A coalition that includes businesses and trade associations on Wednesday asked Congress to reform the H-1B visa program, arguing that foreign nationals who have earned masters and doctorate degrees from U.S. universities should be exempt from the program's annual cap. In February, the government said it had Compete America coalition, the reform is vital for American employers to remain competitive. The group said that in the physical sciences and engineering, nearly 50 percent of all masters and doctorate degrees awarded by U.S. schools are earned by foreign nationals.to reach this fiscal year's cap of 65,000 visas, which allow skilled workers to remain in the country for up to six years. According to the
Critics of the H-1B program argue that highly educated U.S. workers are available for jobs and that theof technology work offshore. Already, there are some exemptions to the cap.