Headlines across the country in recent weeks have been sharing a common theme describing the consequences to the American economy caused by the insufficient availability of H-1B professional work visas and H-2B seasonal work visas.
The technology and other industries say they are having to relocate high-paying jobs abroad because they cannot find qualified Americans to fill them in the United States, and they cannot bring in professionals from overseas because the H-1B visas, capped at 65,000, with an additional 20,000 for those with advanced degrees from the U.S., are too limited for the need.
Meanwhile, seasonal industries that support the U.S. economy, including fishing and tourism are simply closing down because the owners cannot find American workers and cannot obtain H-2B visas to bring in foreign workers because of a similar cap on availability. For example, on the Gulf Coast, the seafood companies could not find enough home-grown crab pickers, so they are now having to import crab meat from Latin America to meet local demand.
Below is a round-up of some recent articles on the impact the lack of employment visas is having on the nation’s economy:
Articles on H-1B Employment Visas
Businesses Say New York’s Clout Is Emigrating, With Visa Policies to Blame – The New York Times
Bill on Capitol Hill: Gates Wants Visas – Associated Press
Gates Warns Congress – Forbes
Articles on H-2 Employment Visas