforce, the level that is used in immigration law
to determine whether a company is "H-1B dependent."  Nonetheless, the
ability to tap into the world's best minds has long been essential to
our success.  Although they are a small percentage of our workforce,
H-1B workers have long made crucial contributions to Microsoft's
innovation successes and to our ability to help create jobs in this
country.  We are confident this will continue to be true in the
future. 


We focus our recruiting for core technology jobs at U.S.
universities, which continue to be among the best in the world for
computer science and engineering graduates.  However, as one recent
study found, in 2005 temporary residents earned more than 40 percent of
the engineering and computer science degrees at U.S. higher education
institutions.  For doctoral degrees, that number was even higher, as
temporary residents accounted for 59 percent of the degrees awarded in
these fields that year.


The substantial majority of H-1B petitions filed by Microsoft are
for core technology positions, and technology and engineering positions
account for about 90 percent of Microsoft's H-1B workforce.  Many of
these H-1B employees have been seeking permanent resident status for
many years and would no longer be dependent on their H-1B visas but for
multi-year delays in the green card process.


With these factors taken together, we do not expect to see a
significant change in the proportion of H-1B employees in our workforce
following the job reductions.


I want to underscore that we are rigorous in our compliance with the
requirements of the H-1B program.  We are familiar with published
reports about abuse by some employers in the H-1B visa category.  We
believe that the H-1B fraud issue is important and needs to be
addressed.  We recognize that every H-1B employer has an obligation to
ensure that the program's rules are followed.  We support H-1B reform
efforts to ensure that users of the program follow both the spirit and
the letter of the law.

The company also noted that it recently announced Elevate America, a program which will provide technology training to two million people nationwide during the next three years, working closely with state and local governments.

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  1. eb2Immi's Avatar
    That is an excellent letter.

    Microsoft should have asked the Senators what they are going to do about the 6-10 year green card delays.
  2. eb2Immi's Avatar
    That is an excellent letter.

    Microsoft should have asked the senators what they are going to do about the 6-10 year green card delays
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    The question here is whether Senator Grassley is asking that Microsoft hire C grade US students over A grade foreign students. If Mr. Grassley can show me that C grade foreign students are being hired over A grade US students, I will support him. Otherwise to hell with him and if he tries to restrict hiring the best qualified, I sincerely hope that the jobs in R&D that they plan to create are moved abroad!
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    Charles Grassley and Dick Durbin take a very close look at this before they put forth any of their short sighted and foolish proposals...

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/02/prweb2188444.htm
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