Border Security and the roughly 11 million illegal aliens are the sticking point, but the majorities in both Houses agree on an Immigration Bill that will increase the H-1b visas.  The Senate Bill increases H-1b’s from 65,000 to 110,000 and the Bill allows an even larger increase to 180,000 if the labor markets demand it.  The Senate Bill also helps students who get master degrees in science technology, engineering and math to stay in the country longer.  Unfortunately, 110,000 new H-1b visas are not enough, since last year over 120,000 H-1b applications were filed on April of 2012.   In addition, they are adding an additional step to the H-1b process, which is completely unnecessary.

The amount of H-1b’s should be at least 180,000.  The idea that we are stealing jobs from U.S. citizens is a ridiculous assumption.  If the H-1b visa program is terminated, that does not mean 65,000 US citizens would immediately be hired.  It means that most U.S. companies will simply outsource the work to a different country or do without.  In this day and age, a U.S. company has numerous options, and will not be “forced” to hire US workers.   In addition, 180,000 H-1b visas each year would create numerous jobs indirect jobs, increase the tax base, help the housing market and rental market.  H-1b employees are required by the Department of Labor to be paid the same salary as an American Citizen. By decreasing the H-1b visa, we are forcing talented educated workers to go to different countries and be productive income earners.   Along with the high corporate tax rate, it appears that the U.S. government is doing everything they can to lose the global competition for jobs.

The Law Offices of Andrew P. Johnson is a New York Immigration Law Firm that represents Corporation, non-profits, and individuals in applying for H-1b’s and all other immigration business visas.