Feb. 19, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by IEEE-
The Top 10 users of H-1B visas in FY 2012 were companies who specialize in shipping American jobs offshore, according to an analysis of government data by Computerworld magazine.
The analysis comes at a time when a bill before Congress, the "Immigration Innovation Act," would expand the H-1B visa program from 85,000 visas to more than 400,000 annually.
In "The data shows: Top H-1B users are offshore outsourcers," Computerworld found that, "Based on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data analyzed, the major beneficiaries of the proposed increase in the cap would be pure offshore outsourcing firms."
"This confirms that H-1B visas facilitate the transfer of high-skill, high-paying American jobs to other countries," IEEE-
said. "Congress should pass laws that create U.S. jobs, not destroy them."
, a professor of public policy at the
Rochester Institute of Technology
, commented on the analysis in a blog entry (
) for the Economic Policy Institute:
"There are two reasons these firms hire H-1Bs instead of Americans: 1) an H-1B worker can legally be paid less than a U.S. worker in the same occupation and locality; and 2) the H-1B worker learns the job and then rotates back to the home country and takes the work with him. That's why the H-1B was dubbed the "Outsourcing Visa" by the former Commerce Minister of
, Kamal Nath.
"Rather than keeping jobs from leaving our shores, the H-1B does the opposite, by facilitating offshoring and providing employers with cheap, temporary labor -- while reducing job opportunities for American high-tech workers in the process."