A Senate committee yesterday once again entered the visa mine field, voting to double the number of H-1B visas to 115,000 starting in 2007. (The full Senate and House must also approve the measure — which is part of the Immigration Bill — and President Bush must sign it in order for it to take effect.)
H-1B visas are currently capped at 65,000 a year. The proposed measure would raise the cap to 115,000, with an option of raising the cap 20% more each year.
Tech companies claim they need high numbers of foreign citizens to fill the skills gap left by American workers. Others says that’s a copout: that there are plenty of Americans to fill those jobs and that companies are simply looking for cheaper sources of skilled labor.
Where do you stand?