Dec 7 2004
High Tech Companies Pushing for More Foreign Workers in the U.S.
U.S. technology firms and their lobbyists have been hard at work ensuring that they can continue to hire foreign workers in the U.S. in this post-9/11 environment. In response to the call for additional visas for foreign high-tech workers, Congress has approved the addition of 20,000 new visas for skilled foreign workers. To qualify, a foreign worker must have a graduate degree from a U.S. university and a job offer from a U.S. company.
There were originally only 65,000 H-1B visas allocated for this fiscal year, but these visas were claimed on the first day of FY 2005. Technology companies have pushed the government to appease their high need for more talented workers, resulting in the recently passed Congressional legislation.
The H-1B visa program soared during the high tech boom of the late '90s and early 21st century. At the height of the boom, in early 2001, the allocation of H-1B visas was an astounding 195,000.