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.