05 Mar Is Federal Government really concerned about the Temporary Visas of skilled Immigrant Workers?
As the world is changing from a technical perspective and going through the overall development of a particular nation, the matter of import and export of labor has become an integral part. One cannot ignore or work without that. Be it outsourcing or low-cost production with higher profit making. International companies are making it work to every possible limit. Most businesses insist on hiring skilled foreign workers as it allows them to fill positions which are in high demand competitively. Where proponents are happy to contribute as an international human. Opponents are troubled with increasing competition and working opportunities. The visas for such labors are H-1B which are issued every year. Even from the fiscal year, 1997-2011 employers exhausted this quota before the fiscal year was over. As some studies make clear, the presence in a company of highly skilled foreign workers whose abilities and talents complement those of native-born workers actually creates new employment opportunities for American workers. Some even consider the US unfortunate as its international competitiveness is depended and will depend heavily on the contributions of H-1B professionals from abroad.
A study released in 2008 by Harvard business school found that immigrants comprise nearly half of all scientists and engineers in the US who have a doctorate and accounted for almost 67%. This tends to increase the US science and engineering workforce between the years 1995-2006. This somewhere indicates that for 15 years now the H-1B visa program is playing an important role in innovating and growing the US. But Trump has come up with new debate overall on H-1B visa. He claimed that this policy discriminates with the US-born workers. He announced a site visit to companies that employ a high ratio of workers on H-1B visas.
The US president started his campaigned with American first ideology, and then he promised to end the use of H-1B as a cheap labor program altogether. He also asked companies to give preference to American job applicants with no exceptions. While on the counter side Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that this elimination will be a significant blow to technology companies which are dependent on foreign workers.
Some people are happy about the policy as this will encourage the US citizen’s participation. But the opponents are opposing the policy so does the companies which seek their profit and outsourcing options through this. In fact, the top H-1B visa sponsors are Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, and Tech Mahindra, America’s Indian multinational corporations providing information technology and outsourcing services, according to Myvisajobs.com. India’s dominance of the H-1B visa system is bounded by the country’s giant outsourcing businesses that submit thousands of applications, increasing their chances of acquiring the temporary work visas.
“The reason isn’t that Indians are smart. These corporations want more control over their workers. An immigrant worker has few advantages and is now stuck with the business for many years,” said Aman Kapoor, President of Immigration Voice, a nonprofit advocating on behalf of high-skilled foreign workers concerned about the green card backlogs.
The fact mentioned by Aman Kapoor raises a question on the employee’s rights. The US based organizations seek not only labor but minds which can follow orders. Especially when one is not aware of the whereabouts and all he/she cares is money then what is better for such companies to opt for!
The increase or decrease of the visas will and will not benefit the employees as business policies work on the policy of less cost of production but higher profit making. The inequality as American citizen claims is done for a reason mentioned above (profit and manufacturing of profit).
However, the US state is somewhere lacking in providing jobs to its own citizens in this profit-making games. The citizens are happy with them, but this will have its personal consequences.
Thus, it is still a dilemma whether to consider the policy as a step ahead in making Americans grow, or allow the foreign workers to go down on the list. What do you think?