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2/17/2015
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H-1B Overhaul Increases US Dependence On Skilled Foreign Workers

High tech OEMs are looking for skilled workers from all over the world. New H-1B visa guidelines offer an opportunity to bring in a wealth of new talent.

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Many high-tech supply chain managers looking for qualified talent to fill jobs across their supply chain network will be thrilled with recently introduced immigration legislation. New guidelines triple the cap on the number of skilled foreign workers allowed in under the H-1B visa program.

While some are happy with the announcement, however, my concern is that the proposed changes don't go far enough to shorten the length of time it will take for an H-1B visa holder to become a U.S. citizen, a process that currently can take more than ten years. That said, the bill will effectively increase U.S. dependence on skilled foreign workers tasked with applying their skills toward improving American innovation and job creation. 

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Dubbed the Immigration Innovation ("I-Squared") Act of 2015, the bill is designed to attract qualified workers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Introduced by Sen Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Jan. 13, the proposed bill raises the H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000, and can go as high as 195,000 in years when the need arises.

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2/25/2015 | 12:45:33 PM
The gap still exists

This has always been a hot issue but the truth is there still is a shortage of workers in America that can fill some of these technical jobs. Until we address the skills gap the jobs will still the influx of foreign workers willing to take the positions. Companies relying on these employs should demonstrate how they are trying to fill the gap internally but offering training and education programs to their employees if they really want to address the issue long term.

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