H-1B visas allow professional, often tech-savvy workers to enter the country to meet growing demand from U.S. businesses. The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Tuesday that it has received more than enough applications to fill the 65,000 annual limit on H-1B white-collar guest worker visas. The filing period for the visas was between April 1 and 7.
The agency said it also received more than enough petitions to fill 20,000 additional H-1B visas filed by U.S. employers on behalf of people with advanced degrees -- beyond the annual 65,000 cap. The final selection of who will get the visas is done by computer-generated lottery.
So, there are far more applications than positions allowed under the law. And a lottery will be used to see which businesses get the workers they need.
This is a screwy system that can do real damage to businesses and the economy.
What to do? That’s simple. Expand the number of H-1B visas to meet market demands.