2 Million Unfilled High-tech Jobs in the US
Latest Immigration News: May 18,2012
“We have to remember how this country was built. All of us are sons and daughters of immigrants that showed up here and made our way. We’ve cut off that flow,” Cornyn* said, adding that the US currently has around 2 million unfilled high-tech jobs. www.workpermit.com/new
*Senator Cornyn, US republican Senator is a member of a panel that oversees immigration. He proposed a bill to increase the number of H-1B visas, allowing an additional 55,000 visas available each year for graduates with master’s and doctoral degrees from US universities.” There was talk that the green card lottery may disappear. Not a popular idea.
As of May 12, 2012, there are 28,300 visas left under the H-1B regular visa cap and 5,200 for the H-1B visa advanced degree level visa cap.
Chart from the US Department of Homelands Security
What is a H-1B Visa?
The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H). It allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. If a foreign worker in H-1B status quits or is dismissed from the sponsoring employer, the worker must either apply for and be granted a change of status to another non-immigrant status, find another employer (subject to application for adjustment of status and/or change of visa), or leave the United States. Wikipedia
What is a green card Lottery?
The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery. The lottery is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” (DV immigrants). The Act makes available 55,000 permanent resident visas annually to natives of countries deemed to have low rates of immigration to the United States. Wikipedia
FY 2013 H-1B Cap Count