High-Tech Visas to be Cut

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The number of H1-B visas that can be issued each year could be cut if Congress doesn't act by Oct. 1. The number of high-tech visas, which have been used to bring many Asian high-tech experts to the U.S., would be reduced from 195,000 to 65,000, according to a Reuters' article published today. Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Orrin Hatch, cites the number of high-tech workers currently unemployed in the U.S. as one reason for the reduction.

Opponents of the reduction (think big high-tech companies) feel that this will hamper many companies' ability to hire highly skilled engineering talent. Supporters of the reduction, like those noted at H1b.info strongly urge the reduction, if not the abandonment of the entire program, saying that H1-B visas threaten American workers' jobs. What camp are you in?

Last updated: Sep 22, 2003




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