Re: H1-B Visa Applications Exceeded 230,000 This Year
Yeah, while I absolutely appreciate that this is a multifaceted topic with lots of nuance, to not represent the other side of the argument at all does seem a little disingenuous. The fact that the cap was exceeded by four times does prove that the system needs work - but I hope nobody is suggesting that we increase the cap by four times, or more, given how quickly it was exceeded. I've heard that some companies shove through many more applicants than they have job openings to try and exploit the lottery system in their favor - since it's random selection by applicant, not by company. There is a lack of talent for many jobs in the US, but the simple point that VFanRJ and Gary_EL make above should not be overlooked. I sincerely doubt that even close to every single one of those 233,000 jobs were thoroughly attempted and failed by those companies to be filled by American workers.
I don't want to lay on the negatives here, but again, I think it's disingenuous of those lobbying bodies (color me shocked) to suggest that every foreign national who graduates from a US school with a master's or a doctorate is going to go on to be a US job creator. It's absolutely true that a strong economy at the top level (STEM) fosters growth at every level, but to have a serious discussion, we need to consider more than just that. If we still have huge gaps in jobs that we had huge gaps in 5-10 years ago, then that means we completely failed to get US students into the right degree programs and into those jobs in that time period. H-1B is meant to supplant solving that problem, not solve it in itself. To end on a positive note, I do think that myUSCIS will be a great resource for those underpriviliged folks who are easily exploited and really need it. That topic is not unrelated here.