Immigration & Green Card Law Firm, Lawyers, Attorneys: San Franscisco Bay Area to San Jose: H-1b Cases Need to be Filed Now: Why is our Gov't doing this to us?

Saturday, January 19, 2008

H-1b Cases Need to be Filed Now: Why is our Gov't doing this to us?

Let's talk about alternatives to capped H-1b filings - and, more importantly, why we are in the mess we are in. These cases should be filed no later than April 1, 2008 (for any chance to receive one of these visas).

"Capped exempt" cases do not have to participate in the lottery coming up, because individuals previously accorded H-1b status, or who are presently working under this status, are exempt from the upcoming quota. However, new H-1b cases are capped at 65,000 per year, with an additional 20,000 for those with a U.S. "advance degree". The foreign equivalent, even with a proper credential evaluation, will not allow an applicant to utilize one of these special visas.

The situation described, each year running out of H-1b visas, and going into a lottery situation, is a disaster for this country and our technology companies especially.

Although Silicon Valley continues to function, and the entrepreneurial spirit here persists despite our country's, and really the world's, economic woes, thre is no question in my mind that our broken immigration system (yes, let's just talk about legal immigration), and the Government's total inattention to the extraordinary needs of American business to hire and/or keep what I call "the best an brightest", is inexcusable.

Whether the the pundits and so-called experts finally realize that we are now in a recession (something the 'average citizen' could have easily called), the fact remains that there are still no new H-1b visas available. These visas, often called temporary "work permits" for professionals, and the employers that use them, will not be alloted or be able to be used until the beginning of fiscal year 2009 - which begins 10/1/2008!

If one speaks to HR Directors and Engineering Managers, CEOs, Venture Capitalists, and the many other Executives and Managers who are responsible for our 'innovative' and cutting edge industries, there is a huge shortage of highly technical and skill U.S. workers, most apparent in the 'high tech' sector.

But it is not just a shortage of highly skilled scientists, academics, and PhD engineers that is killing our economy. Our companies also need to import and staff positions of lesser high technology and other workers - including skilled programmers and software engineers. This workforce too is in short supply in the United States.

Our colleges are filled with exceptional foreign students, as are our graduate schools. U.S. citizens generally do not go into the sciences, but seek MBAs ad Law degrees. Forcing these exceptional individuals home to compete against is just lousy immigration policy. Let's at least give them an option to stay here (and become part of our local economy). I'm not even mentioning the extraordiary foreign citizens who are interested in coming here to work.

To force companies to wait one year to even apply for an H-1b prospective employee, and then not even be guarantee the workforce they need (remember there is a lottery), it is no wonder more and more companies are giving up and off-shoring their talent pool.

Yes, there is a globalization aspect to the phenomenon, but it is, contrary what one might read, a situation too often forced by necessity, ignorance, or just plain "stupdity".

One must ask, why is our Government doing this to us?


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