Silicon Valley calls for increase in H1B visas

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According to  the  Silicon Valley Leadership Group,  U.S. companies have  filed over 32,500 H-1B petitions since April. That is almost triple  the  number  compared to the same time last year .   “They are hiring many Americans, but they are also looking for people with very special skills. And often times, they can’t find American workers to fill these jobs,” said Emily Lam of  the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

A total of 65,000 H-1B visas  are allowed  for the  current fiscal year  and executives from high tech companies have been calling for more. Last month,  the  Silicon Valley ,Leadership Group traveled to Washington, D.C. with a delegation of executives lobbying for immigration reform and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

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