H-1B Visas: 65,000 Heidi Klums

By March 28, 2008Human Resources

April Fools Day is just around the corner, and with it, the application day for H1-B visas:

WASHINGTON – Oracle, Microsoft and other tech companies, joined by business leaders in New York and Washington, are making a new push for an increase in visas for skilled workers. But they conceded Thursday they face difficult odds in Congress.

Robert Hoffman, an Oracle vice president, predicted that applications for next Tuesday’s H-1B visa lottery will quickly exceed the 65,000 available slots, with winners determined by a random process that ignores market needs and economic benefits.

Last year, the 65,000 cap was reached on the first day of applications.

Under this “surreal system,” Hoffman said, a fashion model (the next Heidi Klum) will have the same chance at a visa as a tech entrepreneur (the next Andy Grove) who generates jobs.

And remember, putting H-1B visa recipients to work in the United States helps create more jobs for American workers, too.

And if visa reforms mean we have to take a few more Heidi Klums, it’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make.

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • The whole idea of importing IT and other high-tech workers is obsolete. As of Mar 08, the US has lost 707,000 IT jobs since the Mar 01 peak. The US has lost 3.99 million manufacturing jobs since the Mar 98 peak. The Advanced Technology Products “trade” balance has gone from a $38.4B surplus in 1991 to a $53.5B deficit in 2007. See the “Jobs & ‘Trade’ Data Update Apr08” page on my site.

    The idea that the numbers should be “dictated by the market: supply and demand” ignores that the US labor market is managed to assure more supply than demand. See “There’s no ‘free market’ for Labor” on my site.

    There’s an incredible lack of understanding of the limitations and manipulations of what’s called the “free market.” See “Invisible Hand Drops Ball & Economics 101” on my site.

  • Sven Goran says:

    The quotas are obsolete and ridiculous. The numbers should be dictated by the market: supply and demand. It is a shame that xenophobia is holding hostage a meaningful and comprehensive immigration reform that we need!

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