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  • Lawmakers propose new visa for foreign tech entrepreneurs

    Two U.S. House Democrats are proposing a new visa for immigrants who can obtain "significant" venture capital funding for a business, or can otherwise establish a business that creates some jobs.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau01 Aug. 15 23:12
  • In Scott Walker's state, Democrats seek outsourcing penalties

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the polling leaders in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is still a cipher on offshore outsourcing and the H-1B issue. But Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced anti-outsourcing legislation that could shed light on Walker's views, if the bill makes it to his desk.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau21 July 15 06:26
  • The Takeaway: The war over H-1Bs heats up

    Microsoft is among the companies supporting a bill in Congress that would, among other things, raise the limit on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 195,000 and eliminate a cap on people who get an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The company has also talked about a "skills gap" in the U.S. that makes raising the cap H-1B visa workers important.

    Written by Ken Mingis14 July 15 04:29
  • Microsoft, Rubio, Sessions and the H-1B ground war

    Microsoft's argument that the U.S. faces a shortage of people with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills isn't helped by the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2945047/microsoft-windows/microsoft-said-to-plan-more-staff-layoffs.html">7,800 layoffs it announced last week</a>.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau13 July 15 20:12
  • A California backlash rises over foreign IT worker replacements

    California lawmakers have taken steps to attack the use of foreign labor to replace U.S. workers. One effort seeks to use the state's regulatory powers to prohibit utilities from shifting jobs overseas. Another legislative attack calls on federal agencies to investigate the H-1B program.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau01 July 15 20:44
  • Obama's trade win brings H-1B unease

    There is wariness about President Barack Obama's push for new trade agreements that's likely to grow with the Senate's final approval Wednesday, by a 60-38 vote, of fast-track negotiating authority.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau25 June 15 20:15
  • IT workers replaced by foreign labor may regain federal benefit

    As Southern California Edison (SCE) began replacing its IT workers with foreign labor, several IT employees asked the U.S. government for help. They submitted an application for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), and explained why they believe trade played a role in their job loss.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau24 June 15 20:07
  • Who should get the blame in IRS breach?

    If cybercrime is visualized as a river, its headwaters may be in a doctor's office in places such as South Florida. It's here where a cellphone photograph of a medical form filled out by a patient can be sold for a minimum of $10.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau02 June 15 20:45
  • Meet Bernie Sanders, H-1B skeptic

    The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, and that's what makes the entrance by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) into the 2016 presidential race so interesting.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau02 May 15 05:50
  • Labor Department says it can't investigate So Cal Edison's H-1B use

    A request by 10 U.S. senators to investigate <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2879083/southern-california-edison-it-workers-beyond-furious-over-h-1b-replacements.html">H-1B visa use at Southern California Edison</a> (SCE) and other companies is meeting resistance at the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau25 April 15 06:37
  • U.S. gets 233,000 H-1B petitions, a new record

    The U.S. received 233,000 H-1B petitions this year, believed to the highest number ever, and almost three times the number of available visas.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau14 April 15 06:23
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