Federal Denial For Specialized Work Visas Continues To Rise

Work visa denial has continued to rise, and, apparently, those in the Obama administration hate Indians, French, Chinese, and Mexicans who attempt to do it the right way

(USA Today) Foreign employees of U.S. companies are having a harder time getting into the country under a specialized visa category, according to a report being released Wednesday.

About 35% of petitions by American companies to bring to the U.S. employees working overseas who have a “specialized knowledge” in their fields were denied in 2014 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the fourth straight year that figure has risen. The denial rate for those visas, known as L-1B visas, was as low as 6% in 2006, according to the report from the National Foundation for American Policy, an immigration advocacy group.

The biggest increase in denials affected Indian nationals trying to get into the USA. Applications for Indians were denied 56% of the time, compared with 22% for Chinese, 21% for Mexicans and 19% for French, according to data obtained by the foundation through a Freedom of Information Act request.

This is supposedly due to the start of the Great Recession. Here’s the kicker

Stuart Anderson, executive director of the foundation, said the steady rise in denials started in 2008, when the United States plunged into a deep recession. He said that has led to a “protectionist” culture at the immigration enforcement agency in favor of American technology workers.

On one hand, we have 35% of specialized workers being denied work visas. On the other hand, we have Mr. Obama attempting to provide a pseud-amnesty to millions and millions of illegal aliens, which will lead to more and more of their family members being given long term visas. A goodly chunk of these illegals are low skill, un-educated, and malcontents, who will demand that the United States provide them with all sorts of taxpayer funded benefits. Oh, and they demand that we cater to them, and change the country for them.

Hell of a thing, eh?

Of course, a reduction in visas is not necessarily a bad thing. I’m not blaming the Obama administration for reducing those, just noting how they treat one group, which does it legally, over another group, which doesn’t, and the latter group harms wages, especially for those in the lower wage segment

“The program (H1-B) was intended to serve employers who could not find the skilled workers they needed in the United States,” committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said. “Over the years the program has become a government-assisted way for employers to bring in cheaper foreign labor, and now it appears these foreign workers take over — rather than complement — the U.S. workforce.”

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said similar abuses extend to the L-1B visa, which is designed for U.S. companies to bring their workers with “specialized knowledge” to the United States from branches overseas. Instead, she said American companies, such as Cognizant Technology Solutions, and Indian companies, such as Infosys, have abused the system to import everyday technology workers to push out higher-priced American workers.

Let’s also not forget that, depending on the study, 30-40% of illegals are people who have overstayed their visas, be they work, school, or visitor visas.

At the end of the day we need to protect American workers first, and that includes against those who the Obama admin would give pseudo-amnesty.

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