Claiming that H-1B visas lead to outsourcing of US jobs,an American professional body of engineers has opposed the move of expanding the most popular working visa among IT professionals.
The H-1B programme shouldnt be used to facilitate the transfer of high-paying jobs to other countries. If Congress wants a full US economic recovery,it shouldnt even think about expanding it, IEEE-USA President Marc Apter said.
Beginning Monday,the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will start accepting applications for H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2014 starting October. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)-USA is the largest body of electrical and electronics engineers in the US.
In a statement,the body alleged that most of these visas are being grabbed by those companies which outsource American jobs overseas.
Starting next week,proponents of an H-1B visa increase will bemoan the fact that the H-1B cap is already used up. But it was outsourcing companies businesses who use the visas to take American jobs who used nearly two-thirds of them Apter said.
Referring to data compiled by the US Department of Labour Office of Foreign Labor Certification,the body said the top 10 companies applying for H-1B visas in the first three months of fiscal 2013 are all offshore outsourcing companies.
These 10 organisations collectively had 1,12,739 positions representing 73.4 per cent more than the base annual H-1B cap of 65,000 certified to be filled by an H-1B worker. Many of these work visas are issued to scientists and engineers,it said.
Moreover,64.1 per cent of the 1,75,806 certified H-1B applications from just 1 October to 31 December 2012 went to these 10 companies,and there are many more than 10 outsourcers,IEEE-USA said.
The body has sought a legislation providing employment-based green cards for skilled immigrants earning advanced STEM degrees from US colleges and universities,and their dependents.