Changing H-1B visa
Changing H-1B visa program should be a priority. There are too many companies that need top IT talent. We should not waste H-1B visas on companies that want to reduce costs. It would be better to pay foreign nationals who bring value to The US economy. There is no way that we can maintain a leadership position in IT by cutting costs and eliminating US based jobs and resulting experience and training.
The current H-1B system is being gamed by outsources. That just has to stop. Suggestions for changes that should be made are:
- Eliminate the lottery.
- Give priority to only those companies who have graduates from US universities. Do not allow companies to use foreign nationals who have not attended US universities. At the same time allow for exceptions for individuals who command salaries in excess of US median salaries for positions in question. Include a bond equal to 20% of annual salaries. Refunded to companies after individual becomes a full time resident.
3. Certify companies are NOT just replacing US nationals for profit. If they are, do not allow them to get any future H-1Bs and have them re- justify any existing H-1Bs. Use industry groups for the justification process not govt employees or agencies.
These are simple changes to the H-1B program but they need to be made if we are to maintain our technical leadership.