Visa Lottery, Gambling on Competitiveness

By April 2, 2008Human Resources

April 1 marked the opening day of the five-day period for submitting applications for 65,000 H-1B visas, which allow foreign nationals with high skills in high-demand jobs to work in the United States.

  • Houston Chronicle: “High-tech firms playing visa lottery.”
  • Washington Times: “Reforms urged on visa quotas.”
  • NAM release:

    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2008 – On the opening day to submit applications for H-1B visas for highly-educated and skilled employees, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) praised policymakers who support raising the visa cap from its current 65,000 limit along with other more long-term solutions to America’s serious shortage of highly skilled employees.

    “We are grateful to those Members of Congress who have acknowledged the significant and growing shortage of highly skilled employees needed to keep America on the leading edge of innovation,” said NAM President and CEO John Engler today. “We thank these leaders for taking steps to remedy this threat to U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness.”

    Like last year, the FY 2009 visa cap of 65,000 is expected to be reached on the same day applications are first accepted, April 1. Engler praised Members of Congress who have supported a higher H-1B visa cap through legislative initiatives.

    “Manufacturers will continue to push for bipartisan immigration reform that permanently solves the inadequacies of both the H-B visa and employment-based green card systems,” Engler said.

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    • Carl Spackler says:

      Just who gets the most H-1B visas? Indian companies! Hooray, another winner for the Indians where they take advantage of our ridiculous giveaways. The U.S. gets played on every front and NAM loves it. Tell Gates to put the right price tag on those unfilled jobs and they’d be taken in a day- THAT is how markets are supposed to work instead of your great idea of wage arbitrage.

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