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February 5, 2013 at 7:00 AM

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Expansion of H-1B Visas

Reduce availability and increase cost of visas

As a senior programmer within Seattle area, I am totally against expanding H-1B visas [“Let in far more foreign workers?” page one, Jan. 30].

People with H-1B visas only interview those from their own country; and they are very prejudiced against interviewing Americans (unless they are also from their own country).

As a V-dash contractor at Microsoft, I had witnessed this directly.

Instead of expanding H-1B visas per year and decreasing the cost per visa, we should be reducing the number of visas and increasing the cost per visa.

By lifting the annual quota of H-1B visa and reducing the cost per visa, we have reduced the value of those Americans who are struggling to become engineers.

By expending H-1B visas and reducing the cost to $1,000 per visa, we have sold the experience of being a valued engineer to non-Americans.

--Jeff Tanner, senior software engineer, Seattle

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