H-1B Visa Ban Leading To Job Outsourcing

October 29, 2009

in Miscellaneous,News

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration & Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H). This H-1B visa, introduced by USA government, offers highly skilled international professionals and/or students around the world an opportunity to live and work in USA.

However, the ban on H-1B visas now debars US companies from hiring people holding H-1B visas if they take help under $ 787-billion economic bail-out package. Many USA high-tech firms including Microsoft are being forced to outsource more jobs overseas because of outdated immigration policies.

Ban on H-1B visas will result in shortage of highly skilled professionals which in turn will disturb the US economy in various ways. So in order to maintain the economy, global competitive advantage and to bring cultural diversity into the workplace, the companies would need to increase the outsourcing of job. But this is not the only solution, one other alternative could be increasing the number of H-1B visas that are available to U.S companies.

Bill gates, founder of the Microsoft says that if we increase the number of H-1B visas that are available to US companies, employment of US nationals would likely grow as well. For instance, Microsoft has found that for every H-1B hire we make, we add on average four additional employees to support them in various capacities.



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