As Congress debates whether the U.S. needs to issue more temporary visas for high-skill foreign nationals, a new study finds that, contrary to popular belief, the U.S. produces plenty of graduates in the fields of science and engineering. But they’re not getting those jobs.
For the first time in years, American companies blew past the cap on H-1B visa petitions to sponsor educated, foreign workers. Many say that’s a sign of economic recovery, but some say the program is rife with abuses.
U.S. companies start petitioning Monday for H-1B visas to bring in temporary workers with specialized skills during the next federal fiscal year. There’s a good chance petitions will exceed the federal limit within the week, but questions remain whether immigration policy is leaving smaller companies in limbo.