article in the Washington Post, indicates that the tech sector has spent millions
on lobbying efforts for increasing the number of H-1B visas available
to foreign nationals seeking work in the United States. Intense efforts
by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies have helped drive a
proposed Senate bill to include almost doubling the current number of
H-1B visas available to foreign workers, while also giving "permanent
legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees
from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering or math"
according to sources quoted in the Post article.
This would represent a boon for US employers, and in particular the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel
Hill area, as the Research Triangle Park, is a huge driver of job growth
for the surrounding community. RTP, which is home to high tech heavyweights
IBM, DuPont, Cisco and GlaksoSmithKline, would likely benefit greatly
from an increase in available H-1Bs, as the local employers often complain
about the inability to staff open job positions once H-1B CAP numbers
have been exhausted. Without Congressional action, the problem is likely
to be exaccerbated again this year, as USCIS, as well as practitioners,
are predicting the H-1B CAP to be reached in the first few days of filing
beginning April 1, 2013.