As Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other tech giants lobby the government for more high-skilled worker visas, immigration officials say they’ve received too many applications for this coming year.
Tech companies and members of the Zuckerberg-led political action group rejoice as the U.S. Senate votes to approve a comprehensive immigration bill. But, the measure still has to pass the House.
Immigration officials say they've received more than enough petitions for the some 85,000 visas up for grabs. Now they'll do a random lottery to pick who gets them.
Computer consulting firm placed ads that "expressly favored" temporary visa holders over U.S. citizens and other longer-term residents, says Justice Department.
April 1 marks start date for tech firms to apply for the visas. But even after prodding from Bill Gates, Congress hasn't raised the limit.
Two politicians, who are backing a bill designed to prevent foreigners from displacing Americans, want more information from nine companies, including heavy hitters Wipro and Infosys, about their visa practices.
Senate panel votes to double guest worker visas next year. Prospects look dimmer in the House.
Senate has approved a provision that would bump up the number of available guest-worker visas by 30,000 next year.
A Senate committee boosted the number from 65,000 to 95,000, but some technology groups say the move still falls short.