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February 16, 2004 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
For Rockwell Scientific Co., hiring the best talent is a matter of corporate survival. Chief Executive Derek Cheung says he simply can't find enough professionals in the United States with the highly specialized skills to produce the sophisticated sensors and other high-technology products the Thousand Oaks company makes. And he says changes to a foreign worker visa program threaten the ability of Rockwell Scientific and other U.S.
February 12, 2006 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
President Bush's recent call for more visas for skilled foreign workers increases the likelihood that relief is on the way for U.S. technology firms that say they are struggling to fill key positions. In a Feb. 2 speech at the Minnesota headquarters of 3M, the president said it was a "mistake not to encourage more really bright folks who can fill the jobs that are having trouble being filled here in America."
June 9, 2013 | By Giovanni Peri
As an economist, an immigrant and a scholar of the effects of immigration on the U.S. economy, I find that few pieces of legislation have engaged me more than the proposal for comprehensive immigration reform that the full Senate will take up this week. The most heated debates have been about the path to legal status for those undocumented immigrants who are already in the United States. But this bill does much more than that. It changes the rules regulating the future flow of immigrants and of non-immigrant, temporary foreign workers.
March 4, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Microsoft Corp., facing criticism for hiring foreigners while conducting job cuts, said it planned to keep its use of H1-B guest-worker visas at about the same level. The company posted a letter on a blog from general counsel Brad Smith in response to concerns voiced by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). After Microsoft fired an initial 1,400 employees Jan. 22, Grassley wrote to Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, demanding that he fire H1-B visa holders first. Microsoft has been one of the leading advocates for an expansion of the H1-B program.
March 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Homeland Security Department approved 10,000 more applications for visas for high-tech and specialty workers than Congress permitted for this fiscal year. The mistake was made with H1-B visas, available to foreigners with a bachelor's degree or higher who want to fill U.S. jobs in architecture, engineering, medicine, biotechnology and computer programming.
April 7, 2007
SELDOM HAS IT BEEN so clear that U.S. immigration policy is counterproductive to U.S. interests as it was on Monday. That's the day companies began filing applications for high-skilled foreign workers -- and it's also the day the quota was filled. Technology companies and other businesses filed more than 100,000 petitions requesting H-1B visas for their employees, easily surpassing the annual 65,000 quota.
The state's technology companies may be getting short shrift in the race to hire coveted high-tech specialists from other nations under a special visa allocation program signed into law last year. Processing delays at the California Service Center of the Immigration and Naturalization Service have put H-1B visa approvals two to six weeks behind similar approvals at the agency's service centers in Nebraska, Texas and Vermont, according to the INS.
Democratic congressional leaders announced a tactical shift Tuesday that opens the door to passage of popular legislation that would expand a program granting temporary visas to skilled foreign workers--a priority of the high-technology industry. Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, the Democratic minority leaders, said that they would seek to attach other immigration reforms sought by Latino groups to a different bill.
October 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
The government would issue 30,000 more visas to high-tech and other skilled foreign workers each year and increase fees for those visas to help trim the budget deficit under a measure proposed by a Senate committee. The move by the Senate Judiciary Committee comes as high-tech firms and other businesses complain that, for the third year in a row, they have already met the annual cap on the popular H1-B visas just 20 days into the government's 2005-06 fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
June 11, 1999 | Charles Piller
The Immigration and Naturalization Service is expected to announce today that the special visa program designed to help stem labor shortages in the technology work force has met its quota of 115,000 visas more than three months ahead of schedule, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House immigration subcommittee. Once the quota has been reached, no more H1-B visas can be issued until Oct. 1.
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