New York: Expressing concern that the cap mandated by US Congress over work visa for fiscal 2008 has already been reached, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) has sought increasing the cap, failing which the American industry would lose its competitiveness.
Asking the Congress to reform the system for granting H-1B visa, SIIA said the continued leadership of US technology industry is dependent on the ability of American companies to hire highly educated and skilled workers.
The announcement that the cap on H-1B visa petitions has been met on the first day of eligibility is “further evidence” that the current visa allotment system is broken, said SIIA President Ken Wach.
“If Congress does not take action to reform the system, the global competitiveness of many American companies will be threatened.”
In a statement, Wach said American companies, including many SIIA members, use H-1B visas to employ foreign workers in occupations that require technical expertise in specialized fields such as computer programmers, scientists or engineers.
SIIA Director of Public Policy David LeDuc said this would also mean that many 2007 foreign graduates of American Universities would have to wait for 18 months to pursue “significant employment” within the US.
“Innovation and competition within the American technology industry is a leading driver of US economic growth,” he said, adding that the demand for workers with the right technical skills and knowledge has grown at a rate greater than the US workforce can meet.