The window for U.S. companies to submit their H-1B visa applications for next year opens today and ends on Monday. And Google’s not very happy about the details.
Neither are Microsoft and other tech companies. They want the government to increase the number of visas that companies can get to hire foreign workers. More than 150,000 applications are expected to be submitted this year, more than double the annual limit of 65,000.
Most large technology companies point to hundreds of job listings that they can’t fill because of the lack of qualified U.S. candidates, they say. In the long run, if they can’t hire enough skilled workers here, development and engineering offices are more likely to open elsewhere: H-1B concerns already prompted Microsoft to open a new programming center in Vancouver.
Tech companies are going to conclude “it’s not worth the effort to hire foreigners in the U.S.” In addition, a recent study concluded that insufficient quantities of visas are actually sending would-be U.S. job openings overseas (or north, to Canada).