Friday, January 28, 2011

H-1B To Displace U.S. High-Tech Workforce

The U.S. visa programs that allow companies to hire skilled foreign workers is "out of control" and is costing Americans hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to an analysis from the Economic Policy Institute. The H-1B and L-1 visa programs currently account for 1 million guest workers in the United States. Many of these foreign workers are employed at companies that have embraced offshore outsourcing of high-wage, high-tech workers as their primary business model.

The top four companies that use the H-1B visa to staff their U.S. operations are Indian outsourcing firms: Infosys, Wipro, Satyam and Tata Consultancy Services. By bringing in cheap Indian workers, these companies avoid hiring Americans and are able train workers for when they are sent back to India. They are also decimating one of America's most important industries: IT services.

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