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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:14 PM

10% of Microsoft's U.S. workforce is H-1Bs, and they want more

Source: Seattle Times

Microsoft is so eager to find qualified engineers and programmers for its thousands of vacancies that it has offered to pay a bounty to the government in exchange for extra visas in order to import more foreign workers.

... Microsoft's proposal has sparked concerns both old and new about the visa program that has allowed companies to recruit hundreds of thousands of well-educated foreign nationals to fill U.S. jobs.

... Microsoft is among the nation's heaviest corporate users of H-1B visas, accounting for 10 percent of its U.S. workforce of 57,400. The company said it applied for an average of 850 visas each year between 2010 and 2011 for new employees on their first H-1B visa.

... And though the vast majority of Microsoft's visa workers held technical jobs, some were hired as a public relations manager, paralegal or graphic designer, the green-card data show.

Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019758596_microsoftvisa25m.html

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Reply 10% of Microsoft's U.S. workforce is H-1Bs, and they want more (Original post)
Newsjock Nov 2012 OP
hollysmom Nov 2012 #1
robinlynne Nov 2012 #2
Systematic Chaos Nov 2012 #4
dembotoz Nov 2012 #3

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:17 PM

1. surprise, surprise

I watched the use of H1B visas for cheap workers grow since the 70's when they used to get them from England.

ETA in the 70's it was student visas, the people were brought over as "students"

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:21 PM

2. Why not write into the law that every perosn here on an H1 visa gets paid double the median wage

for that profession. I mean since it is important enough to bring someone from out of the country, obviously the position is worth double pay, right? Remember there are no Americans qualified to do this job. This is the only person who can do this job. That is what the visa application says.
poof. the visas will go away.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:21 AM

4. I like your thinking!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:26 PM

3. not just microsoft

i work in telecom and it seems that when i am on a webinar or a conference call or working with higher than street level tech support, i do not hear that many western sounding names anymore.

this is not meant to be a complaint. It is an observation.

bright bright people

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