The Problem with the H1B Visa Program Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Problem with the H1B Visa Program
Looks at the legal implications of the H-1B visa problem and solutions and at Bill Gates' proposal to remedy the H-1B shortage.
# 147206 | 4,225 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2011 in Business (Human Resources) , Political Science (General) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper first explains that the H-1B visa category under the Immigration Act of 1990 and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) originally was designed to attract individuals with highly specialized knowledge to avoid a shortage of skilled workers, which could damage the economy; however, this program is being abused. Next, the author points out, that this abuse has led to jobs being given at a lesser salary to foreigners rather than to U.S. citizens. The paper relates that Bill Gates indicates that there is a still a need for the H-1B visa because of a serious shortage of U.S. scientists and engineers and has made recommendation to improving the H-1B situation.

Table of Contents:
H-1B Visa
The Original Intent of the H-1B Visa Program

From the Paper:

"The second approach that Gates takes involves changes to the immigration status for foreign workers with certain skills. He asserts that congress should allow some sort of permanent resident status for these workers. Gates argues that America should make it easier for highly skilled foreign born workers to become United States Citizens. In doing this the American workforce will have access to the skills needed and innovation will flourish when foreign born employees and American born employees can work together for greater periods of time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Employment Law Guide Chapter: Workers in Professional and Specialty Occupations (H-1B and H-1B1Visas).
  • Gates, William. March 12, 2008.Written Testimony of William H. Gates Chairman, Microsoft Corporation And Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Before the Committee on Science and Technology United States House of Representatives.
  • "H-1B VISA PROGRAM Labor Could Improve Its Oversight and Increase Information Sharing with Homeland Security". 2006 United States Government Accountability Office (GOA).
  • Herbst, Moira, October 27,2008. How Companies Abuse Work Visas. Business Week, 00077135, Issue 4105
  • Sherk, James. May 6, 2008) H-1B Workers: Highly Skilled, Highly Needed. The Heritage Foundation.

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