June 11, 1999 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1998 |
Willem Wijnbergen, the new managing director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is free at last to assume his position--a week and a half late. After months of waiting for his papers to be formalized, the 39-year-old Dutch national was informed Tuesday that the Immigration and Naturalization Service had issued a notice of approval. "I half liked my illegal status," Wijnbergen said from his Hancock Park home.
November 21, 2001 |
In the midst of one of the largest tech layoffs in history, U.S. firms obtained government approval to bring in a record 163,200 foreign workers under a controversial program that critics say is being abused to hire cheaper overseas talent. Although the number of approved visas under the H-1B program fell short of the 195,000 allowed annually, the hiring binge in the fiscal year ended Sept.
September 16, 2001 |
Singh, a foreign-born computer programmer, lives and works in Silicon Valley. He felt the chill earlier this year when a former colleague sent him an e-mail message. "He told me foreigners should go home," said Singh, who requested that only his middle name be used. "I am a U.S. citizen." Patrick McQuown, chief executive of the Washington-based Web design firm Proteus Inc.
April 5, 2007 |
High-tech firms and other businesses are urging Congress to increase the number of visas available for skilled foreign workers after immigration officials announced this week that the 65,000 visa cap was reached within hours. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received more than 150,000 H-1B petitions Monday, the first day companies could submit applications for potential workers. Applications received Tuesday have not been tallied.
July 24, 2006
ONE OF THE UNITED STATES' greatest economic assets is its ability to attract and stimulate the world's most innovative minds. High-skilled immigrants have long played a key role in the country's technological prowess. But that magnetism is being threatened by inadequate visa policies and this year's volatile immigration debate. The H-1B visa, good for six years, is the main legal means for employers to bring skilled and specialized workers from abroad.
October 4, 2000 |
Both houses of Congress on Tuesday approved a major expansion of the program that imports skilled foreign workers, responding to pleas for relief from what high-technology companies describe as an acute labor shortage. President Clinton is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as it is sent to him. The legislation would allow as many as 195,000 skilled foreign workers to enter the United States annually for the next three years and work under the so-called H-1B visa program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2006 |
This spring, a U.S. high-tech company recruited British citizen Gareth Lloyd for a possible engineering job. But before the Irvine office made its hiring decision, the number of available visas for skilled workers ran out, in a record time of less than two months. Lloyd, who has degrees in applied physics and electrical and electronics engineering, found another job in Germany. "I was a little bit incredulous," Lloyd, 34, said in a phone interview.
February 18, 2004 |
The federal government won't accept any more applications for a popular visa program that provides skilled foreign labor to U.S. companies, Citizenship and Immigration Services said. Less than five months into the fiscal year already there are enough applications to fill all 65,000 slots for H1-B visas, said Chris Bentley, a spokesman for the agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. The agency planned to stop accepting applications at the end of the day Tuesday.
September 21, 2000 |
Jericho Ponce leaped at the chance three years ago to travel 6,000 miles for a modest technology job here that provided more money for his mother, grandmother and brothers back in the Philippines. "To get an opportunity to work in the States--everybody dreams of that," said Ponce, who is one of more than half a million immigrant workers lured to the United States over the last decade by technology companies.