H-1B Free?

Those in favor of lifting limits on the US government H-1B visas, which allow workers from other countries to take jobs in the US, might want to read this alternate view.

Tech companies in particular say the program is essential to filling critical job openings requiring math and science acumen that too few Americans have. Critics fire back that the program turns the foreign citizens into indentured servants — they generally receive significantly lower pay relative to their American counterparts and no benefits, and have no opportunity to leave the sponsor company for another (better) job.

There’s also commentary from the author of the H-1B visa program, too, who says it has evolved into something far afield from what was originally envisioned.


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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (pcea.net). He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow