H-1B: The Recession's ImpactBy John Hazard | Print
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Everyone knows that it's difficult to find qualified talent these days. And political considerations have made it even harder to hire H-1B employees, putting small IT solution providers at a disadvantage.
During the recession, the weak demand for labor eased tension on the H-1B system and the debate over the quota was silenced. This year, the 65,000 visas were available until late January, nine months into the application period. Today, the debate focuses on the process, which critics say is slow, expensive and impractical. And the protests come mostly from smaller businesses, which argue that the system is disproportionately difficult for those businesses such as VARs and service providers.
It's not likely to get better any time soon, said Leslie K. L. Thiele, an immigration attorney and partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Albany, NY.