Visas in the US


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The Hi Tech World of H1B Visa

There are certain jobs in New York that we do not have enough workers to fill. When this happens, we allow a certain number of work visas just for those types of jobs. For the most part these are technical jobs and the US is issuing what is known as an H1B Visa.

These are jobs that we would prefer would go to New Yorkers if there were enough trained in these fields. The need to grant H1B Visas and hire immigrants only highlights the need for more New York workers trained in IT (Information Technology) and STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics).           However since there are not enough workers, it is good to know how one might go about getting an H1B Visa for a friend or family member.

Let’s just use one middle of the road state in the US for an example. The state of Indiana has more need for STEM and IT workers than it has trained personnel. There are about 8,000 jobs that would go unfilled every year if not for the immigrants.  Three countries supply the most candidates for the H1B Visa, namely India, China and Canada.

Throughout the entire country only 85,000 H1B Visas are issued and 20, 0000 of them go to candidates for Masters and PhD’s. That leaves only 65,000 whereas Indiana needs 8000. The H1B Visa is also a very popular and timely route to citizenship, plus employers must pay an extra $1000 to $3000 for legal cost and fees. In Indiana with their 8000 open jobs, only 54% out of 26 tech companies have hired workers with an H1B.

Across the country 172,000 company openings compete for those 8500 H1B Visas. For instance, returning to Indiana – one company alone – Cummins Engine is in need of 552 employees. Cummins alone has applied for over 2000 H1B Visas since 2010. Then the visa is only valid for 3 years.

These are good jobs. These are high paying jobs with the average for the Indiana jobs at $71,000 a piece. There are thousands of H1B alumni living in Indiana and the many other tech-heavy states. There are many benefits from having these bright young people in their population.

At the same time Indiana has outstanding engineering, math, science and technology programs at a variety of higher education 4-year and 2-year programs. This would include the following institutions: Purdue, Notre Dame, Rose Hulman, Indiana , Ball State and Ivy Tech. More students need to be encouraged to study this needed and lucrative field.

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