US foreign engineer hopes dashed by heavy job cuts

US foreign engineer hopes dashed by heavy job cuts
Tom Foremski US high-tech industry efforts to import larger numbers of foreign engineers may be scuttled by the huge layoffs in recent months. More than 120,000 workers have been laid off in the past six months, according to the office of US representative Lamar Smith. Yet US high-tech firms are lobbying to raise annual temporary work visas for foreign workers to more than 120,000 from the current cap of 65,000. Smith is supporting legislation that would increase the number of temporary visas but insists that US companies must prove that they are not laying off workers in order to hire cheaper foreign workers. US companies say that the resulting paperwork to meet such a requirement is unacceptable. Although most of the layoffs have been among manufacturing workers and not among staff with key skills, Smith says that US firms should help to retrain the laid off workers.


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