O'Reilly logo

International Business, 8th Edition by Michael H. Moffett, Iikka A. Ronkainen, Michael Czinkota

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

PART 3 CASE 2

H-1B VISAS: A HIGH-TECH DILEMMA

INTRODUCING THE DEBATE

The public face of the immigration debate in the United States has typically revolved around illegal workers filling low-wage/low-skill jobs. Traditional wisdom dictates that some work is so labor-intensive and poorly compensated that it can only be performed by desperate foreigners with limited options. However, there is another aspect of the immigration debate that generates no less controversy but receives far less public scrutiny. The H-1B temporary worker visa program has long been a thorn in the side of U.S. companies looking to attract highly skilled foreign labor. The high-tech industry has been particularly impacted and has sought to liberalize the rules and regulations governing H-1B. Opponents of the program have characterized its current form as the present-day version of indentured servitude. Some domestic labor groups have argued that temporary workers are an unnecessary evil that depresses wages and takes American jobs away from Americans.

The H-1B is a visa program that allows foreign individuals with highly specialized knowledge and skills to work in the United States for a maximum of six years. It was initiated in the 1950s to attract mathematicians, physicists, and engineers from behind the Iron Curtain. H1-B has undergone many revisions since its inception. However, it has not been able to keep pace with the changing needs of American employers. This is best illustrated by the information technology ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required