More H1-B visas on the way?
Anne Broache writes in C|Net News:
Technology companies are on their way to securing a larger pool of foreign workers from which to hire.
A provision in a budget measure approved by a late 52 to 47 vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday would bump up the number of guest-worker visas, known as H-1Bs, from 65,000 to 95,000 for next year.
The proposal would also elevate H-1B application fees for U.S. employers by $500, the proceeds of which are intended to offset other government spending and deter sizable increases in the federal budget deficit.
The measure won't take effect unless it is also approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.