Study finds H-1B visas do not inhibit domestic hiring.

From on 3/11/2008

PC World(3/11) reports that, according to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), "For every H-1B position requested, tech companies listed on the S&P 500 stock index increased their employment by five workers in an analysis of 2002 to 2005." Furthermore, for "tech firms with fewer than 5,000 employees, each H-1B request corresponded with an average increase of 7.5 workers."

        The study weakens the argument "that raising the annual cap will cause Americans to lose out on jobs to foreigners -- or see their wages depressed," according to CNET(3/10, Borache). The study also found that, "when companies were reducing their hiring numbers, their applications for H-1B visas also dropped off," suggesting "that companies don't seek out H-1B workers to save money on wages."

        However, Information Week (3/11, McGee) points out that the "NFAP research did not examine the types of job positions that S&P companies added to their employment, or the pay for those positions."

        India received majority of H-1B visas in 2007. ComputerWorld (3/10, Thibodeau) reported that, according to figures from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, "India-based offshore outsourcing companies continued to dominate the top 10 H-1B recipients" in 2007. In fact, "Indian offshore outsourcing firm Infosys Technologies Ltd. received 4,559 H-1B visas in fiscal 2007, the largest number received by any company." Still, the report "shows that H-1B use has spread far and wide. It includes more than 29,000 H-1B recipients, both private companies and institutions, such as universities, some of which are exempt from the 65,000 visa cap."

        The Austin American-Statesman's(3/10, Moscoso) Border Line blog added that "Indian outsourcers accounted for nearly 80 percent of the visa petitions approved last year for the top 10 participants in the program."