A recent 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.