Top 10 H-1B visa companies all specialize in shipping American jobs overseas

Feb 22, 2013

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 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 ."

"This confirms that H-1B visas facilitate the transfer of high-skill, high-paying American to other countries," IEEE-USA President Marc Apter said. "Congress should pass laws that create U.S. jobs, not destroy them."

Dr. Ron Hira, 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 India, KamalNath.

"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."

The Top 10 H-1B users received 40,170 H-1B visas in FY 2012 and applied for just 1,167 employment-based (EB) . This is an immigration yield of 2.9 percent.

IEEE-USA supports additional EB green cards for skilled . These visas allow immigrants to start their own companies and create U.S. wealth and jobs.

"Any plan to increase skilled immigration should be based on green cards," Apter said.

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Caliban
4 / 5 (5) Feb 22, 2013
Good to see this proposed legislation exposed for the sham that it is.
I don't know about how it has played out in the rest of America, but in the Pacific Northwest, it has devolved to a situation where even the most menial labor jobs are being competed for by people with advanced IT skills, since they are available -as a segment of the general workforce- in such large numbers following the infamous dotcom and more recent financial bubble blowups.

And, of course, these surplus workers aren't eligible for H1-B visas, even if they were interested in relocating to southeast Asia.
VendicarE
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 23, 2013
"The movement of jobs overseas is an emergent form of the free trade of labor, and as such represents higher inefficiencies for American Corporations, and greater rates of growth for the U.S. economy.

Rather than being a drag on the U.S. economy, so called "offshoring" will produce a new era of American prosperity, that should be welcomed." - Libertarian - CATO Institute 1994
ValeriaT
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 23, 2013
Congress should pass laws that create U.S. jobs, not destroy them
It would need more social(ist) politics of course, because in free market economy the working labor is simply used by its relative price - and the cheaper, smarter and more diligent Asians are simply more effective in it. To beat these trends, you should adopt the laws, which will go against the principles of free market at the communal level.
Shakescene21
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 23, 2013
We are trying to get American college students to take STEM majors, but employers shred the job market for tech graduates by outsourcing jobs and importing engineers. A college student recently showed me some data that the unemployment rate for recent computer science majors was higher than recent English literature majors.
When I went to college, engineering was considered a difficult and boring major, but engineers could expect productive middle-class jobs. But now our trade and immigration policies are underminig the standard of living for American engineers. This process won't stop until American wage rates are comparable to Third-World wages, unless we change our self-destructive trade and immigration policies.
ForFreeMinds
1 / 5 (3) Feb 23, 2013
The unstated issue in the article is the lack of skilled people to fill jobs. I expect most of these companies would be hiring more US employees if they could find the ones with the right skills. That companies hire these employees overseas after temporarily employing them via H1-B visas, just shows the need for employees with the right skills. If they hire them overseas, then they can use the visa to hire another.