H-1B Visas to Get More Scrutiny


Those of you who participated in our lengthy discussion over hiring H-1B holders vs. U.S. IT pros might find this bit of news interesting.

Kevin Fogarty at eWeek reports that H-1B visas may be harder to come by in the near future. That's because of a recent report claiming that up to one in five H-1B applicants may be fraudulent. In turn, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (the agency overseeing the program) now plans to tighten its scrutiny over H-1B applications.

Let's review what we already know. H-1B holders typically get paid much less than qualified U.S. IT workers, and plenty of those American techies think their foreign counterparts are subpar. But in a time of economic uncertainty, cheaper labor sounds more appealing than ever.

We'll see what happens. Do you think the government will actually crack down on H-1Bs, or will it continue to be business as usual?


36 Comments for "H-1B Visas to Get More Scrutiny"

  • it geek March 02, 2009 7:10 pm

    Hey Dani, Tell that to my co-workers that are going to lose their jobs this week to $15.00 Indian H-1B visa holders, I'm sure they will disagree, as do I.

  • Daniel Ashton February 20, 2009 12:54 pm

    Hello Friends, Just writing based on some of the very intricating scenarios going on all over the country for the past few months. We have a new president, and like everyone, we want to move forward and get the financial engine running again. Sure we will. But I would like to highlights some facts that are very very important and need a lot of consideration. We are giving bailout package to the troubled financial companies. Please note that all the mainstream banks including Bank of America and others were never doing bad until they were forced to buy out the poor investment banks. The investment banks lost only because of sheer greed and severe stupidity. OK, that's history now.....now what? Now the government is up for a bailout package. Fine, they need help...help should be given. To be honest, I work in Bank of America and I am a caucasian American. I am cent percent right in believing that they are very highly skilled people and certainly deserve a lot than actually what they get. Only if we had more such talent, anyway.Please help us to retain the talent otherwise the technology edge we enjoy as far as computer related systems will become dangerously precarious. Please remember that the H1B people also pay 33% tax and the bailout money is composed of that also. Based on the current scenarios where every decision is mostly on a temporary basis, we can support curbing the total number of H1B numbers issued, but certainly would be highly unfair by taking stupid steps in discriminating against them in any any form whatever. It will be very unfortunate for corporate America and everybody knows it. Maybe asking the CEOs to have slightly less than 20 billion in bonuses be a bit more wise. Do know that it's a world economy now and India is a powerful country. Too much of hullaboo will easily back fire in the countries where economies are doing good. And that certainly will be death to America. Regards Dani Ashton

  • steve December 16, 2008 7:17 pm

    I have been in IT for thirty years. I have worked in the financial industry on Wall Street for most of them. Up until about ten years ago, I never worried about finding a new job. I was never between jobs for more maybe 6 weeks from 1980 until 2005 and when I went on an interview, almost always, I received a job offer. HOWEVER, since 2005 when I lost my position after nine years, it took me two months to find a job. Then, in 2007, after working 18-hour, six-day-a-week tours, the company I worked for (Hank P's company) expanded their India L-2's and I lost my job. Since then, I am still looking for work. Yes, I'm 53, but can run rings about all those babies that don't know sh*t from shineola but are real CHEAP slave labor. It's no surprise that the economy is so screwed up. How can people survive when there is corruption and laziness from the looters and moochers of society? Maybe we should pool our money and buy a Senate seat (I hear that there is on for sale in NY and IL).

  • Geo. December 04, 2008 8:02 pm

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  • Trollicus December 03, 2008 12:26 pm

    H-1B proponents are TRAITORS to the people of the United States and should be sent to Gitmo if not lined up and shot. I have been forced to TRAIN my cheap slave H-1B replacement worker before being "downsized." Fortunately I refused and watched the company I used to work for have massive network outages. H-1B supporters should and will go to He!!

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