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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 06:41 PM
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Engineer finds it hard to compete against foreign tech workers
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Source: Advance Newspapers (Michigan)

Michigan Job Search asked readers to share their stories of long-term unemployment to put a face to the unemployed. Here, this engineer shares his story about the difficulty of competing for tech jobs with foreign workers.

I am a 45-year-old tech worker. I have a master's degree in electrical engineering.

Up until 2002, I was doing incredibly well. At that point, I had 15 years of professional experience with several companies. I had many of the necessary certifications that were in demand. I had peaked at nearly a six-figure income. Then the bottom dropped out.

Congress voted to raise the H-1B visa limit "temporarily" to 195,000 workers per year for the following three years. An H-1B visa worker is a foreign worker who is usually educated and skilled. They are "sponsored" by a company in the U.S.

... After being unemployed for a year, I picked up and moved on to a job that paid $10 an hour and stuck that out until getting laid off in September 2008.

... My unemployment benefits run out this week. It pains me that the people running this country care more about employing foreign workers in our own backyard than they do American citizens. Even now, with unemployment so high in the state of Michigan, companies are hiring H-1B workers more than ever.

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