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Visa Debate in the Tech Industry

Monday, May 06, 2013 1:34 pm - by Everest
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People with degrees and training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM for short) are some of the most sought-after job candidates on the market today. STEM jobs have also come under the national spotlight recently in the congressional debate over immigration, specifically in regards to the proposed increase of H-1B work visas. Opponents of the visa increase suggest that tech jobs that might otherwise go to Americans will go instead, in ever greater numbers, to foreigners.

STEM industries, specifically technology companies, have some of the most highly-publicized employee shortages in the nation. Companies like Microsoft continue to complain of a talent shortage while thousands of qualified graduates and job seekers languish in unemployment. These companies are relying more heavily on foreign talent, such as Facebook with 15% of its staff on visas. Naturally, these companies are some of the most vocal proponents of the new legislation. What do you think? Should the most qualified candidate get the job no matter what, or should considerations be made to help lower American unemployment? Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion. To read the full article click the link below.

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