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When officials at the college of veterinary medicine at Cornell University set out last year to explore new frontiers in horse reproduction, they knew there was just one man for the job. Equine sex experts, after all, are not a dime a dozen. Trouble was, the man they were convinced would make the research program a success, a specialist in animal embryo transfers, is from South Africa. And getting him a visa to work in the United States so far has proved impossible.
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."
March 11, 2013 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Eight senators who have spent weeks trying to write a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration laws have privately agreed on the most contentious part of the draft - how to offer legal status to the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. According to aides familiar with the closed-door negotiations, the bill would require illegal immigrants to register with Homeland Security Department authorities, file federal income taxes for their time in America and pay a still-to-be-determined fine.
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.
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