H-1B - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/1983 en H-1B applications surge to 172,500 -- twice the cap http://www.infoworld.com/t/h-1b/h-1b-applications-surge-172500-twice-the-cap-240300?source=rss_h-1b <p>The U.S. received twice as many H-1B visa petitions as it can give out under its 85,000 visa cap, and is thus distributing the visas via lottery.</p> <p>In total, the U.S. received about 172,500 applications for H-1B visas -- that carry a 65,000 base cap and another cap of 20,000 for those who earned a master's degree or higher in the U.S., the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service said today. The visas picked in the lottery can be used in the 2015 federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.</p> IT Jobs H-1B Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:42:24 +0000 admin 240300 at http://www.infoworld.com Here we go again: Outsourcers snap up H-1B visas at a record pace http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/here-we-go-again-outsourcers-snap-h-1b-visas-record-pace-240056?source=rss_h-1b <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/h1b_american_flag_hp.jpg" alt="TITLE" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The French have an elegant way to put it: <em>Plus les choses changent, plus elles restent les mêmes</em>. The more things change, the more they stay the same.</p> The Industry Standard IT Jobs H-1B Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 240056 at http://www.infoworld.com U.S. hits H-1B cap with 'high number' of petitions http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/us-hits-h-1b-cap-high-number-of-petitions-240025?source=rss_h-1b <p>The U.S. government said today it has reached the H-1B cap, and if this year is similar to previous years, 70 percent of applicants are under the age of 35, and a major portion will take jobs at offshore outsourcing companies.</p> <p>The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) said it received a "high number" of H-1B petitions, but was unable to give a final tally because it was still counting them.</p> The Industry Standard IT Jobs H-1B Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 admin 240025 at http://www.infoworld.com Offshore firms took 50 percent of H-1B visas in 2013 http://www.infoworld.com/t/h-1b/offshore-firms-took-50-percent-of-h-1b-visas-in-2013-239558?source=rss_h-1b <p>The U.S. today began accepting H-1B visa applications for the next fiscal year, with heavy demand expected. The visas will likely all be claimed by end of this week, and a major share of the H-1B visas will go to firms that use visa holders to displace U.S. workers.</p> <p>U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data, provided to Computerworld, is very clear about who are the largest users of H-1B visas: Offshore outsourcing firms.</p> H-1B Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:50:51 +0000 admin 239558 at http://www.infoworld.com Compete America says H-1B visas produce net IT job boost http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/compete-america-says-h-1b-visas-produce-net-it-job-boost-238728?source=rss_h-1b <p>The high-tech industry contends that Congress' failure to raise the cap on H-1B visas is costing the U.S. an opportunity to create a new job every 43 seconds.</p> <p>To make its point, Compete America, which represents many major high-tech firms on immigration issues, has built a calculator that ticks away jobs that it says are lost, or not created, because of visa restrictions.</p> IT Jobs H-1B Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:05:15 +0000 admin 238728 at http://www.infoworld.com Gates sees software replacing people; Greenspan calls for more H-1Bs http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-training/gates-sees-software-replacing-people-greenspan-calls-more-h-1bs-238452?source=rss_h-1b <p>Bill Gates and Alan Greenspan, in separate forums in Washington last week, offered outlooks and prescriptions for fixing jobs and income.</p> <p>Microsoft co-founder Gates, an optimist who says the pace of innovation is faster than ever, is concerned that graduates of U.S. secondary schools may not be able stay ahead of software automation.</p> IT Jobs IT Training H-1B Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:49:32 +0000 admin 238452 at http://www.infoworld.com How tech giants beat H-1B visa cap: They call 'em students http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/how-tech-giants-beat-h-1b-visa-cap-they-call-em-students-238269?source=rss_h-1b <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/indian_visa.jpg" alt="How tech giants beat H-1B visa cap: They call 'em students" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> The Industry Standard IT Jobs H-1B Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 238269 at http://www.infoworld.com Professors warn that US grads could face competition from H-1B workers http://www.infoworld.com/t/federal-regulations/professors-warn-us-grads-could-face-competition-h-1b-workers-231003?source=rss_h-1b <p>If Congress does take action on <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9239471/A_stinky_onion_blooms_in_the_Senate_say_H_1B_critics" target="_blank">an immigration overhaul</a>, an H-1B increase will part of it. And the prospect of a big jump in the temporary work visas is worrisome to some academics, who say it will have consequences for students.</p> <p>The nexus of H-1B visas and higher education came up Friday during a policy forum for U.S. House staff members focused on H-1B visas.</p> Federal Regulations H-1B Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:20:43 +0000 admin 231003 at http://www.infoworld.com IBM settles with U.S. over alleged discrimination in job ads http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/ibm-settles-us-over-alleged-discrimination-in-job-ads-227794?source=rss_h-1b <p>The U.S. Dept. of Justice and IBM have settled charges the company posted job ads with a preference for visa holders, something the government says is discriminatory.</p> <p>The online job ads for application and software developers included "citizenship status preferences for F-1 and H-1B visa holders," said the Justice Dept., in a statement Friday.</p> The Industry Standard IBM IT Jobs H-1B Government Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:27 +0000 admin 227794 at http://www.infoworld.com Facebook and Infosys: Working hard to perpetuate H-1B hypocrisy http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/facebook-and-infosys-working-hard-perpetuate-h-1b-hypocrisy-224422?source=rss_h-1b <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/generic_court_legal_hp.jpg" alt="Facebook and Infosys: Working hard to perpetuate H-1B hypocrisy" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Infosys, the giant Indian outsourcing firm that's the target of an ongoing federal investigation into visa fraud, has been hit with a suit claiming it discriminates against U.S.-born job applicants -- a contention that's</p> Application Development The Industry Standard H-1B Outsourcing Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 224422 at http://www.infoworld.com U.S. workers found to outperform offshore staff http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/us-workers-found-outperform-offshore-staff-223882?source=rss_h-1b <p>U.S.-based workers show more initiative and are more innovative and more understanding of the business than offshore workers, a new study that looks on sourcing services in the U.S has found.</p> <p>These qualities are helping to boost use of domestic IT services, especially as companies move to cloud-based services, said HfS Research, an IT services research firm and consultancy.</p> H-1B Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:37:20 +0000 admin 223882 at http://www.infoworld.com A final, desperate -- and doomed -- push for H-1B restrictions http://www.infoworld.com/t/h-1b/final-desperate-and-doomed-push-h-1b-restrictions-221118?source=rss_h-1b <p>The Senate is expected to vote next week on an immigration bill, and it is likely to pass after one last fight to give U.S. workers hiring preference over foreigners with H-1B visas.</p> <p>Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are backing a proposed amendment to the immigration bill that would require employers to "first offer a vacant position to an equally or better qualified American worker" before filling the job with an H-1B worker.</p> Federal Regulations H-1B Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:05:18 +0000 admin 221118 at http://www.infoworld.com Get real, Bill -- we do need more H-1Bs for tech workers http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/get-real-bill-we-do-need-more-h-1bs-tech-workers-219762?source=rss_h-1b <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/h1b_american_flag_hp.jpg" alt="Get real, Bill -- we do need more H-1Bs for tech workers" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Recently InfoWorld's own Bill Snyder wrote about the efforts by companies <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/debunking-the-h-1b-hogwash-stem-grads-are-pouring-out-of-us-colleges-218713">to increase the numb</a></p> Application Development IT Jobs Application Development H-1B Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Andrew Oliver 219762 at http://www.infoworld.com Silicon Valley: Land of the 21st-century robber barons http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/silicon-valley-land-of-the-21st-century-robber-barons-219586?source=rss_h-1b <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/cash_case.jpg" alt="Silicon Valley: Land of the 21st-century robber barons" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Ireneusz Skorupa</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Amazon.com Apple Facebook Google E-commerce Federal Regulations H-1B Technology Business Thu, 30 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 219586 at http://www.infoworld.com A stinky onion blooms in the Senate, say H-1B critics http://www.infoworld.com/t/federal-regulations/stinky-onion-blooms-in-the-senate-say-h-1b-critics-219177?source=rss_h-1b <p>With the H-1B fight over and lost, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) lashed out, almost flailing in the minutes before the Senate Judiciary Committee's final vote Tuesday.</p> <p>The tech industry had won. It was getting late in the day and the committee was moments away from adopting, in a 16-2 vote, 19-pages of <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9239301/H_1B_politics_shifts_to_backroom_as_vote_nears">tech industry sponsored amendments</a> to the H-1B provisions in the long-awaited Senate immigration.</p> Federal Regulations H-1B Thu, 23 May 2013 11:37:24 +0000 admin 219177 at http://www.infoworld.com Debunking the H-1B hogwash: STEM grads are pouring out of U.S. colleges http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/debunking-the-h-1b-hogwash-stem-grads-are-pouring-out-of-us-colleges-218713?source=rss_h-1b <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/diploma.jpg" alt="Debunking the H-1B hogwash: STEM grads are pouring out of U.S. colleges" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> The Industry Standard IT Jobs H-1B Thu, 23 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 218713 at http://www.infoworld.com An H-1B jobs database the tech industry may hate http://www.infoworld.com/t/federal-regulations/h-1b-jobs-database-the-tech-industry-may-hate-218166?source=rss_h-1b <p>Within the U.S. Senate's <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238422/Senate_s_big_immigration_bill_seeks_to_crack_down_on_offshore_outsourcing" target="_blank">comprehensive immigration bill</a> is a proposal to create a database that may shed new light on H-1B hiring.</p> <p>The intent of the database is to help improve the odds that a U.S. worker may get hired over a foreign worker. But the bill's effectiveness may rise and fall on fuzzy terms, such as "preference" and "good faith" hiring, and its enforcement provisions. This is where the legislative battle may be fought.</p> Federal Regulations H-1B Wed, 08 May 2013 12:13:56 +0000 admin 218166 at http://www.infoworld.com As Congress considers more H-1B visas, U.S. tech workers struggle to find work http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/congress-considers-more-h-1b-visas-us-tech-workers-struggle-find-work-217830?source=rss_h-1b <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/h1b_american_flag_hp.jpg" alt="As Congress contemplates more H-1B visas, U.S. tech workers struggle to find work" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Many tech companies have called for the U.S. Congress to ease restrictions on high-skill immigration because they can't find qualified tech workers to fill open positions.</p> The Industry Standard IT Jobs H-1B Fri, 03 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 217830 at http://www.infoworld.com U.S. firms say H-1B restrictions may help them http://www.infoworld.com/t/h-1b/us-firms-say-h-1b-restrictions-may-help-them-216856?source=rss_h-1b <p>IT support services firm Caleris has this message on its homepage, "Outsource to Iowa. Not India," against a picture of a corn field and farm houses.</p> <p>Caleris' message could not be clearer. The company is competing from rural Iowa, with its lower cost-of-living, against India's offshore providers, and those in many other countries as well. But Caleris' founders, Sheldon Ohringer and Rick Grewell, two native Iowans, believe the U.S. Senate's comprehensive immigration bill may help them.</p> IT Jobs Federal Regulations H-1B Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:36:47 +0000 admin 216856 at http://www.infoworld.com Silicon Valley is lying about the state of U.S. tech education http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/silicon-valley-lying-about-the-state-of-us-tech-education-216736?source=rss_h-1b <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/classroom_tech_education.jpg" alt="Silicon Valley is lying about the state of U.S. tech education" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: S. Jastrzebski</p></em></div> The Industry Standard IT Jobs H-1B Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 216736 at http://www.infoworld.com