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More H1-Bs becoming illegal immigrants

SAN YSIDRO, CA - JANUARY 8:  Pedestrians wait in line to enter the United States at the border in Tijuana Mexico from the United States January 8, 2007 in San Ysidro, California. Beginning on January 23rd, United States passengers traveling by air will be required to show a passport when traveling to Mexico or the Caribbean. Congress is also pushing to require passports when traveling by land or sea to from the United States to Mexico or Canada by early 2008.  (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)Image by Getty Images via DaylifeSays who ? The report from John Miano titled — The H1B Visa Sham — discussed the mismatch between number of H1-B visas approved for the fiscal year and the number of jobs created in that industry (both computers and engineering).

As opposed to popular belief John’s argument is that there is no direct relationship between H1-Bs and their job creation. Is this measurable ? I doubt it as you cannot just count numbers from the same industry. It is possible that as a result of H1-Bs the jobs are created in related industries if not in the computer industry. This is difficult to quantify.

H1-Bs approvals are 16000 where as jobs lost is 76000 — This to some extent may account for H1-Bs converting to permanent residents and the conversion is not accounted for. Probably H1-Bs are filling the jobs of once H1-bs but now legal residents.

large percentage of those who legally enter United States on H-1B visas go into the illegal alien pool — No wonder we hear daily the companies scams and their arrests news. Recently Nilesh Dasondi of Cygate Software & Consulting Inc illegally sponsored visas for six people and they came to US and never worked on H1-Bs.

John’s report may be very well true but statistics presented may tell us a different story that a person obtaining H1-B in California usually doesn’t work in California but may go to some other city which I think was happening for the unaccounted numbers.

Overall the report puts the focus on numbers mismatch with the reality. correct measures (or system) are required to track this H1-B non-immigrants.

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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: June 24, 2008 | Categories: H1B, Immigration

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