The Future of Professional Workforce
September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
In the recent years usage of the H-1B visa program has slowed down dramatically. Prior to 2008, as soon as the government began accepting H-1B applications in the beginning of April each year, the 85,000 available visas were immediately used up for that fiscal year. In a previous post, several H-1B visas for fiscal year 2011 remain available even now. This is an indication of our sluggish economy and to help revive it we must recognize that immigration continues to play a large role in the American workforce and the US economy. The viability and long-term success of the H-1B visa program will depend on several factors: reconsider the current caps placed on temporary work visas like H-1B in light of the 21st century realities, implement practical measures to protect the interests of both the US workers and foreign workers by leveling the playing field and enhancing labor protections, minimize restrictions placed on foreign workers to change employers and to become permanent residents, and step up on enforcement against fraud and abuse of the H-1B visa program. For more detailed discussions on this and related topics, read the article from AILA.