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The US Immigration reform bill is gone down the drain: No hope for early revival !


Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the bill that would have moved the comprehensive immigration legislation forward. The bill had been backed heavily by most of the US Software and Technology companies. However, it is the second time within a month that this bill has failed to secure enough votes. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) in United States were disappointed that Senate action on the immigration bill has not gone through.

The comprehensive immigration bill and its amendments included provisions to raise the current H-1B cap of 85,000 (which includes 65,000 visas plus and additional 20,000 visa exemptions for foreign students with advanced degrees from U.S. schools) to more than 115,000 and up to 180,000 annually.

The Indian Software companies are the ones who will be affected severely due to this decision. This year, the H1B cap of 65000 visas was filled within 36 hrs of it opening.

The other H1B anti fraud bill proposed by two senators earlier, who had accused Indian software companies of abusing h1b visas is still in senate judiciary committee.

I am sharing with you an interesting video that explains how the whole process of recruiting H1B and converting to green card works.

I had mixed reactions after watching this video, but it does seem that this practice may be true to certain extent. It would be nice to hear from readers their reactions.

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  2. Green Card says

    From a humanitarian perspective, our fellow human beings, who migrate to support their families, continue to suffer at the hands of immigration policies that separate them from family members and drive them into remote parts of the American desert, sometimes to their deaths. This suffering should not continue.

    Now is the time to address this pressing humanitarian issue which affects so many lives and undermines basic human dignity. Our society should no longer tolerate a status quo that perpetuates a permanent underclass of persons and benefits from their labor without offering them legal protections.

  3. trakin says

    Edward, Thank you for your views.
    Yes, I was actually surprised with the lawyers who explained the whole process in such detail and thereby also coming out with facts on how to manipulate it. This video surely helped the immigration bill to be shot down.
    However, although the skilled worker program may have certain flaws, one has to agree that skilled immigrant population has made huge difference to the US economy and have helped US to stay competitive.
    I second your opinion on salary increase, they should be at least at-par if not more..

  4. Edward says

    Hi, I have been in the IT Consulting business for more than 20 years. That video is an accurate example of the process H-1B immigration process. The only shocking thing about the video is that the Lawyers were so candidate in a public forum on “how” to manipulate the “law”, so that they can “skirt” around the true intent of the law and the H-1B program.

    In most cases that applicant is from India…… and is in a Technology field….and is being paid significantly less than an American.

    The true intent of the H-1B is to bring in from around the world the most talented individuals in their respective fields. These individuals are so talented that they have skill above and beyond what is available in the market place in America. Unfortunately, today the H-1B is not based on the talent, it’s based on how to get cheaper labor that undercut the American based worker. The true intent of the H1-B is being bypassed and shirted and that video is an example of how common the practice has become.

    In H-1B reform, the USA needs to create an “ACCURATE” salary survey that reflects what an American would truly get in the free market place. Then the law would state that the H-1B MUST be paid in the upper 10% of that range. If the H1-B is so talented with skills above and beyond Americans, in a free market place, these individuals would be paid more than Americans.

    Thanks to that video, the immigration bill was crushed and now H1-B reform is going to be considered. The days of Infosys and friends getting nearly 5000 H1-B per year to basically undercut the American worker and shirt around the true intent of the H-1B laws is going end in 2008!!

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