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H1B Visa Workers Needed Because Not Enough US Workers Make the Grade

H1B visa workers are needed because of the shortage of U.S. workers with the qualifications for specialty jobs. Foreign degree evaluations by agencies such as Career Consulting International ensure that these workers have the needed academic credentials.(EMAILWIRE.COM, April 29, 2009 ) Why are major US corporations hiring foreign workers and sponsoring their entry into the country with H1B visas? How can American companies justify hiring professionals from other countries and importing them into the country to take American jobs? The answer, as seen by industry giants such as Microsoft Corporation, is startling – and painful – in its simplicity. U.S. workers just don’t make the grade. This is the argument that the major business organizations still hiring H1B workers for fiscal year 2010 are making. They claim that no US professionals can be found who have the necessary skills to perform the work required.In recent years, United States universities have seen fewer American students enrolling in computer, mathematics and science degree programs. These programs, however, continue to be popular with students from other countries.Unfortunately, many of these students are returning to their home countries to take high-paying positions in technology-related businesses and industries. This problem is even more evident at the graduate degree level. Many students receiveforeign degrees from undergraduate programs in their home countries, and then enter the United States to take advantage of the educational excellence offered by top-ranking graduate degree programs. Then they return home.April 29, Sunrise Florida Business organizations such as Microsoft Corporation hire workers with foreign degrees to work in the United States with temporary work visas known as H1B visas. To be eligible for an H1B visa, the worker must show the USCIS that his or her foreign degree is the U.S. equivalency of a bachelor degree or higher.This isn’t always as easy as it might seem. Many graduates from colleges in India, for example, attend three-year undergraduate programs to obtain their Bachelor Degree. Usually, these workers also have to show three years of work experience to receive the educational equivalency of a four-year bachelor degree.Evaluating foreign education to determine whether these academic credentialsare the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor degree is often a complicated process. It requires experts who are familiar with the vast array of degree programs and education systems worldwide. Most foreign credential evaluation services, including Career Consulting International (CCI), also specialize in a particular area of academic credentials evaluations.While almost any agency can help with a simple evaluation, however, Career Consulting International specializes in complex evaluations involving three-year degrees and other difficult cases. CCI even offers free pre-evaluations to workers who have received an RFE or denial at]]>

Top Grades and U.S. Academic Credentials Don’t Keep Talented non-residents from Returning Home.

Thousands of talented students enter the US to attend our top universities. These would be assets to our workforce but many go back to their home country, denying the US some of the top minds in the world.(EMAILWIRE.COM, March 25, 2009 ) Thousands of people enter the United States each year on temporary education visas to earn a college degree. Many of them try to stay, but restrictive immigration policies prevent some graduates, family members, or spouses from remaining in this country. After getting their academic credentials from prestigious universities such as Stanford or Harvard, they return to their home countries.Sometimes, the college graduate wishes to stay, but his or her spouse or significant other may have earned a degree from their home country before entering the U.S. Then, a credential evaluation service must complete an education evaluation stating whether the foreign degree is equivalent to a degree from a university in this country. Career Consulting International (CCI) offers educational credential evaluation services, and a number of similar agencies offer the same services.Unfortunately, many people who want to immigrate to this country choose agencies that may or may not be fully familiar with complex educational evaluation. CCI often receives referrals from many people with three-year degrees who are hoping to have their degree evaluated as being equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor Degree. For this reason, Professors John Kersey and Sheila Danzigspent several years researching the complexities of demonstrating these diploma equivalencies.CCI’s success rate with 3-year degrees is very high, with far more approvals than not. Many of the clients referred to CCI are seeking a degree equivalency after receiving an RFE or denial, and have had an educational evaluation completed by a previous agency in the past. For more information about Career Consulting International, and the agency’s credential evaluation services, or call 1-800-771-4723.Frequently, however, graduates whose family members and significant others do have academic credentials that would allow them to obtain E3 or other work visas and remain in the United States. Despite this, many decide to return to their home countries. Many of these persons have strong family ties, and prefer to return home to marry and raise their children.Additionally, a number of other foreign students who graduate from American colleges are being offered excellent job opportunities in their home countries. Their education and knowledge allows them to obtain high-level positions rather than the junior positions they might receive if they remained in the United States. The rising unemployment rate in the US has been breeding a “hire Americans only” attitude thus losing the people who would fill these jobs where there are no Americans with the skills to fill the jobs particularly in fields like programming. This has resulted in many technological advances in countries such as China and India. With the current economic recession, businesses are having a difficult time justifying approaches such as offering bonuses to foreign students to immigrate to the United States and continue to work. Although they are working to find other ways to encourage students who have earned their academic credentials in the U.S. to remain in the country, some graduates continue to leave, seeking opportunities that just aren’t here right now. With the end of the recession nowhere in sight, it’s impossible to see how this will turn out.]]>

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