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.
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