Jul 12

After facing a huge thump in its economy during the recent recession, United States is back holding up its shattered market. Moreover, the country’s immigration department is at an all time alert keeping a watch on immigrants entering the said country.

The Immigration will finally have its brainstorming and debates on speeding up the H – 1B visas that skilled workers need in order to work for companies in the US. The technology companies seem to be the sector that was deeply affected and needs reformation on the application of visas for skilled workers. One of the advocates pushing through this reform is Compete America.

Compete America is a group of universities and private sectors whose transaction and operations are depending on foreign skilled workers. There has been a big delay when it comes to the approval of H-1B visas, especially if you compare it with the 1990’s approval which usually happens only days after the request. The group annually requests for 85,000 H-1B visas: 65, 000 on foreign skilled workers while the other 20, 000 are for foreign-born students of the US.

The technology sector is considered to be one of the best sectors which have the ability to lift up the economy from the severe effects left by the recession. Obama showed the importance of this sector by supporting the National Broadband Plan which wishes to provide all Americans with broadband internet service.

The real issue with regards to the approval of H-1B visas comes from the clash between the advocates of skilled immigrants and the people who believe that hiring foreign worker will decrease the chances of some Americans to have a job in the country.

The critics argue that having foreign workers – are skilled or not – would take away some job opportunities from the Americans. On the other hand, Compete America believes that hiring foreign skilled employees actually creates more opportunities for jobs for Americans.

Whoever you may think is right, the great debate will occur on Thursday and it will be streamed live at CNET at 1 in the afternoon.

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