Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
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