Infosys, Wipro, Satyam, Tata, and Cognizant also appear on the CIS’s top 10 list of companies obtaining H-1B visas for employees in fiscal 2007, along with Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Motorola, and Intel. Those facts further raise critics’ suspicions.
Bob Meltzer, who heads the VisaNow firm that helps applicants obtain visas, says there’s a growing belief that the L-1s are being abused today, though he can’t tell if that belief is justified. He does note that the L-1s had been abused in the early 1990s in the manner that critics suspect is happening today.
The Bottom Line: Immigration is a tough issue. And it’s even tougher when we don’t have all the facts, as is the case on employers’ claims of labor shortages requiring more foreign hires and employees’ claims of being replaced by foreign workers by companies looking to save a buck. When you’ve figured out the right balance, let the pols know what you think.
Complete list of 2007's underreported stories:
1. Java is becoming the new Cobol
2. Sun Microsystems is back in the game
3. Hackers take aim at Mac OS X
4. There are some threats you can worry less about
5. Companies may have found a way around H-1B visa limits
6. Open source’s new commercial strategy
7. End-to-end Ethernet finally arrives
8. Blade servers arrive for the masses
9. BI is dead; long live BI
10. Balance of power shifts to software buyers