IEEE-USA Offers Fresh Take on H-1B Visa Issue

Ann All

The H-1B visa issue tends to yield more inflamed rhetoric than rational thinking, so we were pleased to see an idea from the IEEE-USA that seems to fall squarely into the latter category.


According to this Computerworld blog post, politicians such as Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are between a political rock and a hard place with their attempts to find immigration reform that will satisfy companies that say they need more access to foreign workers -- while not infuriating voters who see such moves as anti-American.


The answer isn't more H-1B visas, the solution being pushed by Bill Gates and other tech heavyweights, says IEEE-USA.


Instead, the IEEE-USA suggests that the U.S. should expand its EB and F-4 visa programs, which would help employers fill the need for skilled workers, while putting the workers on a footing roughly equal to their American-born counterparts.


In theory, employers would find it tougher to get away with such abuses as underpaying foreign-born workers, one of the problems referenced in a recent Government Accountability Office report on H-1B visas.

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